Kickstarter-Funded Performances to Watch at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe
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Edinburgh Fringe is nearly upon us. The 2018 installment of one of the world’s most well-known and best-loved performing arts festivals begins August 3, and 25 Kickstarter alumni will bring work to the fest this year.
To date, over 300 creators have brought Kickstarter-funded performances to Edinburgh Fringe, with the support of over 22,000 backers—a testament to the vital role that community funding can play in helping performers create and mount ambitious new works of dance, performance art, and theater.
Kickstarter’s Senior Performance Lead, Jessica Massart, is headed to Edinburgh to check out this year’s lineup and meet with members of the Kickstarter community. And on Saturday, August 11, she’ll give a free talk at Fringe Central discussing the ins and outs of running a Kickstarter campaign, including setting sustainable goals, effectively telling your story, creating manageable rewards, and building your community. Head here for more information and to RSVP.
If you’re at the Fringe this year, use the hashtag #KickstarterEdFringe to let us know what you’re up to. And check out a few of the Kickstarter-funded performances that will be on view:
Gema Galiana and Anthony Nikolchev's performance group, The Useless Room, recently wrapped up a Kickstarter campaign to bring their latest work of dance, physical theater, and circus performance to the Fringe. The Last One “investigates the physical toll of a progressively graying existence” through the narrative of the last Kauaʻi ʻōʻō in existence on the eve of its extinction.
Crossbow Collective’s second successful Kickstarter campaign tells the (possibly) true story of Dorothy Lawrence, a British journalist who disguised herself as a soldier and spent three weeks on the Western front in France during WWI. Through an innovative use of shadow and light and a black-and-white aesthetic, the performance allows a cast of two to portray the many characters and forces that shaped Dorothy’s world.
Following a critically lauded performance at the VAULT Festival earlier this year, Joana Nastari is bringing her award-winning theater show to the Fringe. Nastari describes F*ck You Pay Me as “a love letter to strippers—a no-holds-barred, surreal collision of comedy, poetry, and storytelling, a storm of pink banknotes and Brazilian favela funk, [and] a bona fide battle cry exploring the complexities and frivolities of life as a stripper in London.”
Acclaimed theater maker Jolie Booth, award-winning artistic director Andrea Brooks, and costume maker Caragh Kelson-Bailey have teamed up to tell the story of three women, aged 20, 40, and 60, as they unpick and examine “with fresh and furious eyes” powerful themes of gender, fertility, sexual assault, feminism, and sisterhood today.