Alumnus Curtis te Brinke to bring Young Company's 'HC Kid' to stage - May 3, 2018
BY DENNY SCOTT
The Blyth Festival Young Company is spreading a wide net this year in its search for artists, looking for anyone with an interest in any discipline of art.
“We’re looking for young people from one end of the artistic spectrum to the other,” director Curtis te Brinke said in an interview with The Citizen. “Filmmakers, dancers, musicians, actors, painters, sound engineers, all of them. We would love to have anyone aged 13 to 18 with a passion for art out this year.”
This year’s show, HC Kid, focuses on the generational divide between those involved in the show and the generations that came before them.
As a Huron County native, te Brinke says he believes that difference is larger than it has ever been.
“The difference between the youth and the older guard is more pronounced than it has ever been,” he said. “There really seems to be no common threads between the god old days of how things used to be... and what the experience is now.”
Growing up in Huron County hasn’t just changed over the decades, te Brinke said, but has also changed dramatically during the five years he has been based in Toronto.
He said the labels that youth identify with, from gender to race to everything in between, has changed in recent years.
“There is a massive generational divide here,” he said. “Everyone has a habit of looking back and people in Huron County, for years, have done so with rose-coloured glasses. We like to remember how simple things used to be and I think it’s a reductionist view of things and a simplistic way to look at it.”
He said he wants to disrupt that way of looking at the past and comparing generations and feels that, through utilizing the experiences of himself, the Young Company and interviewing older people who grew up in Huron County, it can be done well.
An information night is set for the program on June 19 at 6 p.m. at Memorial Hall.
The Young Company program will start July 16 and run through the performances of HC Kid scheduled for Aug. 16-18.
For more information, contact the Blyth Festival at 519-523-9300.