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Apotheosis is a meditation on the transcendent power of movement explored dynamically in film featuring fire, aerial, and hoop dance. Read more

Oakland, CA Film & Video
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Apotheosis is a meditation on the transcendent power of movement explored dynamically in film featuring fire, aerial, and hoop dance.

Oakland, CA Film & Video
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Apotheosis, meaning "elevation to divinity" is first a project about movement in space and interaction with each circus apparatus as a means to express feeling. The choreography is for a solo performer but there is an exciting opportunity to explore movement and interaction with the camera. We can create dynamic perspectives and coordinated action between the subject and camera. Taking the viewer out of the passive viewpoint of spectator, we will actively investigate relationships between the performer and the audience through the dance of the camera, emphasizing interaction. Finally this film is about transcendence achieved through the meditative act of dance and art, a form of apotheosis available to each of us.


The narrative of this dance begins with an isolated woman entrapped by hoops, dancing with and against what encages her. Finally, breaking away from them, she discovers the aerial silks which she uses to climb from the dark space she inhabits. As she reaches the top, having risen into the sky, her silks seemingly supported by the sun,  she merges into it spinning fire herself, in unity with it.

Your contribution will help cover a fully equipped studio rental, additional crew needed, transportation of equipment, make-up/hair for production, costuming, rigging equipment, and the composition of an original score.

Apotheosis is ready for production, this kickstarter will fully fund the essentials to produce this project. 

The Performer

Bobbi Dulaney is a circus artist, dancer, choreographer and visual artist. Having always loved movement and been entranced by its ability to transform attitudes and emotions, she trained in ballet, modern dance and acting as a child. In her teens she began studying circus arts beginning with the mastery of the hula hoop dancing. After attending Cornish College of the Arts and recieving aerial training, Bobbi finished her BFA in Media Arts at California College of the Arts, where she met Adam Behrmann, the filmmaker and collaborator working with her on Apotheosis. Her video work has screened along the west coast at locations such as Northwest Film Forum and ATA. She has been on stage professonally since she was 19, (she is now 25) performing with The Little Red Studio Troupe, The Dreamtime Circus, and independently. Bobbi toured South America performing in The Dreamtime Circus' BUS show durring which time she and her fellow performers gave numerous free circus skill workshops to local kids. She recently drew acclaim as Sweet Pea in the original production of The Case of D! and the Disappearing Dream. She also collaborated on this project with fellow performers in writing, directing, choreography and performed both silks and hoops. Bobbi performs independently through Inner Orbit Movement, has been featured performing in numerous music videos, performed on stage at the Wynn Casino, Ritz Carlton, Dance Mission Theater as well as at many charitable events.

Bobbi aims to continue performing and eventually open an art and performance space of her own. For now she trains, performs as much as humanly possible and works with special needs students at the Via Center School in Berkeley.

The Filmmaker

Adam Behrmann is a film maker in the bay area. He started his BFA in South Africa at Stellenbosch University, after-which he transferred to CCA (California College of the Arts) where he met Bobbi. Since graduating from CCA in Media Arts, Adam has gone on to become deeply involved with film-making and today works professionally within the film industry on many levels. While Adam is often working with other professionals in the Bay Area, some of his personal work can be seen on his website. Adam sees this project as a potentially unique opportunity to express a more personal stylistic approach to film making, and also a chance to do something less commercial, and more in line with the contemporary arts.

The Musician

Joey Chang aka CelloJoe is an anomaly in the world of cellists.

Utilizing only his voice, a cello and a loop pedal, he is able to take listeners on a sonic journey around the world and to far away galaxies. Without using any pre-recorded samples, CelloJoe is able to record live on the spot with a looper and produce intricate intergalactic tapestries of harmony, melody, and rhythm as well as mimic many styles of music from dubstep to folk to rock to classical to hip hop by beatboxing, throatsinging, singing, plucking and bowing the cello. In addition, CelloJoe is the world's first long distance musical bike touring cellist. 

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Risks and challenges

So far the artists, who work full time in their field, involved in this project have given their time to it at no cost. As production approaches and the workload gets heavier it may be difficult to balance this project with paid work. However extra capital gained from the kickstarter would allay any possibility of this. If there is no extra cushion of funding from this campaign, we will deal with scheduling and planning accordingly.
The aerial rig that is needed for this film must be custom made. This usually takes 6 week but can be delayed further for various reasons. This would likely delay us slightly but by allowing for an extra few weeks we can avoid (most) surprises.
Additionally with any circus and acrobatic act there is the possibility of injury. This can only be handled with time, patience, and a willingness to reschedule. Being extremely passionate about making this film, we have all the patience in the world.

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