Risers in a challenging space
Date: October 11, 2013
Hi there: Our performing space not only doesn't have risers, but isn't even configured so that risers could get installed, so we have figured out a way to level the area where the singers stand. This means the choir members are on their feet the whole time, which is naturally very tiring for them.
Has anyone faced a similar situation? What did you do to remedy it (short of finding a different venue, which is currently not possible for us)? Our trouble is that chairs are not safe in the leveled area due to small gaps in the leveling, plus they would take up too much room. I've thought about trying to find or even build some sort of narrow portable “benches” to lean on, the way you might lean on a countertop. (Stability would obviously be an important factor!) Something like kneelers in a church—although up at the right height, of course—with room on each for two or three folks to rest on during non-singing portions of a concert. But that’s only a vague idea at best.
As always, any thoughts or suggestions welcome. Thanks! Bill
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