Alex Rigg has been making live events since 1982. These have taken a number of forms and been shown in several different countries. If there is a common thread to the style and content of these events then it must be a strong need to push boundaries around, to set foot on unknown soil and generally to play with our concepts of art outside its accepted form. He trained as an archaeological illustrator, drystone dyker, blacksmith, fine-artist, dancer, timber-framer and costume maker/designer. His performance work, has been shown in many countries and to many kinds of people. His approach is off-beat and either enigmatic or impenetrable…… decide for yourself. He has worked with, for and alongside many leading creative artists and companies in Scotland. Alex runs a collaborative performance company called Oceanallover whose main preoccupation is to take imaginative and poetic work out into the world using a performance style borrowed from many influences and genres, making reference to film, literature and popular culture. The subject matter of the work is often linked to global and philosophical concerns and encourages its audience to look harder at who and what they are.

The physical reality of the performances are based on a reaction to the given location and the viewing public. The audience are often as surprised as the performers to find themselves in the middle of something odd, and this element of surprise certainly helps to give the work an edge. The size of the cast and the complexity of the presentation is also governed by the location.

Design forms a major part of the work and one in which Fine Art and performance meet most closely. The costume is complex and innovative, drawing on influences from historical and cultural icons to architectural or geological forms. The work is constantly evolving and made to a high standard.

Recent Events and collaborations:

Unexpected Exeter 2016 - "On Tenterhooks" - site specific event
Jorvik Viking Festival 2018 - Howling Wolf sculpture
Not To Scale - collaborative project supported by Creative Scotland and Crawick Artland Trust (Charles Jenks)
Christchurch Arts Festival, New Zealand - site specific performances
Mirabilia Festival, Italy - site specific performance


Sea Hames - Oceanallover





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