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BUBBLES OF HOPE by Andrey Bartenev, Dumbo Arts Festival's video poster


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This project was successfully funded on September 30, 2013.


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SEPTEMBER 28, 2013 : 12pm - 2pm, DUMBO, Brooklyn
presented by association of Unicycle Productions LLC & re:artiste

Imagine a ferry of boisterous bodies triumphantly arriving in Brooklyn by the river!  Imagine yourself in this colorful procession marching through the streets of DUMBO, carrying a manifestation of your personal dream and sharing in others', dancing to the beat and building the collective hope released through gazillion bubbles in a vivacious party. Accompanied by live music, the procession will deliver a message of harmony and joy with a healthy dash of sheer extravagance.

Meet us at Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park/East River Ferry by 12pm (Old Fulton Street & Furman St) to greet the triumphant arrival of the fantastical Bubbles, follow us via Water Street, Pearl Street Triangle, Main Street, Jane's Carousel and Tobacco Warehouse where we culminate with a spectacular bubbly party.

Share your dream as you march: wear a costume, bring a sign with your personal wish, send us a one-line message with your dream (i.e. "I wish the trees could talk" or "I want to see where the river ends" - anything goes) and we will put your wishes on banners and flags!

Get a bubble gun designed by the experts: the Gazillion Bubbles Show or donate one to a child you know. Come of Andrey's costume workshop where he can help you make your own. Take as many photos of your own or let our professional photographer do the magic.

what you could be wearing
what you could be wearing

If you are a professional performance artist who moves well, knows how to engage with the audience on the street, and loves to bring wonder and hope to the world through their art - Join us! See the casting call details in our updates here. Groups welcome. Estimated time of the procession: 12pm - 2pm.

Already over 100 volunteers and artists joined. Be our next member and support us today! You don't have to pick a reward, donate any amount you choose. SHARE THIS with your friends!

Andrey Bartenev on Bubbles of Hope:
"Our need to be happy and our dreams of love are the basis for the existence of human race and the most delicate connection between all beings. The importance of happiness is above religion, politics, social agendas or economic needs.   Seeking our happiness collectively and focusing on the dreams of others helps us meet our own.

Bubbles of Hope is a ritual, a collective meditative act, which can strengthen our own abilities to dream, to hope and to fulfill our own personal goals. Together we are stronger, and our hopes and dreams are bigger.

About Andrey:

Bubbles of Hope by Andrey Bartenev credits:
Directed by Mei Ann Teo
Performance, Design: Andrey Bartenev
with performances by 60+ artists
Live music by: Trio TBD, an Avant Garde jazz trio and their Mobility Project: Joe Tucker/percussion, Dave Whitwell/trombone, Chad Walther/Tuba, Dan Levine/Trumpet, Fred Trumpy, percussion, Valeria Jonard/Sound effects & composition, Alex Dreyshner/percussion
Bubbles art and performances: Gazillion Bubble Show
Original concept by: Andrey Bartenev, Anton von Shilov, Mei Ann Teo
Assistant Director:
Monica Santana
Producing Associate: Nicol Dube, Polina Bogacheva
Public Relations & Marketing: Natalia Burlutskaya & Maria Kordova, re:artiste
Specialty PR: Natasha Sharymova, New York Plus Plus
Bartenev Art Productions manager: Alexander Khromov
Additional PR consultant: Irina Shmeleva, Via3pr
Video above with Eric Aviles & Arlene Chico-Lugo

Event Executive Producer: Sonia Kozlova, Unicycle Productions LLC

Partial support provided by:
DUMBO Arts Festival, Gazillion Bubble Show, East River Ferry, Urban Stages Theatre - Artistic Director Frances Hill, and so far our heroes here: Ciaran, Monika Hankova, Geoffrey O’Connor, Alyona Makeeva, David Garvoille, Daniel Prousline, Maya Abidor, Natalya Vladova Mugue, Jack McClement, Brett Kreutzer, Robert Hills, Samuel, Chungmi Kim, Natalya Ezhikam, Natasha Sharymova, Julia Chernyavskaya-Panina, Kevin Clark, Colm Clark [cast in order of latest appearance] - GIANT THANK YOU!

Mei Ann Teo is a Singaporean theatre/film maker currently based in New York. Her professional work has toured the U.S. and international festivals including Belgium's Festival de Liege (Lyrics From Lockdown, "Truly polished, meaningful and entertaining" - NY Times), M1 Singapore Fringe Festival, Edinburgh International Fringe (MiddleFlight, "Stunning" - Scotsman), INFANT Experimental Theatre Festival in Novi Sad, Serbia, Edmonton Fringe Festival, and the Montreal World Film Festival (Not Here). She has worked with The Public Theater, Berkeley Rep, Theatre of Yugen, Crowded Fire, and the Bay Area Playwrights Festival. She is the artistic director of The Wandering Fools, whose inaugural production, Caucasian Chalk Circle, is an official selection at the Shanghai International Experimental Theatre Festival (Oct 2013). For 7 years, she was the Resident Artist/Chair of Drama at Pacific Union College where she founded a program focused on original ensemble creation.

