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We’re sharing our Pure Research projects with you!

Experience our new website at pureresearch.ca

Our Pure Research archives are full of documents, photographs, interviews with the researchers and much more. The program offers artists the space to research an idea, a desire, a device, a technology, and/or methodology they couldn’t otherwise explore. The results of all 24 sessions are now presented on this new site, giving you access to research by some of Canada’s leading theatre artists, including Mary Walsh and Lois Brown from Newfoundland, Vancouver’s Maiko Bae Yamamoto and James Long and Kate Henning and Camellia Koo from Toronto. We believe that exploring the unknown is central to any adventurous, artful theatre community and that not knowing how to do things will often lead us to important new discoveries that feed future projects and initiatives.

The Pure Research workshop was a landmark: its insights and discoveries flowed back into my critical thinking and practical work, and has been passed on to many artists, interns and workshop participants. – Ruth Howard, PR participant

As we launch this new website, Artistic Director Brian Quirt will be travelling to Iceland to be part of the Performing Arts Relay with companies from Denmark, Iceland and Norway. Led byLaboratoriet, an independent Danish centre for practical artistic research in performing arts, the Relay is a series of labs to be held in each country exploring new approaches to theatrical research, exchange and collaboration.

pureresearch.ca was created with funding from the George Cedric Metcalf Foundation‘s Creative Strategies Incubator.

Jeff Ho

Welcome Jeff Ho, Playwright in Residence

We are thrilled to have Jeff Ho as our playwright in residence for 2016-17. Nightswimming’s long-standing interest in interdisciplinary work fusing text, choreography and music, will provide the creative environment that Jeff needs to explore the cultural and political ideas in his new play unravel.

Nightswimming constantly pushes for new territory in how we approach, devise and tell tales – welcoming voices from the fringes, the voiceless, the “other”. It is an honour to be aligning with their mandate, and to work intimately with a company that values interdisciplinary approaches in making theatre. I can think of no better company in the city to begin exploring and synthesizing the landscapes of Butoh, ballet, and Chinese tiger parenting in unravel, under the wisdom and guidance of Brian Quirt and Leslie Haller. – Jeff Ho

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5×25 Year Two

Call for proposals

We can hardly believe that a year has passed since our first call for proposals last fall. We’re looking forward to reading this year’s applications to commission a new work from artists born in 1995, the same year as Nightswimming.

5×25 is open to any kind of performance project: dance, music, interdisciplinary and the deadline is November 15, 2016. For more information on this five year initiative, click here.

Montreal’s Rhiannon Collett, our year one commission, is now hard at work on her piecewasp. Over the summer she traveled to Toronto to spend time with Brian, attending Summerworks shows and meeting artists from across Canada.

5×25 has been a wonderful opportunity to collaborate with Rhiannon, and also to engage with the work of some remarkable 20-year-old artists from across Canada. This year our applicants must be 21 and we can’t wait to see what projects they want to make and what stories they need to tell.
– Brian Quirt


We are accepting OAC Creators’ Reserve applications!

Nightswimming is participating in the Theatre Creators’ Reserve Program funded by the Ontario Arts Council. We are accepting applications until October 3, 2016. If you’re interested in challenging dramatic forms and bold visual storytelling that intersect with Nightswimming’s artistic interests, click here for more information.


Please consider supporting Nightswimming’s commitment to creating bold new works of theatre, dance and music by clicking on the button below.

Thank you!
– Brian + Leslie

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Pure Research Photo of Nita Bowerman
Photo of Jeff Ho by Dahlia Katz
Graphic Design by Elliott Smith.

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