I made good friends during that residency—people that I care deeply about, both artistically and personally. If it weren’t for the community that was established, I would not have felt comfortable creating a piece that is very personal to me. I am currently developing on the ideas started in that residency, working with Canada Research Chair in Digital Performance Digitally Mediated Performance,￼￼illustrate how incredibly important this residency was, and continues to be, for my￼emerging artistic career.
The impact of the Secret Theatre residency on me artistically andpersonally has been lasting. During the residency, I became aware ofsome new potential approaches to my art practice, and the creation ofmy Secret Selfie was a means to take a step forward into that newterrain. The experience has continued to echo as my practice evolves,and I have even collaborated with some of the other participatingartists since. The support from and the conversations with the otherartists, my mentor and the residency facilitators Dustin and Sarahwere invaluable to my project but, more so, to me as a human being andcreator. The entire residency was motivating, challenging andinspiring.
The program brought me to a richer understanding of my own practice and allowed me to create work that I wouldn’t have had the time and means to create without such a program. As an emerging artist working in Halifax, this opportunity is incredibly rare. I believe that programs like this should be made more widely available, and that keen, intelligent people like those at the helm of Secret Theatre should be curating them.
I found this residency to be a very positive experience creatively, artistically, and personally. During the residency period, I was offered the necessary time and creative space to make an audio composition which was unlike anything I had ever made before. As a professional dancer/ choreographer, it was quite a treat to have the opportunity and support to work with movement and rhythm through sound recording and editing- a chance to work with time and space in a new way.!