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Meet the 2021 OUTstages Resident Artists & Projects
We are thrilled to announce the two artists in our new OUTstages Residency Program, who will be developing new queer work throughout 2021. Stay tuned for more details on these artists, projects and in-development showings of both of their new works.
Kerri Flannigan (she/they) is an interdisciplinary artist and educator currently based on Lkwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ Territories (Victoria, BC), who experiments with methods of embodying research and storytelling through movement and projection. Family mythologies, coming-of-age confessions, queer experiences of place, and swimming and have all been subjects of recent works.
Flannigan has shown locally and internationally, receiving a Canada Council for the Arts Inter-Arts Grant and BC Arts Council Media Arts Grant in 2020, the Best English Zine at the Expozine Awards (2011 and 2014), and was runner-up to the inaugural Lind Prize (2016). Her projection based solo performance piece, The Secrets of Naming Clouds was programmed at UNO Fest 2017
Kerri Flannigan – Slow Dive
Slow Dive is a coming-of-age queer exploration of embodiment, and the conscious and unconscious histories we carry in our bodies. Themes of swimming and water move throughout the performance, drawing on symbolism and parallels to portray embodiment, grief, self-love, and queer identity. Alongside personal narratives and reflections, Slow Dive collages research-based historical accounts such as the colonial roots of the breaststroke, the mythology of clams, and iconic queer cultural references like the hanky code and the first lesbian kiss on Star Trek. Slow Dive will feature live narration accompanied by sound, video, and choreographed movements between body, props, and projections.
Ciarán Volke (he/him) is a queer actor, writer, director, and comedian based in the unceded territories of the Lkwungen people, otherwise known as Victoria. After graduating theatre school, he has devoted himself to making people laugh during their hardest times, while never compromising his own self. He is utterly grateful to be a part of the OUTStages Residency Program, and to collaborate with the queer community at large as he shares his work.
Ciaran Volke – The Taylor D’Rulo Tour
At the nexus of pop culture, social media, loneliness, and identity lies Taylor D’Rulo. He exists as a conduit for us to be entertained, but also to be questioned. Through the stripping of different layers, both technological and emotional, Taylor shakes us to our core. He wants to live a better life, and wants us to live better lives as well. This project is about collaborating with regular people who lead just as interesting and complicated lives as Taylor. Together, they get to find clarity, connection, and love— even through the screen of a cellphone.
Justin F. Lee (he/him) – dramaturge; Sarah Ord (she/they) – performance collaborator