Richard Sacks - Biography

Richard holds a masters degree in percussion from SUNY Stony Brook. He performs with Arraymusic, The Glass Orchestra, New Music Concerts, the Canadian Opera Co., Tapestry New Opera, the Evergreen Club Gamelan and others. He has toured extensively through Europe and Asia.

Recent dance collaborations include the acclaimed “White Snake” Ballet (Xing Dance Company), pieces for Marie-Joseé Chartier for premiere in Singapore, for Peter Chin at the N.A.C. and "Art in Open Spaces" w/Jessica Runge. He has performed with Robert Desrosiers, Dancemakers, Le Group de la Place Royal, Bill James and Toronto Dance Theatre.

In theatre, Richard's recent work has been as composer/performer in Red Sky's Caribou Songs, for two Midsummer Night's Dream productions (Passe Muraille, directed by Kate Lynch and Canstage's Shakespeare in the Park at High Park 2002 directed by Richard Greenblatt), also for the hit show 'Sibs' (Tarragon), the award winning children's shows, "Dib and Dob"(Roseneath) "Danny, King of the Basement" (Roseneath) and Pinnochio (YPT nonminated for a Dora award). He appeared in Joseph Papp's production of "Multinationals and the Heavens" at the New York Shakespeare Theatre, in the premiers of Gilles Maheu's "Peau, chair et os" with Carbone 14 at the Festival de Théâtre des Amériques in Montreal and the Rose/Kugler adaption of Timothy Findley's "Not Wanted On The Voyage" in Toronto.

His own performance pieces mix percussion, theatre and movement in unique ways for soloist and large ensemble exploring a mix of new technologies and traditional theatrical devices. He has recently completed 'World on a String', a 50,000 word interactive web-based SciFi and 'The MetaMOOphosis', a permanent installation of interactive theatre based on Kafka's 'Metamorphosis' (see High Wired - University of Michigan Press). All can be found at Rik's Café Canadian, a World Wide Web site focusing on Toronto's rich cultural resources - http://www.vex.net/rikscafe