With “The Mango Tree” a mere few days away now, I gather it’d be rude of me not to post. But truth be told, we are all getting a little nervous, excited and quiet now. Since our “The Mango Grove” workshop (delivered on Monday) is now a thing of the past, allow me to step back and reflect. Though perhaps this would all feel a little easier if my muggy little office in Meanwood had some ambiance in the form of incense, candles and live Tanpura (for those who don’t know, that’s the Indian musical instrument responsible for the foundations of captivating drones).
Last Monday at the workshop, we saw a session with a difference. Primary school pupils from Carr Manor scurried round the corner, seemingly stepping from the ordinary right into the extraordinary, as their senses were magically filled with the colourful ways of India. Flashes of magenta, gold, purple and orange entered eyeshot as Dilrani (head-to-toe in full Indian goddess costume) bent down to honour each young forehead with a bindi. Sugary rainbow rows of barfi sailed across silver platters; where one-by-one they were snatched up by playful fingertips and enjoyed for the first time by Yorkshire’s children. Bells knocked together with elegant drama as Dilrani danced through angular forms; shadows told charming stories before a screen shielding Reb Caputo’s bespoke office.
And what about ARC? Well, we performed our musical journey piece, “Indigo”, and now we can’t wait to vibe on it again. However, there will be one minor difference next time we play it…
…See you at The Venue, this Friday, 7pm.
Don’t forget to book your tickets at Mango Tree box office at Leeds College of Music
by Melissa Thompson