I confront the presence of death in my life: fear, shame, and the cliché of it. Join me in making the best of what we have together.
is a dance performance to process mortality and how to cope with it.
The project started off as a solo dance, but very soon I felt how crushing it is to face thoughts of death alone. I decided to invite in the audience to share their experiences. Soon I asked colleagues to step into the process as guest dramaturges, and eventually persuaded Philip Huang to co-host the show with me. The resulting process has turned into a celebration of sharing and community - a much more pleasant way of encountering mortality for both me and the audiences.
Meanwhile Dead/Alive has evolved from a solo show into an experiment questioning the economy of a star performer/the auteur in favor of multiple stories. This performance layers choreographed movement and original vocal music with discussions, a workshop and strong visuals.
We are now raising funds for the expenses: set materials, costumes and artists' fees. Several people have been working hard on this project since last August - help us stay off the red in making it!
Minna Harri was invited with five other choreographers to produce a minifestival - part of the SPF5 - at the ODC Theater in July 2012. The choreographers formed WERK Collective and the WERK IT OUT Festival will take place July 19-22.
Dead/Alive will be shown at the ODC Theater in San Francisco Mission district on Friday July 20 at 8pm and Saturday July 21 at 3pm.
Concept, choreography, video and voice: Minna Harri
Performers: Ronja Ver (on video), Philip Huang, Minna Harri
Lighting: Andrew Packard
Guest Dramaturges: Tessa Wills, Jesse Hewit, Laura Arrington, Sara Yassky
Photo: Robbie Sweeny
A video is coming up on this page soon, stay tuned!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
pledged of $2,500 goal
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on July 22, 2012.
Jun 29, 2012 - Jul 22, 2012
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Jane and John Doe - anonymous donors. You will receive the rewards but your name will not be publicly announced or posted.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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Social suicide - your name shouted over the Pacific Ocean and posted on FaceBook, Google+ and Twitter in eternal gratitude.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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Eternal life - you'll receive a postcard with a mysterious message from abroad, and your name will be posted on my website, FaceBook, Google+ and Twitter in eternal gratitude.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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Petit mort - your name on a cake that gets eaten on the stage + website, FaceBook, Google+ and Twitter in eternal gratitude.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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O.B.E. = Out of body experience. I will call you and sing a lullaby to you. If you are based outside of USA I will Skype you. If you wish, this can be done telepathically. + website, FaceBook, Google+ and Twitter in eternal gratitude.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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N.D.E. = Near death experience. An exclusive dvd of the show. + website, FaceBook, Google+ and Twitter in eternal gratitude.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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Death certificate - a rare signed photographic print of a Robbie Sweeny/Minna Harri Experience Set collaboration. + website, FaceBook, Google+ and Twitter in eternal gratitude.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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The Best of Death - an exclusive cd of the best stories and songs about death performed by the cast and friends. + website, FaceBook, Google+ and Twitter in eternal gratitude.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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Like I died and went to heaven - an exclusive dinner with the cast and The Best of Death cd. + website, FaceBook, Google+ and Twitter in eternal gratitude.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012
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All or any of the rewards added to the happily dizzy gratitude that will flow over your eternal soul forevermore from all of the Dead/Alive crew.Estimated delivery: Oct 2012