Solo Chicken Productions is launching a new performance platform, the coop, with support of community partners Charlotte Street Arts Centre, The Playhouse and St. Thomas University.
The coop, so named to encompass a creative cocoon or incubator, is a new performance collective for professional artists to research, develop and perform original works of physical theatre. It will support artistic growth of emerging New Brunswick artists through training and performance opportunities. The coop was conceived out of a growing need to create, nurture and support the wealth of emerging NB performance artists through access to meaningful creative process and collaboration.
With the wealth of NB talent in mind, Solo Chicken Productions Artistic Producer Lisa Anne Ross and contemporary choreographer Lesandra Dodson began developing a model for providing emerging artists with opportunities for ongoing artistic growth, training and employment, with the long-term goal of building the community’s artistic capacity.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to join forces with Lisa Anne Ross, and see this initiative hatch,” said Dodson. “The formation of the coop is a significant step towards building a progressive platform for theatre/dance artists, which is essential to the development of artistic growth in our community.”
Lesandra will take on the role of Co-Artistic Director of the coop with Lisa Anne Ross.
For the inaugural creative season of the coop, Solo Chicken Productions has formed community partnerships with three vital Fredericton organizations: The Playhouse, The Charlotte Street Arts Centre & St. Thomas University. These partnerships were forged to bring stability and long-term vision to the new initiative, and will allow the creative process to have a meaningful impact on the community. This process will be rolled out as a series of artistic events, each one paired with a different community partner.