Fil-Canadian wins RBC Emerging Artist award
A Vancouver-based queer performance artist, teacher and community leader was selected for the inaugural RBC Emerging Artist Award, the National Arts Centre (NAC) announced May 25.
RBC awarded Ralph Escamillan, whose “company FakeKnot, creates work that strives to understand the complexities of identity using sound, costume, technology and the body,” says RBC (Royal Bank of Canada).
Escamillan was chosen from 13 candidates in a selection process conducted by a committee of artistic leaders based on eligibility, merit, and impact on the community.
FakeKnot just completed its highly successful production of Piña at the SFU Woodward’s and The Dance Centre.
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RBC established the Emerging Artist honors as part of its role as presenting sponsor of the 2023 Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards.
“Success in the arts is heavily influenced by the wealth, resources, and cultural capital an individual has access to, and receiving this award uplifts the hard work of artists who don’t have that same access,” said Escamillian.