Full statement from Christian Barry, Artistic Co-Director
This is a time of great change in the world. But the change isn’t happening quickly enough.
For some time now, we have all been thinking about how to manifest the change we want to see in the world. Those departing are doing so for a confluence of individual reasons. As an organization we have embraced this moment for evolution at 2b.
We all want the company to be a part of a metamorphosis that sees our community become more compassionate, equitable, and just.
Some of us are changing our profession to manifest change, some of us are taking a pause to listen, some of us are opening up a space at the table. We are all taking steps forward, seeking a better, more caring world.
One of the things I am most proud of at 2b is the company’s recently articulated value of prioritizing care over ambition. 2b has historically strived for excellence at all costs, sometimes overworking and depleting ourselves and our teams. Our people are our greatest resource, and going forward, 2b will lead with care.
Anthony Black has been my collaborator and partner for 20 years. His contributions to the company and to the community of Halifax are immense. He is irreplaceable, and I’m proud of what we’ve built together. Although he won’t be in the rehearsal rooms or the 2b office, his contributions and his impact will be with us in all we do.
The company will begin re-shaping our staffing model, with preliminary hiring by early Fall, and will be restructuring our artistic direction and vision by January 2021. I am deeply thankful to our outgoing staff – they have made incredible contributions to this organization and this community, and they are some of my best friends – I will miss working with them everyday. Thankfully, they will continue to be a resource for 2b, and they will all support 2b throughout this transition. We have big changes that we want to make, but we are building on great foundations and working with some of the very best people.
As we take our first steps forward into this period of evolution, these are the things I am heartened by: We have time in this moment to look within and without, and after deep reflection we will re-emerge from this chrysalis moment with a strengthened core, and a new course. We will be guided by the values we have built together. We will lead with care. 2b will stand against racism. Black lives matter. Indigenous lives matter. We will work sustainably, with the health of our environment at the forefront of our minds. We will breathe together and hold each other up. We will listen. We will sit with discomfort. We will mourn. We will look to create space for joy. We will open.