Building off the success of its pilot project in 2021, Remai Modern launched a program that supports local artistic practice in the realm of live arts. Here and Now: A Live Arts Initiative engages up to three artists for a one-year period.
Successful applicants receive financial supports, access to museum resources and professional development opportunities. The museum works in collaboration with each artist to develop a program of activities including research, public engagement such as artist talks or workshops, and the development and presentation of new work or work in progress. The program requires some group participation with other program artists, guest contributors and museum staff.
Artists receive unlimited free admission to the museum, access to staff insight and expertise, and informal mentorship opportunities with guest artists, cultural workers and community leaders.
Peace Akintade is an interdisciplinary artist and poet from Yorubaland, Nigeria. Her work touches on growing up in Kuwait, Nigeria and Canada, the impact of slavery in the village in which she lived in Africa, colourism, and relearning her culture in the face of colonization. A former Saskatchewan Youth Poet Laureate, Peace has emerged as a sought-after public speaker, educator and creative collaborator. Her practice explores the intersections of poetry with contemporary dance, film, experimental theatre and music.
Darren Miller is a composer and his work embraces both conventional instrumentation and its extension through technological means. He studied in Saskatoon, Victoria, Banff, Darmstadt (Germany), and Buffalo (New York) and holds a PhD in music composition on the topic of audio morphing software. Darren was the co-founder and director of Sask New Music and the annual Strata Festival of New Music. His compositions, live performances and sound design have been presented in a variety of contexts and across disciplines including concerts, sound installations, theatre, film and dance.
Mitchell Larsen & Megan Zong
Mitchell Larsen is a genderfluid artist whose practice incorporates music, theatre and dance with fabulist fiction, queer history, and poetry. Megan Zong is a Chinese-Canadian theatre artist with extensive experience as an actor and has recently branched out into playwrighting and producing. As a collaborative duo, dance and movement are key components to their work and they plan to further explore structured improvisation and examine the relationship between performer and audience.