It's been a while.
The work continues.
Live Five has been dormant since January of 2020 for reasons far beyond our control but the time has come for us to look to the future. At this time, we are confident that there will, in fact, be a future for Live Five.
What will that future be? It's hard to say as we are still looking at the world through the lens of COVID-19, and at the time of writing, the omicron variant is quickly rising as the dominant strain and larger centers are beginning to re-institute restrictions in an effort to slow its spread.
The pandemic has been unpredictable, to put it lightly.
This is why we are choosing to go ahead with season selection and planning for a 2022-2023 season. We know that independent producers are itching to get back on stage and we are hopeful that by the time September/October of 2022 rolls around, we will be in a place where we can facilitate that return to the stage. Live Five is committed to planning for the best case scenario while also ensuring that backup plans are made in case we aren't back to full strength by that time.
We continue to explore who we are as an entity. Why we do what we do, who we serve, and how we serve.
Back in 2016, Live Five held an event called "You Talk, We Listen" and considering how much time has passed since this event, we feel that our community and our industry have both evolved greatly to the point where another one is necessary. Keep posted on this page and our social media for information and news on that and other opportunities to shape the future of Live Five. We have tentatively planned for this event to take place in March of 2022 using a digital platform of some kind to encourage accessibility and participation from all artists.
With regards to our last public post back in the summer of 2020, conversations around equity for IBPOC artists, the deaf/disabled community, and other marginalized artists and audience members continues behind the scenes. There is still much to be done in terms of action on our part but we have updated our mission, vision, and values statements which will be released later this month.
Like many of you, we have been hit hard by the effects of the pandemic and are now working hard to re-introduce ourselves to the world. We are excited to work on this together with you all through 2022!
For artists applying to Live Five's upcoming season: Applications are available under the Get Involved tab -> Produce with us. Applications are due on January 24th, 2022.