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Ermatinger-Clergue Site issues open call to area artists, performers

'Stories Steeped in Stone' series to take place later this year
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The Ermatinger-Clergue National Historic Site (ECNHS) is accepting applications from area artists and performers interested in taking part in an upcoming live arts performance series.

A news release issued today states that song, monologue, spoken word, theatre, dance and video submissions are welcome "as long as it is inspired by the stories and history of the community of Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma region."

The submission deadline is Jan. 19.

Full text of the ECNHS release follows:

Performing artists, storytellers, musicians and mixed media creators, does our area history and cultures inspire you to create? Algoma artists in the music and performing arts are invited to submit a letter of interest for a live arts performance series to be staged at the Ermatinger-Clergue National Historic Site in 2022.

The series, entitled 'Stories Steeped in Stone: a live arts production' is made possible by a special grant from the Department of Canadian Heritage to create paid work opportunities for artists affected by COVID-19 by “incentivizing short-term contracting of workers in the live arts and music sectors, including artists, technicians and other supporting workers and service providers.”

The planned performances will be staged live before small in-person audiences contingent upon public health guidelines and live streamed and/or pre-recorded for digital audiences.

All types of creative expression are welcomed – song, monologue, spoken word, theatre, dance, video – as long as it is inspired by the stories and history of the community of Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma region. The project is also seeking technicians with experience in live streaming and digital production.

For more information, artists and technicians are asked to submit a short letter of interest with a brief description of their art form and those that fit the criteria will be sent a more detailed description of the project.

The series is being produced by Theatre in Motion, in partnership with Friends of the Ermatinger-Clergue National Historic Site and Living History Algoma.

Submit your letter of interest to Wendy A. Hamilton, Theatre in Motion via email at theatreinmotion97@gmail.com. Please indicate Stories Steeped in Stone in the subject line. The deadline for receipt of letters of interest is Jan. 19, 2022.