Inspired by their innovative use of technology to create sensory and immersive theatrical environments for children, Crying Out Loud introduced Company TPO to the UK in 2004. We have worked with them ever since, extensively touring their productions across the UK, and touring them internationally, introducing them to USA and Australia.
Purveyors of visual, emotional and immersive theatre, space is the protagonist in TPO’s shows with their images, colours and sounds. Thanks to the use of interactive technologies, every show transforms a space into a sensitive environment where the fine border between art and play can be experienced. Dancers, performers and the audience interact with each other exploring new expressive forms that go beyond language and cultural barriers. TPO shows are renowned for using big visual scenery that transforms into interactive theatrical spaces thanks to the use of sensors and digital technologies, making the company’s work accessible to all audiences.
In addition to touring The Japanese Garden, The Kurdish Garden, Butterflies and Kindur, we collaborated with TPO in a pilot project for children on the autistic spectrum at London’s Purcell Room during a run of Butterflies. This led to the co-commission of a special residency to create Dance Please! at Chats Palace with Ben Duke.
This was the beginning of Opening Out, a strand of Crying Out Loud’s work that provides access to high quality work for children on the autistic spectrum.