Building The Dara Experience
Any great show is based on not just the music, but the experience. The collective communion of souls at a concert brings people together. That is ultimately what music is all about. Dara has been working on facilitating and expanding upon this experience for some time now. Aside from just tightening the set into a tight and powerful performance, we have a few other things in the works.
One thing that separates a good from a great performance, is the stage presence and the story that is told by the performance. Adding theatrical elements is a huge thing that many bands are taking steps towards incorporating. This can mean anything from an elaborate light show, to the classic fog machine, to dancers. We’ve really been brainstorming and are on our way to doing all of that, and more!
A huge aspect of The Red Tiger Nebula is that it is a concept album. This means it has a story to tell and we are more than stoked to get out and tell it. Like with any good story, the more detail that is included the more real it becomes. We want our audiences to feel the story as a visceral part of themselves. It’s our desire for people to connect with the characters on a personal level. How can we make this happen? By bringing the characters to life. The way we’re going to do that is by creating giant puppets, in the style of a Chinese Dragon. Our hope is that this will bring the show to life, and make for a more engaging performance. How do construct a giant puppet?
Paper mache is our medium of choice. We’ve begun construction on a few of the characters. It’s been a hot mess getting everything made, but such a blast! It’s definitely a learning process. Playing with paper mache is a lot of fun, one thing I didn’t realize going into it though, is that stuff gets HOT!!! Bringing a mixture of cornstarch and water to a boil makes for some interesting burns. I was pretty ecstatic when we got the first batch done and reached into the pot with some paper. Needless to say I’ve learned my lesson.
This project is continuing to be a fantastically fun learning experience. There will be more pictures and maybe some tutorials to come! What suggestions do you have for puppets in the future?