Catch These 5 Kickstarter-Funded Performances this Fall

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When the temperatures cool and the sky turns a bit grayer, it generally signals the beginning of my favorite time of year: the fall performance season. Each year Kickstarter plays host to dance, theater, and performance projects that comes in all forms—and this year is no different. From a techy sendup to a performance inspired entirely from one playwright’s dreams, here are some of our favorite things to catch this fall in NYC, London, and Seattle, many of which found funding through our Performance: In Progress initiative this spring.

Looking at You by Handel, Marting, & Sankaram
Looking at You by Handel, Marting, & Sankaram

Looking at You by Handel, Marting, & Sankaram 

September 6—21, New York 

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The nerds at fictional corporation Silicon Hills like to party. They’re in the middle of a celebration at their massive headquarters when the audience joins in the fun. As you order a free drink from the singing, computer-generated assistant built into your table, a swirl of operatic voices, EDM and crime jazz surrounds you. With Looking at You, you’re invited to enter a story of high-tech espionage and sultry romance.

73 backers pledged $7,765 to help bring this project to life.

Four by Four by Dance Umbrella
Four by Four by Dance Umbrella

 Four by Four by Dance Umbrella

October 8—26, London

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For the fall season, international dance festival Dance Umbrella highlights two commissions from “choreographers of the future” Mythili Prakash (USA) and Georgia Vardarou (Greece). Catch their newest works, as well as dozens of other great dance works, this fall in London.

37 backers pledged £5,157 to help bring this project to life.

Turning Towards A Radical Listening by James Allister Sprang
Turning Towards A Radical Listening by James Allister Sprang

 Turning Towards A Radical Listening by James Allister Sprang 

Performances: October 3—5,10—12, New York 

Exhibition: October 29—December 15, New York 

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Auto-diction technology has a problem recognizing Blackness. The resulting glitches—heart-wrenching, eye-opening, and sometimes even funny—are turned into a live soundscape and concrete poem in the hands of James Allister Sprang.

117 backers pledged $15,030 to help bring this project to life.

Orphans, Thieves, and Other UnLived Lives by Jessica Jobaris
Orphans, Thieves, and Other UnLived Lives by Jessica Jobaris

 Orphans, Thieves, and Other UnLived Lives by Jessica Jobaris 

November 7—16, Seattle 

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Martha Graham once called epigenetics, or changes in our heritable gene expressions, our “blood memory.” Seattle choreographer Jessica Jobaris and a team of local performers are creating a new dance-theater performance inspired by this concept.

99 backers pledged $6,363 to help bring this project to life.

Orchid Receipt Service by Corrine Donly
Orchid Receipt Service by Corrine Donly

Orchid Receipt Service by Corrine Donly 

Dates TBC, New York

How do you bring a dream to the stage? This play, produced and performed by Billions’s Asia Kate Dillon, takes the dreams of its playwright and manifests them in this epic production written for and created by an all-star TGNC team.

This project will be live on Kickstarter through September 17, 2019.

Can’t get enough theater, dance, and performance? Here are a few more Kickstarter-funded shows you can attend this fall.

September 

Ongoing: Say Something Bunny (New York) 

9/11: Buglisi Dance Theatre’s The Table of Silence Project (New York) 

9/20—10/3: Adrienne Truscott’s (Still) Asking for It (New York)

October 

10/7: FEAST Season 4 begins (New York) 

10/12—10/18: Kimberly Bartosik’s I hunger for you (touring the Northeast U.S.)

10/30—11/10: What to Send Up When It Goes Down (Washington, DC)

November 

11/7—12/8: Sarah Friedland’s Crowds (New York) 

11/20—11/24: What to Send Up When It Goes Down (Boston)

December 

12/4—12/7: Tess Dworman’s A Child Retires(New York) 

12/7—12/18: Buttcracker IV...The Final Countdown! (Seattle)

Explore our Dance and Theater categories now to help bring more new works of performance to life.