It is hard to believe that we are two-thirds into the 2013 World Wide Lab. Two weeks ago we have gathered in NYC, 12 directors from 9 countries, and immediately delved into rehearsals, production meetings, pre & post rehearsal sessions with our co-directors, discussions with our designers, a press conference with our supporters, our PR team, the media… So yes, before I actually got a chance to furtively grab a catch-up chat with each member of our 12 headed collective, I realize it is a mere week to show time.
11:37pm (and two quick emails later)
The Lab challenges our sense of time, it redefines its meaning. And it starts long before we physically meet. In the months leading to the World Wide Lab we Skype to better prepare ourselves as co-directors to this insanely quick process. For A Story of an Hour, a short story by Kate Chopin, that Laura Tesman, Jocelyn Yuchia Chang and I are co-directing, setting a time for a Skype meeting meant negotiating between three time zones: when it is 10am in NYC, it is 5pm in Tel Aviv and it is 10pm in Taipei. In these meetings Laura’s glowing “Good Morning!” was followed by Jocelyn’s soft “It’s time to go to say good night”.
11:45pm (and a cup a tea later)
They say that theatre is the encounter between time and space, and that within the tension that exists between these two elements lies the main theatrical conflict. Maybe this is why it was here in New York that we founded the World Wide Lab. The challenge in our intense creative journey is taken to its max by this city’s unbelievable speed. Time in NYC is running out and fast even without the challenge of adapting and co-directing two pieces simultaneously. Days here FLY! And the Lab devours our nights too, with long hours of rehearsals, post-rehearsal “chew”, long train journeys home and well, yes, writing today’s blog to our website…
11:58pm (fed Wilson, the cat I share this flat with)
And the Lab “time zone” is very specific. It is the longest and fastest at the same time. Evan Tsitsias, with whom I co-direct Bertolt Brecht’s Wedding, speaks about this morning’s 10:30am rehearsal as we are leaving the theatre at 10pm tonight. It sounds as if it took place a week ago. It just seems so far… and we made so many discoveries since then… Laura Caparrotti, who acts in our piece, tells us that a rehearsal breakthrough suddenly changed Waxing West, by Saviana Stanescu that she co-directs with Viduh Singh, and completely transformed it in a couple of hours.
12:05am (did nothing else apart from staring at my Facebook timeline, I think I am officially slowing down)
There’s a lot more I wanted to write about. On the challenges of creating a fully produced festival in such a short time. On how the co-directing delicate dance requires time to learn. And on that magical moment in the late rehearsal time when you suddenly realize what you were doing as a director up until then. And then you suddenly realize why. But I have still have so much to do tonight. Today was tomorrow just a few minutes ago and my morning call is 10am.
So I guess it is this time of year again. This fleeting World Wide Lab season. This beautiful changing season that will end in a week and will take a whole long year to come back. And that we will look back on time after time in the next 11 months.
12:11am (and last “CTRL-S”)
Spend your time wisely and join us at the Irondale theatre next week. You can travel through time in one evening: from ancient Greek to devised pieces that are being created at this very moment especially for the World Wide Lab.
We are looking forward to seeing you there!
– Orly Noa Rabinyan, Tel Aviv