This week our city lost one of its
pioneers. On Tuesday, February 10th, Michael Green was killed along with
four others in a car accident north of Regina. Barely more than 24 hours
later, hundreds of Calgarians including Mayor Naheed Nenshi and Councillor Evan
Woolley gathered at the Arts Commons' Big Secret Theatre (where Michael had
the stage only a few weeks before) to honour
the man, the artist, and the citizen-extraordinaire.
Michael Green was co-founder and
co-artistic director of One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre, a company that
has pushed the boundaries of artistic expression in Canada and elevated
Calgary's cultural profile around the world. He founded and
curated the city's annual international arts festival,
the High Performance Rodeo, which in 2016 will have its 30th year. He was
curator and creative producer of Calgary 2012 when our city was named Cultural
Capital of Canada. He performed, wrote, directed, managed, nourished,
championed, celebrated and built theatre. He touched countless lives in this
city and abroad. He was an inspiration, a mover and shaker, a
city-builder, and a friend.
The loss to our city is tragic and
irreparable, but Michael's legacy will live on.
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