Trio TBD is an Avant Garde jazz trio in the loosest sense of the word. Consisting of trombonist David Whitwell, tubist Chad Walther, and percussionist Joe Tucker, Trio TBD looks to expand both the sonic palette of their chosen idiom and each individual's own instrumental color, and has been systematically altering, destroying, offending, and otherwise messing with everything from Miles Davis to Hildegard Von Bingen to John Cage, to their own original works. Coming from the unique backgrounds of both a classical upbringing and extensive contemporary experience, coupled with a healthy dose of big band and rock sensibilities, Trio TBD looks to synergistically redefine what it is to be a contemporary ensemble, and maybe have a little fun on the way. Trio TBD Mobility Project is the brain child of drummer Joe Tucker. Coming from a marching backgrounds (read: grew up in the Midwest and Texas), the trio has taken it's avant garde jazz theory to the streets. With the help of trumpeter Dan Levine and percussionist Fred Trumpy, Trio TBD hopes to shake up, distort, and otherwise reinvent yet another hallmark of traditional American music.

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and follow us on Twitter to stay connected during the event and after: @BubblesBartenev

EVENT PRODUCER Unicycle Productions LLC:
founded and ran by Sonia Kozlova, focused primarily on street and environmentally experiential theatre, Unicycle Productions is bringing two projects to the DUMBO Arts Festival, including Bubbles of Hope and the revised version of Dealing with Ophelia by Carin Jean White with Laura Brackley (a street theatre piece recently created on Governor’s Island: Saturday, September 28th 3pm & Sunday, September 29th, 3pm.) 

Risks and challenges

This project is funded primarily by Kickstarter. We have partners such as the Dumbo Arts Festival, the Gazillion Bubbles Show, Urban Stages Theatre, East River Ferry and many friends who can provide us with some logistical support.

The event is free and you are welcome to just show up. But without your support, there may be no costumes, no live music and possibly no Andrey...
We need to raise $3,500 for:
Andrey Bartenev & his team's flights: $1,700
120 Costumes freight: $1,500
Costumes prep/pumps: $300
Live band & DJ: $650

Contribute now any amount you can to bring this procession to life. Choose any award listed to the right. You will not be charged until we reach our goal. This is an all-or-nothing campaign. Tell your friends about it!

Everyone involved in our project is a volunteer, but without the above, the experience will not be all that it can be.

With your help: we most definitely can achieve the best result, and every single $ matters. If you are broke: $1 will do right now. If you can do more: it will go toward your own happy experience with us.

Lets build this collective dream together today and in the process you may answer your own questions or find a way toward your own dream, at the very least you will gain a few new friends.

Lets make it happen, today, together.

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    You have no idea how much this helps! Get a copy of Andrey's sketch and a personal autograph after the performance. We will also reserve a spot for you on our website with posted photos and discussions on the event, and keep you updated on what's to come.

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    Get a bubble gun designed by the world's foremost bubble experts: the Gazillion Bubbles Show + Andrey Bartenev's Bubbles of Hope sketch, signed by the artist himself.

    Meet us at Pier 1, Brooklyn Bridge Park by the East River Ferry dock (Old Fulton Street & Furman Str) at 12pm to receive your reward and start the procession with us.

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    Wear main procession costume created by Andrey Bartenev (seriously: when was the last time you looked like this?!,) ride the ferry from Pier 11 to DUMBO with Andrey, march triumphantly through the streets of DUMBO and festival, dance at the culminating party. 1 rehearsal might be required the day before. Once you register here with your donation, we will contact you to arrange a time for fitting and orientation.

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    HOPE SEAFARER: get a seat on the triumphant ride we take from Pier 11, South Street Seaport arriving to Dumbo to launch the procession. You must be at Pier 11 by 11:45 am, September 28th, Saturday, your own "dream" costume is optional.

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    come to Andrey Bartenev's costume workshop on Thursday, September 26th, 5pm at Urban Stages theatre, 259 West 30th Street, New York and have Andrey help you design your own, materials will be provided. Meet us in Dumbo at Pier 1 at 12pm.

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    So, you are all glamorous, covered in bubbles, now what? Don't let your shaky iPhone ruin the memory. Have a professional photo of you with Andrey taken by the world-renown celebrity and theatre photographer Pavel Antonov who photographed for covers of Conde Nast (Vogue,) Robert Wilson, Brad Pitt, Steve Buschemi, Salma Hyek, Dmitry Khvorostovsky and many more. The photo will be crafted, printed and shipped to you after the event. Photo size: 11x17

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    Receive a print of Bubbles of Hope, Dumbo Arts Festival 2013 poster, created and signed by the Andrey Bartenev.

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    be our lead supporter, choose anything above PLUS 2 VIP tickets to Dumbo Arts Festival Gala on Saturday, September 28th at 8pm.

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    BUSINESS MUST HAVE HOPE TOO: be our lead Corporate sponsor and receive placement of your logo on Bubbles of Hope websites and FaceBook page plus for contributions made prior to August 28th: a web banner ad on, a targeted post on and @dumboartsfest, as well as inclusion in all DUMBO ARTS media – WEB, PROGRAM, APP, BANNERS AND SIGNAGE. Plus all of the above.

    Check with us about an additional opportunity for a festival 10x10 booth exposing you to an audience of over 50,000 over the 2 days for an additional contribution.

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Funding period

- (39 days)