Abe Rybeck, Founding Director of The Theater Offensive has been pushing the boundaries of LGBTQ activism for over 30 years and I am so fortunate to have been able to interact with him over the years. We met at the National Performance Network – Annual meeting on Miami Beach at the Deauville Hotel. It was during an after party, when suddenly, hardcore Cuban salsa music started to blast into the Grand Ballroom and before I knew it we where on the dance floor “salsaing” our brains out.
Since then I have considered him a mentor, confident and source of inspiration. Here are scenes from CLIMACTS – WET! 2015. An immersive performance installation I collaborated on with The Theater Offensive staff under the Artistic/Executive leadership of Nick Bazzo, Adrian Budhu and Evelyn Francis with the super generous support of the NPN.
Here is a little excerpt of the video I created during my residency in Boston that played on the most gorgeous LED Flat screen.
It has been almost one week since my first showing of Raw Coffee @FilmGate Interactive and the feedback has been more than positive. I believe now more than ever that the relevance of Freedom and how we obtain it is key to a healthy and balanced existence. Everyone craves for understanding, to “get it”, to know what’s going on or at least find out where to it is. Change is inevitable. The cells of our body change minute by minute. The skins gets rougher. The bones get weaker. The eyes get heavier. The mind goes deeper. Freedom is a privilege. The work I am doing now is fusing together a lifetime of experience and misunderstandings. Failing to authentically connect to the out of control train I am currently on. Alone! with my nostalgia of my heritage, my languages and my stories.
Thank you Neil de la Flor for this really mindful review of the work, it says it way better than I can. I just always seems to get lost inside of the performance arena. A haze of delights envelops my consciousness and I begin to breathe out of every pour in my body. The charge that fuels me, ricochets like a dart right into my heart. The exchange I feel with the space, the audience and the circumstance creates a purpose for my precarious situation. I thank all of you who have supported me throughout this process and I apologize to those that I am hurting right now.
This workshop has been designed to release and free individuals working in creative arenas that are being require to produce tremendous intellectual outcomes and sustained innovative high performance Performance Lab provides a space where participants quickly find clear pathways to erase mental blocks they may be experiencing due to creative burnout, stress, bad movement habits and emotional trauma caused through overwork, multitasking and deadline driven creativity
Through a series of motion driven activities Performance Lab will challenge creatives emotions to exit the work space and enter the play space. Performers will conjure up states to perform within using their bodies and imaginations to create fresh, new and lucid circumstances to reenter their work with a new-found sense of curiosity and courage. Participants will feel the effects of Performance Lab almost instantly. Through a simple series of exercises creatives are released of physical and emotional tension allowing a renewed and rejuvenated mind and body back into their performance driven creative practices with a new sense of freedom and ease.
The sessions are designed for anyone of any age or capacity with a willingness to fail. Each session and can be tailored to fit the needs of the ensemble or individual that usually last between 50 minutes – 90 minutes. The methods used in Performance Lab where first developed with performing and visual artists but now has expanded to serve hybrid creatives within the Science and Technology fields.
Octavio Campos, a movement practitioner, motivational director and luminary of the international expressive arts community brings 30 years of experience to Performance Lab. He is an expert at guiding participants through mind maps that trigger the nervous system prompting clear, easy, efficient and soothing motion in the body. His indirect use of directed focus, subliminal imagery and deliciously relaxing athleticism revitalizing the most tired and unmotivated creatives. The soundscapes he creates to support the workspace he encourage all to take risks, play games, fail big, laugh hard, reboot nervous systems and rebuild confidence to tackle any obstacle in front of them.
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TRPL Quince and The Pig Show, my last two solo projects were both works that made me look deeply at my Cuban American roots. I finally made it to Cuba this past August and September. Thanks to collaborator and dear friend, Natasha Tsakos, (Artistic Director and Visual Artist), the pioneering powerhouse Debbie Ohanian (Producer), a life long dream of mine has come true. To create a devised-music-theater project in Havana, Cuba, alongside incredible collaborators, the founder of Dansa Contemporanea and former director of the Tropicana NightClub, Santiago Alfonso and the Cuban music master, Issac Delgado. Enjoy this Research and Inspiration video for the new project “Salsa Mambo Cha Cha Cha”, bound for Broadway. Stay tuned or for an invitation to the work in progress contact me.
In January of 2013 I was approached by Mikhail Baryshnikov at a rehearsal for Rosie Herrera’s new work Dinning Alone. To my surprise I received a call from his Executive Director and colleague, Georgiana Picket. She asked me to submit work to “Misha” and a few months later, I received an invitation for “no pressure” creative residency at the Baryshnikov Arts Center.
Here is a video that was made during the final days of the residency.
Dear friend and journalist Danny Brody produced this fun video after the first public showing of the newly born project created during my residency which will from now on be called TRPL Quince. Here is that clip from the NEW YORK MINUTE.
How far will a person go to accomplish a dream that has no limits? If that dream includes self-reinvention, risk, and separating from the past, then the dream may not be as accessible as reality.
Octavio Campos _2.0 is the beginning of an ending. This page will slowly become the archive of my work as dancetheater artist, activist, producer and creator of devised theater, a memory bank of my performances and musings on writing about the performing arts at large.
The Synapse Performance Project facilitates and supports dance think tanks; concentrated periods of creative work, where a Miami-based choreographer brings in collaborators from other parts of the country. Thought Loom is proud to work with seasoned choreographer, Octavio Campos as its first lead artist with his new transmedia solo performance TRPL Qunice. A very special thanks to the directors of Thought Loom, Letty Basart, Elana Reynolds and the incredible and generous Lydia Bittner Baird.
Watch the interview with collaborators, David Fishel (Video) and Robert Flynt (Photography).