Tender Young Creatures is a live installation centred around the theme of young women walking at night. Inspired by the classic tale of Red Riding Hood, the performance is a contemporary look at the wolf which lives inside us.

In a highly visual and richly aural landscape, sixteen young female performers and singers reignite Red’s story and asks us to consider fear, the thing which we feed most.

 

A chorus of young voices cry out to the daughters of the world amidst a backdrop of moving images and projected animations. This is a work which offers young female voices a platform to be heard

Development 2 explored and tested the material with the intention of creating a tourable festival work. The ensemble now works in 6 parts, which concertinas to 12, 18, 60 or 102 cast member strong.  Development 2 has the girls controlling the space using live drums and interacting with the visuals through a live VJ artist.

 

To test the touring model we added 6 new ensemble members to see how possible the learning and embodying of the 6 parts was in a short period of time. Using vocal and physical training sessions to create a cohesive ensemble, we were able to deliver a development presentation that was unable to distinguish between old and new cast members. We are excited about the possibility of incorporating local choruses of girls in the places we tour.

8 minute short video of TYC @Carriageworks Nov 4th 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tender Young Creatures (TYC) has 11 "moments" in 6 parts. 4 parts sing, 1 layers text and the final are the musicians.

The 11 moments take on different flavours of female expression.

This is an instillation so the harmonies fall all around the audience, and are not a flat sound like these rehearsal tracks. The girls sing directly to one person and then move on. These are cut rehearsal to give a sense of the music and do not include text.

LISTENING GUIDE

Moment 1 - Mothers advice. All the advice and well meaning intentions given to girls as they venture out into the world. 

Whispered" "A girl walks. She walks alone night.

When she ran, the world watched.

What big eyes they have. 

Our Daughters run with wolves, and we throw them to the dogs

 

SUNG:

"Surround yourself with friends

Beware when the day ends

Never talk to strangers

Think of all the dangers

Keep your alert

For anyone that could hurt

Never stray from the path

This night might be your last"

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Moment 2 - I love to walk. Girls finding the delight in exploring the world

This is in cannon. Each girl entering the space when they are in their cape. The is a section of  moment 2.

I love to walk, with the stars shining bright

I love to walk, without a care at night

I hear the wind a whispering, I feel the breeze so light, 

I see the moon a glistening oh what a pretty sight

I love to walk with the stars shining bright

I love to walk, without a care at night

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Moment 3 - This is in 4 parts with 4 glocks

My world, my forrest, my mind, my heart

My world, my forrest, my mind, my heart

 

All is mine 

Moment 4: FLOWERS SONG

 

With delight the cast move and explore 3 things, then get hand picked flowers to the audience. Lots of movement. Lightness.

Moment 5. The wolf

Moment 6. A little dark comedy relief.

Moment 7. Shivers. When the hair on the back of your neck starts to stand on its own. This is cut section of the rehearsal track. It evolves into a song cycles in 6 parts.

Moment 8. RUN. Fight of flight. Here the drums take over the space. The girls are now running all their movement and harmonies with cues from the live drums. This culminates in a pecking order being found and a girl hunted. Circled using the audience as a barrier to move in on her.

 

Moment 9 - WE SEE BLOOD

This moment is fractured with drums, chanting and choral text.

Aye, we see blood. And our screams are not of horror.

Do not shelter us from that which we crave, lust after, need, with croaked pretences of protection.

We need none of it. Do not turn our faces away, crying for our lost girlhood, for we will bite the hand that cradles us.  (CHANGE CAPES TO RED)

 

You will not encircle us in your arms and hold us back. We will tear free, our hair will shake loose. We will not be pretty. 

We are not assassins or cats or pieces of art or dolls to be leered at.

Sweat drips from us, slicking our hands and hair and feet.

We are fierce, not sultry.

 

Our war cries have been building in our heads every time you silence us. You mistook it for blankness, for submission. But here we are at the foot of your bed and you never even heard us open the door. We are not assassins. We are berserkers, warriors, whirling arms and legs and claws that will *rip the shadow of fear to shreds. 

 

And when the killing is done, you will see that we do not shy from blood.

Nay, we drink it in, we coat ourselves in it, we wear it as ornamentation.

It slips down our throats and noses and ears and melts down to our heart.

It covers our eyes so we see through a sanguine veil. Crimson coloured glasses of the best kind.

 

AYE. We see blood.

And if you do not stop your feeble protests, it will be yours.

MOMENT 9 - FEAR WILL SWALLOW YOU WHOLE.

Drums infiltrate the AV. Every hollow space and cavity in the space is found to create a whole environment that reverberates. Call and response chant. UNISON.

MOMENT 10 - WE WILL NOT STOP

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“Tender Young Creatures melds elements of the Red Riding Hood story into a short (50 minutes), purposeful and well executed work of immersive theatre for all ages.” 

Jason Blake - SMH

 

‘TENDER YOUNG CREATURES ultimately explodes with female energy.

By the time words like ‘sweat’, ‘claws’, ‘blood’ echo and a sudden, stunning percussion fills the space the audience is assured of the girls’ safety and future. With the settling of emotions and the return of logic, one can fully recognise what a rich, elegant and professional work this is.’ 

Judith Greenaway – Sydney Arts Guide

PRODUCTION OPTIONS

TYC Community  Engagement. 

TYC is a model that makes large scale cast options with local girls an exciting option. The House that Dan built workshops with young women all over the country encouraging to use their voices and be heard. Through 4 weeks of engagement: 

Establishing connections, Auditions, Rehearsals and then

Performance we are able to connect in with young women who on mass will make a whole lot of noise! 

Dark Mofo offers a unique opportunity for this option, as Danielle has already established connections with Schools and performance groups and choirs in Hobart through her work with The Bacchae in 2016.

An add on community engagement option is for the capes. In the original production the capes were made by a sewing circle of grandmothers. This was an incredible day and opportunity for sewers to come and talk about their own stories of being a woman walking at night. With a large scale production this sewing circle offers a unique community engagement opportunity.

BUY IN

Tender Young Creatures can be a complete buy in show. This option runs smoothly on a very small budget with a minimum of 12 girls.