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Poetry Cabaret is a troupe of poets, dancers and musicians creating wild and intelligent shows that challenge norms and enlighten minds
Poetry Cabaret is a troupe of poets, dancers and musicians creating wild and intelligent shows that challenge norms and enlighten minds
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Update: Hey potential backers, there's still time! Our goal of $1,850 was set as bare minimum to produce the show itself. With time running out, we need your help to take us from sleeping under a bridge to bunking in a hostel next to the bridge. There are still plenty of cool rewards left including personalized poetry, books, CDs and the prestigious Executive Producer credit. Thank you all for your ongoing support of the arts. Next stop: Capital Fringe!

  

Poetry Cabaret Collective is a band of poets, dancers, musicians, and other performers from Asheville, NC, who have the opportunity to spread their art and message of free expression. We have been invited to perform at Capital Fringe in Washington, D.C., this July, and we need your help to build our collective and take our show on the road. 

We need to raise funds to send these artists and their middle fingers to D.C. It takes a lot to create our wild yet intelligent parties—production costs, lodging, lighting, merchandise, fuel for our fire eater, pasties for our dancers, pens for our poets, ramen, and other costs involved in pushing the show forward.

This is a major milestone for the Collective, a chance to perform before an international audience, to build our brand, and to tour. The show has blown minds and changed lives locally in iterations over the past five years, including at the 2017 Asheville Fringe Arts Festival.

Please consider making a contribution of any mount to our Kickstarter fund, scope out our awesome prizes, and know that you will be making possible an unforgettable experience for our performers and audiences. Your investment in art is an investment in our world, especially in these scary times. Poetry Cabaret is fearless!

Risks and challenges

The show is risky, and risqué. Our fearless performers take risks in their words and motions, presenting deep and controversial work that creates space for vulnerability, urgency, and duende, in a setting that can be cathartic and healing for both audience and performers. We want our freedom of speech. We want our right to pursue happiness.

What's the risk if our show didn't exist? There would be a void. In an oppressive world, you need artists like us who push the boundaries, which gives you more breathing room. You've heard people chant, FORWARD TOGETHER. NOT ONE STEP BACK. That's what this show is about, moving forward together, culturally.

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    Become a Supporter

    For as little as $2 or any amount you can be a supporter of the arts and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing you helped build the Poetry Cabaret Collective by sending us to DC and helping us continue to produce great poetry and art.

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    Mystery Meat Audio Art Cassette

    This sound collage mixtape produced by the Audio Art podcast Mystery Meat has been copied onto cassettes purchased at Value Village in order to create individualized, chance operated artifacts. More information on the project at mysterymeatpodcast.com

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    Kevin Barger's book Observable Acts

    A signed copy of Observable Acts: A Collection of Poetry by Kevin Barger. Kevin Barger is an award winning slam poet and retired organizer of Poetry Slam Asheville. This is Kevin's first foray from stage to page and collects old favorites and never before read works. Each copy sold will be signed, dated, and personalized with a handwritten thank you.

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    Poetry Cabaret CD

    One copy of Poetry Cabaret Collective's forthcoming album of original poetry and music compositions, featuring collaborations by Kevin Evans, Aaron Price, Charlie Rauh, Caleb Beissert and other fearless artists.

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    Caleb Beissert’s book BEAUTIFUL, signed

    The second edition of this now out-of-print book features poems by Federico García Lorca and Pablo Neruda adapted from the Spanish by Poetry Cabaret’s founder and director, Caleb Beissert.

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    Personalized Love Poem

    Justin Blackburn will write a beautiful and/or hilarious love poem for you to give to your lover or crush. You can even say you wrote it, so feel free to provide some details.

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    Personalized Insult Poem

    Express hatred, resentment, and distaste with grace and poetic allusion. Describe who or what you'd like to insult and Justin William Evans will write a 200-500 word poem you can deliver or recite to the person who took your parking spot, the neighbor who’s dog defecates in your yard, or the politician who refuses to acknowledge your humanity.

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    Musical collaboration/consultation

    Aaron Price, music director of Poetry Cabaret, will teach, advise, or collaborate with you at your whim for 60 minutes. Available in Asheville, NC area or via Skype, email, etc.

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    Life Coach Session

    Transform Your Negatives Into Positive with a Life Coach Session With Justin Blackburn.

    Justin Blackburn is a Powerful Life Coach who has changed the lives of many people. If you are going through anything in your life you want to change, this is an incredible opportunity for you to facilitate change.

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    Aaron Price House Concert

    Aaron will entertain you and your guests within 200 miles of Asheville, NC for 90 minutes, and tailor the performance to the presenter's preferences.

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    Executive Producer

    Become an executive producer of Poetry Cabaret. You or your company's name will appear on our CD packaging and will be mentioned in our live shows in DC. This reward includes copies of the CD and a signed copy of Caleb Beissert's book, Beautiful.

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