Review

Second Spectacle

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CAROLINE HARDY PERFORMANCE MAGAZINE Optik performed in London in February with their first piece One Spectacle, and returned a month later with Second Spectacle. As the titles suggest both shows are companion pieces, staking the company’s claim to its own distinctive style. The work is an essay in theatrical style – a formidable presumption. Second Spectacle concerns itself with narrative. Following Godard, the piece could well be titled ‘fragments of a performance’ as there is no smooth dramatic progression. One story dominates, that...

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Sadlers Review 2

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Ann Nugent UK OPTIK at Sadler’s Wells   If I were to try to define what Optik is about I might say ‘being’, and in doing so would land up in the mire of complexity that is properly representative of this extraordinary production by Barry Edwards. For though it has echoes of the sixties when early postmodernists were doing away with theatricality, what it tackles is first our perception of theatre and then of reality. It is alternately boring and brilliant. It is repetitive, then as the performers speed up with physical expression...

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Sadlers Review 1

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JOHN KEEFE Total Theatre London UK   Think of the piece as a spatial track. Watching Optik is to see the lines and rectangles of Mondrian, the blocks and space of Newman brought into three dimensions. A spatial text of rhythm, movement and pace where choice is played out within transparent rules. A free focused traversing of space between any two points fixed by each of the 3 performers. Choice and changes of direction are forced by the rule of avoiding collision with people or objects. No colluding with the spectators who are confronted...

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Dreams of Mrs Fraser

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B A Young Financial Times Dreams of Mrs Fraser   Between Gabriel Josipovici and me there is a great gulf fixed. As I see it, a work written for the stage must have more than words, even if the words create personalities and atmosphere. There must also be action, using the word in the broadest possible sense. Barry Edwards, directing two short examples in London for Paradise Foundry (an admirable small touring company) has approached the problem in two different ways. Dreams of Mrs Fraser has a narrative foundation, full of incident, about...

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Club Monkey

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Stephen Pope The Independent Pick of the Day Club Monkey Watermans Arts Centre After years spent laughing at their country on the alternative cabaret and art rock circuits, maybe Japanese musical satire duo The Frank Chickens is an idea that has finally found its time. Now that Channel 4 has turned the inscrutably daft ritual of Japanese Sumo wrestling into as familiar art object of couch-potato curiosity as darts, snooker, pro-celebrity sheepdog trials and carpet bowls, there is al last the possibility of Kazuko Hohki and Atsako Kamura’s...

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Amorph

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OPTIK @ Amorph 98! Performance Festival HELSINKI FINLAND SEPTEMBER 1998 TAIDE Art Magazine 6/98 Page 26 TRANSLATION FROM FINNISH   This was already the fourth Amorph, this time organised in Helsinki. The theme of the festival was “Friend or Foe”. Performances about contacts, communities and communications, looking for things in common and pointing out differences. The budget was surprisingly small, but the result was a very stylish event. There were performances not only from Finland but also from Canada, Great Britain,...

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Sherril Dodds

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Dance Theatre Journal London UK   On a chilly Sunday evening, two men and a woman walk back and forth across a dusty floor. The space is softly lit. A large iron frame hangs from the ceiling, three perspex rectangles stand upright, and musician, surrounded by drums and other percussion instruments, sits silently in the corner. The audience, dispersed in several lines facing and adjacent to one another, are barely seated, yet the performance has inconspicuously begun. We are in Union Chapel’s converted performance space, watching...

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Little Deaths Reviews

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Emily Buist Bristol Evening Post Rating 9/10 This is a play that explores the raw core of the human condition and displays its madness, violence and fragility. It is about hidden animalistic desires and the momentary power they hold over us. The characters are deeply psychologically and mentally damaged and seek to punish themselves or regain a warped power over their chaotic and haphazard lives. The characters, despite being soaked in their own selfish obsessions are strangely watchable and deeply intriguing. This is a dark, seductive and...

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