Two years ago, with the help of a $20,000 golden ticket on Give to the Max Day (thanks GiveMN and The Bush Foundation!), we embarked on a big-scary-awesome-crazy experiment called SPACE. Today, we announce our departure from SPACE's current location. (You can read the press release here.) When we started, we hoped that SPACE could be a home: a place for Savage Umbrella to take more risks in process, content, and programming, and for other artists and companies to share, collaborate, make, and thrive. And you know what, it worked!
Since opening in January 2015, SPACE has served as a performance, rehearsal, and workshop space for over 50 individual artists and small companies totaling over 1,700 hours of art-making (not including countless hours of Savage Umbrella rehearsals, performances, workshops, and parties)! Performances in SPACE included Underdog Theater’s inaugural performance of Baltimore Is Burning, Theatre Coup d’Etat’s Ivey Award winning performance of Equus, Off-Leash Area’s epic installation performance of Afterwind, Mission Theatre Company’s Everything’s Free!, and Raw Sugar’s staged reading of RED.
Through SPACE, Savage Umbrella was able to take some awesome risks and focus more intentionally on storybuilding, community sharing, and new methods of theatermaking. We got immersive with Sweet Dreams, Alfie (2015), started new things with the workshop presentations of Penelope (2015) and Intellectual Property (2016), and launched Night of New Works (2016) featuring the work of emerging ensemble creators. We also had the opportunity to dig further into other projects that were performed around the Twin Cities including Southern Theater ARTshare productions These Are The Men (2015) and June (2016), the Twin Cities Horror Festival remount of Sweet Dreams, Alfie (2016), and Penelope for the Minnesota Fringe Festival (2016).
We feel so lucky to have been able to share space, time, and resources with incredible theater makers, improvisers, and musicians over the past two years: Adam Litz, AEthem Theatre, Anthony Michael, Black Market Theater, CABARAVE, Chameleon Theatre Circle, Chris Harrington, Christopher Kehoe, Classical Actors Ensemble, CLIMB Theatre, collective unconscious performance, Dan Linden, Diane Mountford, Duck Washington, Fearless Comedy Productions, Forest Godfrey, God Takes A Holiday, Harrison Rivers, Janet Preus, Jeremiah Zortman, Justin Caron, Kameron Nelson, Kari and Forest Godfrey, Little Life Boats, Maureen Bourgeois, Meagan Kedrowski, Megan Clark, Megan Mayer, Minnesota Snow Job, Mission Theatre Company, The Moving Company, New Arab American Theatre Works, Off-Leash Area, PlaceBase Productions, Raw Sugar, Red Bird Theatre, Scott Pakudaitus, Sean Dillon, SEVEN Dance, Shannon Forney, Springboard for the Arts, Taous Khazem, Ted Moore, Theatre Coup d'Etat, Theatre For a Change, Theatre Novi Most, Underdog Theater, and Zoa Green. Thank you for supporting us, inspiring us, and continuing to do what you do. (I know I'm missing a few.. sorry! Let me know!)
And we know that sometimes experiments come to an end. While it is bittersweet to turn the page, we are so excited about the opportunities for the future. While we’re not currently looking to acquire another venue, we are open to future possibilities for SPACE. For now, we’re interested in partnerships, collaborations, and taking what we’ve learned to find new, sustainable opportunities. (So, let us know if you have ideas!) We return to our nomadic roots bolder, stronger, and with so many wonderful new friends.
So, what now? Well, we want your help celebrating! We're planning two awesome events at SPACE in January to get you out of your post-NYE funk, get rid of our leftover wine, and say goodbye (for now) to SPACE in style! All tickets and sales from these events support Savage Umbrella and the creation of bold, inspiring new works of theater.
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