The decision to forego the Verona Cup Challenge Competition this year was made in earnest.
The golden anniversary celebrations of V 2014 being such a momentous occasion last October, that is seems fitting to wait a year , before bringing another run of challenges to the more demanding PACE stage.
The brief of “a decade of Youth-Made work” is no mean feat and so the next must surely have equal artistic weight if the Verona Cup Challenge is to last the PACE , and uphold as ever the highest standards of performance excellence in future ?
I know you will agree with me, especially if you know more personally , how much passion , commitment and effort it really takes , to lift that Cup.
There is ocuuring at present in PACE a necessary period of creative transition , and by this fact, not sufficient understanding of the creative nature of the Verona process or its historical performance significance with current PACE members.
Some thing that I believe would interfere with the true meaning of Verona, at this stage.
Existing House numbers are small and whilst this is never a bad thing – there is, on paper, an imbalance in the structure of the houses in terms of levels of performance ability
Verona needs a stronger core to guide and mentor a better cultural direction – it needs those that go this performance way to understand what has come before and what must continue. So that Verona never just turns into “ another PACE show “ .
Verona is about connecting with hitherto unknown artists , writers , composers , choreographers , statesmen , playwrights ; it is more to do with looking back at history , mythology , politics , astronomy , society as a whole for muse and inspiration.
Verona is – the finishing school of PACE – it is identity , it is an honour code of performance. It is something very rare , some thing to be treasured.
It’s like Gryffindor to Potter and Barcelona to Messi . Not easily forgotten . It is never just a show , never just a thing to do lightly, it is written in truer PACE blood.
Montague till I die
All of which – dramatically speaking – needs to sort itself before the next challenge for the Cup can go ahead; something to build on now for Verona X1 as it will henceforth become known.
I know a few heartier Veronites out there in PACE land are disappointed at not being able to get stuck back into this self styled PACE work this side of 15.
It can be frustrating not to be able to exercise your right to creativity here , especially when the stage doors are more freely open to you now , based on last year’s work load and your more obvious artistic development.
But that is not enough reason to have a Verona Challenge in play.
There needs to be a wider performance context for the Capulet and Montague Houses , a better Verona scene in place , in which to frame a more challenging brief. You need to build that for us- you need to make a house to live in again.
However in the spirit of fair play , and because we know you love that competitive pull – this much , this year , we are prepared to give you as a taster of things to come …( ooo and do I have a scarier challenge idea for X1?!)
For now , I propose a pre match warm up , a friendly in game terms , a bit of team performance interaction by way of fostering those more vital House feelings we need to encourage, within the hallowed Hogwarts-styled walls of Spires !
No Cup to play for , maybe more of a Cupcake …much sweeter things to come , will doubtless be gained by each side , through this collaborative ensemble effort .
And so the CAPMON “short” is born.
Rules of the game :
A short socially-cultured mission will be given to each house
A set of guidelines drawn
A one off performance date given
A chance again – to don the white and red, and sashay !
to stimulate interest in the event in a broader way.
To encourage new performers for the future
To bring back the idea of House values
To add creative spirit to the fundamental principle of a PACE performance
To adopt the principles of event management and give back enthusiastically in a PACE spirited way
Select one of the above to start work on and already you have the basis of a worthier future Cup winner
Aside to this :
The artistic wrangle for House Captain is never easy.
How to choose someone who carries the passion , understanding and cultural diversity for this kind of responsibility is some thing I see naturally by action , but the house sometimes neglects to follow , when choosing its eventual leader
To this effect I will select a CAPMON creation team – a joint body of artful bodies who will work together to mount this short performance event, while enjoying the opportunity of working more productively and actively within their respective houses
Yes you read that right – this production will be a joint venture with a shared event end , but with the separate chance to “preview a collection of Cappy/ Monty potential” for the future
Details of the short ( should you chose to accept it ) and the first tentative House meeting will wing its way via email shortly
In the meantime it is fair to say …
A catwalk , clothes , cake&coffee will here have its “CAPMON day.
Watch the PACE Scene and Space pages for more information
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