A Room of One’s Own

On July 15, 2014, in News, by ArtSpring

Marv

On June 27th, George Sipos and Cicela Mansson (our new Executive/Artistic Director) and the ArtSpring board presented ArtSpring’s longstanding Technical Director Marv Coulthard a plaque. In honour of Marv’s years of work – he’s been with ArtSpring since the building opened in 1999 – the technical studio has been renamed The Marv Coulthard Studio.

Thanks for all of your hard work over the years Marv. Here’s to many more!

 

Farewell George, but Not So Long

On June 30, 2014, in News, by ArtSpring

George and CarThis Friday marks George Sipos’ last day as ArtSpring Executive Director. It’s been a great seven year run for George at ArtSpring and we’ll miss him dearly.

During his time here, George was a champion for youth and the arts. He spearheaded various youth-related initiatives like maintaining the $5 youth tickets ArtSpring offers.

He also was the visionary behind the ArtSpring Chamber Music Festival, which is now in its 7th year this July.

George grew our dance programming into an ever-more popular yearly series that features some of Canada’s most innovative dance troupes.

His passion for the arts and willingness to try new things – like this year’s 20/20 Vision Art Exhibit – were great gifts he gave to the Salt Spring community.

George has very strong beliefs about the role of the arts in society and he never shied away from holding on to what he held true.

Art is to provoke, to move, to inspire, to evoke. Entertainment is secondary.

Definitely the fodder of many heated and passionate debates around these parts.

And the inspiration for the past seven years.

Thank you George. Farewell, but not so long.

 

 

The Salt Spring Kidd Pivot Project

On May 13, 2014, in News, by ArtSpring

SS KP ProjectRemember the spectacular dance film An Evening with Crystal Pite at the Netherlands Dans Theatre we screened last fall? It featured choreography by Crystal Pite, “one of the hottest choreographers on the planet” (according to the Vancouver Sun). We definitely agree. Now, Crystal will visit us on Salt Spring next week with her dance company Kidd Pivot for three days of events and workshops. 

On Thursday, May 22 we begin with a film night and chat with Crystal Pite at the GISS Dance Studio. This will be an extraordinary chance to converse with an incredible dance professional and see her work on screen.

On Friday, May 23, in addition to a workshop for the high school dancers at the Gulf Islands Secondary School, Crystal and the Kidd Pivot dancers will teach two workshops for the public: a workshop for Salt Spring community dancers at Antler Ridge Studio (211 Horel Road) at 1pm and a workshop for advanced and pre-professional dancers at GISS at 5pm.

On Saturday, May 24 at the GISS Dance Studio at 9am, Friday workshop attendees are invited to spend the morning with Crystal and company putting what they learned into action by creating a choreographic project. The public is also invited to attend and watch the creation unfold into a finished product.

To register for the workshops and film screening, call the Box Office at 537-2102 or visit us online, and also make sure to confirm your registration by emailing slanger@sd64.bc.ca. All events are $20 each (except Saturday, which is free). Payments can be made at ArtSpring (by phone or online) or at the door.

 

Holding On

On April 15, 2014, in News, by ArtSpring

Min and Sheila 1Minnie Thom and Sheila MacLachlan walk down the ArtSpring theatre steps using our new handrails. Thanks to the generosity of the Salt Spring Island Foundation and an anonymous donor, patrons like Minnie and Sheila can now navigate our theatre with more ease.

 

Not lampshades but halos

On March 19, 2014, in News, by George Sipos

Piano Pinnacle

Congratulations to Vancouver’s Piano Pinnacle on winning first prize at the US International Duo Piano Competition in January.

ArtSpring audiences will remember Iman Habibi and Deborah Grimmett from their concert here in January 2013 with cellist Rylan Gajek. And those with even longer memories will recall both Iman and Deborah as participants in ArtSpring’s first (and only) piano festival in early 2007 when they were still both music students at UBC.

This coming August Iman, who is a composer as well as pianist, will be in residence at ArtSpring with Victoria’s Emily Carr String Quartet working on the creation of a new composition. There will likely be an opportunity for you to hear work in progress toward the end of the residency – always an exciting experience.

 

Art is where you find it.

On February 26, 2014, in News, by George Sipos

crashed car 2Check out this example of installation art that appeared overnight outside ArtSpring. You will agree it makes a statement about the contemporary Zeitgeist, no?

