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Flowers, dance, music and theater create a lush and sexual landscape about aging, remembering, rooting and blossoming.
Flowers, dance, music and theater create a lush and sexual landscape about aging, remembering, rooting and blossoming.
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Mark your calendars for Essentials of Flor!

On January 27th – 30th, 2011: Flowers, dance, music and theater come together to create a lush and sexual landscape about aging, remembering, rooting and blossoming – at TorNaDa Theater in New York City.

Kristi Spessard Dance Projects wants to ignite your interest through kickstarter so you can become an active and engaged part of the performance and our process of raising $2500 for the final production of Essentials of Flor.

The original drive to create this piece came from Spessard’s interest in the Victorian Language of Flowers and her need to find personal connections to nature while living in and negotiating a dense urban setting. Thanks to a generous residency, Essentials of Flor was performed as a work-in-progress in 2008. At the time, the audience response to the work was incredibly positive and moving. Spessard is thrilled to be invited back as 2010/11 Mabou Mines Suite Resident Artist to complete the vision for the dance. This includes creating a provocative work presented FREE to New York audiences, and an opportunity to make a dance that can travel far and wide!

Over the next 4 weeks, we are deeply involved in the production of the work. Along with the 5 gifted performers, an assistant director and crew; Brazilian composer, Clarisse Assad, is creating a live score for voice, piano and percussion, architect Illya Azaroff, is providing a unique performance environment; and artist Sean Bonney, is producing luminous and shadowy animations.

Making such a collaboratively ambitious performance of this kind has huge benefits. We believe this cross-pollination of artists will produce a show that people will value and remember.

The price tag is high and ‘it takes a tribe’. But, your individual donation is a huge help. Even a $5 donation will help us to purchase a bouquet of flowers or supplies for the set.

When you give to this project, you become part of our community of friends of the arts who have given monetary and/or in-kind services and consultations and you join flower venders who give us a 2 for 1 deal. You also make an individual impact like organizations such as Mabou Mines, Materials for the Arts and TDF Costume institute who offer a space, and material support.

We look forward to connecting with old and making new friends through this process; and mostly,
We cannot wait to see you at the show!

Performance Details:
Location: TorNaDa Theater - 150 First Avenue (corner of 9th Street), 2nd Fl

Dates: January 27-29 at 7:30pm & January 30 at 4pm

Reservations: FREE admission. Seating limited so make your reservations soon at: 212.473.0559

Artists:
Conceived and choreographed by Kristi Spessard
Music composition by Clarice Assad
Set Environment by Illya Azaroff
Animation by Sean Bonney
Film by Anja Hitzenberger
Assistant direction by Rachel Karp
Performed by: Jeremy Finch, Stephanie Fungsang, Maya Seidel & Kristi Spessard

(Above photo and profile photo by Anja Hitzenberger)

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    Spearmint level of support = a 'warm sentiment'.
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    Bell Flower level of support = our 'gratitude'.
    The above, plus: a hand printed thank you note on floral paper

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    Pansy level of support = 'merriment, you occupy our thoughts'.
    The above, plus: a hand made flower pin or pen recycled from the flowers in Essentials of Flor

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    Zinnia (magenta) level of support = our 'lasting affection'.
    The above, plus: customized 'Essentials of Flor' wild flower seed mix for you to grow in your own planter box or garden

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    Geranium Ivy level of support = 'your hand for the next dance'.
    All of the above, plus: a DVD of the live performance of Essentials of Flor

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    Yellow Poppy level of support = 'Wealth success'.
    The above; a florally infused champagne toast at the after party Saturday, January 29th with peformers and collaborators

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    Sunflower level of support = our 'adoration'.
    The above; plus, a blended, scented oil from the essential oils of flowers

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    Trumpet Flower level of support = Fame.
    The above; plus, a preserved Tussie Mussie (flower boquet) of the flowers featured in Essentials of Flor

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