Small’s preparations for her first Tableau Vivant performance took place on her 30th Birthday, one month prior to the gathering. What was originally intended as a one-off experiment as part of a promotional event for her still photography, ended up acting as the launching point for a world of performances to come.
It was only after the event that a good friend referenced the European tradition of tableaux vivants. In awe with her own creation, Small's curiosity led her to question what exactly it was she had created, explore it's context in history - and later - to explore this idea further, taking the medium to new heights.
During preparations, Small met with the selected cast and conducted an experimental "meet and greet" photo shoot. The fruits of this shoot formed the blueprint for the live “re-take,” one month later. After this Tableau experiment, Small set out to create one of massive scale, with of 120 participants. Each of the Tableaux leading up to May 2011 acted as an experimental building block for the culminating performance.