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Work and process

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  Tim Charles On Tour with Optik   This autumn Optik began a national tour with their new show Stranded, their fifth since their formation in 1981.  Stranded is partly inspired by The Tempest, and the text has been provided by Lou Glandfield of IOU.  However, Edwards will only use the text as a basis for developing the show.  Edwards’s work with Optik is the culmination of a mature style that has evolved during his work in performance art over the past 15 years. Pre-Optik Edwards worked extensively as a director, principally with Ritual Theatre,  an experimental group whose performances were based on Grotowski-type improvisation.  The development of Optik...

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aftercare preview

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Teri-Anne Teo on Remote Goat Steve Lambert’s new play, Aftercare examines the tentacled nature of sex and its unforgiving grip on three lives. The play begins with Paul (Daniel Howard) and Sam (Vanessa Russell), who are involved in a sadomasochistic relationship. Despite Paul’s dominant sexual role, he appears accommodating, rather than authoritative, in his delivery. His unlikely and almost, uncertain, sexual role is explained as it is revealed that he is used to being a submissive partner in his relationship with Lisa (Claire Amias), who completes the triangle. Exhausted by Lisa’s sexual demands, he seeks reprieve in Sam, considered a...

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Optik at Tacheles

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OPTIK AT TACHELES This article first appeared in Total Theatre Tacheles is no ordinary theatre. The outside of the building looks as though it is falling to bits. It is huge, made up of at least three blocks in one of Berlin’s main streets, with rusting ghost-like reminders of its origins as a department store and cinema.  In real estate terms I imagine it is worth millions.  But although it is surrounded by the cranes and concrete of Berlin’s current building frenzy it appears to be safe.  It is famous.  Tacheles is now on the tourist itinerary : a shrine to a past that could leave  ruined buildings untouched for decades, and to a new contemporary spirit...

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A Tele-Presence Experiment

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A TELE-PRESENCE EXPERIMENT: OPTIK IN SAO PAULO + LONDON First published in BST Journal Vol 1 No2 2001   Optik is a company that works largely in international collaboration producing site-based installation and performance work. As part of a project happening in Brazil in October 2000 an experiment took place in tele-presence linking up in real time two performance sites, one in Sao Paulo and one in London. Preparation The first stage of the experiment took place at Brunel University on Saturday October 14 2000, two weeks before the planned link up with Sao Paulo. Two studios were used. In one studio the percussionist Simon Edgoose installed a drum and percussion...

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Space

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Space

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