Odyssey Works

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Odyssey Works is an interdisciplinary performance collective founded by Abraham Burickson and Matthew Purdon in San Francisco[1] in 2001. The group, composed of artists practicing in various disciplines (writers, composers, designers, actors, performance artists etc.), creates 24hr performances for just one person.[2]

The group creates 24-36hr performances for one person audiences. According to the New York Times, "Odyssey Works tends to invite all manner of glancing comparisons: artists like Vito Acconci, Marina Abramović and Aaron Landsman; the interactive Punchdrunk play “Sleep No More”; the notion of relational aesthetics; and the largely European trend of performing theater for one person at a time." [3] The performances, which are site specific and highly participatory,[4] are part of the relational aesthetics movement in performance and art and find their roots in the situationist movement of the 1960s and the work of such directors as Jerzy Grotowski and Peter Brook.[5]

A book about Odyssey Works' ouvre will be published in the Fall of 2016 by Princeton Architectural Press[6]

Odyssey Works is currently directed by Abraham Burickson.

Current and Past Members[edit]

Abraham Burickson, Matthew Purdon, Miriam Bird Greenberg, Matthea Harvey, Ed Purver, Phil Kohlmetz, Ariel Abrahams, Bjorn Stagne Ankre, Amy Petrolati, Nell Waters, Shoshana Green, Clarinda Mac Low, Chris Tocco, Jen Harmon, Emily Alpren, Lauren Kohne, Paul Spitz, Bill Streett, Henry Rosenthal, Travis Weller, Sasha Wizansky, Leanne Zacharias, Ayden LeRoux Grout. Xandra Clark, Jessica Ferris, Danielle Baskin, Sasha Wizansky, Laurie Ewer, Carl Collins, Neil Donohue, Mateo Pendergrast, Mike Sadler, Maya Orchin, Kristin Swiat, Jessica Myers, Lydia Chrisman, Annie Saeugling, Giovanna Gamna, Charlie Maciejewski, Eulani Labay, Kelly Tierney, Dr. Irving Slesar; Neil Donohue.


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