In 2015, Nightswimming launched a 5-year project to commission 5 new works by performance creators born in 1995, the same year Nightswimming was born.
For the next 5 years (2015-2020), each autumn we’ll accept proposals from artists born in 1995.
In 2020, Nightswimming will achieve our 25th year of commissioning, developing and producing new Canadian theatre and performance. We’ll celebrate by showcasing the 5 projects and artists we commissioned over the 5 years.
We're pleased to acknowledge that 5x25 has been supported in part through "The Collaborations" - at Canada's National Arts Centre as well as by the J.P. Bickell Foundation, Muttart Foundation, and the Metcalf Foundation.
Rhiannon Collett is a queer-identified playwright and performer based in Montréal, whose work explores misogyny, sexuality, and ritual. Rhiannon is currently a member of Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal’s Young Creators Unit, and in 2014/15 was part of Black Theatre Workshop’s Artist Mentorship Program. In March 2015 she wrote and performed her solo show, GIRLHOUSE(Mainline Gala for Student Drama). Her new play, Miranda & Dave Begin Againwill premiere at the St. Ambroise Montréal Fringe Festival in June 2016. Originally from North Vancouver, she was awarded the Jack Shadbolt Award for Multiple Arts Excellence in 2013.
Set in the hidden corners of an old church, Wasp is an experimental theatre piece that explores one girl’s coming of age. As Wasp realizes how others perceive her, she will have to confront the rituals she has always known in order to fully embrace her identity.
– I hear if you go camping, the animals can smell it on you. They’ll come and wait for you outside your tent. – What about men? – What about them? – Can they smell it on you too?
White socks. Combed hair. Freshly pressed Sunday dress. Eleven-year-old Wasp has a secret she can’t tell anyone.
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