We are thrilled to announce this year’s Artist Residents!
Since 2013, Boca del Lupo’s Space Residency Program has provided up to two weeks of free space, equipment, and mentorship support for the development of a new work from a variety of artistic disciplines created by both emerging and established artists. The Program has an open intake process with an annual call for submissions, and selections are made by Boca del Lupo Artistic Director, Sherry J. Yoon.
This year’s selected Space Residencies include:
Rate of Loss ~ Internal/External Worlds Mind of a Snail — Chloé Ziner, Jessica Gabriel
Mind of a Snail shadow puppetry duo Chloé and Jessica have been developing a multilayered style of visual storytelling, using overhead projectors as their main source of light. During their Space Residency with Boca, they will explore deeper technical aspects of integrating live video feed with overhead projection puppetry, which will inform a larger collaboration they are doing with Up In The Air Theatre called Rate of Loss, premiering at the Cultch in the fall of 2018.
Their core focus will be on designing a “Table-Top” desk setup that will be used by the main actor in the show. On the desk they will create small models/dioramas of a post-apocalyptic world that serve as both internal and external environmental features in the show. In Rate of Loss, the relationship between humans trapped inside a compound and the wild natural world outside the compound is accentuated with projection puppetry. Chloé and Jessica are interested in giving focus to the spaces where these edges blur, and they are designing a world that is stark, claustrophobic, mysterious, gritty, slap-stick, futuristic high-tech/low-tech all steeped in the knowledge of our imminent extinction. (Photo of Donna Soares by Dave Mott).
Tender Engine Alexa Mardon, Erika Mitsuhashi, Brynn McNab, Zahra Shahab and Elissa Hanson
Tender Engine is a work-in-progress collaboration which began on January 2, 2018, between Erika Mitsuhashi, Alexa Mardon, Brynn McNab, and Uxie the Recurrent Neural Network. Uxie is an algorithm trained on a dataset they have gathered in since the beginning of this year: language from their conversations, writing, rehearsals, and the place we are. The weather, the news, and our personal histories have taught Uxie how to speak, and we are learning how to listen. (Photo by Rafal Chaz-core).
The Centurions Project Sally Stubbs and Lynna Goldhar Smith With youth performers Chantal Dobles Gering, Anthony Goncharov, Finnegan Howes, Syrah Khan, and adult/professional Dawn Milman
The Centurions Project will bring the play Centurions by Sally Stubbs to life in a community-engaged collaborative process involving youth and professional mentors. The project is inspired by and builds on the innovative initiative associated with community-based productions of Jordan Tanahill’s script Concord Floral.
Centurions is an un-sanitized exploration of complex human issues related to our escalating entanglement with technology, friendship, love, sexual violence, and silence. According to Statistics Canada, the population most affected by these issues are children and young people, but we don’t hear from them. We hear from adults. We hear from experts. A critical component of The Centurions Project is the prompting of discussion around these issues and the young artists involved will have much to say.
Good Things to Do Christine Quintana and Molly MacKinnon
Somewhere between awake and asleep, you are summoned to receive a special message from a witty and wistful old friend. They take you on a solitary journey in a performance for one, in the hopes of reconnecting with you. But not much time remains before morning – and your friend has an important message to share.
Good Things To Do is an immersive performance experience for an audience of 4 to 12, which is experienced individually. Using a blend of live and recorded sound, a dreamy and private physical environment, and an unexpected use of technology, participants are invited to centre themselves within a dreamscape in which they possess extraordinary powers. Good Things To Do is a meditation on goodness, generosity, and the struggle to stay soft in a world that asks us to be hard. Christine and Molly aim to offer participants a performance experience that is restorative and contemplative. (Photo by Christine Quintana).
Sanctuary Ulla Laidlaw & Sasha Singer Wilson
Sanctuary can be defined as a sacred space where the profane has been pushed out. But in a time of climate change with no morsel of earth safe from the effects of carbon emissions, the sanctuary has become an extinct and impossible construction. Sanctuary is an immersive experience for small audiences. It offers a place for contemplating the death and disappearance of the sanctuary in a time of climate change. Ulla and Sasha are developing the piece through a process that combines research, interviews, and experimentation with small audiences. (Photo by Amy Jess Shead).
Minowin Dancers of Damelahamid Society — Margaret Grenier, Andrew Grenier, Nigel Grenier, Raven Grenier, Rebecca Baker, Sammy Chien Jeanette Kotowich, and Peter Espiritu
Minowin integrates narrative, movement, song, performance, and multi-media design; connecting to landscapes from contemporary perspectives of customary Indigenous dance forms. Mînowin describes how we clarify direction, as we recover and reinterpret the teachings that define and redefine who we are, and that are accessed through story, dance, and song. The piece will explore the moments where we connect with one another, moments that bring new life into our artistic practices, the upheaval and rebalancing, and places of renewal for each generation as we redefine ourselves. The project aims to deconstruct colonial conceptions of space and performance by critically engaging with the complexities surrounding conventional performance space.
