EVOLUTION – A new theatre festival in Vancouver.

In a very bold move, some good folks in Vancouver have begun their own festival modelled after SummerWorks.  Some very exciting things happening in Vancouver in a province determined to make art live despite the unfortunate recent decisions of its government.  Details are below!

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A new theatre festival has been announced for Vancouver.

EVOLUTION scheduled to be launched at a high profile East Vancouver venue in July 2010.

Based on the SummerWorks model, EVOLUTION is currently seeking proposals from professional artists and companies to participate. For our inaugural year, we plan to present 6 one-act plays as part of our Mainstage Series. This Mainstage Series will be complimented by the Walking Fish Festival of emerging theatre artists (now entering its eighth year) and other arts programming.

EVOLUTION will be a curated, developmental arts festival. The Mainstage Series will provide a platform for theatre artists and companies to showcase and try out new and experimental work. Our objective is to feature primarily new Canadian work, although we welcome submissions from companies wishing to premiere new international work or re-interpretations of classics from the theatre canon, especially Canadian works. In particular, we encourage work that takes risks, is creative and has a clear artistic vision. At the same time, we will be looking for work that is accessible and engaging for our core target-demographic of 20-40 year olds.

EVOLUTION will provide successful companies with venues, technical staff, publicity and marketing, ticket sales, equitable performance scheduling and front of house management. Our goal is to provide the best possible production resources at the lowest cost, attract the largest audiences possible to the work we present and create an environment that will support artistic and professional career development.

Submission Process
For 2010, we will be presenting six productions as part of our professional series: four local and two national. This programming will be selected by a jury made up of members of the EVOLUTION committee and theatre professionals. There is no reading fee.

Local Companies
There will be an entrance fee to the Festival of $500 for companies based in Vancouver. This fee will provide access to a venue, technical support, marketing and publicity, front of house and a guarantee of 6 performances. Participating companies will keep 80% of the box office.

Deadline for submissions from local companies: 31 January 2010

National Companies
The entrance fee for national companies will be waived. We are currently seeking financial support which will cover the travel costs for the national companies to participate in the Festival. Please keep in mind that any funds we receive will be limited and productions should be scaled accordingly.

Deadline for submissions from national companies: 31 January 2010

Information on how to apply to the Festival is available here: http://www.upintheairtheatre.com/walking-fish-evolution

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