Slate reviews the Roko’s Basilisk thought experiment.
Surprisingly provocative, and definitely an intriguing read.
I’m convinced. He’s definitely one of the great performers of our age.
This song has been in my head all. Week.
I hope it stays long. It’s so beautifully complex.
News on the theatre front!
My newly founded theatre clan is headed to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this August! My work as musical director, media/photography person, and performer is slowly taking over my work and attention — and I couldn’t be happier.
In about two weeks, I’ll be wrapping up rehearsal, work, and performance here at Ecole Lecoq in Paris, and hitting the road to take in some sun, revisit old friends and make new travel companions, and rehearse (and perform!) takboom’s debut. All on the road.
takboom is a funny kind of theatre company. We’re an international collaboration of artists who use physical theatre, acrobatics, and musicality as social catalysts — we care about stuff, and we want other people to as well. But I think we do it a little differently.
takboom was made to create theatre that is global in perspective, and intimate in scale. We came together by asking, “What is the theatre of tomorrow?” We’re going there to find out. But our performance philosophy goes beyond that.
If we are to speak to globally relevant issues, we must bring the show to diverse audiences. We are not interested in creating theatre for theatre’s sake: we want to speak to those who can’t (or won’t) normally buy tickets.
Sure, we want to sell tickets just as much as the next theatre clan. That part is necessary for any group of hungry actors, and takboom is no different. But we think theatre should go beyond.
takboom puts our wanderlust to work. Our vision is to use movement to provoke a shift in perspective. What happens when a show is devised publicly? How can our “onstage” collaboration transform a public space — one in which individuals normally agree to ignore each other — into a shared space?
takboom lives in the space between stylized forms — we are truly floored by the complicity we’ve found between Lecoq movement, acrobatics, and musicality.
Physically devised theatre communicates beyond that which can be easily understood through traditional theatre-play. With a touch or a glance, movement twists, shifts, and transposes the play into something real…something that spectators recognize in themselves. Unfortunately, most of the usual spectators are already well-versed in the role they play as audience members, and new audiences become hard to find. The revolutionary becomes niche — takboom breaks this mold.
We rehearse and perform wherever and whenever we can — in plazas, parking lots, auditoriums, stadiums, theatres, courtyards, homes, and schools. We create a traveling schedule, and we conduct rehearsals just like any theatre group, with the important exception that our theatre space changes much more frequently. We visit and are visited by fellow artists and friends of the clan, whose work temporarily freshens and inspires our practice. takboom travels because it is the best (and only) way to bring devised theatre into the public eye.
This summer, takboom will perform excerpts from our upcoming Fringe show at Young Arts Paris' House of Cult. Afterwards, we’ll move vers le sud to travel around southern France, performing in town halls and local festivals, rehearsing in as many public places as possible!
We’ll then pick up and move to Northern Norway, where our final rehearsal will kick into high gear in the remaining weeks before the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Starting early August, we’ll jump over to Edinburgh itself for our premiere with Spotlites Theatre at Merchant’s Hall!
Many, many more photos, videos, and stories to share between now and then. For today, know that we are going places. Exciting things are coming!