OCKHAM'S RAZOR IS A UK AERIAL THEATRE COMPANY WHO COMBINE CIRCUS AND VISUAL THEATRE TO MAKE WORK THAT IS ARRESTING AND ENTERTAINING. THEY SPECIALISE IN CREATING PHYSICAL THEATRE ON ORIGINAL PIECES OF AERIAL EQUIPMENT AND CREATE STORIES FROM THE VULNERABILITY, TRUST AND RELIANCE THAT EXIST BETWEEN PEOPLE IN THE AIR.
They recently premiered the new out-door show Public with a company of ten graduate performers about the use and ownership of public space. Urban public space has become increasingly colonised by corporations. Malls, shopping centres, arcades and transport hubs are owned by private interests with their own contracted security and surveillance. In this landscape there is an unease around young people taking up public space - to experiment, play, rest together and build social bonds with their peers. Play becomes a risky and subversive act.
"Ockham's Razor is a hugely promising young aerial company who don't just have superb circus skills, but also highly creative brains." The Guardian
The Company was formed in 2004 and has been produced by Turtle Key Arts since 2006. In 2006 they premiered their first full evening programme, a triple bill of Arc, Memento Mori and Every Action, to sell-out audiences at the Royal Opera House as part of the London International Mime Festival. Since then they have created The Mill (2010), Not Until We Are Lost (2012), Together (2014), Tipping Point (2015) Belly of the Whale (2018) This Time (2019) and performed in theatres and festivals throughout the U.K, Europe, America and Australia and have established a reputation for innovative and ground-breaking performances.
The name Ockham's Razor comes from a logical principle attributed to the medieval philosopher William of Ockham. It states that between two plausible theories, the simpler is preferable. As a company they work with this simple approach.
They are company in residency at artsdepot and an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation. www.ockhamsrazor.co.uk
Images by Nik Mackey, Graham McGrath, Mark Dawson, Paul Blakemore and Daisy Dawson.