I’ve heard the expression used positively and negatively over the years. Performers before going on stage sometimes get a really ill feeling from nerves and describe it as butterflies. Carrie Bradshaw of Sex in the City fame used it to describe the reaction from finding the right mate. In fact she said “Some people are settling down, some people are settling and some people refuse to settle for anything less than butterflies.”
Today I played with butterflies. OK not real ones, but paper butterflies in the creation of a magic effect for the Pangaea Arts Society’s current creation The Life of Paper. It’s an innovative new theatrical work developed in collaboration with origami artist Joseph Wu. Pangaea Arts will fuse the ancient art of paper folding with live theatrical performers from a range of artistic backgrounds, as well as renowned world music group Orchid Ensemble. The Life of Paper will be an visual feast, featuring a stunning world made entirely of paper, and combining elements of East and West.
The effect is basically a cut piece of paper is shaped to resemble a butterfly and then the artists uses a small fan to fan the butterfly to life. The butterfly then multiplies into two which flit and fly around the performer and eventually die. The artist then becomes the butterfly and from their hands hundreds of new butterflies emerge and fly.
The development team and actors were lots of fun and I really look forward to seeing the play in May.