Surrealist Taxi is a new Rotterdam based creative studio led by producer Harry Ross and designer Helen Scarlett O'Neill. The studio's aim is to support the spread of immersive, participatory and site-specific performance, inspired by the environment around them both social and structural, in Rotterdam and beyond.
Over the last twelve years Helen has specialised in art installation and performance outside of traditional venues, provoking new relationships between space, people and culture. From beaches beneath motorways to queer clubs recreated from police archives, she enjoys any project which encourages people to explore the urban landscape. Her role in projects often spans concept development, research, audience engagement, dramaturgy, set and graphic design.
Harry is an artist and producer with twenty-two years of experience leading festival curation and production of ambitious projects for national institutions, experimental arts collectives and commercial ventures. His role in projects often spans concept development, research, partner engagement, direction and production delivery. He is also a published poet and opera librettist.
Our work encompasses five different strands Participatory architecture, Urban exploration, Dance and Music, visceral history and cultural legacy. All of our projects are unified in their aim to bring both arts and audiences outside of their traditional patterns in order to broaden horizons. People and place and playfulness are at the heart of everything we do. We are a collaborative partnership with an entrepreneurial model which allows us to work with large institutions to produce innovative projects which often stretch the scope of those organisations.