We are very grateful to our partners adelheid for inviting us to participate and host their inaugural Re:research + design platform. This residency was focused on providing a choreographer or collective of movement artists with time, space, and facilitation in the area of design. Artists were offered resources to deeply investigate the creation process with specific mentorship focused on incorporating design (sound, costume, lighting, projection, or set) into their developing work.
In 2021 this call was open to artists who identify as Indigenous, Black or Persons of Colour. Speakeasy (Ottawa) was chosen through a selection committee process.
While in Orillia Speakeasy explored the art of sampling as seen in Hip-Hop music. Artists Céline Richard Robichon, Vanessa Lovell, and Armel Mzalina worked with award winning music composer, sound designer, video designer, media artist and theatre advisor David Mesiha to “refurbish sounds, visual clips, and urban dances while celebrating the roots of a language”. Orillia’s own theatre technician Max Kane at the Orillia Opera House worked with the artistic team through four days of performance development from October 10th to 14th.
We are thrilled to announce that as a result of adelheid’s supportive mentorship to Orillia Centre and with the generous support of Canada Council for the Arts, we will launch a larger residency platform focused on Dance and Design in January 2022.