Dark, Cold, and Quiet: BoSo’s newest work

Dark, Cold, and Quiet: BoSo’s newest work

The newest original work from Yukon’s break dance company, Borealis Soul, is a fresh and contemporary take on the Yukon experience.  Dark, Cold, and Quiet captures the drastic contrasts of light, sound, and emotion between Northern seasons.

The breath-taking work that has gone into Dark, Cold, and Quiet could not have been achieved without the incredible talent of the young and passionate company. Between the dancers on stage, to the musician’s behind the work’s original compositions, the creative work of the show has all been inspired by their Yukon home.
Dark, Cold, and Quiet also marks new heights in the Yukon Arts Centre’s participation in the development of original work. While YAC is predominately a presenting organization, the mini “mainstage artist residency” has been a trial run for how YAC could continue to offer support for the development of new works. While YAC often contributes spaces in-kind for local development (Ramshackle Theatre’s Tombstone, Gwaandak Theatre’s Map of the Land, Map of the Stars), Dark, Cold, and Quiet is new. The YAC technical staff have had the opportunity to participate creatively in the technical development of the show, ensuring that the artists creation and choreography is presented with the best lighting and sound possible. 

“Often with touring shows, and renters, we don’t have the time to use the [Yukon] Arts Centre’s technical abilities to the full advantage.” Comments Yukon Arts Centre Lighting Designer, Jess McNabb. “It’s exciting to have the opportunity to support emerging Yukon artists, and be able to create alongside them.”
For the artists on stage, Cold, Dark, and Quiet is evocative of their ever contrasting lives. Splitting their time between Whitehorse, and southern urban centres, the ever contrasting sounds and scenes of their homes had significant influence on the development of the performance.

“The Yukon is home to some of the most promising emerging break dancers across Canada.” Said Leaping Feats Owner and Artistic Director, Andrea Simpson-Fowler. “Whitehorse is home to the largest number of break dancers per capita, in Canada. As much as they love their lives in the Yukon, in order to grow as artists in their medium, the only opportunities for that is in places like Vancouver and Toronto. This show is significantly influenced by that geographical divide.”
With performances like Cold, Dark, and Quiet hitting the Yukon Arts Centre Mainstage, the Yukon’s place in the national arts scene is further grounded. While the depth and brilliance of Yukon artistry is never lost on those lucky enough to live and breathe it every day, it is exciting to see these young artists be able to create work about Northern culture, and share it with the rest of Canada.

Cold, Dark, and Quiet is on the Yukon Arts Centre Mainstage June 25th at 7pm. Opening act is Major Funk and the Employment. For those unable to attend, selections from the performance will be presented in 2017’s Cypher Fest.


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2017/2018 Season

2017/2018 Season
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Lea Ann McNally “Screen Based” in the Community Gallery at the Yukon Arts Centre

Lea Ann McNally “Screen Based” in the Community Gallery at the Yukon Arts Centre

The Yukon Arts Centre is excited to be showing the work of artist Lea-Ann McNally in the Community Gallery at the Yukon Arts Centre. The show Screen Based will be on display until July 1, 2017. The opening for this exhibition will be this Thursday June 8, 2017 at 5:30pm.

This installation, video based work is not to be missed. See you there!

ATCO Electric Youth Gallery exhibtion “Art Explorations and Heart Heroes”

ATCO Electric Youth Gallery exhibtion “Art Explorations and Heart Heroes”

The ATCO Electric Yukon Youth Gallery is pleased to present the exhibition Art Explorations and Heart Heroes from Heart of Riverdale youth. This multidisciplinary show is currently on display and will be up in the ATCO Electric Yukon Youth Gallery at the Yukon Arts Centre until July 1, 2017. The opening will take place this Thursday June 8, 2017 at the Yukon Arts Centre at 5:30pm. Hope to see you there!

Announcing: Casey Prescott, CEO of the Yukon Arts Centre

Announcing: Casey Prescott, CEO of the Yukon Arts Centre


May 18, 2017
WHITEHORSE – Casey Prescott will come on board as the new Chief Executive Officer for the Yukon Arts Centre starting September 5, 2017. Casey joins the Yukon Arts Centre with an extensive background in Canadian performing arts. Across his career, Casey has had the opportunity to work with exceptional artists and pieces as an artistic director, arts training program manager, and most recently as Director of Presentations and Community Partnerships at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Banff, Alberta. There, he was responsible for managing the annual presenting calendar, collaborating with a team of 10 programming directors. Previously, Casey managed Banff Centre’s Opera, Dance, and Performing Arts Residency Program, which included commissions, co-productions, and creative collaborations with 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Push Festival, Tarragon Theatre, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, The National Arts Centre, Vancouver Opera, and many more.

In 2014, Casey was the co-artistic director of the Convergence Summit at Banff Centre, an industry focused weekend that explored how art, design, and technology are shaping the future of live performance.

