Victoria’s PCC Gathering: “D.I.Y.”

11 09 2009


Performance Creation Canada – Victoria Oct 22-25, 2009
Theme: D.I.Y.

Victoria Steering Committee: Megan Newton, Theatre Bombus; Janet Munsil & Ian Case, Intrepid Theatre; Matthew Payne & Allison Bottomley Theatre SKAM; David Ferguson, Suddenly Dance Theatre;  Brian Paisley

Performance Creation Canada (PCC) is a nationwide network dedicated to the nourishment, management and study of performance creation in Canada, and the ecology in which it flourishes. PCC gatherings are aimed at creating a discussion between artists in dance, theatre, music, film, and visual arts who are interested in the well being of Canadian performance creation.

Held twice each year in different Canadian cities and focusing on themes developed by the local steering committee, PCC gatherings are designed to bring theatre creators together to discuss their work and common issues facing the various artistic disciplines, to be exposed to new ideas and methodologies in theatre creation, and to make personal connections with artistic and academic peers from across the country.

Victoria’s steering committee has been meeting since the fall of 2008, and following a public information session designed to gather ideas of interest to the local community, the theme D.I.Y. (Do it Yourself) was selected. The steering committee felt that this topic captured the logistic and economic realities of producing independent performance works in Canada, forcing artists – for better or worse – to become creative entrepreneurs; and also acknowledges the emergence of a recognizable performance aesthetic that Victoria has become known for across the country – the reinvention of cabaret, vaudeville, music hall and burlesque; site specific work and large scale collective projects;  the meeting of music and visual art, fashion and craft; an active and inclusive indie film scene; and grass-roots venue creation. Recent cuts to Provincial arts funding make this topic more relevant than ever.

Victoria’s theatre community went through a period of dissolution following several small venue closures in the mid 90’s, and for almost a decade there was virtually no independent theatre production.  Frustrated by the lack of practical and financial assistance from the City and Province, and the exodus of talented artists to other centres, the few remaining companies looked at the situation and decided to turn things around themselves. With artist-based leadership, creative ideas, and innovative partnerships, the situation Victoria theatre creators faced has been turned around, and there are more small companies, exciting collaborations, and accessible theatre venues than ever before.

Although the focus of PCC gatherings is on art more than business, we are faced with this reality: public and private sector funding is drying up or being “re-allocated” out of the reach of independent and emerging performance creators who have been known to work theatrical miracles on a shoestring budget. This DIY gathering is about taking personal responsibility for our work and ourselves as performance creators.

Everyone is welcome. Registration fee $10, ticketed admission to performances. $59 PCC hotel deal available through Paul’s Motor Inn:

For more information or to register: /Intrepid Theatre: (250)383-2663



2 responses

30 09 2009
gerry thurston

so great grand and generous are the academy of canadian space cadets, please create your own wearable outfits for the victoria fly over for the performance creation canada.

so looking forward to this event gerry

7 10 2009
neil cadger

wow Gerry, is this a suggestion that we all make winged costumes?

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