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  • Pat Swovelin
    The theme Performing Arts includes the traditional music, drama and dance that we think of as the performing arts (Wikipedia article
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 22, 2009
      The theme "Performing Arts" includes the traditional music, drama and
      dance that we think of as the performing arts (Wikipedia article
      http://tinyurl.com/mvc5h) but it also includes many other things.

      It's the girl strutting her stuff on the beach, the traffic cop in the
      middle of the intersection wearing white gloves directing traffic with a
      flourish or the guy at work telling yet another fishing story ("I swear
      it was THIS big!") by the water cooler. Kids showing off for their
      friends on the playground, the guy hawking products on a street corner,
      the salesman at a used car lot, trial attorneys (although you'd never
      get to shoot in a court room). An athlete celebrating a score during a
      game, the muscle-bound guy working out to impress the ladies, models on
      the runway at a fashion show.

      It's the actors waiting in the wings, ready to go on. It's the sushi
      chef with his flashing knives. It's the High School marching band or
      the ballet dancers endlessly practicing so no one makes a mistake when
      everyone is watching. It's the garage band playing at a
      local/county/state fair or an ethnic dance troupe performing in the
      street in their colorful costumes. It's a command performance for the
      Queen. It's the school play.

      A politician giving a speech trying to drum up votes or the docent
      explaining something in a museum. It's the Professor that all of the
      students want to take a class with because he's so animated when he
      teaches. It's the actor rehearsing his lines in front of the bathroom
      mirror (to be "bathroom ready" when he shows up onset/onstage the next
      day). It's gymnasts practicing their routine so they can "Wow!" the
      judges in the next competition.

      People are always performing for other people either consciously or
      unconsciously, so the possibilities are endless. With this event we'll
      get a real sampling of what people are like all over the planet, ranging
      from a performance at the White House to the man on the street tipping
      his hat to the ladies he passes.

      But for those of you that don't have access to or are reluctant to shoot
      people performing, Performing Arts is more than just that. A *lot*
      more. It's all of the things "behind the curtain" that we don't see
      that make the performance possible. It's the theatre itself. It's the
      props. It's the wardrobe. It's the stage crew. It's the writer
      slaving away at a keyboard pounding out The Next Big Play (who is he

      It's the cameras and all of the lighting and grip equipment. It's the
      people working the sound and light boards during the performance. It's
      the ticket-taker in the ticket booth and the ushers waiting in the lobby
      for the doors to open and the people cleaning up after the show. It's
      the billboard hawking the current show or The Next Big Play (maybe this
      *is* The One). It's the venue where the performance happens. The
      roadies setting up or taking down the stage as they travel from city to
      city touring with the band are also a part of the Performing Arts. It's
      the diesel truck caravan that moves everything from city to city. It's
      the band's tour bus. It's all of the people shooting a movie on the
      next street.

      For venues think your city park, a small town theatre or big stuff like
      The Walt Disney Concert Hall, The Kennedy Center for the Performing
      Arts, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a TV or radio studio, concert
      halls. Sports fields like baseball stadiums, football (round and
      not-so-round) stadiums, tennis courts, golf courses, gymnasiums, ice
      skating rinks. How about ancient sites like Stonehenge, the temples on
      top of Mayan pyramids, the Coliseum in Rome, the Hellenic theatre at
      Epidaurus, Tiananmen Square, the town square in an old European city
      (OK, they're not ancient just old).

      Keep in mind what the Bard of Avon said:
      "All the world's a stage,
      And all the men and women merely players;
      They have their exits and their entrances;
      And one man in his time plays many parts."

      The event dates are:
      Shooting period: September 17-22 (the Equinox occurs on September 22
      at 21:18 UTC)
      Editing period: September 17-30
      Event goes live: October 2nd

      This will be the first WWP event where the focus is on people instead of
      places or things.

      Go for it!

      Pat Swovelin
      World Wide Panorama Event Coordinator

      Get out there an shoot some panoramas!
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