VANCOUVER, Aug. 10 /CNW/ - A Victoria concert series inspired by B.C.
artist Emily Carr, a play comparing privilege and deep economic
disparities from the 19th century to today, and a hip-hop
musical theatre exploring the lure of gang culture on young adults are
just three of the diverse artistic works funded by Arts Partners in
Creative Development (APCD).
This year, 19 projects will receive a total of $800,000 in funding from
APCD. Initiated as a three-year funding program to assist B.C.
organizations in creating world-class artistic work, this is the fifth
and final round of funding for APCD.
"As a company dedicated to the creation of new performance works, APCD
offered us the time and resources to follow the inspiration of this
project practically without limits," said Jay Dodge, artistic producer
of Boca del Lupo Theatre Society, which received funding in 2008 and
2010 to commission and produce PHOTOG: An Imaginary Look at the
Uncompromising Life of Thomas Smith. "We've drawn on the expertise
of world-renowned war photographers, psychologists and involved many of
Vancouver's most dynamic artists. APCD also acted as a catalyst for new
partnerships, including one with World Stage at Harbourfront Centre in
Toronto where the show will premiere."
Since launching in March 2007, APCD has invested $6.2 million in 84
B.C.-based organizations to support the creation of original works that
will leave extraordinary legacies for B.C. arts and cultural
communities, within the province and across the country.
Recognizing that arts and culture are an important part of our province
- encouraging community engagement, promoting diversity and stimulating
economic growth - the six partners came together to streamline support
for innovative new projects. APCD is funded by the Province of British
Columbia, Canada Council for the Arts, City of Vancouver, Vancouver
Foundation, Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and
Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) and 2010 Legacies Now.
APCD supports B.C. organizations in creating and developing original
works in the performing and studio arts. These projects represent the
many cultures of B.C. Some will reach audiences locally, while others
will be presented across Canada and abroad.
Our multimedia Media Centre provides full project descriptions of
current and past recipients, a list of advisory panel members and
information on Arts Partners in Creative Development. Also, you may
review and request videos and photos from some past recipients at
Listed below are the 19 recipients and a brief summary of their projects:
Malaspina Printmakers, Vancouver
Marina Roy and Abbas Akhavan
will create Fire/Fire, an installation that will include an
animation by Roy, sculpture and drawings by Akhavan and a collaborative
artist book. Fire/Fire will draw upon socio-political history and
Japanese Ukiyo-e prints. The exhibition will be co-operatively presented
by Malaspina Printmakers and Centre A, and will take place at both
Poetry Gabriola Society, Gabriola Island
for the commissioning of twelve new works, Poetry Gabriola Society will
premiere them at the 7th Annual Poetry Gabriola Festival: Canada
Speaks Showcase. This is the second largest literary performance
festival in Canada, which features 35 to 50 artists over four days,
making it a significant national festival.
Presentation House Gallery operated by the BC Photography and Media
Arts Society, North Vancouver
A public art work will be
developed for Vancouver by visual artist Cedric Bomford and his
collaborators Nathan and Jim Bomford. The work will interpret our local
history and the city's evolving landscape that will be experienced for
several years. The Bomford Project will be a significant
development for Presentation House Gallery's public art programming.
Vancouver Access Artist Run Centre (Access Gallery), Vancouver
a performance and video featuring local parkour practitioners
Toronto-based Jon Sasaki explores overcoming near-impossible challenges
in Come Down. Parkour is physical interaction with urban spaces,
often overlooked by urban dwellers, using acrobatics. Sasaki proposes a
collective form of parkour and a series of challenges that are metaphors
for those found in society.
Vancouver Art Gallery Association, Vancouver
This project, Ken
Lum: Mirror Maze with 12 Signs of Depression and House of Realization,
will see two-large scale art works by Ken Lum further developed, created
and then presented together with a survey exhibition of his work at the
Vancouver Art Gallery. The two art works will provide the central
structure for the exhibition's floor plan and will have a crucial role
in the way viewers perceive Lum's catalogue as a whole.
Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art (Centre A),
Internationally renowned Canadian artist Lani Maestro
will be commissioned to create a sculpture and a video in a project
titled No Pain Like This Body, examining the formation of urban
sensitivities (how the experience of the city shapes identity). The
works will be presented in a publication, and at exhibitions at Centre A
in Vancouver and at the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art in
Winnipeg. The exhibition will include a video and text written by the
artist, which will be projected onto an exterior window and seen by
thousands of passersby.
