Friday, May 27, 2011

Blue Man Group - The Setting of A New Stimuli Threshold


Video Clip: Rods And Cones

Blue Man Group 


We had taken Alex to his first show.



It is a percussive based show... 
filled with unique instruments...
a deep chest felt driving beat...
a hypnotic display of fluorescent dyes...
strobing lights...video displays...
highly coordinated actions of the cast...
along with a great use of physical props
that were used on the audience.

While this video is of their show in the Venetian in Las Vegas...
we went to their opening show in San Francisco.


My wife and I had first seen them when they were still starting out
over 16 years ago...as an off Broadway show in New York City.

We were so impressed with the show...
when my wife saw that they were playing nearby...
we knew we had to go.

While Alex, just a few years ago, would not have been able to 
handle such an onrush of simultaneous extreme multi level stimuli...
to have him experience this would be a great way
to reset his tolerance levels up a notch.

The sounds from the stage were amplified to such an extent that I felt 
 them in my chest.

We bought earplugs to lessen the experience auditorily.

Still, we weren't sure if the amount of the combined stimuli
would have been tolerated well by him.

We have been getting him used to new and more extreme
stimuli in order to heighten his tolerance levels.

We knew... should he successfully pass this new level...
he would be able to handle almost all
everyday type stimuli...
and more importantly...
he would know it.





We started the day of with some shopping and then eating out
at the Japan Town in San Francisco.





After eating...
it was but a short drive to the 
Golden Gate Theatre 
for the show.


We are inside awaiting seating.



Before the show...
my wife had bought 
a souvenir for Alex.

It was a pen that projects the 
Blue Man Group
onto...even distant objects...

like the theater ceiling.

Perfect for 
making them dance to the looped music
they were playing while people were being seated...
before the show.

No...

it was I... who had embarrassed my wife
with my impromptu dance show on the ceiling...
not Alex...

Yes...

my wife took the pen away from me...
just after one dance number.  :)


After the show...
the main characters of the 
Blue Man Group
came out to take pictures with 
anyone desiring to do so.

I thought this was a very nice thing for 
the cast members to do.

They had put on a tremendous show....
Alex was thoroughly enjoying the 
new types of sights and sounds...
all at levels I thought would bother him some.

I had been...happily...proven wrong.

I was watching Alex for his reaction
throughout the show...
especially when the percussive instruments
played in concert with the band
at levels that had...literally...
made my shirt shake.

I looked over to Alex...
unsure how he would react to the combination
of deep sounds, strobing lights, crowd reaction...

Alex...
 who had been watching everything
with rapt attention...
started imitating the percussive motions of 
the cast...
yes...
he was...
 air drumming.  :)

We, as parents, only enjoyed
the night out...
because Alex had.

Alex enjoyed the new sights and sounds...
the surreal effect of the show...
the new possibilities of seeing sound...
as well as feeling it...
the ingenuity of humans in the creation 
of such a presentation...

I enjoyed the look of...
 wonderment and pure joy...
in my son's eyes...
the excitement of his adventure
in his body language...
of his words to us
on the way home...
about how he had really enjoyed
himself at the show.


This is what makes it all worth while...

seeing growth in our son...
while making the lesson...
a night of ...

Pure Magic.



2 comments:

  1. Haha,I laughed at the light pen story. :)

    How wonderful that Alex is now able to not only tolerate, but really enjoy this show! It speaks to the progress he has made. Congrats!

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  2. Yes...this is what makes me the most happy. This opens up so many more doors for his future. I was initially afraid that had this been a negative experience...he would have been cautious with other experiences...and so...we would have had to start at a much lower level to build him back up.

    We ended up making this a solid step forward.

    Now there will be more productions to see in the future.

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