Leaky Heaven Performance Society Mentors Young Artists

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The Leaky Heaven Performance Society fulfilled a long-held objective to mentor a group of emerging performers in popular theatre traditions. Its Satellite Circus project, which also cultivated relationships between professional and emerging artists, was comprised of two unique events: the casting of young artists in a production of Salome, and Grotesque Realism workshop auditions. This provided the foundation for a six-member ensemble, the Giant Consortium. The new group of young artists worked with veteran theatre performers and directors to create a short piece entitled War Lover, which premiered at the 2006 Vancouver Folk Music Festival. More than 800 people enjoyed the production at the Festival, with a further 100 people seeing the production at Langara College, and another 100 at the World Urban Forum. Introducing the program in a compact and highly-mobile format in public spaces helped to capture people not typically familiar with the theatre. Thanks to $6,900 in Innovations funding, the young, emerging artists involved in this project were able to receive theatrical training from artists well-established in the theatrical community.

Innovations invests in arts, cultural and heritage organizations wishing to create new opportunities for community members to participate in arts and cultural activities. The program is supported by the Province of British Columbia.