Boca del Lupo Theatre Society, Vancouver
for the commissioning of this work, Boca del Lupo will present the world
premiere of PHOTOG: An Imaginary look at the Uncompromising Life of
Thomas Smith at World Stage, Harbourfront Centre in Toronto in the
fall of 2010 and at a Vancouver premiere in 2011. The work is a
multi-media performance piece about seeing the world through the eyes of
a conflict photographer based on interviews with four of the world's top
Chop Theatre Society, Vancouver
How to Disappear Completely
is a one-man show tracing Itai Erdal's journey to understand his mother
Mery's approach to death. Video will be a large component of the shows,
enabling the audience to gain access to Mery Erdal, and to see her body
and mind's descent into illness. This performance will capture her
vibrant personality, the strong bond she had with her son and how she
faced her imminent death.
First Pacific Theatre Society, Vancouver
Theatre will commission and develop Father Daughter Reunion
(working title), a play based on events that took place in 1965 when a
Quaker named Norman Morrison set himself on fire at the Pentagon to
protest the Vietnam War. The historic event acts as a springboard for
contemporary questions on martyrdom, faith and conscience.
Green Thumb Theatre, Vancouver
Sick Daze explores the
rise of gang identity as cool, using a contemporary hip-hop musical
theatre style. Green Thumb Theatre, in collaboration with playwright
Michael Northey and Vancouver hip-hop artist Kyprios, will create and
develop a full-length musical featuring three friends who come together
over a love of music and spoken word. When one of them begins to move
toward gangster rap both in style and persona, rising tensions lead to
problems and tragedy.
Karen Jamieson Dance Society, Vancouver
part of Dancing on the Edge Festival 2011, is interdisciplinary and
site-specific to the Roundhouse Community Centre. It brings together
professional contemporary dancers, multicultural/multigenerational
community dancers and a team of award-winning artists. The work explores
the collision of cultures such as the different relationships that
European/Asian immigrants and the First Nations had to the railway
(experienced at the Roundhouse).
Kelowna Ballet Society a.k.a. Ballet Kelowna, Kelowna, B.C.
Kelowna will commission award-winning Vancouver choreographer Simone
Orlando and acclaimed jazz pianist and Okanagan-based composer Stu
Goldberg to create a new ballet set to an original piece of music. New
Works Ballet Kelowna: Original Dance and Music Commission (working
title), will be the featured premiere of Ballet Kelowna's fall season
and tour to more than 30 communities during the performance year.
Mortal Coil Performance Society, Richmond, B.C.
highly collaborative creative process, Mortal Coil will unite designers,
puppet masters, actors, stilt performers and a writer in a developmental
process to create a site-specific theatre work at the Britannia
Shipyards in Steveston. The Britannia Project (working title)
will explore issues of immigration, ethnic conflict, labour history and
musica intima society, Vancouver
Songs from the Holy Forest
will be an opera written by Vancouver composer David MacIntrye for
musica intima. It will draw from selected poems from The Holy Forest,
written by B.C. poet Robin Blaser, and feature the spiritual journey of
12 people who are lost "in the land of magic." To keep fear away, they
tell each other stories in the hope they soon will be found.
Neworld Theatre Society, Vancouver
Neworld Theatre will
commission and develop James Fagan Tait's original adaptation of Fyodor
Dostoyevsky's The Idiot, incorporating original music composed
and directed by Joelysa Pankanea. The project partners include
Playwrights Theatre Centre and Vancouver Moving Theatre, who will become
a production partner when The Idiot is presented in the 2012 PuSh
International Performing Arts Festival.
Pangaea Arts Society, Vancouver
Previously funded for the
commissioning of this work, Pangaea will present Cumberland, a
bilingual play about the Chinese coal mining community of Cumberland,
B.C. in 1899 and the Cantonese opera troupes that toured the province at
the time. The work will be a synthesis of Cantonese opera and western
theatre and a cross-cultural collaboration with professional Cantonese
opera actors, musicians and western theatre practitioners.
