Alexandra Beller/Dances is thrilled to be working on a phenomenal, evocative set for the premiere of "other stories" this July.
OK, here's the context:
Our Dance Theater company, Alexandra Beller/Dances, has been working for almost a year on this new piece, "other stories," which we really love. Other people seem to really love it too, and it is being beautifully, generously produced by ICA and Summer Stages in Boston next summer (July 2011). We are incredibly excited to continue making it.
We raised, and have been given, a nice percentage of our $25,000 budget ($20,000) and are thrilled to be able to pay the dancers for rehearsals, offer a rehearsal stipend to the composer and work consistently without micromanaging our time in the studio. What a great relief to have had this support...
But here's the thing:
I have this idea for a set which I have fallen completely in love with. I'm obsessed with making it part of the work, and can't imagine the piece without it now... But we didn't budget for a set design and this one, as per my usual penchant for visual drama, will cost us $2500 to make. We have enough for almost everything else and have a plan to get what we don't have, but this idea, this dream set, is a thing unto itself and I thought kickstarter might be the place to make it a reality.
It will cost $2500 to design and create and additional funds to travel with on tour, but our current desire is to get it made so we can work with it, live in it, challenge it, and create space for it in the work. The piece, called "other stories" is about how we live in a world where our stories don't align with other people's stories about both the personal (think about your moral compass, your faith, your thoughts about mortality), and the political (think Gay Marriage, gender stereotypes, Universal Health care). This room, this set, is the place where the performers would reveal these stories, reveal the friction between each other and be able to speak to the audience from the most evocative of locations: a home.
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Thanks! You have paid for a big fistful of nails, which we couldn't build without... We send you a thank you...
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Thank you! You have paid for a hinge. Can't build a door without a hinge, that would be silly. We can now open the door to our set because of you, and we send you a thank you, and an open door and a magnet for your fridge with a pretty dancing picture on it!
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Thanks a lot! You have paid for the wood for one step on the staircase that leads to the loft. Without that step, how would they get to the top? We send you a big thank you, and a listing in the program under "Friends," and 2 different magnets for your fridge with pretty dancing pictures on them.
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Holy moly, thank you so much! You have paid for a whole leg of the loft. A three legged loft is not a structure I am going to put these gorgeous dancers on top of, so you have really made our day. we send you a heart thank you(my dancers especially are happy about this one), a listing in our program under "Supporters," an invitation to our invitation-only rehearsal in NYC, and to the after party in Boston at the premiere (and 2 magnets for your fridge with pretty dancing pictures on them).
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Wow, thank you so much! You have paid for the lighting inside the ground level space. I am excited about what will happen in that space, but without the light, no one would get to see it... So you're contribution has really changed our world. We send you all of the above plus a listing on the website as a friend for the lifespan of this piece.
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That's incredible. You have paid for the platform on top of which the dancers will dance. Without foundational support like yours, where would we dance? We thank you so much!! If we find 25 people as generous as you, we have what we need! We offer you, with our gratitude, everything listed above: an invitation to a private rehearsal, an invitation to the after party in Boston, a listing as a supporter on our website and the program for the lifespan of the work, one ticket to the premiere in Boston and 2 magnets for your fridge with pretty dancing pictures on them.
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That's 10% of our goal! That is amazing and so gratifying. You have paid for all the wood for the whole platform, so you have provided us with what we need to build. Thank you... Obviously you get all of the above, with TWO tickets to the Boston premiere, a listing in the program in Boston as a "Patron," and 2 magnets for your fridge with pretty dancing pictures on them.
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This is incredibly generous of you and we thank you so much. You have provided us with all the materials, every nail, plank, light, hinge,bolt that we need to make this room spring from fantasy to reality. Please accept an invitation to a private rehearsal for the work, an invitation to a residency rehearsal in Boston, TWO tickets to the premiere in Boston and the afterparty, listing on the website, program and any press about the piece for its lifespan as a "Patron," and 2 magnets for your fridge with pretty dancing pictures on them.
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We could not do this without you. You are really making something happen for us and we are so thankful. Your generous contribution pays the amazing designer for his creativity and time and allows us to support another artist in his work as well as make our beautiful set. In addition to any of the above benefits, we offer you one out-of-print Irving Penn book from his series of photographs of Alexandra Beller entitled, "Dancer," and 2 magnets for your fridge with pretty dancing pictures on them. We will also send you a DVD of the show from Boston with your name in the credits.
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Well, that's it, we are done. You have just commissioned the set and have "Producer" credit on all of our programs for the lifespan of this piece, a listing in the website as "Patron," TWO tickets to the Boston premiere, the afterparty, an Irving Penn book of photos (see above) and a PRIVATE dinner with Alexandra Beller and members of the creative team in either NYC or Boston. We will also send you a DVD of the show and a special dance of gratitude filmed just for you choreographed and performed by Alexandra Beller. You are our hero! Thank you thank you thank you!
- (33 days)