Archive for the ‘John’ Category

Show Dedication

Friday, April 8th, 2011

If you see our show this year, you’ll hear an introductory narration by various voices.  Those voices are the members and staff of The Creek, explaining the dedication of the show to people we know or have known who have influenced us in positive ways.  It is the crux of the show, the foundation of why we chose to create this project in this way.  The voices come back toward the end with specific dedications to family members and friends of the members’ choosing.

Reprinted here are those opening words.  We hope that they bring to mind someone you know.  Whether we know those people or not, this show is for them as well.

This is for those who love you, those who encourage you and who support you. This is for someone you have known and lost, or for someone you have met today and will know forever.

This is for those who celebrate that our hearts can be both filled and broken with love for another. And when they leave, what brings them back? Sounds. Feelings. Rhythms. Colors. Emotions. Those things are still yours.

This is for the people that color and shape our lives. We are drawn to them. We celebrate them. This is for them. This is for you.

This is for our friend John. Color and Heart.

Birdsongs

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

You may have heard the birds at the beginning of our show. We wanted to enter the performance with calm and disarming sounds that set the mood of positivity, hope, and celebration. It is a mix of five birds that we specifically created for the perfect sound and underlying symbolism.

The bird songs are mix of sparrows (Song Sparrow, Sage Sparrow, and Lark Sparrow) with a Nightingale and Mourning Dove.

The sparrows symbolize hope, community, and humility. Nightingales symbolize inspiration and creativity. Mourning doves symbolize peace and their call gives them their ‘mourning’ name. All of these things are thoughts that either represent how we want to approach our show or how we want to memorialize the memory of John.

Listen to it here:

Birdsong

Group Pictures

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

2011′s The Creek ensemble.

2010′s Timber Creek Ind. ensemble. Pictured with John, April 16th, in Dayton, Ohio.

In C

Monday, January 17th, 2011

A large portion of our 2011 show, especially the second half, revolves around the key of C.  This is another subtle nod to our friend John, whose last name Seay is pronounced like the letter “C.”  When you hear the resolution after the pit feature and end of the show, it is, of course, a C.

There is a famous aleatoric piece of music titled “In C” by Terry Riley.  While not part of the source music for our production, this video contains a performance of the piece that is interesting in its instrumentation, and visually reminiscent of Sufjan Stevens’ art-doc The Brooklyn Queens Expressway – from which we took most of our source material.

Red Shoes

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

I know the meaning and context of the song don’t really apply, but this song reminds me of my friend John Seay.

2011 Show Announcement

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

This is the write-up we did to describe our show to fans on WGI’s website.  Gives a little more insight on the creative direction of the program.

From the team that brought to life “Videotape” and “Censored,” The Creek will explore more emotional territory with their 2011 production “Color and Heart”. The show is inspired by and dedicated to John Seay, their staff member who passed away in April from a sudden heart condition.

The show features the music of Sufjan Stevens, and is visually inspired by the artwork of Matt W. Moore. Color and heart are not only words to direct the musical and visual avenues of the production, but are words to describe John and his influence on The Creek through the years.

The music, from Sufjan Stevens’ albums “The BQE” and “Illinoise,” joined by original work from Omar Carmenates, provides the opportunity to explore different styles and feelings that celebrate the people who color our lives.