Residency Program

Boca del Lupo Announces 2019 Space Residency Participants for Local and International Artists

June 7, 2019

Since 2013, Boca del Lupo has offered free space and artistic and technical support for artists developing new work. Historically, this work has taken place in the Fishbowl, a micro performance space that seats about 30 people. This year, the Space Residency Program has received a significant boost, offering residencies in the highly flexible and well-equipped Performance Works to local and international creators. The residencies include access to the technical compliment of Performance Works and BDL’s MediaLab stock (their social enterprise gear-sharing service), a technician, time in Performance Works to develop their show, and the artistic and technical advice of BDL’s artistic director, Sherry J. Yoon, and technology director, Carey Dodge.

Yoon said about the Residency program: “As artists at Boca del Lupo we’ve benefited from having a concentrated time period to develop our work.  Based on our experiences we know how crucial it is for artists to grow and strengthen their practice. By providing well-equipped space that focuses on creativity and continual development of their practice, I hope that this can be a paradigm shift for artists and their work; that our space can be a catalyst for change in how we approach artistic practice and development support.“

Yoon continues, “After several years at the Fishbowl I’m thrilled to be launching Boca del Lupo’s artist residency at Performance Works.  Of the artists chosen I was impressed by their scale, rigour and creativity of work.  The companies chosen reflect the diversity of projects that this kind of initiative can support.” Over 30 applications were received for this program, and the three that were selected are:

O’wet by Quelemia Sparrow, Savage Society (Vancouver)

In O’Wet a woman falls through a black hole in her little blue house on the reserve. There, she meets her Granny Rose in the shape of a wolf, who guides her on a spirit canoe journey to retrieve her soul from the land of the dead.  Musqueam writer and performer Quelemia Sparrow has created an adventure story, an odyssey full of magic, beauty and power. “When a person had a spirit sickness, it was said that their soul had left their body.  In O’Wet, we use theatre to embody a ritual that is a personal and familial odyssey of reclamation of self and land and blood memory.”  Directed by Kim Harvey (Syilx, Tsilhquot’in, Ktunaxa and Dakalh).

 Virtual and Mixed Reality, Performance Corporation (Ireland)

Award-winning theatre makers Jo Mangan and Tom Swift (The Performance Corporation, Ireland) are collaborating with leading visual narrative designer and filmmaker Leon Butler to explore ways of blending live theatre performance with Virtual Reality and Mixed Reality creations. The artists will examine the practice and potential of this new theatrical frontier.

Thematically, the team will explore the conflict between truth and lies, reality and fantasy. It seems we live in a time when the notion of reality itself is disputed. The formerly stable narratives about the world around us have been shaken, splintered, cast into doubt. Do vaccines save lives, or damage our children’s health? Are migrants just ordinary people seeking safety, or a horde of dangerous criminals? Is the media balanced and honest, or simply ‘Fake News’? Or to return to the oldest question of them all – Is the Emperor wearing any clothes? The areas to be explored will include work that combines Mixed Reality creations with live actors. By using multi-narrative techniques and volumetric live capture, the aim will be to offer the audience a new type of theatrical story – one they can interact with, and even influence.

Medea by Carmen Aguirre, Rumble Theatre (Vancouver)

Now in its third incarnation, Rumble Theatre’s Adaptation Program is developing Carmen Aguirre’s Medea, a new adaptation of Euripides’ classic tragedy set in 1980s Vancouver amongst the Vietnamese refugee diaspora. During their time at Performance Works, Rumble will be exploring the dramaturgical integration of design into the piece; particularly the integration of projection elements amidst a minimalist set. The workshop will be led by Rumble Artistic Director Jiv Parasram. The project is being developed by Rumble in consultation with the Southeast Asian Heritage Society (SEACHS). With the support of the Vancouver Foundation this long-term approach to community consultation is part of a larger project to create a framework of guiding principles for working across difference with core principles of reciprocity and lateral solidarity.

Boca del Lupo is grateful to create and produce our work on the unceded territory of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

For more information on the Residency Program, please click here.

Boca del Lupo thanks Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, the City of Vancouver, CMHC Granville Island, and the BC Arts Council for support of this program.

Contact: Michelle Kneale, Artistic Associate

Photo credit: Performance Corporation, VR Workshop

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