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Help us perform and promote the uncharted territories of percussive performance art through this unique all-wood percussion drama.
Help us perform and promote the uncharted territories of percussive performance art through this unique all-wood percussion drama.
105 backers pledged $3,371 to help bring this project to life.

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DRESSUR

THE MONEY

INSTRUMENTS AND SET 

We're still missing some pretty large objects - a large wooden circle (our set), three large sounding boxes, a wooden table, two pairs of wooden clogs, and much more. The cost of everything we've collected so far has been fronted.

Our partially completed set
Our partially completed set

RECORDING AND PACKAGING 

Recording live music is not cheap, and neither is both making and shipping DVDs. 

ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCE COSTS

Instruments break. Music disappears. Things happen that we don't expect to happen.

FUTURE PERFORMANCES

We don't plan on doing this just once - there are plans in the works to perform Dressur as often as possible.

PERFORMANCE DETAILS

Dressur will be performed at the SUNY Purchase music building's Recital Hall on Wednesday, March 20, at 8pm. Directions can be provided upon request.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

To us, the most important part of performing Dressur is authenticity. We're committing most of Dressur's half hour of music and blocking to memory, and we're finding instruments that match Kagel's original requests as closely as possible. 

KAGEL'S PHILOSOPHY

Kagel's music seeks to emphasize the ridiculousness of tradition in all formats of art. Dressur serves as an extension of his philosophy, as its purpose is to destroy the all-too-familiar mechanical and robotic reproduction of music by incorporating visual elements of acting and theatre of the absurd. However, Kagel's acting and theater directions are presented as simple commands to the performer. No theatrical knowledge or training is necessary to perform it, yet due to the simplicity of the commands, they all are very effective.

And please do remember that if we don't get to our goal, we don't get any of the money you pledge. So you should pledge more, just in case!

Risks and challenges

Our main challenge at the time is rehearsing without all of the necessary instruments. WIthout Kickstarter funding, rehearsals will remain incomplete, which could jeopardize our progress, and possibly, the performance.

If, thanks to collaborators like you, Dressur is fully funded or overfunded, we promise to deliver a product that will not disappoint. Already, we are working hard to memorize and perfect our music and theatrical actions, and we're confident that the finished performance will be entertaining and accessible to all.

You may have noticed that our rewards have an estimated arrival date of June 2013. This is due to the time it may take to film and create DVDs. The Staatstheater rewards will be posted as soon as possible after we receive your donation.

If you have any additional questions, we would be happy to answer them. Your support is vital to the growth of contemporary music, and every donation means so much to us.

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FAQ

  • Staatstheater is an "opera" consisting of over 100 vignettes, which can be performed by both musicians and non-musicians alike. Most of them showcase Kagel's signature sense of humor and wit.

    For every $25+ donation we receive (excluding the $35 DVD reward), we will be recording one of the many Staatstheater vignettes and posting them to both YouTube and the Updates section of the Kickstarter. They will be there for everyone's enjoyment, thanks to your donation - think of it as commissioning a public performance. These performances are extremely difficult to find anywhere - we want to make them as accessible as possible.

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    Our sincerest gratitude! You will receive a personal thank you from us via email.

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    Your name will be included in both our DVD recording of Dressur and the program for the March 20th performance!

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    We will perform an excerpt from Kagel's instrumental "opera" Staatstheater, and upload it on YouTube for both your enjoyment and the enjoyment of others. Staatstheater contains hundreds of actions for musicians and non-musicians alike, all in the same absurd style of Dressur. As these pieces are even less frequently performed than Dressur, your donation will go towards featuring great pieces of art that have hardly ever been seen.
    As well, you get a thank you through email as well as your name in the program and the DVD credits.

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    You'll receive a DVD (Dressur Video Disc) of our performance, as well as our thanks via email and your name in both the program and the DVD credits.

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    Two of the price of less than two! Not only will we perform a segment of Staatstheater, but you will also receive a DVD of the performance. As well, we will send you a personal thank you, and feature your name in both the program and DVD credits. See descriptions above for more information.

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    You get everything so far, and extra! A personalized thank you via email, your name featured in the program and DVD credits, a Staatstheater performance, the DVD, and, as well, another (special edition!) DVD of our collected Staatstheater vignette performances!

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    When we said "the performance will come to you," we meant it! We will travel within 60 miles of Purchase College and perform Dressur for you, live. All you need to provide is a suitable performance space.
    To make the pot sweeter, you will receive all other rewards listed - a thank you email, your name featured in the program and DVD credits, a performance of a Staatstheater vignette, and a copy of the DVD.

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