COOP CORPS 2017
After holding a round of auditions in October 2016, Solo Chicken Productions is thrilled to introduce a new batch of emerging New Brunswick artists who will be joining the coop corps. The coop corps is Solo Chicken’s physical theatre initiative, which is led by contemporary choreographer Lesandra Dodson and physical theatre artist Lisa Anne Ross and is focused on providing creative opportunities for professional artists and training and development opportunities for emerging artists. The auditions yielded an incredibly dynamic and committed group of young artists who bring a diverse range of experience and skills to the company.
After the launch of the coop in May 2015 the company worked together for a year - training, creating and developing the new work, A Record of Us that premiered at the NotaBle Acts Festival at The Playhouse in July 2016. Dodson & Ross felt that this inaugural creative period and new work represented a true success and they are determined to nurture the initiative and build it into a sustainable creative force. As part of the drive to find sustainability for the coop, Dodson & Ross have introduced the coop corps; a branch of the coop that focuses on professional training and development in theatre and dance.
The coop corps is a body of like-minded, determined, curious, young artists, committed to train together, support each other, and propel themselves to broaden their theatrical skills. Members will be offered creative opportunities, such as workshops with renowned guest teachers as well as in-studio research with coop co-artistic directors. Dodson and Ross hope that the addition of a formal training series will ensure coop members receive focused training opportunities and that the company has space to develop a dynamic working relationship before they begin formally creating work together.