Zac’s first co-production with the maverick theatre devising company that is Kandinsky Theatre was staged in 2014, however his collaboration with director James Yeatman goes way back. After meeting through mutual friends at the Jazz Cafe’s legendary Sunday Jam session in 2002, the two went on to develop a dramatic language in which the music is very much present, underscoring much of their productions, but also a performance in its own right. James’ extensive experience as assistant director for Simon McBurney’s Complicite informs Kandinsky’s own creative process, which is highly collaborative.
Kandinsky’s productions are transparent in the sense they work with the materials that are to hand, a kind of ‘poor’ theatre. To that effect, the music has always been performed live by Zac on a range of instruments including piano, clarinets, synths, drums, toy piano and sparingly effects like loops station, samples and Ableton live. Zac’s work with Kandinsky includes “Dog Show” (2015), “Still Ill” (2016), “Trap Street” (2018) and “Dinomania” (2019), which the company performed at FIND Festival at the Schaubuhne (Berlin), Shuffle Festival (Tower Hamlets) and the New Diorama.
★★★★★ “Wildly inventive theatre company Kandinsky return with a head-spinningly smart show… No-one else makes theatre quite like this.” Time Out
★★★★ “intricately-layered, exquisitely detailed … . It’s deeply sophisticated, sensitive stuff” Time Out
★★★★ “meld[ing] an astonishing complexity of themes, a mastery of form and a deep, deep humanity … another triumph for Kandinsky” Time Out
★★★★★ “Breathtaking stuff… an enormously affecting bit of theatre” – London City Nights
★★★★ “Intricate, compelling, hilarious, moving and multifaceted” – Reviews Hub
★★★★ “a delightful performance that stands out for the originality of its concept and execution” – The Upcoming