Electric Company Theatre and Dancers of Damelahamid earn first National Creation Fund support

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      Vancouver's Electric Company Theatre and Dancers of Damelahamid have both just won support from the new National Creation Fund.

      The National Arts Centre today announced the first nine projects to receive investments totalling $1.4 million from the new initiative to fund the development of "bold and ambitious" Canadian work in music, theatre, dance and interdisciplinary performing arts.  By providing a source of venture capital, the fund is intended to give new work a better chance to succeed, investing up to $3 million in 15 to 20 projects per year. The next group of recipients is to be announced in the fall of 2018. 

      Electric Company will use the money to work on its The Full Light of Day, described as a provocative live film-theatre experiment for the stage that looks crucial choices facing Canadians today--how to live, love and die in a world in transition. The witty suspense's script is by Daniel Brooks, who joins forces with Electric Company Theatre founding artist and director Kim Collier on the project. The Electrics, as they call themselves, have been involved in creating hit shows like Betroffenheit and Tear the Curtain!

      Meanwhile, the Indigenous troupe Dancers of Damelahamid will develop Mînowin with the funding. Directed and choreographed by Margaret Grenier, the piece will integrate story, song, and multimedia design. Its most recent work was Flicker, another piece that combined traditional Northwest Coast elements with multimedia imagery.

      “Canadian artists from across the country have told us time and again that they lack the time and resources that are necessary for making truly ambitious new work,” the fund's artistic producer Heather Moore explained in a press statement today. “Too often, new work is rushed to the stage before it is ready. The National Creation Fund is about investing in the creation process, giving new work the time and resources it needs so that it can achieve its potential, resonate with audiences, and be presented widely beyond its premiere.”

      The following are the other projects across the country that have received the new funding:

      • Eve 2050 (Van Grimde Corps Secrets, Montreal)
      • The Hockey Sweater: A Musical (The Segal Centre for Performing Arts, Montreal)
      • Le reste vous le connaissez par le cinéma (Carte Blanche, Québec)
      • The Storyville Mosquito (Kid Koala, Montreal)
      • Treemonisha (Volcano Theatre, Toronto)
      • who we are in the dark (Peggy Baker Dance Projects, Toronto)
      • Unikkaaqtuat (Les 7 doigts de la main, Montreal, Artcirq, Igloolik and Taqqut Productions, Iqaluit)