In July 2005, choreographer Octavio Campos shared the idea of Camposition with a group of 20 artists and community leaders at an informal dinner on his rooftop at his Miami Beach apartment. They established Campositionís mission: to push the boundary between contemporary performance and activism, through live performance, interactive outreach programs and professional development trainings. Through unique performance interventions, where Campositionís artists crash through real life, performing in unexpected places and situations, audiences glean new insight into social issues and the power of theater.|
Since then Camposition Inc., received 501 (C) 3 status in October 2006 and maintains a core of 10 artists, and has presented 45 acclaimed performances, community events, and professional development activities, ultimately serving over 10,000 artists and audience members in South Florida.
Camposition also has established a national and international presence, beginning with performances of Luna Del Pinguino, starring Octavio Campos, presented at the Latino New Works Festival in Los Angeles, California, at the National Performance Network National Meeting in Miami Beach in 2005, and at the Movimiento de Arte y Cultura de Latino America Art Center in San Jose, California, in 2006. Camposition was featured by New York-based impresario Jeffrey Deitch of Deitch Projects live and in the film Flaming Creatures, co-directed by and starring Campos, that was shown at the London Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in 2006. Also in 2006, Camposition made its New York debut at the $ellout Festival in Brooklynís Brick Theater with IPO - The Bored Room, originally commissioned by Miami Light Project, to rave reviews from the New York Theater Review and Movement Research Journal.
Camposition also cast, choreographed and provided performers for the spectacular 2007 Super Bowl pre-game show, produced by Cirque du Soleil which took place in Miami.
Camposition managed production for the New York-based burlesque venue Spiegelworld during its three month run in Miami in 2008 and subsequently sparked a resurgence of the burlesque scene in Miami and South Beach namely at Dream Nightclub with The Chat Noir produced by CircX.
Camposition also plays a leadership role in the national arts scene by participating national conferences and grant panels, such as the Americans for the Arts, Theater Comunications Group, Macdowel Colony, National Endowment for the Arts, Dance USA and the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, and is currently enrolled in the DeVos Institute - Capacity Building Miami program sponsored by the John & James L. Knight Foundation.
Campositionís office and performance studio was located in 801 Projects, the gallery/performance space in Little Havana, located in the Jose Marti Building. Camposition had an ongoing partnership with the artists at 801 Projects, and hosted performances, events, exhibits, and rehearsals for more than 100 local and visiting artists and local arts organizations including Arts4Learning, Circ X, Cirque du Soleil, SpiegelWorld, Latin American Working Group, Cuba Puente, Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Pinecrest Players, Imagine Miami, Inkub8, Artemis, Anchor Arts Management, Florida International University, Village South, and Little Havana Partnership.. At 801 Projects, Camposition offered local artists professional development events such as IPO: Speed Dating an artist collaboration network; The Field, to promote new work by established artists; and the Subversive Cabaret, to engage community participation in the creation of new work.
Camposition has been a leader in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender performance, from solo dance theater pieces such as Blue LIVE -- the centerpiece performance of the 2006 Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, reprised in Houston in 2007 and at PS 122 in New York -- to the full-length ensemble work The BugChasers, commissioned by Miami Dade College and the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.
Camposition has produced landmark performances at the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, including the sold-out Upwake, starring Natasha Tsakos, for the grand opening of the Centerís Studio Theater; and the sold-out performances of Kitchen Monkey, The BugChasers, 1,000 Homosexuals and No Music In This House.
Camposition is actively touring itís work internationally, namely in 2011 and 2012 to Australia presenting Octavio Campos' new one man show, The Pig Show in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the invasion at the Bay of Pigs at Melbourne Fringe Festival at Revolt and a new commission by the National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney, Australia in collaboration with Lisa Minett called Blood Laws.
Camposition hosts The Field Miami an ongoing initiative of the organization to nurture artist by creating professional development opportunities and laboratory time to develop new works of hybrid performance. Since taking over the program from Miami Light Project and Artemis in 2007, Camposition has produced 13 Field Day events serving over 60 artists to date and has created the first Spanish speaking Field project called El Field.
Camposition has actively engaged in the local community, hosting an annual birthday party and performance festival for the City of Miami and producing 305 LIVE, a cultural youth outreach program to expose teens to the theater, commissioned by the Arsht Center. During a residency in Bostonís Theater Offensive, Campos participated in A Street Theater Named Desire, a guerilla-style street performance that later became a GLBT youth initiative in collaboration with Pridelines Youth Services Inc and most recently with it's social consciousness campaign PLEASE DON'T HATE ME! which premiered at the New World Symphony Soundscape park as part of the Sleepless Night 2011 directly benefiting the Switchboard of Miami, a crisis hotline helping those in need with services and counseling.
Camposition has earned local and national support from the Cultural Affairs Council of Miami Dade County, Miami Beach Cultural Affairs, Miami Foundation, Miami Light Project, Miami Dade College, Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Tigertail Productions, Creative Capital, Andy Warhol Foundation, The Field, Punctum, Arts Victoria, National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, The Kennedy Center and National Performance Network.