The project is as much about re-envisioning performance space as it is about contemporary dance expression rooted within conventional Indigenous dance. (Photo by Chris Randle). www.damelahamid.ca
Vivarium III June Fukumura, Kelly O'Brien, Cindy Mochizuki
Vivarium III is an immersive theatrical experience that explores the questions:”Can a group of people enter the theatre as strangers and leave feeling connected? Perhaps as acquaintances? Friends? Maybe even lovers?”Are we becoming more intimate with our screens than with real people? Maybe.
June and Keely’s collaborations are created under the umbrella, Popcorn Galaxies. Their work explores the complexities of human connection and digital intimacy through multi-media technology, various social media platforms, and immersive ‘ice breakers’. Through these mediums, they attempt to cultivate trust between strangers and examine the quality of intimacy between the performer and the audience and between audience members both online and IRL. (Photo by June Fukumura).
Breathe Water Scheherazaad Cooper and Chengxin Wei
Breathe Water is a movement exploration of traditional performance vocabulary’s inscription on the body. A distillation of the training principles of classical Chinese and classical Indian dance, the work explores breath as movement impulse and water as a medium through which the control required for both traditions can be palpably shared with spectators. An attempt to demystify the ‘spectacle’ of both performance styles, Breathe Water peels back the layers of exoticism to reveal two bodies that change as they move and are changed by how they move.
culturecapital Milton Lim and Patrick Blenkarn
culturecapital is a playable trading card game that creates figures of arts festivals, organizations, companies, and collectives. The active agents of Vancouver’s culture sectors are the tools of the game. The game will showcase game mechanics resulting in and arising from resource management, risk assessment, as well as external factors during the process of bartering cards. Using public funding figures, operating budgets, and knowledge of cultural festivities, the possibility of creating a system to problematize these numbers and their expanded relationships is at the core of culturecapital. This workshop will focus on research, play-testing to make a prototype version of the game, and preliminary audiovisual media design. Miltonlim.com (Photo credit: Milton Lim)
Geologic Formations mia susan amir, Arash Khakpour, Alex Lazaridis Ferguson, Mischa Shadloo, Veronique West, Julia Siedlanowska
The words fascia and fascism share an etymological root, the Latin word, fasces, which means, “bundle.”
Geologic Formations is an immersive performance combining movement, projection, soundscapes, an interactive set, and experiments with the audience. Rooted in part in personal narrative, this work explores the links between the experience of fibromyalgia – a chronic illness impacting the (myo)fascia – and the intergenerational impacts of war, attempted genocide, and geographic displacement – specifically the 1942-43 liquidation of the Białystock Ghetto, Poland. Simultaneously a response to the contemporary refugee crisis and global rise of fascism, Geologic Formations is an attempt to understand how socio-political events haunt the individual and collective body; to decode what shapes our perceptions; to face the limits and possibilities of empathy.
They will use this residency to hone the immersive/interactive element of this work with a focus on user journey design and engage in further development of our set and scenography. (photo credit: Veronique West)
High Z Naïma Kristel Phillips, Lara Arielle Phillips, David Bengali, Keith Davis, Fatma Sarah Elkashef
High Z is an immersive installation based on the 2011 Nobel Prize-winning discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe. The installation will tour planetariums but the experience itself will be intimate, and will connect small audiences to the world of astronomy and telescope observation, juxtaposing its everyday minutia with the vastness of our universe. Our creative team is made up of theatre artists and astrophysicists investigating the abilities of art, science, and technology to inform, inspire, and transform human interactions.
Our residency will focus on the creation and exploration of the audience’s initial encounter with the installation, a telescope workstation prototype in particular, and on developing the character of a guide from interviews, research, and improvisation.
Gathering together. Exploring in the dark. Hearing stories. Admiring the sky. Sharing a night of observation. (Photo Credit: David Bengali)
Valley Jeanette Kotowich, Charles Koroneho, Sammy Chien, Jonathan Kim, Wayne Lavallee, and Viper Central
Created by Métis artist Jeanette Kotowich, Valley is deeply tied to kisiskâciwan, the “fast flowing” landscape of Saskatchewan. A creative returning to land, body, and identity; this multilayered and innovative dance work unfolds out of the robust and undulating land of Jeanette’s grandmothers’ mothers, and great-great grandfathers. Encompassed by the Kah-tep-was valley, Cree for “river that calls”, the vast prairie and gently rolling landscape has echoed its lasting impression and whispered a language of inspiration.
The residency will focus on research and development of audio/visual media for performance integration, through collaboration with design artists and cultural ambassadors. www.movementhealing.ca (Photo Credit: Pierre Gauthier)