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The newest performance collaboration between Julia Calabrese and Layla Marcelle Mrozowski

A House To Call Our House is the newest performance collaboration between multidisciplinary artists and performers Julia Calabrese and Layla Marcelle Mrozowski. It’s premiering in January at the Fertile Ground Festival in Portland, Oregon, and we need your help to make it happen!

Julia has been creating visual art in her Portland studio for the last 4 years. Her work ranges from mixed media sculpture to watercolor painting and now textile and pattern design.  All the while she has been training in dance and performing for various artists in Portland, as well as visiting choreographers through the Time Based Art Festival.

Layla has spent the past couple of years studying contemporary dance and working in Amsterdam and Brussels. In 2010 Layla founded BAAD Kinetics <Bicycle Awesome Adventure Dance>, organizing a raucous pedal-powered dance tour called HOT MESS. Julia and Layla co-choreographed a duet created for the tour called Permesso that was performed surreptitiously at MASS MoCA, as an opener for pop veterans Mates of State and in Katherine Driscoll’s backyard in Brooklyn, among other unlikely and magical spaces.

The initial idea for A House To Call Our House came about during a conversation last spring when we were working on a music video project and the ball’s been rolling since then.  Through emails, skype dates and google docs, we have been developing the conceptual aspects and logistic of the project. Julia has been hard at work in her studio building sets and objects in time for Layla’s arrival in January.

A House To Call Our House is a piece exploring the nature of reality in an imagined 5th dimension: a kaleidoscope of images, dancing bodies, banners, houseplants, and infinite gyrating. This choreography of bodies and objects combines elements of dance, theater, and sculpture to create a living installation.

The scale of this piece marks our most ambitious collaboration to date. We are totally thrilled but we can’t do it without our support! The money from kickstarter will go directly to the material and set costs, rehearsal space, performance space, festival fees and many other costs associated with the production.

Please help at whatever level you can and spread the word!


A House to Call Our House // Fertile Ground Festival

Dates: January 25 // 9pm
            January 26 // 2pm + 7pm
            January 27 // 4pm
            February 1 // 9pm
            February 2 // 2pm + 9pm

All performances @ Publication Studio 717 SW Ankeny St., Portland OR 97205


Layla // website

Julia // website

Fertile Ground Festival Guide

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We’ve used video and objects in former pieces, but never on this scale. The work is therefore both logistically and artistically challenging, but we are pumped to take on the risks. Officially a work in progress, our premiere is essentially a first draft. The challenge we face after the festival is getting this baby out of Portland! We will need time and space to further develop the piece and places to show it. That means writing applications and getting residencies and performance opportunities. This really is just the beginning, and we are very grateful for any support you give. We wouldn’t be able to do it without you!


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    A ticket to "A House To Call Our House" (a $10 value!) + Snail Mail. Don't live in Oregon? We'll hold onto your ticket because with your help we plan on bringing this work to a city near you! Along with the ticket you will receive a little something in the mail from Layla and Julia.

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    !!!!! DANCE MIX !!!!! (+ ticket to the show) Enjoy a mix CD of music that Layla & Julia use as inspiration in the studio while creating "A House To Call Our House".... you know, dance music! RAD dance music.

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    <<<< DANCE MOVE >>>> ( + ticket + dance mix) Let Layla & Julia create an original dance move and name it after you! You will receive a video with step by step instructions on how to perfect your move. That way you can help spread it through the club circuit and turn it into a classic! Think cabbage patch with a personal twist!

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    Limited Edition .......TEMPORARY TATTOOS........ (+ a ticket + a dance mix OR a dance move) Temporary TATS made using images directly from "A House To Call Our House." What better way to get the conversation going at your next family function?

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    ^^^^ Official Dance Sweat Bands ^^^^ (+ a ticket + temporary tattoos OR a dance mix OR a dance move) Going for a jog, or better yet, hitting the floor? Let us help you out with a fly sweat band designed to withstand the strain of all your fly moves! You help us get down, we'll help you get down! Deal? Deal!

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    ))))) DANCE LIB ((((( (+ a ticket + a dance mix OR temporary tattoos OR a sweat band) More than a dance move, you'll get a whole dance! Using images, phrases or variables that you provide as inspiration, Layla & Julia will create a original dance just for you! You will receive a video link of the piece to enjoy and share it indefinitely. Check out some of the original mini DANCE LIBS from the BAAD Tour here:

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    **** Silk Screened Poster **** (+ a ticket + a dance move + dance mix OR temporary tattoos OR a sweat band) You will receive a "House To Call our House" handmade silk screened poster. Original design by Layla and Julia and printed with help from our dear friend at The Tiny Spoon in Portland.

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    ~~~ Custom Banner ~~~ (+ poster + dance move + one mystery object) Have a special occasion on the horizon or just need a daily reminder to turn off the stove? You provide the phrase or sentence and just like the ones used in the performance (see video) Layla and Julia will handmake a banner just for you!

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    *** An Original Art piece from the Performance *** Right .... now, Layla and Julia are hard at work, sawing, painting and constructing one-of-a-kind objects to be used in the production of "A House To Call Our House." These objects need not exist solely on the stage. We think they would look mighty fine in your living room as well!

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    !____ USED SOCKS____! That's Right, you will receive a pair of socks worn in rehearsal by Layla and Julia! (left sock: Layla, right sock: Julia) + a very special gift just for you!

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