Goodbye 2013, Hello 2014!

Where did the time go?! It’s hard to believe 2013 has finally come to an end. One of the greatest parts about a New Year is the opportunity to reflect upon all that you accomplished in the last 365 days. What was your greatest artistic achievement in 2013? Share it with us on Facebook or Twitter. We would love to hear from you!

Our achievements include:

– The 2nd annual (and wildly entertaining) So You Think You Can Act fundraiser

– The successful sold out IWW Cabaret of Monologues: Wild Women performance

-The world premiere of the much awaited Jail Baby

FemFest 2013: Revelation and Revolution which featured the world premiere of Harold and Vivian by Jessy Ardern who is one of Winnipeg’s Group of 7 Female Playwrights

-The creation and workshop presentation of Giving Voice, our latest youth based play created in partnership with VOICES: Manitoba Youth in Care Network. In November, Giving Voice did a test run in three Winnipeg High Schools for our upcoming fall tour and received an incredible amount of positive feedback and rave reviews!

It was truly a fantastic year but we are just as excited (if not more) for 2014! Be sure to check out our website for a list of upcoming events. First up is our 3rd annual So You Think You Can Act fundraiser which we promise will be just as fun, fabulous, and gut-wrenching as last year! With that, let’s take a look at our resolutions for 2014.

Andrea Geary (President, Board of Directors): The Board’s focus for 2014 is to keep growing our audience base, in other words – get more bums in the seats – and to keep our board structure strong. I resolve to keep spreading the word on behalf of Sarasvàti Productions in hopes of increasing our audience numbers and our committee and board membership. I suggest that all readers resolve to come out to see one of our performances this year, and also support us by attending our upcoming annual So You Think You Can Act fundraiser at the Gas Station Theatre on Feb. 19.

Hope McIntyre (Artistic Director): As I research the amazing Maria Irene Fornes in preparation for our May production of Fefu and Her Friends, I am resolving to turn off the producer brain when I enter the rehearsal room and find that deep place Fornes talks about in the gut that tells us what needs to be on stage.

Samantha Walters (Associate Producer): Coming on board with Sarasvàti Productions in September has been an incredible opportunity for me. It has given me so much insight into how much hardwork, time, and dedication it takes to do what we do! My resolution for 2014 is to help Sarasvàti grow by educating others on what we do and the importance of our work, particularly those who are not involved in the arts. I also hope to provide more opportunities for emerging artists to develop their skills and career. First up is our workshop with Stratford actor Bethany Jillard on How to Get from Here to There on January 31st, 2014!

On behalf of our team at Sarasvàti Productions, we wish you all the best in 2014! Also, thank you for continuing to support our blog! Take a look at our wonderful 2013 report below.

Report Excerpt – “A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,400 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.”Click here to see the complete report.

Things We Were Never Told

It was wonderful to welcome Julie Salverson in Winipeg over the weekend. Her reading at McNally Robinson included portions of her play BOOM, her opera Shelter and her new manuscript Atomic Elegy. Although the long weekend meant a small crowd, it was certainly a thought-provoking event. Julie’s work explores the theme of witnessing. Her manuscript, which was inspired by learning about Canada’s link to the bombings of Hiroshima and Nakasaki, led to a vibrant discussion both with Julie and at least in my case with family and friends afterwards. It was certainly news to me that the uranium ore used to make the atomoic bombs came from Northwest Territories. You can learn more by reading Julie’s article “They Never Told Us These Things” in the summer issue of Maisonneuve. I know I’ll also be waiting to read her full manuscript when it is published.

Board member Andrea Geary with Julie Salverson

One of the things that makes me so passionate about the arts is that they really do allow us to constantly learn more about the world we live in. I’ve been reading a lot of Anne Bogart lately, after participating in a fabulous Viewpoints masterclass in Banff with Michael Greyeyes. In her book and then, you act Bogart says: “Ultimately the role of art is to wake us up. Routine takes the place of life so easily. The senses reign, numbness enters. Our job as artists is to sharpen our perceptual mechanism on a daily basis in order to venture out into the world with curiousity to receive, perceive, and report back.”

This is certainly at the heart of Sarasvàti’s work and what stood out in Julie’s work.
-Hope McIntyre, Artistic Director