The Boca del Lupo theatre company is providing performance spaces to three artistic teams as part of their growing Space Residency Program.
Part of Boca del Lupo’s initiative to support artists developing new work, the residency includes access to the Performance Works theatre on Granville Island, use of their equipment, and mentorship from Boca del Lupo’s technical and artistic staff.
“We know how crucial it is for artists to grow and strengthen their practice,” said artistic director Sherry J. Yoon, in a press release announcing the program. “By providing well-equipped space that focuses on creativity and continual development of their practice, I hope that this can be a paradigm shift for artists and their work.”
Boca del Lupo has conducted the Space Residency Program since 2013, with past residents receiving access to the 30-seat Fishbowl theatre. Due to significant growth for the program, this is the first year the residencies will take place at the larger Performance Works.
The artistic teams chosen include the Savage Society, which will develop a show called O’wet, written by Musqueam writer Quelmia Sparrow. It is about a woman who undertakes a spirit canoe journey to retrieve her soul from the land of the dead, accompanied by her grandmother in the shape of a wolf.
The other artists in residence will include the Rumble Theatre, developing a version of Euripides’ Medea, featuring Vietnamese refugees in Vancouver during the 1980s. Also in residence will be Ireland’s Performance Corporation, creating a virtual and mixed-reality performance.