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We're creating a community conversation, and evening length dance project, about Security; what it means to us, and how we pursue it.
We're creating a community conversation, and evening length dance project, about Security; what it means to us, and how we pursue it.
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Bettmann Dances is creating a year long project about Security - what it means to us, and how we pursue it.

To do this we're offering public dance workshops, inviting participants to share their experiences in words and movement. We'll use the ideas and movements generated in these workshops in choreography for a new dance work, and we'll choose one dancer from the workshops to join the company in performance. We're also launching a dedicated website where students, teachers, and the public can find ideas and information on these issues. Our goal is to encourage and empower participation in conversations on security.

The project's title - Quis Custodiet - was inspired by a 6th century b.c. philosopher's observation on the nature of power, which remains just as true today. Quis Custodiet Ipsus Custodet? means "who shall watch the watchers themselves?”

As we near the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001 we believe that the national dialogue should reflect our local, personal, and communal values. This project will empower individual voices, and project them into broader dialogue on Security as we perform this piece in DC, New York, Philadelphia, and Baltimore in summer/fall 2011.

The Examiner said that the company's first performances, in 2009, were "an example of artistic craftsmanship", and you can see some past work at http://www.bettmanndances.com. This Kickstarter will pay for creation of the work - rehearsal space, pay for dancers, and the costs of the dance workshops.

Bettmann Dances is a program of the non-profit Day Eight; your support is tax-deductible.

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    Name a section of the dance, and be credited with your artistic contribution in the program. At this level the Artistic Staff will share video from rehearsal and let you pick the name for one of the three sections of the performance piece.

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