“It’s such a joy to see new communities coming into our space. We’ve already started planning for next year,” notes Franco Boni, General & Artistic Director of The Theatre Centre.
In an effort to further the conversation around community led performance cultures, the SummerWorks Performance Festival is pleased to announce a new multi curatorial model for its 25th anniversary SummerWorks Festival in August 2015.
In combination with adding a new dance series, this evolution is a move to building a truly multi-arts festival where the curatorial responsibility lies in the hands of the performance community itself. Each series (Theatre, Dance, Music and Live Art) will be curated by local artists who will build the Festival program. Each series will be open to the public for submission.
“We remain deeply dedicated to the value of collaboration,” says Rubenfeld, “and this new model creates opportunities for Canadian artists across multiple platforms to find each other and grow together.“
The 2015 curators include:
Theatre Series – Bea Pizano, Philip McKee and Rosa Laborde
Dance Series – Amelia Ehrhardt
Live Art Series – Cathy Gordon
Music Series – Andrew Pulsifer and Adam Bradley
Audiences can continue to expect boundary bending, challenging and meaningful new works from Canada’s most dynamic performance festival.
SummerWorks is also pleased to announce Nick Hutcheson as the festival’s new General Manager. Hutcheson is a Toronto based producer and co-founder of RARE Theatre who’s past works include Hooked (SummerWorks, 2011), White Loop (Nuit Blanche Toronto, 2011), The New Yorker (Luminato, 2011), RARE (Toronto Fringe, 2012), Borne (Soulpepper, 2014) andComplex (SummerWorks, 2014). Nick was the founding Artistic Producer of Spur, a national festival of politics art and ideas and co-founder and associate editor of boulderpavement, an award winning, multi-disciplinary magazine of art and ideas published by the Banff Centre Press.
Progress is a new international festival of performance and ideas produced by the SummerWorks Performance Festival in partnership with The Theatre Centre. Progress offers world class performance at accessible prices. In curatorial collaboration with Toronto’s leading performance-based companies, Progress presents global dialogues driven by local voices. The inaugural Progress is curated by SummerWorks, The Theatre Centre, Why Not Theatre, Volcano Theatre, Videofag, FADO Performance Art Centre, Dancemakers, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and Canada’s National Arts Centre English Theatre.
About The Theatre Centre
The Theatre Centre is a nationally recognized live-arts incubator that serves as a research and development hub for the cultural sector. We provide artists with infrastructure and resources to make their art – from idea to production. The Theatre Centre is committed to new work and new ways of working. We are a public space, open and accessible to the people of our community, where citizens can imagine, debate, celebrate, protest, unite and be responsible for inventing the future.
SummerWorks is Canada’s largest curated performance festival. Widely recognized as one of the most important agencies for enabling new Canadian artists in the country, SummerWorks annually features over 60 performance projects during its 11-day Festival in August. In 2015, SummerWorks celebrates its 25th Anniversary and also inaugurates Progress, an international festival of performance and ideas.