P E A R S O N / B R O O K E S
Mike Brookes and Mike Pearson co-founded the performance collective 'Pearson/Brookes' in 1997, establishing their collaboration through an initial series of performance works both conceived and realised as propositional 'duets'. 'Pearson/Brookes' represents their on-going long term collaboration, their collective proposals, and the performance works they produce - works generally perceived to have pioneered located, mediated and multi-site performance practices - constituting performance as social enquiry and action rather than simply artistic reflection.
"...[Pearson and Brookes] have gained a reputation as two of the most adventurous theatremakers in Britain, bringing to life ideas that are part performance, part theatre, part land art, part multimedia event and part uncategorisable..." - The Guardian
Since 1997 Brookes and Pearson have co-created and produced notable and influential works, at a range of scales, within an international context. These works include:
'dead men's shoes' , 'the first five miles' , 'the man who ate his boots' , 'body of evidence' , 'works of progress' , 'but it will turn out wrong' , 'like a pelican in the wilderness' , 'carrying Lyn' , 'polis' , 'metropolitan motions' ,' rain dogs' ,' who are you looking at' , 'there's someone in the house' , 'saints' ,'Welsh landscape' , and 'something happening / something happening nearby' . In 2010 they realised their award winning production of 'the persians', located within the landscape of a Ministry of Defence training range in the Brecon Beacons, commissioned for the inaugural season of National Theatre Wales. Most recently co-creating their large scale theatre work 'Coriolan/us', commissioned jointly by the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre Wales, for the 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
For additional material please try the performance chronology of the archive and the Pearson/Brookes category of the blog