Since Martel had not directed a live performance before, there was a “whole new world of lighting to explore for her,” explains Poet. “It was really interesting. She and Björk come from a very similar place in terms of the kind of story they want to tell but live performance lighting is something she had never encountered before.” Luckily, the team had two weeks of technical rehearsals in London before the NY premiere. Poet adds, “We needed to develop a shorthand because talking in theory [about lighting] is quite hard. We did production rehearsals in London, a week with the band and musicians, and a week of just tech. What a joy to have that week of playtime, trying stuff out and programming. Having the space to work things out was a real treat.” Together, the team worked through the entire show.
Cornucopia: Björk's Move Into Theatricality
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