Co-Founder, Artistic/Managing Director
Charles is an interdisciplinary artist with glasses and patched pants. Interested in work that thinks for itself, he has created multiple pieces including his most recent Birds of the Future (May 2019) for Fresh Oysters Performance Research; Want, commissioned for the Right Here Showcase in May 2018; APPETITE, an exploration of feedback as metaphor and performance material, created with sound artist and composer Ted Moore in May 2017 (excerpts of which were performed at the Walker Art Center’s Choreographer’s Evening November 2017); and Losing Kantor, about revolution, legacy, and the work of the avant-garde theater artist Tadeusz Kantor, in October 2016. EX, a dance-theater hybrid that explored themes of family, memory, and loss, was remade for Fresh Oysters Performance Research (2014/2016).
His 2012 performance Black Water was considered one of the best productions of 2011-2012 by Minnesota Playlist. Other work includes his 2009 movement-theater piece He Woke Up In A Strange Place Called Home And Although Looking For Bed He Kept Finding Death Instead which was an examination of global violence and domestic acceptance that took audiences through houses and streets of a quiet middle-class neighborhood.
Deeper into the past his work includes Jasper Johns: GRAY (2008), Islands of Chekhov for the 2008 Twin Cities Chekhov Festival, Visits With Woyzeck for Open Eye Figure Theatre‘s 2008 Toy Theatre After Dark series, Theater Piece for Unbranded (2008), Strange Love (performance) (2007) in a coffin factory, A Quiet Ambition (2006) with Cherri Macht in a brewery office (which also traveled to Yaroslavl, Russia, as part of the International Festival of Movement and Dance), The Car: The Taxi (2004) in a taxi, The House (2004), Pipes (2003), as well as You Are Here (2002) in an observatory and The Bicycle (1999) with architect-sculptor Steve Epley.
He has performed for Laurie Van Wieren, Fire Drill, Laura Holway, Megan Mayer, Theater Novi Most, Mad King Thomas, Flaneur Productions, and 15-Head. He has created other live performance works for Sam Johns & George McConnell, Tara King, Kevin Obstaz, Chris Schlichting, Small Art, and Young Dance.
He hosts and organizes Skewed Visions’ Petri Dish, an ongoing series of discussions designed to facilitate perpetual conversation exploring and expanding the possibilities of art, and began 3PLAY in 2014 as a curation of new short work for the studio.
He was awarded a 2014 MRAC Next Step grant to travel to Poland to study the work of Tadeusz Kantor, was a finalist for the (now defunct) 2009 Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship, and recipient of the 2007 Electric Eyes: New Music and New Media Festival commission, the 2003 Intermedia Arts Naked Stages performance art commission, the Weisman Art Museum’s 2000 Temporary Public Art on Campus commission, and a 2001 Jerome Foundation Building Administrative Capacity grant.
He blogs as necessary at One Skewed Vision. He wrote a series of articles for Minnesota Playlist on “change” you can read anytime you like, here, here, here, and here. His writing was commissioned for RELAY RELAY, an interview marathon on contemporary performance. He was also proud to be a part of Criticism Exchange, an online forum for performance criticism created by Emily Gastineau and Theresa Madaus.
Normative education includes a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, study as a part of the Chautauqua Conservatory Theater Company and at the Classic Stage Conservatory in New York City. In 1991 he entered the University of Minnesota where he sneaked an MA in Theater, studied with the Margolis-Brown Company, and wrested a PhD out of some cold dead hands in 1997, where he has since been seen teaching. He has been assiduously studying the theories and practices of Tadeusz Kantor since 1993.
Perhaps more interestingly, he has been the stay-at-home parent for two children who have grown, but are not yet rich enough to support him.
Work by Charles:
Birds of the Future – May 2019
Want – May 2018
APPETITE – May 2017
Losing Kantor – October 2016
EX [remade] – June 2016
EX – October 2014
Black Water – May 2012
Please Remain Seated (selections) [with Gülgün Kayim & Sean Kelley-Pegg] – June 2011
Cubicle 1 (Still Life) – 2009-2010
He Woke Up In A Strange place called Home and Although Looking For Bed He Kept Finding Death Instead – May 2009
Jasper Johns (GRAY) – June 2008
Unbranded (Theater Piece) – April 2008
Islands of Chekhov – March 2008
Visits with Woyzeck – February 2008
Strange Love (performance) – September 2007
Days and Nights (A Quiet Ambition) [with Cherri Macht] – Spring 2006
The City Itself [with Gülgün Kayim & Sean Kelley-Pegg] – Fall 2004
Pipes – October 2003/August 2004
You Are Here [with Steve Epley] – May 2002
The Eye in the Door, part 3: The Bicycle – August 1999