 

Snowfall in Georgia

On February 6, 2014, in News, by George Sipos

Wouldn’t you know it? Put on a play set in the Southern state of Georgia and there’s snow in the forecast for Salt Spring. Patrons who have purchased tickets for Driving Miss Daisy probably want to know what the plan is in case we get a dump of snow on Sunday or Monday.

The two performances of the play will go on regardless, so do your best to come. If nevertheless you’re stuck in your driveway on Monday, come along on Tuesday with your Monday tickets and we’ll do our best to get you in to the second performance. (Right now we have sold more tickets for Monday than for Tuesday, so this emergency option hopefully will work OK.)

Meanwhile, think of magnolia blossoms and hot Southern evenings, and maybe we can keep the snow away.

 

Taking Time

On January 28, 2014, in News, by George Sipos

mftt_fdl_1Canadian pianist Eve Egoyan’s husband, David Rokeby, is one of Canada’s most innovative video artists. The two have recently collaborated on an extraordinary project which ArtSpring is privileged to present on Saturday, February 22.

Over the course of a year, Rokeby recorded 750,000 images of Montreal cityscapes, the camera moving slowly day by day capturing light and weather amid buildings and trees. From these images he has edited a work called Machine for Taking Time, a meditation on the nature of time. We see snow turn to leaves, leaves turn to light, light turn to shadow on rooftops and walls. This prolonged meditation is accompanied by Egoyan’s performance of an equally contemplative work for solo piano, Simple Lines of Enquiry, composed by the late Ann Southam.

The whole performance is extraordinary – an hour-long journey into the heart of stillness and movement, of time and its simultaneous evanescence and fixity.

Why should you come to see/hear the work performed live?

a) Because it is unlike anything you have ever experienced. It will be stunning on ArtSpring’s big screen.
b) Because it brings together two of Canada’s most extraordinary artists in work beyond the boundaries of the ordinary.
c) Because it will be a wonderful companion piece to Eve’s more conventional piano recital the previous evening.

If you attend Eve’s Friday, February 21 recital, we invite you to Machine for Taking Time/Simple Lines of Enquiry for free. Just bring along your ticket stub from the recital.

Tickets for only Saturday evening are available for $15 for adults and $5 for youth from the ArtSpring Ticket Centre 537-2012 or online.

Here is a short excerpt from David’s Machine for Taking Time video:

 

Dissolve

On January 22, 2014, in News, by George Sipos

sb5170e335e9dd0To entertain. To explore. To inform.

These have always been the pillars on which live theatre is built.

On Wednesday, February 18 ArtSpring brings a highly praised one-woman play to Salt Spring in which actress Emmilia Gordon presents a powerful drama about drink spiking and drug facilitated sexual assault.

If that sounds heavy duty, well, it is and it isn’t. The subject is serious and sobering, but the dramatic realization is dynamic, engaging, and, if it doesn’t sound too odd to say it, irresistibly entertaining. Come see the show to become informed, but come to see it also for the sheer vigour and brilliance of its acting.

Dissolve, written by Vancouver playwright Meghan Gardiner and directed by Renee Iaci (whom you may remember playing one of the two leads in Summer of My Amazing Luck presented at ArtSpring two years ago), will be performed twice on February 18 – in the morning for students from GISS, and at 7:30 at ArtSpring for the general public (with parents especially invitied). A post-show discussion facilitated by public health nurse Trinda Gajek will follow each performance.

Tickets for the evening show, at $15 for adults and $5 for youth (the play is recommended for youth over 16), are available online or from the ArtSpring Ticket Centre – 537-2102

Here is a short trailer to give you an idea of what the play is like:

 

Get On Board! Monthly Member Profile: Derek Capitaine

On January 15, 2014, in News, by ArtSpring

Unknown-7Derek Capitaine has a strong background in theatre. This brings him to his position on the ArtSpring board and is particularly relevant to his work as chair of the Building Committee. By being familiar with the building process, he contributes to ArtSpring’s perpetual improvement.

After completing his BFA at the University of Victoria, he went to the Banff School as an apprentice. There, he honed his skills in set and scenic construction with mentors who came to the Banff Centre themselves to further their talents during the summer when they were not working in their own theatres. Derek took that experience to a number of theatres in Canada including the Globe Theatre in Regina, Alberta Theatre Projects in Calgary, and the Belfry Theatre in Victoria.

Derek left theatre work in 1997 and moved on to work at Canada Post in Information Technology, arriving in Salt Spring in 2005 and entering the publishing field then.  He brings his diverse talents, his background, and his steady presence to the board.