Alex Rigg – Creative Director
Alex Rigg has been making live events since 1982. These have taken a number of forms and been shown in several different countries. If there is a common thread to the style and content of these events then it must be a strong need to push boundaries around, to set foot on unknown soil and generally to play with our concepts of art outside its accepted form. This process could be described as running away from art as fast as possible in a circle in order to catch up with it from behind; an ideological dog-fight, bearing down upon an unsuspecting idea with the sun in its eye………….. or perhaps not.
However, the physical reality of these moments in time are based on a reaction to the given location and the viewing public. The audience are often as surprised as the performers to find themselves in the middle of something odd, and this element of surprise certainly helps to give the work an edge. The size of the cast and the complexity of the presentation is also governed by the location.
Most of these events have involved the collaboration of several people and I am honoured to have worked with all of them and look forward to many more such joint endeavours. It seems that art is an act of passion and a process of persistence. Time being the greatest test of all things it will be interesting to see how many of these events are remembered by those who were there.
Oceanallover is the current title for a body of work whose overall shape is unknown; the name may change and the ideas will continue to develop, but the rigour and energy must be sustained if the art is to have any emotional value. Alex made a series of workshops for Dance Base and Dance House some years ago that he called Emotional Landscapes, a title which is still very close to the heart of the matter.