Thursday, July 12, 2007

Update on The Tension of Opposites

We had an excellent meeting yesterday evening to discuss Matthew Ferraro's The Tension of Opposites. It was our first opportunity to get the whole team together in one room: Matthew; Liz Sich, who is dealing with grants and fundraising; Phil Giggle, who designed the web site for Matthew; Stefan Henrix, who is Matthew's Sound Designer (and currently working on Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd); John Fulton-MacDonald, who is making a photojournalistic record of the project; and me. Things are moving on apace - we have a date for the performance (6th July 2008 at the Barbican Centre), and today we are video conferencing with an adviser in Los Angeles with a view to presenting a funding bid to a large corporation in the United States. Liz is also moving ahead with grant applications to the Arts Council, Awards for All and Youth Music.

We are also producing a short promotional film in two versions, one for the US market and one for here in Britain. We are continuing to sign up not-for-profit partners, and I have had initial discussions with two large national charities who may wish to benefit from the PR the premiere will attract. Later this summer the website will begin to host The Tension of Opposites Blog which will provide a mechanism for building a community and facilitating networking amongst the various organisations involved in the project. There is also a strong educational strand, so when we launch the main publicity for the concert early next year there will be an opportunity for school children and other learners to contribute materials to the blog. We're still generating lots of ideas, so watch this space.