New arts venture BLUE SKY launches at
Blue Metropolis Literary Festival
Monday, April 23, 5 à 7
April 2018, Montreal – Does Montreal need a new theatre company? Is live theatre still relevant? Are there better dramatic media than the stage to reach audiences with our stories? These questions and others are at the core of a new arts venture called Blue Sky to be launched by Montreal writer and arts entrepreneur Marianne Ackerman on April 23 during <http://bluemetropolis.org/> Blue Metropolis Literary Festival at La P’tite Grenouille, 3435 boul. St-Laurent. FREE event.
Co-founder and Artistic Director of Theatre 1774 (1989-1997), and founder and editor of the on-line arts and culture magazine Roverarts, <http://marianneackerman.com/> Ackerman describes the venture as an “outgrowth of those two projects, a ‘conversation about culture’, with purpose.” Home base will be the website found at <http://www.bluesky-ma.ca>
In the science world, ‘Blue Sky research’ is defined as curiosity-driven science and research without a clear, immediate goal. Blue Sky’s first year will be dedicated to R&D – research and discussion. Upcoming activities in 2018-2019 include round table discussions and guest speakers, as well as essays and Q&A sessions posted on the Blue Sky website.
“I am tempted to launch a new theatre company, but know from hard experience what that takes. I strongly believe there are important questions to be asked about the state of the arts in Montreal,” said Ackerman. “Clearly new models and approaches are needed if this community’s creativity is to flourish.” Blue Sky will host the conversation. Ackerman adds, “Hopefully, the dialogue will offer a clear idea of what my peers are thinking, as well as what the Montreal public might need and support. Theatre will be central, but books, ideas and a variety of cultural passions will form part of the conversation.”
Following the presentation of Blue Sky’s plans, there will be a staged reading of Rooftop Eden, the sequel to Marianne Ackerman’s hit play Triplex Nervosa which follows a young musician and real estate entrepreneur in her quest for personal and artistic fulfillment. Presented in collaboration with Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal, the reading includes several cast members
from the original 2015 Centaur Theatre production.
EVENT SUMMARY: Blue Metropolis Literary Festival <http://bluemetropolis.org/2018calendar/#/en/search/rooftop%20eden> event #9- Launch of new arts venture Blue Sky and staged reading of Marianne Ackerman’s Rooftop Eden.