We’re delighted to announce today that we’ll be working with the remarkable performance collective Odyssey Works during the Sept 2013 BEAT Festival! Odyssey Works will create a 36-hour immersive performance event designed for ONE person, involving hundreds of Brooklyn residents, and taking place throughout the borough of Brooklyn. Odyssey Works is accepting applications now until April 15, for brave souls who wish to have this life-changing performance made just for them.
It is recommended that you apply right away, as we are expecting a lot of interest.
What Is Odyssey Works?
Filmmaker Milan Collins created this wonderful 3-minute video preview on the Odyssey Works experience:
Now in its eleventh year, Odyssey Works pushes ideas of interactivity and site-specific art to their extreme. In 2001, founders Abraham Burickson and Matthew Purdon asked themselves: “What is the deepest impact that art and performance can have?” The answer evolved into Odyssey Works, a series of weekend-long performances uniquely made for one person. The group spends months studying that individual and then engineers theatrical and aesthetic experiences just for them. On the day of the production they awaken in the middle of it, with no idea what stories will unfold.
According to Odyssey Works director Abraham Burickson: “This work breaks the fifth wall – between performance and reality. Because we know so much about the protagonist, we can pull symbols and narrative themes out of real life and develop them in the performance.” One former protagonist said of her experience, “It was like having the windshield on your life wiped clean. Every surface is totally clear and I can see my life again, where I should be going and what I should be doing, with the most intense clarity.”
Odyssey Works’ BEAT performance will take place on the weekend of September 21, but it will begin long before that. There is no audience for the production, but festival-goers will be invited to become extras and play small parts in creating scenes on that weekend and for the month leading up to the weekend. As a festival-goer, your participation may be as a member of a flash mob, or as a co-conspirator arranging happenings in the streets of Brooklyn, or as a stranger for the participant to encounter on her journey through the production. The sooner you sign up, the deeper your experience may be.
We at BEAT are incredibly excited and honored to be working with such an innovative and trailblazing group of artists. Again, we expect a great deal of interest in this project and urge you to apply sooner rather than later to participate. Here, again, is where to go:
Images From Past Odysseys
BEAT Festival: What’s Next?
Very soon, we will be conducting an interview with Odyssey Works’ Artistic Director Abraham Burickson which will be released in the next few weeks (precise date: TBA). We’d LOVE to know what questions you have for Abe and the Odyssey being prepared for Brooklyn. Please leave your questions in the comments section below!
Did you know that our festival dates are confirmed for September 12-21, and will – once again – involve venues all across the borough including The Brooklyn Museum? That’s all confirmed. Tickets go on sale on July 12th, where we will also announce our full program, venues and schedule. The best way to stay tuned is to join our mailing list, which you can do right here. Or, like us on Facebook here & follow us on Twitter here.
Top: Ayden L.M. Grout
Gallery: 1 & 7-Ayden L.M. Grout; From Odyssey Works’ 2012 production “The Map is Not the Territory”; 2-Frederic Grasset (Installation: Tamara Albaitis), both for Odyssey Works’ 2012 production “The Narrative Spiral”; 3-Phil Kohlmetz (Odyssey Works participant Alaska Yamada in “Locating the Borderlands”); 4,5-Phil Kohlmetz; 6-OW co-founder Matthew Purdon in “The Midden of Possibility”