Meet Malcolm Rock (Netherlands; 2016 ISPA Fellow)
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Meet Malcolm Rock, Artistic Director of ODD Continent, and writer-director-producer of opera, dance and theatre. Just this week, ODD Continent premiered its newest musical/opera/ballet: Morning Blossoms, written and directed by Malcolm! When asked about this experience he noted, “Quite an undertaking […] this time last year I was alone in my study writing jaunty lyrics. Next thing I know, I'm responsible for more than 80 people, including a full symphony orchestra.”
When asked about what he hopes to contribute to the international field of the performing arts, Malcolm said, “The world has become bloated with content, most of it disposable. Our present-day profession has found itself with an odd responsibility: to build an enduring canon—a long-lasting repertoire—through the creation of transient work. I guess this contradiction appeals to me.”
His favorite part about working in the field is “its spontaneous, handmade qualities. Performing arts is beautiful when it is analogue and immediate; when you can see the grain.”
Malcolm attended the New York 2016 ISPA congress as a Netherlands Fellow thanks to the generous support of Dutch Performing Arts / Performing Arts Fund NL. When asked about his impression of his first congress, Malcolm shared, “I loved that everyone was in the same place, at the same time, sharing the same information, session after session. It was like going back to school. I didn't feel like I had to run across the quadrangle just to talk to someone important: chances are I'd be sitting at the desk beside them after recess. Now I have an ISPA Fellowship, so I suddenly feel like a prefect!”
In 2016, ISPA brought 46 Fellows from around the world to the New York Congress. We know it's impossible to meet all these emerging leaders on site do we're highlighting the 2016 ISPA Fellows in features via the members-only monthly newsletter Network and on the website.