Szeged Festival – opening event

This opening event,’Vote for Super 8!’, was billed as a ‘Performance in Three Movements’, of which our live drawing performance over found Super 8 film footage was the third ‘movement’, but as I only took photos during the first two ‘movements’ I hope to show some video and photos from our part of the performance in a separate posting.This is Dima setting up our equipment before the performance.

The venue was the Old Synagogue in Szeged, a beautifully proportioned neo-classical building dating from 1843. A large audience assembled outside waiting for the concert to begin and the façade of the building was illuminated using four OHPs.(This low-tech solution, as the photos above show, produced spectacular results, and is something that we will certainly copy sometime ourselves!) The first ‘movement’ of the performance began with the stars of ‘Out of Fashion?’ being escorted under white umbrellas into the auditorium. Once the audience was seated the ‘stars’ appeared back-lit as silhouettes on a screen made of a double thickness of bubble wrap (another most effective low-tech solution we will copy sometime!)Then, to music provided by DJ Megyeri, they emerged in groups from behind the screen, each girl holding up a large white card onto which Super 8 footage was projected. As a finale they brought all the cards together to form one large composite Super 8 projection screen.

The second ‘ movement’ of the performance featured the ‘Siphony Orchestra and the S8 Acrobat Group’.This was a most entertaining visual tribute to the famous Szeged product, the Soda Siphon, which had a very inventive ‘orchestral’ accompaniment of popping corks and hissing, gurgling and splashing sounds. To rapturous applause, the ‘orchestra’ came on stage from behind the screen carrying their ‘instruments’ – soda siphons and bottles.
‘As if We were There’, our live drawing performance over found Super8 footage, ended the programme. Although we had set up our video camera before the concert began, unfortunately we only managed to make a recording of the first part of the concert. In my next posting I will include this with the video clips from the second drawing performance that we gave the following evening in the Grand Café.

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