Our proposed LAB:


saltpeter – exploding opera


Tonseisha, a play by Erik Patterson, is being transformed into a cross-disciplinary performance installation. This dedicated time and space will allow our creative team – lighting, sound and design – to propose and respond to creative stimuli, and strengthen our working relationships. This references the way performers are often given time to workshop ideas.

Prior to the LAB, we will have our team propose the most controversial, irreverent, pressing questions to do with performance in general and/or their field of expertise that they are concerned with. We will then curate a week of testing, sharing and playing. The hypotheses tested and our findings will feed into our full scale production, and importantly, inform our individual working practices and future projects within a community of artists.


Some example questions: Can lighting changes, as opposed to the characters’ journeys, drive the action of the piece and if so, for how long? What happens if the actors aren’t allowed to speak, but have to utilize sonic equipment for the purpose of communication? How much of this can take place in total darkness? Could we have the technical team on stage? Do we need performers (cf. Stifter’s Dinge)?


Short paragraph about your company/group.


saltpeter, founded in 2010, is a company that believes in building exhilarating, inspiring art through positive long-term relationships and vice versa. Our shows emerge out of the artists we grow and weave together and our reach and references are international and cross-disciplinary.

We have discovered that our process-driven approach gives our work – large or small, high-tech or lo-fi –  a flavour of something bigger i.e. our belief in art as integral to everyday life. 

Over the last 18 months, saltpeter has been using the play, Tonseisha, to investigate questions we have about art, music, and performance and the creative process. We have gathered a team of artists from various disciplines, drawn together because we find each other exciting and stimulating.

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