with Lara Dâmaso, Meret Kaufmann, nick von kleist, Jesper List Thomsen, Michelangelo Miccolis and Cally Spooner.
OFFSHORE is an itinerant performance company and pedagogical structure initiated in 2017 by Cally Spooner to draft new vocabulary and terms of how to organise, work, and perform together. Arriving from literature, theatre, and a messy, unrequited love affair with philosophy, OFFSHORE sits somewhere between a philosophy school for embodied knowledge, an engine, an alibi, a backroom, a rehearsal, and some deliberate, unguaranteed, social plumbing.
The future is uncertain. In the case of COVID-19, this logic fails; the future is cancelled, and we are left at home, in the present, hopefully no longer in our pyjamas.This rubs abrasively against everything we know, yet, while money needs to be made, and the economy will return to some semblance of operation.
OFFSHORE believes now is not the moment to escape the mighty pause we have been dealt by nature.
OFFSHORE believes this is a moment to extend the pause, to stay with its trouble, so we can restructure everything that is rotten. For those that welcome it, the pause will open up maximum focus. With focus, OFFSHORE considers how to build performance practice, live events and social gathering in the present, so that EVERYONE might draft new vocabulary, new terms and new conditions on how to organise, gather, be embodied, care, listen, respond, form solidarity and, indeed, perform.
OFFSHORE was born in Europe in 2017 via Corpus — an international network for commissioning performance-related work, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. OFFSHORE developed further in 2018, via the Stanley Picker Fellowship at Kingston University, in collaboration with The Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP) and has been unfolding since, as a transdisciplinary, pan-European entity at the Playground Festival (STUK arts centre and M Museum), Leuven; Bulegoa z/b, Bilbao; NTU CCA Singapore, Singapore; Centre National de la Danse, Paris; Swiss Institute, New York; Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich and the David Roberts Foundation, London. OFFSHORE was founded by Cally Spooner and her role in the company continues today as THE LEGIBILITY COORDINATOR and LECTURER.
Image:OFFSHORE IN PARIS, Centre National de la Danse, Paris, 2018. Courtesy of OFFSHORE. Photo: Marc Domage