Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg is a Vancouver based dancer, choreographer, director and all around creative person. Right now she can be found completing an artistic residency at The Cultch, working hard on Highgate, a piece that explores Victorian funeral culture. We caught up with Tara to find out a bit more about Highgate and how she feels about completing an artistic residency with us here at The Cultch!
For those of us who don’t know, can you tell us what a residency is?
A residency is when a theatre (or arts centre) invites an artist to create in their space for a concentrated amount of time. The theatre supports the artist and the work in progress by providing space, technical, and administrative support. For the artist, a residency is a great opportunity to really focus on a creation without distraction.
Here at The Cultch, we’re all about fostering creativity. Whether it’s music, theatre or dance on our stages, or visual art in our gallery, we want to see artists succeed and do what we can to give them a hand. Of course, one of the greatest ways we help by seeking out incredible local, national and international shows that we know our audience will love. But we also do a lot behind the scenes as well.
"Sam and Ben" promotional poster
Don’t miss your chance to join us for the premiere of Sam and Ben and the Big Oops — a new and exciting play from The Cutch’s Curators-in-Resident Brendan McLeod!
Sam and Ben and the Big Oops is an original one-woman/one-act play centred on upcoming children’s entertainer Sammi Sam, who lives to please and inspire everyone around her:
the children she entertains, her long-term boyfriend Ben, and his affluent parents. When she accidentally becomes pregnant, she and Ben must choose whether or not to have a child during a financially and socially unstable time of their lives. The decision forces them to re-evaluate their life goals, and their relationship to both their families and each other. Part naive children’s show, part interpersonal drama, Sam and Ben and the Big Oops takes on contemporary social mores with abnormal humour and pathos.
And it packs a lot of talent.