A multimedia performance of dance, video and verbatim theater. A hybrid rich study of quizzical realities. (say quizzical realities 10 times--fast!)
"The Projects is a candid and dynamic work of performance art" --NY Times
IT IS!!!--but the NY Times (and the world) just doesn't know it.
It will definitely be performed at the Fringe Festival in Kansas City, MO July 27th, 28th and 29th 2010. AND It enlist elements of verbatim, multimedia and dance theatre to explore an intersection of diversity in today's corporate environment. The projects as a housing experiment addressed social, economic and cultural differences and now has a counterpart in the modern business mall.
Downtown Kansas City is the workplace of artists from the visual to performance, people in government and law offices, restaurant proprietors and patrons, journalists, staff and visitors. The Projects gives them a chance to speak on their view of each other, of themselves and of their public/private lives...
With this collaboration Cat Johnson (choreographer), Nick Howell (composer), Drew Bolton (videographer), Jake Johannes (production/lighting), and Jay Akin (theatre) are asking...
What kind of community is being created? What is being exchanged and/or transformed in order to accommodate it? What are the norms of the individuals and sub-cultures? Just as in the housing units, the neat typologies of cultural forms found in standard writings barely scratch the surface of the complexities and paradoxes that exist in such organizational facilities.
WHAT DO WE WANT?!....WHEN DO WE WANT IT?!
We are hoping (begging, praying, meditating and auctioning body parts) to raise $600 to complete the cost of the the production. This will cover the cost of completing the set, designed and lit by Jake Johannes consisting of two square-like structures based upon the classic Herman Miller office. The set is mobile and its walls uneven allowing for different configurations to reflect the moods and thoughts of the interviewed. It gives itself over to highly inventive interaction by the dancers and the actors due to the simplicity of its design. It reinforces the idea of the environment that inspired its creation WITHOUT replicating it.
The set also includes video projection of pre-recorded scenes directed and edited by Drew Bolton featuring movement by Cat Johnson and acting by Jay Akin. The video is projected onto two screens and is inter spliced with the live action on stage.
If we raise more money (that'd be great!) we will get to:
$800: pay for costume designed by the RIDICULOUSLY talented Phil Shafer
$1400: (drum roll please) pay the performers (six AMAZING dancers and two EXCEPTIONAL ACTORS)
We're offering rewards that others can only dream of
You are making our dreams come true
Cheers and here's to seeing you from the stage!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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YOU. ARE. WONDERFUL do not fear--without a shadow of a doubt you will definitely have your name/website in our program notes and good karma
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CONFUSED? now you'll never have to worry about who the performers were in the piece...just for you an autographed cast poster (mustache doodles on request) and your name/website in the program.
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YOU GOT STYLE--SIKE! for real you will absolutely be the envy of your friends with The Projects T-shirt created by cutting edge designer Phil Shafer of sike style. Look at you... looking good! plus, your name/website in the program
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CAN'T MAKE IT TO KC? WATCH IT AT HOME! if you can't make it to the show don't worry--we got you covered. A DVD version with a personal thank you note, sike style t-shirt and: your name/website. our program. nuff said. The more people that opt for this the better!
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CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE? we sure can. thank you so much for giving what you worked for. For this you'll receive your name/website in the program, get the DVD AND Soundtrack to the concert. sweet sounds for your listening pleasure
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SUPER LOVE PACKAGE with this you'll get the DVD, soundtrack, name/website in the program notes and the best t-shirt to rock anywhere designed by Phil Shafer of sike style.
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WE ARE FAMILY! Thanks to you and all the supporters of The Projects it will be realized. For this we're going to give it up: DVD, The Projects t-shirt, name/website in the program, soundtrack and an opportunity to meet and greet with the cast after the show. YOU ROCK!
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SILENCE IS GOLDEN! THIS REWARD IS BETTER sometimes you go to the theater and its the people not on stage that want the attention. BUT NOT THIS TIME. you'll see the show before the general public at our final dress rehearsal AND you'll get 2 tickets to the performance on a night of your choosing (if you are in the area and just remember we're ONLY performing tuesday, wednesday and thursday july 27th - 29th). DVD and Soundtrack AND meet and greet the cast after the show!
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APPLYING FOR SAINTHOOD OR SOMETHING? VERY COOL. with this pledge the rewards are: a meet and greet the cast, 2 tickets to the show, DVD, Soundtrack, beautifully designed T-shirt by Phil Shafer, PLUS....lunch with the creators of The Project (the same week as the show and if you're in the area). Ask us whatever comes to mind. Go ahead--ask! We'd love to speak with you
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