A lit­tle back­ground on the blue men

China Daily (USA) - - LIFE - By XUJING XI in Guangzhou

Why are the char­ac­ters blue?

Blue is the color of the ocean and the color of the sky in all cul­tures. It is a nat­u­ral and neu­tral color. When peo­ple look at a blue man, they won’t have a pre­con­cep­tion of who this be­ing is. Plus blue looks cool.

What does it take to be­come a blue man? What is the cast­ing process like?

To be a blue man, you need to strip away your ego and have the de­sire to con­nect with the au­di­ence. To spread the happy virus to the au­di­ence, a blue man should be a per­son that cel­e­brates life and is cre­ative.

Dur­ing the cast­ing, per­form­ers are told to tell a story with­out words. They will spend about a week hav­ing work­shops and do­ing ex­er­cises to delve into the char­ac­ter. At the end, they will wear the blue makeup and per­form a piece of the show. And a blue man also has to be able to drum.

Why does the Blue Man Group choose drum­ming as the main mu­si­cal el­e­ment for the show?

Drum­ming has the el­e­ment of be­ing tribal and primeval and is a great way to con­vey en­ergy to the au­di­ence in any cul­ture. What are some of the cra­zi­est mu­si­cal in­stru­ments that the Blue Man Group cre­ates?

We’ve cre­ated a PVC “piano” that needs all the three blue men to play to­gether. The shorter the PVC tube is, the higher the note in pitch. Peo­ple can try to make a sim­pler ver­sion by them­selves. We have a 700-square-me­ter lab in New York that comes up with the tech­nol­ogy for the show.

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Blue men en­ter­tain fans with bal­loons dur­ing a pro­mo­tional event in the Guangzhou Opera House.

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