What happens when dreams and reality collide?
In her most ambitious project to date, choreographer and performer Nicola Bullock offers audiences an experience that explores the space between what we are and what we imagine ourselves to be. A masked creature awakens in an unfamiliar world, cringes at the sight of light, and moves its alien body for the first time. As it gradually morphs into a more recognizable form - a human body - its animal instincts contend with social constructions such as gender and race. Bound by the rigidity of these concepts, the creature struggles to adopt “identity-appropriate” behavior while remaining connected to its wild nature.
IMAGO draws viewers into a space where truth and illusion are inseparable
IMAGO is a story about arriving in an unfamiliar place with no sense of self. In this state of discovery and vulnerability, unconscious needs and fears arise which can be accepted and expressed - or rejected and shunned. Imago asks the question: how can we embrace both of these possibilities in our individual and collective narratives? And why does it matter that we do?
Art has the power to bring personal, cultural, and societal shadows into the light, and this is exactly what IMAGO does. By juxtaposing the visceral sensations of desire, shame, and fear with concepts like femininity, beauty, and aging, IMAGO demonstrates - and entreats the viewer to embrace - the broad spectrum of human experience.
What will your donation support?
Nicola has assembled a team of artistic and administrative collaborators to bring IMAGO to life! In addition to paying these talented folks a fair wage for their expertise, time, and work, various fees are incurred in the creation of this dance-theater piece: costumes, props/set, rehearsal and performance space rentals, marketing, insurance, and much, much more. While some of these items are being covered by in-kind donations, foundational support, and private funders, we still need your help to cover the rest of the production expenses and pay the creative and production team!
The Durham Fruit Company, Durham, NC
January 11 - 13 and 18 - 20 2018
ticket information coming soon at www.nicolabullock.com
IMAGO is being presented as part of the 2017-2018 DIDA (Durham Independent Dance Artists) season.
Risks and challenges
Nicola began working with the IMAGO mask over two years ago, and the current production of IMAGO has been in process since January 2017. Since then, Nicola has presented versions of this work in Berlin and Tel Aviv, and in December will have a work-in-progress showing in Los Angeles.
IMAGO is a pretty high-maintenance production! Props include copious amounts of red body powder and a bathtub full of water; travel costs include a ticket to Los Angeles so Nicola can rehearse in-person with dramaturg Josephine Decker; and the performance space needs to be outfitted with a floor, lights, and seating in order to make it habitable. While some of these expenses are being covered by in-kind donations, foundational support, and private funders, we still need your help in order to pay the creative and production team!
The aim of the Durham Fruit Company, where IMAGO will premiere, is to "serve a variety of creative people, from all corners of the community, in an affordable manner." In order to reflect this mission, IMAGO will charge only $10 per ticket. We believe this ticket price will enable more people to see IMAGO and access live art in an exciting and empowering space.
The Biggest Challenge
The world is in quite a precarious state right now. There are many causes that urgently need attention, time, and money. It can be hard, even for us on the IMAGO team, to advocate for art in such troubled times. But WE STILL CARE, CREATE, SHARE, and BELIEVE in the power of art to bring people together and transform a community; make an impact on people's lives and decisions; and exorcise the demons of a diseased culture. That's why we're all working hard on making and producing this piece. Now we need your help in paying these wonderful folks so that they can continue to believe in, work for, and advocate the arts!
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