How to Make Something From Nothing
The performance includes bright lights, which are sometimes facing toward the audience, and which turn on and off quickly, sometimes nearing the effect of a strobe light. There are also periods in the show when the space will be almost completely dark. There are loud sounds at certain points, and a hazer is used throughout the piece. Some general themes include; heartbreak, the passing of time and mortality.
Strobe effect details:
This happens at about ten minutes into the piece after Ainsley is speaking on the balcony and Alison and Kate are dancing around onstage. The lights will fade to back and performers will use lamps and an overhead projector to light the space. The rhythm builds and becomes a strobe effect near the end some of the lights facing towards the audience. This section lasts approximately five minutes
This happens after Brandon speaks his first poem which starts with the text “How to let your heart break”. Ainsley will be using a flashlight to illuminate different spaces onstage. There is a very brief moment where she flickers the flashlight for about 10 seconds.
There is a section of the piece where we use intense colorful front lighting. It does not snap or flash, but the lighting does pulse softly throughout and changes states quickly. This happens about twenty seven minutes into the piece and lasts for about seven minutes
This happens while Brandon speaks his third poem which starts with the text “To die”. Ainsley will be using a flashlight to illuminate different spaces onstage. There is a very brief moment where she flickers the flashlight for about 10 seconds.
Loud noise and sound details:
The sound of cracking and breaking ice is played at around ten minutes into the piece and happens for approximately five minutes. It is not necessarily at a higher volume but can be jarring.
A loud piece of music with laughter incorporated into it is played. The sub woofers and bass are turned up so that audience can feel the beat. This happens about twenty seven minutes into the piece and lasts for about seven minutes
A very loud track is played that includes rumbling noises and various percussion instruments. The sub woofers and bass are turned up so that audience can feel the sounds. This happens approximately 36 minutes into the piece and lasts for approximately five and a half minutes.