From DANI FECKO, Managing Producer:
Pitching Fall Away Home at the ISPA Congress in New York this January was certainly a career highlight for me. I was so proud to be representing Boca del Lupo and a project that I care so deeply about.
Boca was one of ten groups (out of over 60 international applications) selected to pitch to over 400 international delegates. Other pitches hailed from Australia, Israel, the US and all over Europe and included the likes of Toni Childs, Kid Koala and Laurie Anderson. (Yes! I met Laurie Anderson as we hung out backstage and spoke about hypnoses). I had seven minutes to talk about the show. The pitch was truly a team effort – we started working on the script in late November, and had generous help from our board, other members of Progress Lab, and our colleagues from all over the world. When it was finally show time, things went off without a hitch and I had Jay Dodge there with me in spirit, as he had narrated over a time lapse video of the show.
I’m happy to say that people loved the show and are extremely excited about Boca del Lupo. Even if Fall Away Home wasn’t the right project for their company or city, artists, presenters and managers the world over were inspired by the work we do and how we do it. Having the Social Enterprise model of Media Lab made some waves and there is a long waitlist of companies who would love to move into Progress Lab tomorrow.
Going somewhere like ISPA always invigorates me, more then I think it possibly could. I am certainly still processing all of my experiences and like to say that networking that intensely for so long (I was in New York for 10 days, and then went to Toronto, Ottawa and Edmonton to meet with Canadian artists and presenters about our Micro Performance Series) is like going on 1001 first dates. But, at the end of the day, I return to Vancouver feeling extremely lucky.
As artists in Vancouver we have a supportive community, access to multiple levels of government funding, and a city that is on the verge of understanding the importance of corporate investment into the arts. We are not worried about revolutions affecting our ticket sales, or dealing with populations that spent so long being silenced, attending the theatre still feels like an act of protest.
I returned home understanding more than ever the responsibility that rests of the shoulders of Vancouver art makers and art consumers – and it is a great one. We must continue telling stories. We must continue working together and supporting one another. We must continue finding new and creative ways of overcoming any obstacles. The world is watching us – and we need to put on a show for them.