Hannah K. Holman, Managing Director
Savage Umbrella bids goodbye (for now) to SPACE on January 28th
Minneapolis-Saint Paul - Savage Umbrella announced today that the company will be departing from SPACE, its multi-purpose rehearsal and presentation space, at the end of January 2017. Seed funding for SPACE was made possible through winning a $20,000 Golden Ticket from GiveMN.org and The Bush Foundation on Give to the Max Day in November 2014. Savage Umbrella moved into SPACE at the start of 2015.
“Coming into SPACE, we knew that it would be an incredible new experiment for Savage Umbrella,” says co-founder and company Artistic Director Laura Leffler-McCabe. “Over the course of these last two years, we were really able to dig deeper as a company and collective. We return to our nomadic roots with stronger vision, deeper connections, and continued commitment to creating new work that inspires critical conversation.”
During Savage Umbrella’s tenure in SPACE, the company presented original works Sweet Dreams, Alfie (2015), the workshop presentations of Penelope (2015) and Intellectual Property (2016), and the application-based mentorship program Night of New Works (2016) featuring the work of emerging ensemble creators. Savage Umbrella also rehearsed a number of projects in SPACE to be performed around the Twin Cities: Southern Theater ARTshare productions These Are The Men (2015) and June (2016), the Twin Cities Horror Festival remount of Sweet Dreams, Alfie (2016), and Penelope for the Minnesota Fringe Festival (2016).
Beyond Savage Umbrella’s work, SPACE has served as a performance, rehearsal, and workshop space for over 50 individual artists and small companies (totaling over 1,700 hours of art-making) including The Moving Company, Underdog Theatre, Theatre Novi Most, PlaceBase Productions, Off-Leash Area, Harrison Rivers, Megan Mayer, New Arab American Theatre Works, Black Market Theater, Theatre Coup d’Etat, Minnesota Snow Job, God Takes a Holiday, Mission Theatre Company, Chameleon Theatre Circle, collective unconscious performance, The Peanut Butter Factory, Theatre For a Change, Raw Sugar, SEVEN Dance, and many more. Presentations in SPACE included Underdog Theater’s inaugural performance of Baltimore Is Burning, Theatre Coup d’Etat’s Ivey Award winning performance of Equus, Off Leash Area’s epic installation performance of Afterwind, Mission Theatre Company’s Everything’s Free!, and Raw Sugar’s staged reading of RED.
“SPACE represented a new step for both Savage Umbrella and the wider Twin Cities community,” says Managing Director Hannah K. Holman. “By extending high-quality, affordable space to artists beyond Savage Umbrella, we feel that SPACE truly succeeded, opening up our Golden Ticket win to serve the larger artistic community. While we’re not currently looking to acquire another venue, we are open to future possibilities for SPACE. For now, we’re interested in partnerships, collaborations, and taking what we’ve learned to find new, sustainable opportunities.”
Savage Umbrella will be throwing a “SPACE SALE” on Saturday, January 21 from Noon-4pm (including props, set pieces, clothing, and original art), and a “SPACE GOODBYE (for now) PARTY” on Saturday, January 28 from 7-11pm.
Next up, Savage Umbrella will perform a remount of their 2010 production The Awakening at The Southern Theater March 3rd-11th as part of ARTshare. Adapted freely from Kate Chopin's landmark feminist novel, The Awakening focuses on one woman's struggle to become her most authentic self, amidst a society unwilling to see her for who she is. Music, waves, and sexual tension thick as the humid New Orleans air. Critic Jay Gabler said of the 2010 production, “The Awakening is an amazing show: it had me on the edge of my seat, and on multiple occasions wanting to jump out of it with cheers.”