Radix Theatre Society, Vancouver
Babylonia is a new
theatre project that explores how corporate and online cultures impact
people. Andrew Templeton and Paul Ternes will create this work, which
will be delivered both online and through three live, simultaneous
performances in coffee shops in different British Columbia cities. The
audience will experience the performance in part through live feeds -
which they watch through their laptops - and through live performances
in the three locations.
Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra (VICO), Vancouver
will commission two groundbreaking new works: one from Dutch composer
Joël Bons for the 27-member orchestra, and one from Canadian composer
Dr. Stephen Chatman for the orchestra and 25-voice chamber choir
(Laudate Singers). The pieces will be developed through an intensive,
highly interactive workshop process. The project, Imagined Worlds:
Intertwined, expands the horizons of Canadian contemporary classical
music and pushes the boundaries of the developing art form of
Victoria Symphony Society, Victoria, B.C.
As part of the
popular Odyssey series concerts, the focus for the 2011/12 season will
be B.C. artist Emily Carr in a project called Emily Carr Odyssey
Series. One concert will be commissioned symphonic works inspired by
Carr's artworks; another will feature Veda Hille, a composer with roots
in a number of musical worlds who has already written a song cycle about
Carr; and one will focus on First Nations locations and people that
inspired Carr. Along with the commissions and the concerts,
collaborations will happen with other arts institutions, incorporating
Carr's art in concerts, educational activities and other
Arts Partners in Creative Development - Partner organizations
Province of B.C.
The Province of British Columbia supports
arts and culture through the funding of a variety of programs and
organizations, including the British Columbia Arts Council, the Arts
Legacy Fund and 2010 Legacies Now. In 2008, the Province established a
new $150-million BC150 Cultural Fund to support and foster creative
opportunities for British Columbians across the province. Since 2001,
the British Columbia Arts Council has distributed over $124 million in
funding. For more information, please visit www.gov.bc.ca.
Canada Council for the Arts/Conseil des Arts du Canada
Canada Council for the Arts is a national arms length agency created by
an Act of Parliament in 1957. According to the Canada Council Act, the
role of the council is "to foster and promote the study and enjoyment
of, and the production of works in, the arts." The Council offers a
broad range of grants and services to professional Canadian artists and
arts organizations in dance, interdisciplinary and performance art,
media arts, music, theatre, visual arts, and writing and publishing. It
also promotes public awareness of the arts through its communications,
research and arts promotion activities.
City of Vancouver
The City works to ensure Vancouver's future
as a creative city, open and accessible to artists, to the broadest
range of artistic expression, and to the widest participation. The City
of Vancouver's cultural goals include promoting a high level of
creativity, diversity and excellence in the cultural life of Vancouver.
For more information, please visit www.vancouver.ca.
Vancouver Foundation is Canada's largest
community foundation. We work with donors across B.C. to help them
become community builders. VF donors support a wide range of projects
and organizations, and recognize many factors go into creating a healthy
and vibrant place to live, work and play. That's why we support arts and
culture. With our donors, we also identify long-term needs and
opportunities, invest in sustainable solutions, and help communities
become resilient, resourceful, and ready for the future they want. For
more information, please visit www.vancouverfoundation.ca.
VANOC was responsible for the planning, organizing,
financing and staging of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X
Paralympic Winter Games. The 2010 Olympic Winter Games were staged in
Vancouver and Whistler February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler
hosted the Paralympic Winter Games March 12 to 21, 2010. Visit
The Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad,
presented by Bell, was a series of multidisciplinary festivals and
digital programs showcasing the best in Canadian and international arts
and popular culture. Launched in 2008, the program culminated in the
60-day Cultural Olympiad 2010 (January 22 to March 21, 2010), which ran
before and throughout the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter
2010 Legacies Now
2010 Legacies Now is the first organization
of its kind that has taken an innovative approach to leveraging the 2010
Winter Games. A not-for-profit society, 2010 Legacies Now works in
partnership with community organizations, non-government organizations,
the private sector and all levels of government to assist communities in
discovering and creating inclusive social and economic opportunities.
More than two million British Columbians in 400 communities and
neighbourhoods have benefited from investments made by 2010 Legacies
Now, and many of its programs will endure beyond the Games. For more
information, please visit www.2010LegaciesNow.com and to read about our
community impact, visit 2010andBeyond.ca.
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