What to do on #CanadaDay ? Actually, it’s the day we wave goodbye to our shores for a week as we set off on the first leg of our Canadian exchange. Like an excited school exchange student we’ve been counting down the days to go on our artistic adventure.
We’ve been really lucky to have been selected to take part in an R&D exchange thanks to New Conversations a programme funded by British Council, the High Commission of Canada in the UK, and Farnham Maltings with support from Arts Council England. Our Canadian partner company, The Only Animal, are based on the outskirts of Vancouver in an awe-inspiring location … picture old-growth rainforest, log cabins, bears (brown not grizzly we’re assured so, yep, sure that’s fine). Just like us, The Only Animal don’t really fit into a conventional theatre box. Like us, they use the landscape as the starting point for their work.
Introduced on a sort of virtual blind date, we soon both realised it was like the companies were twins separated at birth. The more we read, the more we talked and the more we compared notes we found our approaches were similar, our aspirations even more so … BUT, like most relationships it was our differences that really sparked our interest, lighting a fire in our creative bellies.
We’re heading over to get involved in the development of their new piece of work, The Museum of Rain where the R&D team have a water budget of 3000 litres each day … bring on the drizzle, rain and deluge! We’re used to Cornish summers, that practically makes us drizzle experts – dare we bring mizzle into the mix?! This large-scale, water-based installation explores the beauty, exhilaration and meaning we can find in a downpour.
Later this year we’ll be welcoming The Only Animal to the UK to help with a week long R&D on our new piece of work Shibboleth. It will be a privilege, and a huge benefit, to have them in the room, and in Autumn we can pretty much guarantee some weather of the wet variety.
So, surely there’s no better day than #CanadaDay to set off on our Canadian exchange … brown, not grizzly, but still don’t cuddle them right?! See you on the other side & keep an eye on our social channels to see how we’re faring.
Image from Tinkers, adapted with permission from the novel by Paul Harding, created by The Only Animal, photo by Sophia Dagher, set design by Cornelia Konrads.