Art from Acknowledging by Kris Alvarez. Art created by Jayda Delorme.
Untitled Peter Tripp Project by Bundon Pfeifer Henderson, (Johanna Bundon pictured). Photo by Shelby Fenlon.

Extra ease and comfort in the making of art. A stronger connection of understanding and respect with the people I’m collaborating with.

Artist reflecting on their experience with Curtain Razors Level UP! project

Curtain Razors

Curtain Razors

Relational Models of Compassionate Support

Level UP! Strategy Area: Compassion Fund

Pilot Project: Investigating relational pathways of offering and providing support

Project Duration: 2022 – 2023 Season

Continuing to Implement: Yes

Resources Shared: Project Field Notes, Reflections from Consultations on Care, Testimonial from from Artistic Associate, Kris Alvarez

About Curtain Razors

Location: Treaty 4 / Regina, Saskatchewan
Artistic Discipline: Theatre
Operating Budget: $100,000 to $1,000,000

Curtain Razors nurtures, develops, and presents original Saskatchewan work that challenges the boundaries of theatre and upholds the artist and audience as co-creators of live performance. We are committed to creative self-determination. We support local, interdisciplinary artists in developing unique, sustainable, and meaningful processes. We explore the boundaries of theatreboth in how we create and how we define what constitutes a theatrical event. Curtain Razors’ artistic leadership model, fully embraced in 2020, allows for a responsive quality and an expansive artistic vision. Six practicing artists share leadership in an intentional model that considers these questions:

    • How do we create sustainable organizational structure over time
    • How do we appreciate multiple viewpoints and ways of being and seeing?
    • How do we imprint the rhythm and idiosyncrasies of artistic practice in an organizational structure?

Curtain Razors Level UP! Project

Kris Alvarez, Johanna Bundon, Terri Fidelak, Joey Tremblay, Jayden Pfeifer, and Judy Wensel (Curtain Razor’s Associate team), act collectively as Curtain Razor’s artistic leadership. Desiring to offer a Compassion Fund for independent artists throughout their 2022–2023 offerings, but wanting to work in a different way, the Curtain Razors team explored and attended to the vulnerable aspects of offering, providing, and receiving support.

Project Highlights:

    • Engaging in a consultation process with stakeholders to understand what was needed in terms of support, and what approaches might have value
    • Moving away from colonial processes (eg. sidestepping applications/forms by responding to emergent needs with cash on hand, offering support through conversation)

Resources

Curtain Razors | Project Field Notes

About This Resource Curtain Razors shared these field notes in 2023 as part of their Balancing Act Level UP! Pilot Project. Their project included a Compassion Fund for artists that took a responsive and relational approach to offering and providing support.

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Curtain Razors | Consultations on Care

About This Resource Artistic Associate, Johanna Bundon, consulted with three guiding artists who supported Curtain Razors's Level UP! Project: Fritz Pino, Curtain Razors Board Member; Pete Kytwayhat, Artist and single dad; and Erin Goodpipe, Artist and new parent....

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More Information

For more information about the Curtain Razors visit www.curtainrazors.ca.

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