I'm a unicorn. And I'm pink (although you can't tell because Katie tried to be all artistic by making the pictures black and white). My owner is Millie. That's really all there is to know about me!
Ove is a 59 year old nosy neighbour. He glares, stabs his forefinger, mutters, continuously checks his watch and is quite overwhelmingly misunderstood.
Ove is the perfect man to base a physical character on...
I created a solo about Ove very early on in the course, and have come back to it over and over because it was the first time I felt I had used the layer technique effectively to create a physical character. I decided the arc of the piece by making decisions about the first and last state, then adding a transition. In class we then worked on the timing, use of text and adding a prop. The first video below is my 'first draft', I hadn't included props yet but had added words. I worked through removing the words as they weren't adding anything the audience didn't already know. I also worked a lot on timing, because I have a tendency to rush some parts and take way too long over others, so I need to learn to find the perfect balance. The second video is the 'finished' work in progress Ove piece, where I had settled on using paper as a prop due to it's wonderful crumpling quality which linked to my idea of an old man and his crumbling bones. I also loved the sound it made and how I could manipulate my body in the same way the paper was being contrasted. The next step would be to add more material and possibly music, but I don't think it needs any text to give further context as it has clear intention but is open enough for the audience to add their own contextualization.
I am now using this 'Ove Solo' as a starting point for a section in my final piece. It feels right and good and clear to be going back to this early stage and applying what I have learnt on top. I hope to keep the clarity, sound transition and forward momentum that I achieved in this solo as it progresses into something deeper.