Station House Opera

With past projects ranging from site-specific works created with 10,000 concrete blocks, to simultaneous performances across continents using live internet streaming, Station House Opera is a renowned performance company with a unique physical and visual style. Founded in 1980, it has produced more than 30 productions of widely varying scale and focus, but all rooted in a desire to make work that brings together theatre and the visual arts in a single unified vision.

The company has created projects in a variety of locations all over the world, from New York's Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage to Dresden's historic Frauenkirche and Salisbury Cathedral, and has toured the world, from Azerbaijan to Kosovo, China to Brazil.

  • Image: Roadmetal, Sweetbread. Photograph: Hydar Dewachi
  • Image: Dominoes
  • Image: Dominoes Photographer: Urska Boljkovac
  • Image: Mind Out Photographer: Hugo Glendinning

Productions

Dissolved

  • Duration:
  • People on road: 6
  • Freight: No freight necessary

Description:

Experiencing Station House Opera’s new production is to be taken into an uncanny world where new and impossible spaces are created. Dissolved uses live video streaming to merge venues, bringing people from both cities into dynamic connection – and giving you the chance to be in two places at once.

Visually arresting and psychologically absorbing, Dissolved allows performers and audiences in different parts of the world to merge and occupy each other, in a doubled space that is half there, half not there. Using video streaming in a way far removed from Skype calls and video conferencing, the space created is complex, ambiguous and beguiling.

Roadmetal, Sweetbread

  • Duration:
  • People on road: 4
  • Freight: No freight necessary

Description:

Occupying an alternative world bearing an uncanny resemblance to reality, a man and a woman compete with their own life-size video images for survival. The piece is peopled by real bodies, by ghosts and by entities which seem to be both.

Roadmetal, Sweetbread is recreated specifically for every venue it visits.

Dominoes

  • Duration:
  • People on road: 3
  • Freight: No freight necessary

Description:

Dominoes takes as its starting point the simplest of ideas: a line of dominoes. Thousands of breezeblocks are used to create a moving sculpture which runs across the city, unfolding over the course of the day, with the help of hundreds of volunteers. 

Dominoes is a city-scale site-specific installation, a moving sculpture with possible performative elements, which can be recreated and adapted for different cities and contexts. Dominoes was originally created in London on 26 July 2009, linking the five ‘host boroughs’ for the 2012 Olympics. It was then re-created in many different scales in collaboration with the city/festival which invited us.

Wraparound work

Station House Opera runs projects and workshops for students and artists, designed to make its work accessible to all and to share skills and approaches to the company's work. It also works collaboratively with other artists and other organisations around the world. 

Press Comments & Testimonials

"Funny, spooky and slightly unsettling... A company that proves it can still be well ahead of the game"

The Guardian

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Details

Artistic Director(s)

Julian Maynard Smith

Contact details

Marine Thevenet
Producer

c/o Artsadmin
28 Commercial Street
London
E1 6AB

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