May 8- 11, 2008

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For immediate release – PCC Comes To Halifax May 8th – 11th


Halifax, May 8th 2008… PCC HALIFAX 2008, an informal meeting for people connected to performance creation in Canada, is now open for registration at pcchalifax.wordpress.com.

Organized by a group of Halifax based artists, and hosted by the SuperNova Theatre Festival with cooperation from the Khyber Institute of the Contemporary Arts, PCC Halifax will bring 100 artists, educators, critics, presenters, and funding institutions together to explore investigate issues inspired by our theme- Bridge Walking: Reconciling the gap between avant-garde art and popular culture! The ‘informal’ format to the conference means the events are always focused on conversation between participants, and an open exchange of viewpoints as well as perspectives.

The conference kicks off on Thursday, May 8th at 5pm with a welcome reception including the’We Crossed That Bridge When We Got There’ opening party at 9pm.

Other weekend events include: the ‘Speed Discussion’ session- a rotation of fast conversations in small groups on an array of related topics, the ‘Bridge Mixer’ session- an open series of intimate one-on-one meetings with experts in the fields of performance presentation, and the ‘Up For Debate’ session- a lighting quick series of impromptu head to head debates between unsuspecting participants on a dizzying array of topics. ‘Fiddles, Lighthouses, and the Pogie’ is a round-table brunch discussion hosted by Jackie Torrens, and the “Take it to the Bridge” Cabaret featuring a variety of local talent.

PCC Halifax will also feature a Keynote address by Halifax-born Toronto-based artist Jacob Zimmer, who this fall was named one of the top ten theatre artists working in Toronto by NOW magazine. Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Jacob will discuss the challenges he faced bringing his passion and practice together, and the choice to move away.

The conference wraps up on Sunday, May 11th, with the ‘Burn That Bridge’ Closing Night Party at The Bus Stop Theatre.

Artists will be attending from across the country as well as from all over Nova Scotia.

PCC Halifax is facilitated by theatre practitioners Dustin Harvey and Christian Barry. We are generously supported by: Canada Council For The Arts, Nova Scotia’s Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage, the Department of Canadian Heritage, Eastern Front Theatre, and 2b theatre company.

Artists or anyone else who wants to take part should visit pcchalifax.wordpress.com. Most events will be held at Alderney Landing Theatre in Dartmouth. Please visit the website for details. Registration to participate for the entire weekend is only $10.

For general information contact: pcchalifax@gmail.com

Media Contacts:

Lee-Anne Poole 902 449 5317, poole_l@hotmail.com

Dustin Harvey 902 429 3673, secrettheatre@gmail.com


Dear Creators,

Take notice: Now is your chance to meet up with presenters and curators from across Canada. PCC Halifax is hosting an event called the BRIDGE MIXER where local performance creators will sign-up for one-on-one speed dates with the programmers of your choice. Sherrie Johnson (formerly of dada kamera, now with PuSh Festival) will animate the event. The BRIDGE MIXER will take place at the Alderney Landing Theatre on Friday, May 9th at 1:30pm.

Here’s the important bit: FIRST-COME FIRST-SERVE. YOU MUST SIGN-UP TO PARTICIPATE. This is an open access event. Sign-up begins on Thursday, May 8th from 5pm-8pm at the Alderney Landing Theatre (our PCC information point) and continues on Friday morning from 9am-10:30am

This is a great opportunity for local artists to gain rare and intimate access to the people who can help you build bridges to other communities, and take your work abroad. Below is a list of the participants. You can sign up to meet with any or all of them, but PLEASE do your research. We provide these names in advance so that you can plan your approach, know who your talking to, what they do, etc. You may have something to pitch, or you may simply want to swap information, but please do come prepared. If you have any questions about our guests, email Sherrie at sherrie.johnson@yahoo.ca

Here is a list of the guests from across Canada (you can also find this info and more on the website pcchalifax.wordpress.com) :

Ken Cameron, Magnetic North Theatre Festival (National)
Franco Boni, The Theatre Center (Toronto)
Craig Hall, Rumble Productions (Vancouver)
Michael Green, One Yellow Rabbit (Calgary)
Tina Rasmussen, Harbourfront Centre (Toronto)
Chris Lorway, Luminato Festival (Toronto)
Ericka Hennebury, Rhubarb Festival (Toronto)
Menno Plukker, international agent (Ottawa)
Miriam Ginestier, studio 303 (Montreal)
Kari McQueen, Mountain Standard Time (Calgary)
Nicole Mion, springboard dance, Fluid Festival (Calgary)
Michelle Sereda, Curtain Razors (Regina)

Sincerely yours,

Sherrie Johnson Christian Barry
“Bridge Mixer” curator PCC National & Local steering committee


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