Casey: "I am humbled to be given this opportunity to lead such an impactful cultural facility and programming resource for the Territory. I look forward to working with the Arts Centre's talented staff and connecting with community partners as we begin to explore the possibilities for the future. On a more personal note, I am also thrilled to bring my young family to the North and become a part of such a remarkable and passionate community. "

With several outstanding candidates that interviewed for the Yukon Arts Centre’s CEO position, the Board was determined to find someone who had the skill set to lead the Arts Centre team into their 25th year, but further a leader who understood in their heart how the Yukon community, Indigenous peoples, and the landscape impact and influence the work that is done at the Yukon Arts Centre. Casey Prescott is that leader.

Yukon Arts Centre Corporation Board Chair, Dr. Deb Bartlette: “The Board is very pleased that we were able to hire Casey to be our new CEO and further build on the excellent work of the last 25 years.   Casey is bringing a wealth of experience on both the artistic and the administrative sides of the house, including considerable background in working with indigenous and other communities.   His approach to connecting with diverse communities and groups was particularly attractive to us.    We see Casey as an arts leader for the 21st century.”  






Casey Prescott
Chief Executive Officer
Yukon Arts Centre

Before accepting the role of Yukon Arts Centre CEO, Casey Prescott was the Director of Presentations and Community Partnerships at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and was previously acting director of the Theatre Arts Department from January 2014 to June 2015. He was responsible for managing the annual presenting calendar, which is comprised of over 200 events, collaborating with over 10 programming directors on the multi-disciplinary programming for five performance venues, the Eric Harvie Theatre (959 seats), Margaret Greenham Theatre (250 seats), The Club (150 seats), the Rolston Recital Hall (225 seats) and the Shaw Amphitheatre (1600 capacity).

Casey stewards Bow Valley community partnerships locally with Parks Canada, Banff Lake Louise Tourism, Town of Banff/Canmore and the Rocky Mountain School Board. He currently manages the Banff International String Quartet Competition and produces the Banff Centre’s Children’s Festival (now in its 5th Year), while also producing the annual Performance in the Park, the largest live concert event to happen in Banff National Park, in collaboration with Parks Canada and Banff Lake Louise Tourism, which has featured Walk Off The Earth, Stars, Hey Rosetta, Shad, Serena Ryder, Corb Lund, Sarah Harmer, and Sam Roberts. He has also produced the Legendary Leaders Series which included special “in conversation” events for live audiences and webcast featuring Oliver Stone, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Spike Lee, Whoopi Goldberg, and a special performance of Shakespeare in Words and Music featuring Christopher Plummer. He also produced the Banff Talks Series which welcomed notable artists such as Robert LePage, Deepa Meehta, Rita Coolidge, Daniel Lanois, Tanya Tagaq, and Lawrence Hill, discussing their artistic practice.

Previously, as Associate Director of Theatre Arts, he managed professional development training programs in Opera, Dance, Spoken Theatre, Musical Theatre, Indigenous Arts, Arts Administration, and the Banff Playwrights Colony. He also managed the workshop development for the Operas Filumena and Frobisher by John Estacio, Composer and John Murrell, Librettist, in collaboration with the Calgary Opera. Recently, he was instrumental in launching the new Open Space: Opera in the 21st Century program, working with artistic director Joel Ivany on introducing a new program that explores opera production in non-traditional spaces.  He has also managed Banff Centre’s Professional Dance programming for over 8 years, supporting the artistic visions of three Program Directors, Brian Macdonald, OC, Lindsay Fischer and Emily Molnar and overseen the commissioning of numerous choreographers through the Clifford E. Lee Choreography Award, including Wen Wei Wang, D.A. Hoskins, Peter Quanz, Sabrina Matthews, Donald Sales, Simone Orlando, among others.

Casey also managed Banff Centre’s Performing Arts Residency Program for 10 years, which included creative production collaborations with the Luminato Festival, 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Red Sky Performance, Kahawi Dance Theatre, BJM Danse, Canstage, Push Festival, Tarragon Theatre, Ballet BC, Cork Midsummer Festival, Harbour Front, Ballet BC, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Red Sky Productions, Kidd Pivot, Wen Wei Dance, Alberta Ballet, the National Ballet of Canada, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, The National Arts Centre, The Canada Dance Festival, Calgary Opera, Vancouver Opera, Mirvish Productions, among many others.

In 2014, Casey was the co-artistic director of the Convergence Summit at Banff Centre, an industry focused weekend that explored how art, design, and technology are shaping the future of live performance. In 2013, Casey produced the inaugural Quietest Concert Ever featuring the band Hedley for CBC and Parks Canada, in partnership with Sennheiser Canada.

For two years Casey served as the presenting programmer for The Arden Theatre (St. Albert, AB) overseeing a brand re-design and audience renewal strategy and also produced the Northern Alberta Children’s Festival, Canada’s Largest Children’s Festival. He also produced the Canmore Children's Festival (2009, 2010), and received a professional development grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to be a part of the creative production team for the 10 Days on the Island Festival in Tasmania, AUS, in 2009.

Casey currently serves on the board of the Candance Network, and has worked previously at the Glimmerglass Opera Festival and has been engaged as a freelance