WHEN I LEFT THE HOUSE IT WAS STILL DARK (2013)

Featured Long Durational Work

 WHEN I LEFT THE HOUSE IT WAS STILL DARK (2013), ODYSSEY WORKS

Duration: Three months

Text by Odyssey Works
Cover photograph by Ayden L. M. Grout
Detail of score for the Odyssey Works performance "When I Left the House it was Still Dark" by Travis Weller


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Odyssey Works was founded in San Francisco in 2001 by Director Abraham Burickson and Matthew Purdon, when they began to reconsider their previous work – theater, writing and visual art – and explore ways to bridge the gap between artist and audience. Since then, Odyssey Works' collaborating artists have worked intensively to find a more audience-centric mode of creativity. The result is a series of productions tailored to a single-person audience. The Odyssey Works cast of artists include award-winning poets, designers, programmers, an architect, playwrights, artists, dancers, and an expert dream analyst. The core team members, Abraham Burickson, Ayden L.M. Grout, Ariel Abrahams, and Jen Harmon, were joined in the production of "When I Left the House it Was Still Dark" by composer Travis Weller, Designer Danielle Baskin, and a score of other artists and performers. Every Odyssey Works production also involves the participation of the friends and family of the participant, and of dozens of members of the public who come not as audience but as parts of the experience, helping to make it happen. Odyssey Works has produced pieces in New York, San Francisco, Seattle, and Austin, TX with the support of Cornell University, University of Texas, the BEAT Festival, and the Zellerbach Foundation. The New York Times has called Odyssey Works “A beautiful inefficiency,” and former participant Monica Akin said the experience was “Like walking into the chambers of your own heart and then finding someone else standing inside there, too.” Their website can be found here.