Welcome to 2019!
Student artists are currently in a difficult juxtaposition between young artists expected to fail a few times while we’re learning and exploring new forms and students expected to excel in our studies. Students are stuck between wanting that italicized “with distinction” that will set us up for our futures and wanting to experiment with everything thrown at us. It’s much easier (and often recommended) to play to one’s strengths in an academic environment, which often leads to a deficit in artistic exploration.
Vena Cava serves as a safe and exciting alternative. A middle ground hoping to bring out the best from the artists we encounter; encouraging students to explore and workshop ideas that they’re not quite sure of; address future problems in the industry, and provide a “beta” version of the professional world.
This year I want to push Vena Cava to address the future; what kind of theatre are we going to be making, where are we going to find (and afford) the space to play around, whose voices are we ignoring? As students, we need to start thinking about what we’re inheriting and what we’re going to do about it. As artists, we need to learn how to do this skilfully, through trial and error.
Vena Cava should be a community of young people coming together to learn, and teach, and grow into our futures. Most of us only have 3 years before we’re in the deep end, and that’s not a lot of time but I strongly believe in Vena Cava’s ability to provide knowledge, experience, and lifelong connections to our members that are vital to our futures, and that’s what we plan to embrace in 2019.