Biomechanical art naturally aligns itself with the worlds of fantasy and science fiction. It is an art form that seeks to combine elements of the machine with organics for a style of art that is visually surrealistic. Human bones, joints and extremities may be reimagined as metal gears and pneumatic pistons. A motorized camera lens often replaces the eye--a signature augmentation of the trans-human or cyborg.
Seen through nostalgic eyes, everything about the past was better. The world made more sense then; they were innocent times. Doesn’t matter that those assumptions are always off the mark – if you believe something is true, well, it makes it easier to fool yourself.
Shakespeare’s King Lear is a monumental play. But one major obstacle to mounting a good production of Lear is to have an actor that is believable as an older man, but who still has the stamina to last through a three-hour show night after night. There have been attempts to use younger actors – Olivier for example played the role in his twenties, but said he didn’t understand it until his seventies.
Little Shop of Horrors started out life as a largely improvised film shot over a two-day period when director Roger Corman found he had two days’ rental left on a set and enough actors to make a quick flick. If you are unfamiliar with Corman, he was an amazing filmmaker who relied heavily on hungry actors on their way up, and desperate actors trying to hold on.