Gregory Kozak and Justine Murdy are the Artistic Directors of Scrap Arts Music. We thought we should begin a multi-part blog to share with you the exciting (and a little bit scary!) journey we are undertaking as we create an all-new, 90-minute production called “Children of Metropolis” for debut in Canada in March of 2018, and the USA in April 2018
The next few months are going to be c-ra-z-y!!! We hope we keep up the momentum to continue this blog, and hope you will enjoy the “behind the scenes” look into our Creative Process. Please feel free to comment below!
Let’s just cut to the chase scene, shall we? Our all-new Scrap Arts Music production “Children of Metropolis” will explore the theme of “one musician’s search for meaning in a world forever changed” in a serious, yet light-hearted, whimsical way — with original music, invented sculptural instruments, and choreographed movement. We also plan to experiment with projected filmic elements toward enhancing a non-verbal narrative.
Yup. Narrative. That’s new for us.
Although our proposed narrative is still very much in flux, the foregoing is the basis for the “non-verbal story” of “Children of Metropolis”:
“Children of Metropolis” is an imaginative envisioning of what happened to the children featured at the end of Fritz Lang’s great classic film of 1927, “Metropolis”. That movie ends with the amazing city of Metropolis in collapse. The “Hand” (Workers) and the “Head” (Elites) now realize that they must be united by Heart… but the children were basically abandoned to the flood and only rescued at the last minute when Metropolis was destroyed. What happened to that next generation?
(Want to see the harrowing flood scene from the fantastic original movie from 1927? Click here!)
We propose that the City and its buildings were in ruin and that the children ended up being extremely resourceful and (oftentimes through play) were able to transform the ruin into source materials for a renewed life. These children grew old (and with them the lessons of their forefathers), and a new generation of children are wandering the ruined streets… they bump into an old man (one of the original children) and awaken in him the desire to share what he has learned and what the next generation has not yet. In the process the old man becomes young again, but not without its lighter moments.
Metropolis in ruin becomes the source material for the instruments used in the production. A multi-generational, multi-racial cast gives life to the narrative, which is enhanced with filmic moments that advance the narrative.
This series will continue next week. In the meantime, it would be great to hear what you think. If you are inclined to share this with your social media accounts PLEASE DO! It’s far more inspiring to write about this stuff if you know there are people actually reading it. Also, please feel invited to leave any comments you might have below.