This work developed from a Pollination with Melcher Media to create a narrative wow experience for The Future Of Storytelling Summit 2014(FOST). With collaborator Christine Jones we developed THE GUILD. Future storytellers traveled back in time to create a collective meant to save the art of storytelling. We enlisted 12 members to join us for the Summit.
THE GUILD opened FOST with an rain initiation ceremony where they led all attendees in making rain by snapping their fingers, patting thighs, and jumping in unison to create thunder. This gesture culminated with the entire audience singing a chord in harmony. Attendees were selected and initiated into various stages of THE GUILD; most were taught the secret handshake, some recorded their memories of rain, many were gifted an intimate one on one experience. THE GUILD finalized its work in initiating attendees at the Masonic Temple in Manhattan with a Choral rendition of “Tomorrow Never Knows” by the Beatles. This transitioned to an audio-story-montage™ of rhythms and rain memories recorded the previous day on Snugg Harbor. As this track played THE GUILD sang gentle “oooooohs” while Kyle Driggs performed his mesmerizing solo a red umbrella.
Snug Harbor & Manhattan, NYC
THE GUILD Director/Conductor: Michael McQuilken
The GUILD Assistant Director: Will O’Hare
Umbrella Solo: Kyle Driggs
Choir Director: Matt Morello
Costumes: Kate Power of Fleet Jewelry
Rain Memory Track: Dave Groener
Executive of All Things: Ana Lima Constantino
Writer: Emily Schwend
Photos: Will O’Hare