After 16 glorious years, Ockham’s Razor’s Artistic Director, Tina Koch, has announced her decision to leave the company.
Tina Koch, Artistic Director Emerita – Ockham’s Razor
Ockham’s Razor has been more than a job, more than a vocation, more than an artistic vision. For over 15 years it has been my life. I have led and I have followed as we journeyed from a small group of circus school graduates to the company we have become today. I laughed and I cried as we braved our fears head on and discovered true gems in the most unexpected places. I ratcheted scaffolding bars to roof racks in the pouring rain at 3am in the morning and I danced at glamorous galas in NYC. I lived the artist dream of turning the most artistically and logistically ambitious projects into reality; And I had the honour of sharing them with venues and audiences all over the world. – what a privilege it has been!
I am leaving Ockham’s Razor in a really good place and I have no doubt that it will continue to flourish. For me, it is time to move on to adventures new. Over lockdown the call to return to academia grew ever stronger and I decided to take the leap. I am excited to continue my academic journey with an MA and to dedicate more time to researching, inventing new equipment and teaching the next generation of artists.
To the friends made, the artistic collaborators found, to the audiences played, and most importantly, to the big Ockham’s Razor family, thank you. It’s been a fantabulous ride. Here’s to a new chapter…
From Artistic Director Alex Harvey:
After 16 years as one of the Artistic Directors of Ockham's Razor Tina Koch will be leaving us this April to pursue a path in academia. We wish her all the luck in the world with her new endeavours and want to thank her from the bottom of our hearts for her contribution to building Ockham's Razor into the ground breaking company that it is today.
In her time with us Tina has been instrumental in the making of numerous critically acclaimed Ockham's Razor shows which have toured to theatres and festivals nationally and internationally. Throughout our creation processes she has held many roles, among them devising, directing, designing and performing. In all her roles she has been playful and inventive with a striking vision. In all things her attention to detail is second to none. In 2017 she directed Belly of the Whale, an ingenious and moving outdoor creation featuring pioneering design and circus choreography which was seen by 36,162 people across 8 countries.
She has proved herself to be a truly inspiring, compassionate and thoughtful teacher and has been highly valued as a guest lecturer at the National Centre for Circus Arts and Circomedia. This and her commitment to research and pushing the boundaries of the art form makes this return to academia a highly exciting prospect for the sector.
We are incredibly proud of the role Tina has taken over the past year as an ambassador for Ockham's Razor in assessing the needs of the circus sector and advocating for better inclusivity and resources.
Again we would like to thank her for her contribution to the success of the company and we look forward to following her career as she journeys onwards.
Charlotte and I will be taking the company forward together, continuing to work with our producers, Turtle Key Arts and are excited for what the next chapter holds.