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Special Projects

The Conservatory is committed to building a strong and engaged arts community. Our Special Projects provide opportunity for the Conservatory to be a catalyst for inspired practices and unique performing arts opportunities. We hope through building connections between artists in our community with learners and arts educators, we can strengthen and empower our arts community.

Out of the Darke Project

Darke Hall Exterior 2021

Out of the Darke seeks to respond to untold oral stories and unwritten histories of performing arts venue Darke Hall, at the University of Regina College Avenue Campus, through literary and multimedia works.

Operating since January 1929, Darke Hall is a performing arts venue that is a jewel on the prairies. Thanks to major renovations concluding soon, this venue can continue to touch the lives of individuals from all arts areas and be a catalyst for creation, inspiration, and community. In celebration of the future of this venue, we want to explore the past of this historic space!

The project seeks to connect our artist partner, Paul Dechene, with up to 25 storytellers in the community who want to tell or write a story about Darke Hall. We are looking for:

  • 10 participants who are interested in oral storytelling through an interview with our artist that will be edited into a podcast series and aired on 91.3FM CJTR, as well as, embedded on the future Darke Hall website.
  • 15 participants who want to tell their story through the written word (short story, poetry, non-fiction, etc) that will be compiled into a digital publication on the Darke Hall website and potentially displayed in Darke Hall.

The project will be running from October 2021 - January 2022 with the digital publication and podcasts to be completed by February 2022.

How Can You Participate?

Right now we are looking for submissions to an online survey by Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 9:00am, which will help us narrow down our storytellers. This survey will remain open for the duration of the project, if you miss the September 15 first intake period. Please fill the survey out to connect with us at anytime or contact our Program Coordinator for more information! In addition to individuals, we also welcome artist collectives or other groups/organizations that want to participate collectively to submit one written work or to participate on one podcast episode.

Complete the Online Survey Today!

Our goal is to try to represent a wide variety of demographics and in our final selection process we will try to choose:

  • stories that represent a wide time period from when Darke Hall was opened in 1929 to present day
  • storytellers from a range of ages
  • storytellers that experienced the venue as a performer, audience member, backstage team member, technician/designer, or through educational programming that happened in the space
  • stories that tell of a variety of arts forms including music, dance, drama/theatre, visual art, and multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary projects

They key thing is that storytellers need to have a connection to Darke Hall - there are no other special requirements and it is free to participate. You don't even have to know how to effectively tell or write your story! Throughout the project you will work with our artist partner in four workshops to help hone interview skills, refine your storytelling abilities, submit drafts for feedback, and get a keen editor's eye on your work. Receive expert mentorship and guidance to help tell or write your story!

We hope you can participate and get your stories out of the dark(e) and into the light.

Please note: the project will be done primarily remotely/virtually and storytellers do not need to reside in Regina, SK. We want to thank the Regina Symphony Orchestra, 91.3FM CJTR Regina Community Radio, and the University of Regina Archives & Special Collections for their help and support with this project.

The Music & Dance Project

In this unique interdisciplinary program, student musicians, music educators, and dancers worked together with dancer and choreographer Karen Rose to interpret her work through music. These projects culminated in two performances.

Winter 2019

Musicians and dancers rehearsed in studio under the direction of Karen Rose to prepare a second installment of the Music & Dance Project. Musicians included Valerie Hall (soprano), Allison Luff (piano), Joel MacDonald (cello), and Think Fast (with members from the University of Regina New Music Ensemble: Daniella Ceron, Trevor Flemings, and Jasmine Tsui). Dancers included Pamela Arter, Melinda Irvine, Carleigh Macdonald, Larissa Shasko, Paula Skotnitsky, and David Coulombe. They presented a show on Sat, Mar 30, 2019 to a sold out audience at the Artesian on 13th.

Fall 2017

The first Music & Dance Project took place from August - November 2017. Find more information about this project by looking through our Music & Dance Project Information Sheet 2017 and the Performance Program 2017. Program support provided by the Artesian and the Faculty of Education.

Funders & Contact

For more information or questions about these above projects, please contact Erika Folnović, Program Coordinator. These projects are made possible through the financial support of SK Arts, made possible through funding provided by the Government of Saskatchewan, and the financial support of SaskCulture Inc., made possible through funding provided by the Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund for Sport, Culture and Recreation.

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