An Interview With Robin Singer by Jordan Rosin
Hi! I'm Robin Singer and I play Hope.
Awesome. So what has been the biggest challenge for you so far in the rehearsal process?
The biggest challenge so far has been the boot camps... the physical aspects of it have definitely been challenging. 3 hours... climbing on your hands and knees up a hillside... you know... not common for most theatrical productions.
Yea. That's probably true. What is it that you are most excited for?
I think what I'm most excited for is for people to see it, because it's gonna be awesome. But personally, as an actor, I'm definitely excited about doing more of the combat and definitely, you know... diving more into the butoh.
Cool. Speaking of butoh, what is butoh to you personally?
My understanding of butoh is that it is a type of dance / performance that originated in Japan where the performer is called upon to achieve a state of being where they are able to open themselves as far as they possibly can to perform for an audience.
Cool... and what attracted you to the project in the first place.
Well the first thing that attracted me to the project was the Electra story, because I am a big classics person. And then - having read further down the page - definitely the martial arts aspect of it attracted me. Any sort of physical theatre... the more physical and painful the better... so this is perfect.
How did you first get involved in theatre?
In theatre? Oh gosh... I started as a dancer when I was like that big (gesturing) and then kind of transitioned into theatre, a little bit of musical theatre, martial arts for a long time. Yea, I've pretty much run the gambit as far as performance goes.
Where are we right now in the rehearsal / creative process? Give us a little taste... what are we doing?
Hmmm... well, time-wise, I think we're about halfway through, which is pretty bonkers. As far as the development of the show, we've really started to dive a little bit more into... really all of the aspects of the performance. You know... breaking down the text, a lot of the martial arts, like I said - the physical training... and the dance and the butoh, we've pretty much had thorough training sessions for all that and I think now we're starting to get into the choreography, the specifics of the scene work and putting it all together.
Nice. And what part of your body is most sore right now?
Ahh... geeze. It's all sore. There was one week where I had to walk sideways down stairs for a solid three days, I was covered in tiger-balm and it was pretty bad. My back's a little sore right now too, but I don't know why. Anything really, I mean... my feet, my mind, my hands... (laughing) everything! It's a full body experience, I think.
Anything else you want the viewers at home to know?
You have to come see it, obviously. That's the biggest thing: if you miss it... well, you're a sucker.
Donate to Butoh Electra on Kickstarter.com
CLICK HERE for more info and to donate.