About Our Projects
Visionbox Productions is the producing arm of Visionbox Studio. As an extension of its training programs, Visionbox is creating new ‘intermedia’ performance work in the ‘low-friction’ style developed by the company. ‘Low-friction’ refers to a style of performance that focuses on the essential relationship between the actor, text, and audience. Visionbox workshops and projects are kept low-cost, with little or no production values, i.e. costumes, sets, etc., while still remaining evocative, complex, and powerful. The minimalism of project design allows audiences to connect more immediately with the transparency of the creative process. Visionbox has established ongoing performance events called ‘open rehearsals’ that are free of charge and allow audiences not only to see the work of Visionbox Studio, but also to engage in open dialogue about the creative process and the content of each particular project developed by the company. ‘Intermedia’ refers to the use of video and film as an integral and essential element of live performance. Film and video create the world of a play or project, interacting with the performance in connotative and unexpected ways. The combination of live acting and film and video design creates a new modality of performance work at the core of the Visionbox aesthetic. Visionbox also combines dance, live music, trapeze, and fine art in the exploration of ‘intermedia’. While the development of a new style of production is a focus of Visionbox Productions, content will continue to be equally, if not more, important.
Visionbox Season 1, 2011-12
My Two Sisters, a two person adaptation of Chekhov’s Three Sisters, written and directed by Jennifer McCray Rincon
The Othello Project, Phase 1 & 2, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello focusing on contemporary issues of domestic violence
Visionbox Season 2, 2012-13
Crisis Actors is a co-production between Visionbox and John Simmons, film producer and Special Aide to Colorado Senator Steve King. This project focuses on safety in Denver schools. 32 actors are training to create live re-enactments of emergency situations to perform throughout Colorado schools. The live scenarios will be filmed to create a series of 3D simulation training films. The goal of this project is to train 35,000 teachers to protect 850,000 children in Colorado. Visit crisisactors.org for more information.
Expedition 6 is a performance piece written and directed by actor Bill Pullman that was developed first in workshops at the National Theatre Conservatory in collaboration with Jennifer McCray Rincon. Expedition 6 tells the true story of the rescue of two American astronauts and one Russian cosmonaut from the International Space Station following the Columbia shuttle catastrophe of February 1, 2003. These events were immediately overshadowed by the invasion of Iraq on March 22, 2003. Within a climate of global anxiety, NASA and its partners faced a multi-national space rescue that changed the future of American manned space missions. Visionbox and producer John Simmons will be working with Bill Pullman to develop an independent film version of the live performance piece for national distribution in 2013.