The Three Sisters
Located near Canmore, Alberta, between UCalgary and Banff National Park, is a mountain known as the Three Sisters. The mountain is known for its three peaks and is a significant landmark to the area with stories and the name originating with the Stoney Nakoda First Nation. This mountain has served as an inspiration for our thinking around World Stage Design writ large and small. WSD is a multi-summit event, like the Three Sisters.
Through our discernment of priorities for this event, the planning committee has been inspired by landscape of the region. While travelling from Banff to Calgary, surrounded by the Rocky Mountains and looking onto the prairie unfolding before us, we crafted our three sisters of Scenofest. These sisters are individual peaks but also closely connected as they share a singular base, and extend from the same piece of earth. Like the base of the Three Sisters mountain, the coming together of our Three Sisters will be a fertile and lively place.
Indigenous Ways of Knowing
Saakokoto, our friend, a Blackfoot Elder and member of the Blood Tribe, has graciously agreed to be the knowledge keeper for WSD2021. We look forward to working with Elder Bottle, Saakokoto, to learn more about the Blackfoot way of living in Mohkinstsis and how interaction with land, landscape and storytelling have meaning for cultures of today. Canada is at a watershed moment in our history where many truths are being unearthed and brought to light, where our history as a settler culture is calling current generations to begin to repair damages and live together in a good way with Indigenous peoples. Scenofest will offer opportunities for professionals and students to explore the beautiful landscape in Southern Alberta and learn about Blackfoot ways of knowing the land, landscape and storytelling.
Coined by Tanja Beer, the term ecoscenograpy, conjures ideas of ecology, economy, landscape, scenographic theory, and possibility. We are living in complex times, facing climate change, animal extinction, and resource depletion. As artists, creators, and makers, we have been asking, “what can we do to consume less, pollute less, and yet maintain aesthetics that appeal to our audiences?”. Beer’s theories of ecoscenograpy are appealing because they are rooted in aesthetic thinking and hopeful approaches to the creation of performance. We look forward to events that will encourage innovation and hopeful exploration of the impossible. The Sustainable Theatre Project will be a central part of Scenofest activities on the Main Campus of UCalgary.
While the name of this sister seems diminutive, it is in fact, the hardest peak to climb of the Three Sisters mountain. The world of performance design has expanded to include virtual reality, artificial reality, and digital reality. Yet, we are still grappling with contextual and historical realities, cultural realities, and of course as designers, architects and technicians we cannot escape material reality. Multiple Realities allows the exploration of many aspects of performance design and lets us engage with digital methodologies and practices while connecting to our current state.
The effect of the whole or the trickling of ideas from these peaks to the base of Scenofest will be the connection of all WSD events. For example, the Sustainable Theatre Project may host Indigenous Ceremony or performance which may engage the creators and audience in cultural realities explored through digital expression. We look forward to seeing what the commissions of OISTAT and the artists of Scenofest will create!
Scenofest 2021 seeks performances that reflect the theme and vision of the Three Sisters of WSD2021. Performances should be around 60-90 minutes in length. We are aiming for each performance to be shown two or three times. Companies bringing performances are invited to consider also making a presentation, delivering a workshop, or holding a Q&A session that shares the work process.
The final acceptance to present at WSD2021 will require the selected artists/companies to take responsibility for the transport of their performance to and from Calgary, Canada. WSD2021 will provide the venue, technical facilities, production personnel, and technical crew for the load in, operation, and load out. The WSD2021 Planning Committee will make the final selection from the submissions for performances. We will contact the finalists to coordinate all of the details required, including the performance venue information and technical needs.
Workshops, Panels & Masterclasses
Scenofest 2021 seeks proposals for Workshops, Masterclasses, and Panels that fit within the Three Sisters theme and vision of WSD2021. Workshops can be of varying lengths from ½ day to 2 days. Masterclasses can be from 3 hours to a ½ day or one full day. Panels should be well-formulated and not exceed 2 hours.
The final selection for WSD2021 will require the selected artists/companies to take responsibility for the transportation of the instructors to and from Calgary, Canada. WSD2021 will provide the venue and technical facilities for the pedagogical requirements of the workshop or masterclass. The WSD2021 Planning Committee will make the final selection from the submissions. We will contact the finalists to coordinate all of the details required, including the venue information and technical needs.
Community Engagement & Families
Scenofest 2021 seeks proposals for Activities for Community Engagement or Families that reflect, ask questions, and embrace the theme and vision of the Three Sisters of WSD2021. We anticipate a number of local participants from the Calgary arts community to engage with these activities which could range from a maker session with 3D printing to an outdoor installation to a cultural presentation on traditional ways of knowing.
The final selection forWSD2021 will require the selected artists/companies to take responsibility for the transportation of the instructors, artists, and collaborators to and from Calgary, Canada. WSD2021 will provide the venue and technical facilities for the requirements of the workshop or masterclass. The WSD2021 Planning Committee will make the final selection from the submissions. We will contact the finalists to coordinate all of the details required, including the venue information, technical and material needs.