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Gretchen Greene School of Dance
Savannah, GA October 2010
SCENE 1: THE MARCH OF THE WOLF-MASTERS Light up on a bustling street high within the Metropolis. There is a mix of humans and androids. The androids are noted by their clothing, silly servant’s clothes (maids, butlers, mechanics, traffic cops, merchants, etc.,) which are cartoonish in contrast to the gritty clothing of the humans. They are also marked by a glowing brand which shows their service number. SONG Vocals begin. All turn their attention towards the screen, which shows “vocal waves”. A dancer enters and dances out the message, a little like a flight attendant demonstrates emergency procedures. SONG Vocals complete. Music begins to fade. The dancer exits. The screen goes black. The humans shrug their shoulders, shake their heads in disgust, and go on about their business. The androids, however, stare a bit longer at the screen. Some slowly begin to look around, looking sheepishly at the other androids. They eventually move on, though a few must be pulled along by their humans. SCREEN During transition, “Later that night…”
SCENE 2: VIOLENT STARS HAPPY HUNTING!!! Open with tight spot on Cindy in the lower level of scaffolding. She looks around fearfully. SONG The beat drops. Lights up on street with busy foot traffic. At the highest point of the scaffolding sits Anthony. The Bounty Hunters make their entrance and begin to search for Cindy. They tear apart places that look like a hiding spot and question and harass the people on the street. One of them has a neon sign with Cindy’s # on it, showing it to people to see if they recognize it. SCREEN “I must find him. I must find Anthony.” She clutches her heart. SONG Chorus 1 As the all the Hunters except one temporarily exit, Cindy makes a break for it, leaving the scaffolding and entering the crowd, where she eludes the hunter for a while. A small group of dancers dance a gritty, aggressive dance opposite the stage from this action. SONG Verse 2 As the lone hunter spots her, she begins to climb the scaffolding. He is in hot pursuit. The other hunters slowly re-enter. Dancers dance on occasional phrases of the music. SONG Chorus 2 (Same small group of dancers, dance the chorus in unison.) They chase her as they climb the scaffolding. Sometimes exiting and re-entering. SONG Interlude (Larger group of dancers get down in dim light while the following actions occurs at higher levels) While Cindy is off-stage, a Bounty Hunter approaches Anthony. There is a struggle, and although Anthony escapes he leaves behind
ambiguous evidence as to his survival. SONG Chorus 3 (Dance is full blown and full lit now.) Cindy reaches Anthony’s place, and finding him gone cries out in pain. She pulls herself together, and with a new found anger, decides to “Hit the Floor” to avoid the Bounty Hunters. As she descends the long ladder, the focus moves to the dancers. By the last chorus, all have exited except the original small group of dancers. They move to the scaffolding and dance in silhouette. SCREEN “They’re after you… for loving too… You know the rules… nowhere to run… but underground… don’t let your feet… make a sound…”
Fade to Black.
SCENE 3: MANY MOONS BLACK Lights up on the Floor, the actual ground level of the city, Metropolis’s sprawling ghetto, where few humans fear to tread. SCREEN “Metropolis’s Underground…where few humans fear to tread… home of the tired… the poor… the androids.” The androids dance a wild robotic, but passionate dance. One android, The Shadow, is set apart with an ornate costume and prominent positions in the dance. A follow spot picks up Cindy as she slowly descends to the ground. SONG “We march all around til the sun goes down” The other androids notice someone in their midst, and turn lights on one at a time to investigate. They soon recognize Cindy and point her out in panic as the human-lover. SCREEN “It’s her… she’s the one… she’ll have us all dis-assembled… horrible, abusing the freedom her maker gave her” Everybody walks around suspiciously, building tension. SONG “You’re free but in your mind…” She points at them all while shooting daggers with her eyes. SONG “Your freedom’s in a bind.” A signature turn that will be repeated later. During the next verse, she dances first (on the call), then stands as the screen gives the responses shown below. SCREEN “Will they kill me for loving?... Didn't they make us this way?... Will you be next?... What will happen to us when we're all afraid to love?... are you bold enough to reach for love” During the next bridge, the other androids stand and listen as Cindy takes a tour of the stage, pleading through her
dancing as she re-lives her love and pain. Most of them are swayed by her, but as she comes full circle she is confronted by the few disgruntled ones, led by The Shadow. SCREEN [with song] “I keep my feet on solid ground” After each line, a group of androids jumps to Cindy’s side. SONG “You’re free but in your mind…” The rest run to her side and repeat the signature turn in unison. For the next chorus, she ends up encircled by them, as she preaches and they chant back at her. The Shadow and his thugs are pushed to the fringes, eventually exiting in disgust. SCREEN “Tell me are you bold enough to reach for love.” They all jump wildly, reaching at the sky. SONG Interlude They line up and ceremoniously she strips them of their uniforms and rips out their tags, a painful and messy event. As each one completes this ritual SONG Outro Anthony appears, descending to the Floor. They run to each other and embrace. SONG Reprise The following happens in slow motion. A cloaked Bounty Hunter appears. He pulls his hood back, and whips out an electro-dagger. Cindy sees him over Anthony’s shoulder. She shakes her head in panic and squeezes her eyes shut as the Bounty Hunter lunges forward and plunges the knife into Anthony’s back. Meanwhile, the crowd is reacting in horror, with some running away and some rushing towards the attacker, pulling him off of Cindy. She finally collapses with Anthony in her arms. In pain, she clutches at herself, and then reaches her hands to heaven, clasping her palms together in prayer. Fade to spot on Cindy, then fade to
SCENE 4: CYBERTRONIC PURGATORY Pick up Cindy in spot, then magical lights up. The stage has been cleared. She begins to look around curiously. SONG Vocals begin. The ArchAndroid appears upstage in front of the screen. She dances for Cindy, who becomes entranced. The ArchAndroid’s arms begin to multiply. Cindy approaches and bows. The ArchAndroid produces a lotus flower, which is passed from hand to hand down to Cindy, who takes a deep whiff from the flower. Lights slowly fade.
SCENE 5: NEON GUMBO Lights up on the exact tableaux from the ending of Scene 3. The events of the Many Moons Reprise are now done in reverse, leading all the way up to right when Anthony is about to be stabbed. SONG Guitars and synths. Now events begin to play forward again (still in slow motion), but this time they play out differently. Cindy, keeping her eyes wide open, switches places with Anthony and takes the electro-dagger to the back. The other Androids rush in as before. Anthony collapses holding Cindy in his arms, rocking back and forth. She reaches up and traces the shape of the ArchAndroid with her finger, which is also seen on the screen, before finally going limp.
SCENE 6: SINCERELY, JANE Lights up on the Floor at Cindy Mayweather’s funeral. An electro-tomb-stone stands in a corner. The androids are mournfully gathered. The android that Cindy was arguing with earlier stands apart, warning of the danger of acting rebelliously as Cindy did. Some are swayed to her words and repent. Some, however, re-iterate Cindy’s message of freedom. The repenters skulk away. SONG Remix section. The remaining who have not yet removed their uniforms, now do so in group protest. Finally they begin to graffiti the symbol of the ArchAndroid all over the Floor, eventually exiting. SONG Tag, calling Cindy home. Lights fade to spot on Cindy’s grave. On the CLAP her arm bursts out from the ground. She slowly climbs out, and crawls off into the darkness. Fade to black.
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