A fantastic tool for a vibrant community
During Nuit Blanche, an "all night contemporary art-thing", on October 1st 2011, members of the public are invited to tell an up-to 6-minute story in the studio. People who would like to dress up are encouraged to do so, and costume elements will also be provided.
This idea all started when performer and studio manager Rebecca Singh met Theatre designer/public space architect Hendrik Scheel in 2009. After planning for over two years, Rebecca and Hendrik are set to offer a Nuit Blanche experience that welcomes the public into a space they may not otherwise see, and empowers them to share themselves and their culture in a supported environment.
With your help, a stage platform (with a revolve!) and seating riser will be built, and an interactive and fun Nuit Blanche experience will be shaped for the public to tell their stories.
This project is raising funds to build and provide the setting with technical equipment (40%- costs include wood, hardware such as castors for the stage, construction labour), planners and facilitators (30%- costs include a fee/per diem for the designer, qualified technical assistants on the night of nuit blanche ), costume and decor elements (20%- costs include fabric for the curtain and other costuming articles and the construction design of these pieces to take place in September), and documenting the event (10% costs include photo video and editing services of the set up and documentation and livestream of the event).
The story behind the project
"I am an artist living in a live/work studio. For the past year I have been working with a designer to convert it into a better livable work space for rehearsing and developing theatre and music. The result of my collaboration with the designer is a project called "Canada's Smallest Theatre", a new type of pop-up theatre. The location of the project is in the Artscape Wychwood Barns, a refurbished street-car repair facility and the home of the Wychwood Artists' Colony, it is also in the old neighborhood of Marshall McLuhan who said "We shape our tools and they in turn shape us.". This quote inspired a public Nuit Blanche event which will take place in my converted studio on Oct 1, 2011." -Rebecca Singh
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