Saturday, 13 December 2008

Performance Spaces

This post is intended to pool research about inexpensive venues good for grassroots Flamenco performances. Know of any others or have feedback about how it was to perform at any of the venues? Share your thoughts below.

ARTery: Converted storefront space with several small stages, including one stage which fits musicians and dancer(s). Tech. extra. Cool spot. Some sightlines cut off. Bar available. Past Flamenco performance: 3 musicians, one dancer.

B-Scene Studios: Small wooden stage, seating capacity approx. 90 people. Intimate, but some sightlines cut off. Rental includes tech. Past Flamenco performance: several musicians, several solo dancers.

Landing Pad @ Mile Zero Dance: Open, rectangular room. Intimate, salon-style performances. If using for dance, must bring a floor. Limited lights & sound available. Past Flamenco performances in venue: 1 dancer, 1 musician?

Carrot Community Arts Coffee House: artist's cooperative coffee house. Past Flamenco performances in venue: None.

Edmonton Community Leagues. Some have small stages and stage/lounge options. Past Flamenco performances in venue: None?

Hydeaway. All ages art space, downtown. Bar available. Never seen it, but sounds interesting.

Other venues used for Flamenco in the past: Westbury Theatre @ TransAlta Arts Barns (black box, set-up fees extra), Stanley A. Milner Library Theatre (has a hard floor), Myer Horowitz & Timms @ U of A, Royal Alberta Museum Theatre, Winspear.

Other possible venues: L'UniTheatre @ La Cite Francophone, Rice Theatre @ the Citadel, John L. Haar @ Grant MacEwan College, Muttart Hall @ Alberta College (good acoustics, but limited lighting & tech), PCL Theatre @ TransAlta Arts Barns (black box, set-up fees extra).

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