Greetings from beautiful Banff, Canada!
"Concert in the 21st Century" at the breathtaking Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is off to an amazing start! We feel pretty pampered living in luxury at the Banff Centre (we don't even need to make our beds!), and sharing this residency with 17 other artists from around the world is giving us lots of future travel ideas! Their stories and projects are astoundingly (though not unexpectedly) diverse, and with the help of the unstoppable production team, we're getting to see all these ideas come alive.
Pedja Muzijevic is our fearless residency leader (he fondly refers to himself as "mother" more days than not), hailing from NYC as a curator, pianist, and presenter. Through his dryly hilarious anecdotes, he's revealing such discernment of programming and concertizing within the performing arts industry. He performed a solo concert Friday, "Bach and Co.", featuring C.P.E. Bach, John Cage (screws, nuts, washers, tape purposefully set inside the piano), and Henry Cowell. What. ... It was such a beautifully cohesive program! Featuring Chris DePape's lighting design (more on him below...), we became part of Pedja's perfectly quirky and unquestionably intelligent world for the evening. Absolutely delightful
A true display of community building and networking, Pedja has invited colleagues for a week at a time to share their quirks and anecdotes with us, and boy are there lots of them (colleagues, quirks, and anecdotes)! Last week we were joined by actor/director Daniel Pettrow and lighting designer Chris DePape.
Daniel Pettrow is an actor, director, and visual artist hailing from the Wooster Group (New York City), the Centres Dramatiques Nationaux (Paris), Bluemouth Inc (Toronto), and the Heifetz Institute (Virginia), just to name a few. Leading each planned workshop activity with "I have no idea what is going to happen", he heightened our awareness through physicality, spontaneity, and laughter (so much laughter), challenging our perspectives of performance limitations and interpersonal connection. We fully intend on maintaining this new depth (especially the laughter) in our rehearsal process and performance.
Chris DePape comes from Calgary, Canada. A true master of lumens, Chris gave us an awesome glance into the world and language of lighting design. We were able to ask a ton of questions, even get DIY advice (tin foil triumphs again!), and see his artistry live at Pedja's recital. We are really looking forward working with him next week in prep for our concert!
Though that all sounds horribly boring, don't worry, we've had a little bit of fun while we're up here as well! As though there isn't enough beauty at the Banff Centre itself, we took a trip to the Fairmont resort at Lake Louise to spend the day. Cross country skiing, ice skating, snowball fights, and ice castles may have all been part of the day.
Stay tuned for Week 2, where you'll meet Chef Tessier from the Three Ravens Restaurant where we will be presenting our project performance for this residency!