Flanker Origami


09. June 2022




Odin Teatret
Særkærparken 144
7500 Holstebro

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Kr. 120 / 60

Created and performed on Zoom Organic Theatre, UK

Performers and directors: Bianca Mastrominico and John Dean
Artwork and 2D Animations: Cristiana Messina Film consultancy: Massimo Alí Mohammad Digital technical management: Chiara Menozzi

Press, Marketing & Production Consultancy: Ariane Oiticica, Unavoidable PR


An artistic couple exposes their pandemic coping routines, digitally unleashing two eccentric performance personas bent on transforming their home into a glittery alternative reality. Stranded on Zoom in a domestic fantasy of spectacle, they reveal an online intimacy which is manipulative, tender and slightly disturbing, while escaping from the monotony of confinement through sharing lucid dreams and playing out preposterous wellbeing rituals.

Flanker Origami made their first appearance live online as part of the digital programme of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2021 and in January 2022 they ventured outside for a second iteration in Flanker Origami Go To Town @Sook, unleashing fandom and merchandising in a hybrid and ludic exploration of performance as commodification in St James Quarter, a newly built shopping centre in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Bianca Mastrominico is a performance maker, author/director and scholar currently based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Born in Naples (Italy) she received her first apprenticeship in her theatre family through the artistic work of her parents, Pina Cipriani and Franco Nico, alongside studying for a degree in Letters and Philosophy. In 2002 Bianca founded Organic Theatre with actor John Dean, a cross-cultural performance laboratory rooted in ongoing training and research for innovative practice and pedagogy. Bianca is currently Programme Leader for MA Digital Performance and BA(Hons) Performance at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, where she also teaches Theatre Anthropology as well as Theatre Laboratory and Devising Practices. She is a member of the Centre of Communication, Cultural and Media Studies and is an active member of the Practice Research Cluster: Finding and Understanding Creative Knowledge. Bianca has published for The Open Page, Journal of Theatre Anthropology, Total Theatre Magazine, New Theatre Quarterly, International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, and Body, Space and Technology, amongst others.

John Dean is an actor and performance maker, who co-founded Organic Theatre with Bianca in 2002. He had his initial classical theatre training in London and worked for many theatres and companies in the UK, such as the Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal National Theatre Studio and Shakespeare’s Globe, whilst pursuing further training with the Gardzienice Theatre Association in Poland, which led him to learn with Odin Teatret in Denmark, Milon Mela in India, and Keith Johnstone in Canada, amongst others. He is currently based in Edinburgh, Scotland where he works at Queen Margaret University alongside Bianca, teaching and leading the Performing Arts team. He is a member of the Centre of Communication, Cultural and Media Studies and is actively involved in the Practice Research Cluster: Finding and Understanding Creative Knowledge, where he also develops practice research projects based on Organic Theatre’s creative work.

ORGANIC THEATRE is a cross-cultural performance laboratory created by Bianca Mastrominico and John Dean in 2002, looking for organicity in serendipity and embodied knowledge and building upon personal artistic know-how. The work is rooted in ongoing training and research for innovative interdisciplinary practice and pedagogy, and focuses on process-led collaborative creation and audience participation, both live and digital. The group has performed throughout the UK and Europe, in theatres, art galleries, museums, streets, barns, village halls and festivals including the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Brighton Fringe Festival, Brighton Science Festival, Festival d’Automne à Paris (France), E45 – Napoli Teatro Festival Italia (Naples, Italy) amongst others. Organic Theatre has received financial support from Arts Council England, Exeter City Council, and Bristol City Council, ESPRC – Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e Turismo, and Napoli Teatro Festival Italia (Italy).