Nurturing Artistic Process

Peter Herrndorf, President and CEO of the NAC © V. Tony Hauser

Creation spaces.

Sometimes they exist as part of a well managed, state-of-the-art performing arts facility.

A lot of the time, however, they don’t. They’re tucked in an old warehouse in the wrong part of town, or in a church basement with terrible light. There might be a noisy nightclub downstairs. And too often creation spaces are prohibitively expensive for the artists who need them.

As part of CAPACOA’s anniversary conference on “The Culture of Place,” our own Peter Herrndorf, President and CEO of the National Arts Centre, will moderate a panel discussion called "Creation Spaces: Nurturing Artistic Process, Practice and Creation Through Place," with some major players in the Canadian performing arts scene.

The panel includes Heather Moore, Producer of the NAC’s upcoming Northern Scene festival (Ottawa, ON), Kelly Robinson, Director of Theatre Arts at The Banff Centre (Banff, AB), Tina Rasmussen, Director of Performing Arts from Harbourfront Centre (Toronto, ON), Sylvie Isabelle of La Caserne and Communications and Marketing manager of Ex Machina (Montreal, QC), and Stephen O'Connell, Co-Artistic Director of Bluemouth, Inc. (Toronto, ON).

“As audience members, who benefit so greatly from seeing the creativity of our artists in performance , it’s easy to forget that what we see onstage is in fact unearthed, toiled over and refined in creation spaces,” Peter Herrndorf said. “It’s a fascinating subject, and will make for a fascinating discussion.”

The conference runs from January 23-26, 2013, with the panel on January 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Intercontinental Hotel, Toronto.

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