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Performance Lab

 
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Performance Lab

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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Performance Lab in action

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For information on how to book Octavio Campos for a workshop fill in the form below

Baryshnikov Arts Center Residency

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.

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Mikhail Baryshnikov, Me and Georgiana Picket after the opening night of Dining Alone by Rosie Herrera at he Baryshnikov Arts Center, NYC.

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.

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Studio A – the scene of creation at Baryshnikov Arts Center. Just like heaven with a dance floor.

Link to residency page:  Octavio Campos – Baryshnikov Art Center residency

OctavioCampos_2.0

 


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.

For more information

Movement Tank

Take me to the forest

I don’t know where I’m going

Maybe this way

or

This Way

She wore a

Big

Red

Hat

and Heavy, Heavy, basket

my fucking back

with 3 little pots inside

and she was

Walking and Walking and Walking and Walking

STOP!

GET UP!

The dwarfs

I don’t Care, I’m pretty

I don’t Care, I’m Gorgeous

I don’t Care, I’m Wonderful!!!!!

YOU,  COME WITH ME!

It’s cold…..

(blow through hands)

And this…

is the WOLF…..

and he looks like

THISSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

(hands turn into snakes and they attack you.  Die an Operatic death in the style of a Latino soap opera actor).

FIN…