fri 24 apr 2009 05:19:59 witte de withstraat
a man ran backwards in circles under a ladder
theoretically i'll be getting two or three more somethings to stick in the first mental shoes, which i want to have ready by the first of may. djox already gave me a piece of art to use, but i've been so busy i haven't had time to stick anything else in there yet.
project nvmil design is almost done, which is good cuz the movie needs to be delivered by monday. paul has already done the sound mix sans visual. we are going to do some filming friday afternoon with a couple of local actors, then i can replace some scenes with newer ones. also, supposedly victor worked with mr teehan the other day on sound effects for project ih, which is also due in the next few days.
thursday afternoon pani and i met micheline and michel and tatjana and raquel outside the wester-ako at centraal, and we all got on a train to den haag HS. not to be confused with den haag CS, for which you need to change at leiden. we missed the desired train and took a later one, which put us a bit behind schedule for their last rehearsal. we all climbed into a taxi at den haag HS station, but then m thought 20 euros was way too much for a short ride, so we all climbed out again and walked to the provisional korzo theater, which is five-high in what i think used to be an old KPN building. from the balcony outside the zaal they have a great view of the skyline of den haag. i smoked a couple shags while we were waiting for it all to go down. pani filmed some preparation in the dressing room, then took a floor level angle when the show started, and i shot from up above on the technical deck behind the tribune. because the floor was gray, this gave me a decent contrast on the dancers, who unfortunately were costumed in black with a black curtain. micheline's dance came first, and the performance was quite nice. we had to wait for two other performances before the first intermission, during which i think i got a bit of a glimpse into why m says avante garde has run aground -- notably the young man who started out running backwards in circles under a tall stepladder, then did some calisthenics and some yoga and then told a short story. then the lights came up and we climbed down, packed up and moved out.
i found m and her two dancers sitting on chairs in a corridor, and filmed them debriefing and laughing a lot. then michel and pani and i walked back to the HS station and came back to amsterdam.
pani has been putting a lot of thought into the content structure for her documentary series project about europeans' relationship with plant life. she said she has explained it to several people in various languages, and each time it gets a bit clearer. on the train she explained it to michel.
we took the 13 from CS to admiraal de ruijterweg, during which time i realized i was quite hungry and wanted a beer too. but it was about ten in the evening, we were loaded down walking with equipment, so in west we had few options for those two things (food and beer) together. just on a lark we decided to walk into de "golden" pauw just to make sure they really do close at ten. "zijn jullie al dicht?" i asked the lady at the counter. "ja" she nodded. "u sluit gewoon om tien uur dus. ok bedankt." and we started to leave, but then the lady said "kom binnen!" so we came inside. for some reason she decided we could eat there even though they should be closed by ten. so that made me feel really lucky cuz i got some food and beer. i had peking soup and kung po kai and two bottles of tsing tao, and pani had kung po something else and one bottle of tsing tao.
on getting home i went to bed almost right away, but then woke up at around 04.00.
the refrigerator in our kitchen is humming pretty loud. i'm afraid maybe the compressor motor is starting to go. this happened to me once years ago in buffalo. it got so bad it was like living with a moped running in the kitchen. maybe something got nudged when jk was defrosting it the other day. or maybe it just makes more noise when it's not ballasted by ice. recently jk and marina have been working on chopping and freezing some fruit for future daiquiri drinks.
sometime last week i got really mad and screamed at one of my friends on line. i know why i was annoyed, but i'm not sure why i snapped like that. later i felt bad about it.