We went for musical narrative that contrasted with the upbeat, frantic circus theme we had already sensed in the other scene we created. I thought that the slower and different styled classical pieces worked well, particularly Humperdinck's overture to Hansel and Gretal and 'The Swan' (from Camille Saint-Saens Carnival of the Animals) as it gave the baby elephant the chance to explore its personality outside the music world we would usually have provided and expect.
It was beautiful to see the puppeteers have the freedom to play. To see what opportunities brought and where their instinct took them. Usually in processes like this the time is so constricted that there is just no space to play, no room for collaboration like this. Luckily enough we have been provided two weeks to create about three relatively short sections, and luckily that allows the best of both worlds.
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