HATCH is designed to incubate and foster invention and innovation in performance practice and over the past decade has become a vital laboratory for development within the local performance ecology. Some of the HATCH alumni include: Erin Shields, Anita Majumdar, Joan Kivanda, Lucy Rupert, Brendan Healy, Hannah Moscovitch, Small Wooden Shoe, Trevor Schwellnus, Jordan Tannahill, Jess Dobkin, Cara Spooner and Alicia Grant, Birdtown and Swanville, Philip McKee, UnSpun Theatre, Jenn Goodwin, Camilla Singh, Salvatore Antonio, Kids on TV, Reena Katz, Andréa de Keijzer, Gein Wong, and Derek Kwan.
We invite projects from emerging creators as well as established artists engaging in new collaborations or entering into new artistic territory. Performance proposals from artists working across all disciplines, including, but not limited to: dance, theatre, performance art, music, digital art, etc. are encouraged. Of specific interest are proposals that demonstrate how HATCH will benefit the development of the project and the artist. In addition to providing mentorship over the course of a year, HATCH enables the concentrated experimentation and incubation of an idea that culminates in a public presentation, recognizing how vital audience feedback is to the creative process.
Companies and artists selected to participate in HATCH will receive a one-week residency in the Studio Theatre, located at Harbourfront Centre. The Studio Theatre is an intimate, 192-seat proscenium venue featuring a full lighting grid, raked seating and sprung stage floor. Use of the residency period is at the discretion of the artist and needs of the project (i.e. workshop, rehearsals, performance, etc.) but there must be at least one presentation of the work for the public at some point in the week.
For HATCH 2014, our guest curators are particularly interested in projects that experiment with how social media can be used artistically in creation and performance.
For more information on HATCH and how to apply, please drop us a line by email.
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HATCH 2014 Guest Curators
Michael Wheeler is a theatre director, writer, social designer, artistic director of Praxis Theatre and co-editor of praxistheatre.com. In 2012, he co-curated The Freefall Festival at The Theatre Centre and was a Neil Munro intern director at The Shaw Festival, where he directed Brecht's Senora Carrar's Rifles. In 2013, he directs the National Tour of Praxis Theatre's #G20Romp: You Should Have Stayed Home and is co-creator of The SpiderWeb Show an online project in collaboration with The National Arts Centre. Michael has created social design elements with numerous performing arts organizations including Volcano Theatre at Luminato, The Electric Company at Canadian Stage, and as a member of The Wrecking Ball. He has spoken across the province on social design, most recently with The Creative Cities Summit, Theatre Ontario, and Social Media Week. Winner of the 2011 SummerWorks Arts Professional Award, Michael holds a certificate from Harvard University and a MFA from The Moscow Art Theatre.
Aislinn Rose is an independent producer, theatre maker, member of the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts' Board of Directors, and co-chair of The Indie Caucus. She recently joined the producing team for Luminato's 2013 festival, and is the recipient of a Canada Council for the Arts Professional Development grant as an independent theatre producer. As the artistic producer of Praxis Theatre and co-editor of praxistheatre.com, she led the Open Source Theatre Project for Section 98 at Harbourfront Centre (HATCH ‘10), created the experimental Dungeons & Dragons (not) The Musical, and will be producing the upcoming national tour of their #G20Romp: You Should Have Stayed Home. After supporting Liza Balkan's work on Out the Window as a dramaturg from 2010 to 2011, she developed the show's online companion The Brain for its 2012 run at The Theatre Centre's biennial Free Fall festival. She was also a consultant & online creator for the 2012 sold-out run of Michael Healey's Proud.
Past HATCH Participant Testimonials
"The studio time and all the conversations before and after have been profound in helping us to flourish as artists. I think it really made us come together as collaborators and gain clarity of how to move forward. It was such a positive transformative experience for me. I'm eternally grateful for this opportunity!"
"HATCH, for me, was about experiencing the fear of risk, but working through it to attain a fearlessness in expression. By its very construct, it pushed me past so many preconceived ideas of creation and rehearsal and presentation, and further forced me out of any comfort zones into a new place, where the merit of the work lies in the willingness to lay it bare in its wonderfully incomplete state. A place where you invite an audience into your collective process, and encourage them to experience with you; a Polaroid photograph only beginning to develop. HATCH was a vital reminder of the invitation of trust in creation.
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"HATCH allowed my collaborators and I the opportunity to flesh out our ideas and to expand our collective vision. It was a crucial growing experience for me as an artist, and I would do it again in a heartbeat!"
Paper Laced with Gold
"HATCH gave us (Mortified) the push and support to take our collaboration to the stage for the first time. We worked with a great team at Harbourfront Centre who were 'yes' people and wanted to help our vision come to life. It was a great experience."
"I can't believe I made something so beautiful, I can't believe it pulled together in a week! A wild ride, this is what HATCH is here for isn't it? To give an artist the opportunity to realize/manifest an experiment, like in a lab, where a scientist for one week gets access to the equipment s/he needs for a critical experiment and they make a break through, that's really what happened for us, we breathed life into the Mrtvolka."
"At the very least, HATCH was a wonderful opportunity to work with a premier institution filled with amazing staff & visionaries who provided us the creative guidance and technical support we needed to elevate our process and, ultimately, work. Given our members' geographical distances, we wouldn't have achieved such scale & scope otherwise.
"But perhaps more importantly, HATCH is a uniquely creative environment that fosters a sense of community among its participants. Under Ame Henderson & Jo Hunter's gracious care, we felt like family. And exchanged ideas accordingly during gatherings. So it isn't so outlandish to compare HATCH to The Cool Parent. You know, the one who casually leaves out Playboy/girl mags for you to discover. And when you mention things like, 'Can I have a Duran Duran haircut,' they say, 'Yes, but please listen to this Motorhead record first.' Then later on in life, you find yourself joyfully recounting this very story to a complete stranger in an effort to explain why you've seen Slayer 13 times. Yeah, baby."
Arthur Yeung, Looking Sea Collective
"The deceptively simple notion of being able to actually create and rehearse new work in the theatre the work was to be performed in – with every effort made by Harbourfront Centre staff to provide all the support and resources they could – was nothing short of a revolution for our project and our company. Through our HATCH residency we discovered an immediate, active way of working that I hope will inform our creation and rehearsal methods for years to come."
Brendan Gall, co-artistic director, The Room
Red Machine: Under the Knife
"There are few opportunities in this city that give emerging artists and performers a chance to get together with their collaborators and just create. The fact that this happens in a fully equipped theatre with expert staff able to assist with everything from press releases to technical questions makes it an amazing opportunity for any company. Even just being associated with the Harbourfront Centre has opened up doors for our company."
Erin Brandenburg, Kitchen Band Productions