Globe Theater brings back previously canceled events
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It’s been a month since Regina came out of lockdown and her performing arts community continues to catch up.
With theater closings and rehearsal limitations, groups planned social distancing outdoor events, but when a temporary ban on all public gatherings was declared in March, everything was suspended.
“I think we’re going to feel the impact for about three or four years. Artists have lost jobs. A lot of actors have been out of work for more than two years, ”said Jennifer Brewin, artistic director of the Globe Theater in an interview.
Globe Theater launched its first artistic residency program in February to provide local artists with new opportunities during a financially and socially difficult time. Participants planned to hold social-distancing outdoor events across the city over a four-month period, but the lockdown cut their plans. After working for months on creative projects, they had to postpone until the last minute. One event, Through the Looking Glass – originally scheduled for World Theater Day on March 27 – was canceled just days ahead of schedule.
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This weekend, they’re bringing the theater back, in partnership with the National Arts Center, in an adventure-type exhibit to choose from that will feature all the works they haven’t had the chance to exhibit in recent months. .
Events will kick off late Saturday morning with family performances at the Regina Public Library Film Theater, but major attractions will begin around 1 p.m. in Victoria Park and continue until late into the night. Although the event is free, guests must register before attending.
Eight interactive exhibits will be on display, including audio podcasts accessed via a QR code over the phone, treasure hunts, short 10-minute plays by local artists, listening evenings where attendees can listen to radio shows and land reconnaissance performance.
Through the Looking Glass, a show that will be presented in unoccupied shop windows along Scarth Street in downtown Regina, will be reinstated. Across the Back 40, a public art project supported by the Globe Theater and the National Arts Center will focus on connection and community during difficult times.
Sierra Haynes, co-artistic director of the event, said it will be different than originally planned.
As a member of the Globe Theater artistic residency program, she first participated in Through the Looking Glass, but after their events were canceled, she decided to take another direction.
She teamed up with her colleague Bongani Musa, who was inspired by the isolation he experienced during his forties, to create an audio production about long-distance relationships. The project is a series of audio recordings that sound like phone calls a estranged couple would make to catch up.
Haynes said the project was to “find out if relationships stay together, fall apart, or just change.”