RADIX is a troupe of artists of multiple backgrounds who train, play, and create in the East Bay. We came together in 2013 out of a desire to learn from each other, to stretch ourselves as performers, and to make new ensemble-devised work that crossed the borders between theater, music, movement and film. We want to tell stories in unconventional spaces using the available, surrounding materials and drawing on all the skills of the group.
Unlike most theater companies that start with someone's vision for a play and then gather people to execute that vision, we start with the artists we want to work with, and develop a show together based on the stories we want to tell and the skills we have to offer. We perform a wide range of material besides plays, including physical/dance-theater, original adaptations of short stories, and even make short films. We also write and perform original musical scores for our shows and sound often changes what happens on stage and screen.
RADIX (pronounced ray-dix) means root. The word radical comes from radix. But for us, it's also about the idea that good theater has to have good roots. That's the rehearsal, the ensemble, everything that happens under the ground. Daniil Kharms, the Russian absurdist poet, also had a theater company he called Radix. It lasted for one day.
"Black Rider," RADIX original, inspired by an 18th c. German devil-tale
"The Distance of the Moon," RADIX adaptation of Italo Calvino's Cosmicomic
"Elizaveta Bam," by Daniil Kharms
"Game of Masks," RADIX original
"The Lady Aoi," by Yukio Mishima
"The Lonely Maestro," RADIX original
"The Tragedy of Portia, Princess of Verona," RADIX original
"Tree of Codes," RADIX original, inspired by Jonathan Safran Foer's erasure poem
"Undream," RADIX original, inspired by the short film "Un Chien Andalou"
"Zangezi," RADIX adaptation of the supersaga by Velimir Khlebnikov
"The Awakening," RADIX original short film, inspired by the myth of Frankenstein
"Zoey & the Wind-Up Boy," RADIX original short film