This is a video dance project merging a documentary of a 2,650 mile wilderness trek and the exploration and creation of dance.
Greetings! And thanks for checking out my Kickstarter Project!
I am an outdoor trip leader, sea kayaker, backpacker, river rafter, and wilderness trail technician. I am also a freelance dancer, choreographer, silk aerialist, and dance instructor. Hike My Hike, Dance My Dance is where these two worlds meet.
The wilderness is my muse for dance. I spend a good part of each year living and working in the wilderness, which fuels the creative process for my choreography and dancing. This project joins the two. I am going to dance at my point of inspiration.
The foundation of my project is a journey. In April 2012, I will start at the Mexican border and 5-½ month later finish at the Canadian border... all on foot. My route will be all 2,650 or so miles of the Pacific Crest Trail.
During this trek, I will be exploring where and how the worlds of dance and wilderness meet. I will be creating a series of solo dance pieces that are drawn from experiences on the trail at the inspiring locations in which I find myself. The resulting video will be part documentary, part dance for film. It will combine it all: the trials and the successes of a long hike, the process creating the dances, the finished pieces, and how we survive it all.
Joining me will be my video crew. They are also known as my father and my sister. They will also be logistical and navigation technicians, artistic advisors, and whatever else I can get them to help with. However, they will be funding their own journeys.
Funding will help cover travel costs to and from the trail, supplies, and production of the video. Fortunately, I will be saving a lot on rent for rehearsal space. Trail is free. The amount I am requesting will only cover a portion of total costs for this project. Most of the funding is coming out of my own pocket.
Remember, at Kickstarter, funding only happens if my project gets 100% backing. Pledge your support- become part of the journey, and get some fun rewards!
Check out my website WildernessDancer.com for more info about me, my dance education and portfolio, and stories of previous treks, travels and adventures.
Thanks for your support. The wilderness and the dance await!
The idea to hike this particular trail entered my head when I was working on a Youth Conservation Crew at Crater Lake National Park. Part of the PCT runs through the park. Working on that section was my first introduction to the trail, and after learning what a long trail was, I decided one day I would hike the whole trail.
The timing was finally right to hike the PCT this year.
My idea to dance the trail has been brewing for a while. I have been trying to find a way to merge my wilderness pursuits with dance, and figure out a way to share those out of the way dances with an audience.
I also wanted the expedition to be part of the dance. The experiences of an expedition are many, and should be told through many mediums. Writing, storytelling with trail friends, capturing the real moments, and dancing.
The result of these ideas: a trail, a dancer, a video camera.
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Jan 17, 2012 - Mar 1, 2012
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A special thank you - a postcard mailed from the trail. Bonus! for any backer amount: If you live close to the trail, (or want to come to a resupply town) I will send you the schedule of my resupply points, and will happily meet with you at one of them to share stories of the journey and the dances.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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Thanks for backing my project! Along with a postcard, you will receive an appreciative thank you on my website with a link to your website/blog/work.Estimated delivery: Apr 2012
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Your support is much appreciated! Along with the above, your name will be added to the credits of the final video.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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Be My Valentine! Pledge $15 or more by February 15th and your name will be entered into a drawing to win one of two gift baskets full of trail goodies! (If you pledge $25 or more your name will be entered twice!) You'll automatically receive the rewards at the levels that match your donation!Estimated delivery: Mar 2012
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Your support is amazing! You will also receive the above rewards, and a copy of the final video will be mailed to you.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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For this incredible backing, (along with the other rewards) you will get to help pick the title for one of the dance pieces.Estimated delivery: Nov 2012
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Your incredible support of this project has earned you the title of executive producer! You will receive all the previous rewards, as well as being credited as an executive producer on the final video!Estimated delivery: Nov 2012