Future of performance -- the Digital Stage

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Future of performance -- the Digital Stage

Postby sara farr » September 10th, 2012, 7:38 pm

Hey guys,

Do you know about StageIt.com?

What is StageIt.com?

A friend of a friend of mine -- Sara Bareilles -- was doing a show on it for "Playing for Change" -- http://www.stageit.com/sara_bareilles/p ... cert/11447

I immediately thought "how cool!" I could be watching a live performance in LA, or NYC, or Seattle, Amsterdam, etc... and yet I'm here in the comfort of my home... and the artist gets to sell their tickets ONLINE to a broader audience, earning some bucks for their talent and craft instead of giving away their performance for FREE. (Take note HIDEOUT #-HOUR MARATHON).

This made me question the value of seeing a LIVE improv performance via an online stream. Surely the talent on stage and the production quality would be factors in the value. And I'm guessing you'd miss out on the feeling you get when you are actually THERE, three to 10 feet away from the performers. But how cool for those of us who CAN'T be there. Isn't this the next best thing? And then when the performance is over... its A) GONE B) recorded and sold or C) recorded and given away, used for promo, etc.

There are several online schools that have EVENT lectures that you can log into. Isn't this the future of performance? Not really getting rid of the live stage, but broadcasting ANYthing small to ALL CORNERS OF THE GLOBE (or at least those corners that have smart phones).

What do you think, AIC?
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Postby kaci_beeler » September 10th, 2012, 7:54 pm

Nothing beats live, I think, but this is pretty cool.
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Postby Spots » September 10th, 2012, 8:04 pm

I call the difference between video & live theater the "Frame" or "Framing"

It's especially true for comedy. MY favorite setup is the one where the audience is wrapped around the stage and you can see the reaction on all the faces of the people watching with you.

This setup creates hundreds more frames in which to watch the show.

Who knows why you're laughing. Is it the performer finding a game? Is it the empathy you feel for the audience member who can't stop laughing? Is it because 4 of us know this is the first time she is trying her european accent? Is it the guy who just walked in the door and everyone suddenly looks up at?

These are all various frames. The audience creates feedback loops depending on which frame we choose to view the performance through. Live audiences have an infinite number of window frames whereas video is limited to one.

Will video ever be the future of live performance? Not hardly. But it can be exciting.
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Postby sara farr » September 10th, 2012, 8:42 pm

I encourage you to look out to the >>>FUTURE. If all you see is [Now]... Now it's not feasible to think that your show is DESIRED in Japan or Egypt. Now, people in Japan or other places outside of a plane ticket, boat ride, or (really, anything over a 1+ hour) road-trip can't afford to come see your show, nor can you afford to go see theirs. So what's THE NEXT BEST THING???

Something like "StageIt". This is NOT REPLACING live, you still have the live show. But it can take the LIVE show and EVOLVE IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL.

FYI, I just scheduled a show for the PIP on Saturday, 11/10 @ 10am -- a sneak peek at "Trash" live from a junkyard (weather permitting). No tickets will be sold to the actual event, this will be a LIVE ONLINE show only.
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Postby Mike » September 11th, 2012, 12:16 am

I can see how this could bring in revenue and fans from outside the home area. Even if a local show is "sold out" you could be able to buy a virtual ticket (or season pass) the show or for the year and see them from home. Also it's a good way of marketing to other cities. Give the theater you are trying to book a free pass online and let them see you perform live.

I agree with Kaci that nothing beats live theater, but in those cases like Manhattan Stories or Holy 1960's Batman! where it was sold out from mid week every week, it's nice to have a second option.
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Postby Asaf » September 11th, 2012, 2:07 am

It depends on the coverage.

For TRUST US, THIS IS ALL MADE UP, Alex Karpovsky used 8 cameras to record the performance. As a result you see all the nuances all the facial moves they make. It is actually better than live for that reason.

I've seen other recordings of performances that have caught that level of detail and made it worth seeing. Others that haven't, just haven't.
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