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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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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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xstasis

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Performer voices Comments written by the young professionals working on othis project Optik in montreal: xstasis     Laura so I’m there in the space, almost crying or rolling on the floor with laughter and I don’t have any intellectual understanding of a why. There’s something really fascinating about that, something really sacred, tapping into something that raw and unpredictable.   As moments of synchronicity happened in performance, I felt that the audience instantly became part of them – so much so that I would look over at someone watching – usually someone who was REALLY watching – and I would feel as if they could...

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Waring Review

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Apple Theatre seeks way to bewilderment   International Times IT/52 March1969   Wes Waring   There are no absolutes in theatre. Stasis occurs when creativity has stopped: the thing that happens then is no longer art. Art is a continuous process, a process of exploration: working in isolation the actor can only examine himself, but when he can elicit responses and establish a direct emotional communication with someone else, the creative and exploratory process is complete. In the long history of western art, compartmental thinking has steadily separated art from life. The art-object becomes a talisman, becomes ‘precious’, is glass-cased and labelled....

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Union Chapel Discussion

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OPTIK Live Art Performance Training Discussion following the observed training session and the performance by Optik. Union Chapel London January 28 1996  Chair: Susan Melrose ______________________________________________________________________________   Susan Melrose (SM) I have been watching Optik since 1991. I have watched them through development and changes of performers: addition, subtraction, lousy reviews with people walking out half way through and slamming doors, many successful moments, interesting moments. So I’m completely committed to it. Completely committed to it. So I thought that I’d talk about perversity. [Laughter]   Barry...

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Tank Commentary

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TANK Created and directed by Barry Edwards A Commentary by Susan Melrose   The end of shared significance Barry Edwards’ latest live work is an instance of a complex performance metapraxis. The primary focus seems both banal and mysterious : what are the bases for performance decision making, by metteur en scene and performer in both the pre-performance and the actual performance work itself ? Are the decisions made of similar implication and ‘meaning’ potential for all participants – that is for the artists and for the spectator ?   The idea of shared significance and a common coding for new performance, implying the existence of a consensus as to...

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