March 12 Regular Council Meeting: A free Cirque-de-Soleil styled nighttime performance may come to Sooke this summer, but they will have to wait like everyone else
Attendance: Mayor Maja Tait, Councillors Brenda Parkinson,
Bev Berger, Ebony Logins, Kerrie Reay, Rick Kasper, Kevin Pearson
Can you imagine a nighttime Cirque-du-Soliel-styled performance on a 110 foot Amarazee Ship which includes actors, dancers, musicians, in the Sooke harbour this summer? It could happen.
They have applied for a Community Grant, and on learning that the deliberations were delayed, they’ve approach Council asking for special consideration. The delay, they stated, can impact their finances, and consequently their ability to put on a performance in Sooke.
The Caravan Stage Company is an environmentally minded performance crew on a mission to both education and entertain. They are travelling the world with their message. They were an official event of the 2017 United Nations Year of Sustainable Tourism. And, they have Sooke roots.
Have a taste of their performance in the video below.
At the March 12, 2018 Regular Council meeting, elected officials deliberated a letter from the Caravan Stage Company, who are asking for a $7,000 grant from the District of Sooke. Frank Antonsen, the official Caravan Sooke Representative, gave a short introduction to the show in the two minutes allotted at the Public Input portion of the meeting.
Antonsen indicated that they want to return to their Sooke roots and are looking to run three shows here in Sooke. Theirs is an original all-ages arts event features aerial artistry, music and mythical costumes, and a cast of close to 30. This Nomadic Tempest production is on the theme of Climate Change with parts of the production spoken in five different languages, English, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, and Indigenous Salish. It is an epic tale of four monarch butterflies from disparate corners of the globe, displaced by climate change, searching for a new home.
Typically, noted Antonsen, costs are carried by the hosting Districts, allowing the event to be free to the public. As indicated in their letter below, waiting until mid-April would impact their planning which in turn could impact their finances.
Community Grants, awarded once a year by the District, may finally be considered at a meeting tentatively set for April 16. The deadline for applications was January 15. Council deliberations were initially set for February 5, but because quorum could not be achieved, that meeting was cancelled.
The March 2 email from the Caravan Stage company reads as follows:
From what we understand, the meeting to discuss the Community Grant Applications will not be held until some time in April.
The Caravan would really like to play Sooke with the Nomadic Tempest show this coming season. The site for the shows has been confirmed and provided by the Sooke Harbour Authority.
However, due to demand from other cities in WA, we have already booked shows for the dates we originally were holding for Sooke on Labour day weekend.
For now, the new dates would be July 12, 13, 14.
If we cannot find out about the Caravan’s application until early or mid April we will have to say “no” to another offer. This would make our logistics and finances difficult, not knowing about the dates in Sooke until possibly the middle of April.
Is there any way that the Caravan’s submission could be judged before the April meeting?
During the Council deliberations, Councillor Ebony Logins strongly felt that the Caravan Stage Company should not be treated as an exception and should not be able to jump the queue for consideration. They can wait along with all the others, she stated, adding that didn’t want to be strong-armed by an applicant deadline.
Councillor Kerrie Reay said the Company has been advised there was plenty of room in the budget, so she also did not see a problem with them waiting.
Mayor Maja Tait observed that the Company has to have set dates, and that they have to work with the Harbour Authority.
Councillor Brenda Parkinson noted there are competing requests out to other Districts, suggesting that perhaps their willingness to wait for Sooke’s decision shouldn’t be taken for granted. Parkinson added that she was disappointed that the whole process has taken so long.
Nothing was moved, so this application will wait to be considered with the rest of the Community Grants applications, on April 16, provided quorum is achieved.
Also discussed at the March 12 2018 meeting
- Demamiel crossing targeted for completion this fall
- A free Cirque-de-Soleil styled nighttime performance may come to Sooke this summer
- Public Hearing allows for manufactured homes on all RU-zoned lots in Sooke
- Community clean-up effort nets $5,500 from the District of Sooke
- Tentative date set for District’s grant review