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World Premiere of Interdisciplinary Performance Event Drill Piece. Center for Performance Research- September 20th & 21st at 7:30pm
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This coming September 20th and 21st at Center for Performance Research in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Motley Dance will be premiering a full-length production of their year in the making, interdisciplinary performance event, Drill Piece.

Drill Piece was created from a place of inquiry and research. It examines military custom, ritual and tradition. Brought up in a military family, choreographer and Artistic Director, Elisabeth Motley, began to consider how much of the Marine Corps lifestyle had carried over to her art practice. Inspired by the changing of the guard at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the USMC Silent Drill Team and basic training, the work draws comparison between the choreography and ritual that is present in both the military and an ensemble of female dancers.

Music ensemble Colonna Sonora performs live with keyboard synthesizers, drum machine, electric guitar, and microphone. Visual artist Aleta Lanier provides haunting animations, further capturing the ever- existing presence of army in our day-to-day. Dancers interact with a vocal processor that distorts and loops their voices, exploring the existing military language of metaphors with which we describe our lives.

Drill Piece encourages its audience to ask deeper questions about their thoughts on military, gender, and the influence of a military presence both socially and culturally.

In conjunction with the premier, live music ensemble Colonna Sonora will also be releasing an album featuring original music developed for the work.

After choreographing nationally and internationally for the past 10 years Elisabeth is honored to have received her first official grants from the Mertz-Gilmore Foundation and Foundation for Contemporary Arts in support of this collaborative and provoking project. Along with help from Center for Performance Research and the Andrew Mellon Foundation, Drill Piece will finally have it’s world premier. But Motley Dance needs a little more help in order to ensure a successful production.

Your generous contributions will go toward:

- Artist fees for musicians and dancers
- Visual artwork
- Theater rental
- Administration
- Rehearsal space rental
- Technical support
- Exciting new album release from Colonna Sonora
- The 2013/2014 season of Motley Dance

Risks and challenges

With almost every small non- profit arts organization the challenge of funding and supporting experimental creation is always high. Most artists create and perform work without any monetary compensation towards themselves. Artists often pull from their own pockets to pay for rehearsal space, theater and venue rentals, costumes, programs and artists fees. Any revenue earned through ticket sales is usually just enough to cover theater rental with no surplus going to the next season’s performances.

Motley Dance does not have a board of directors, an endowment fund, bi-annual galas, large fundraisers, celebrity endorsements or thousands of donors to pull from like the large “big box brand name” dance companies that reside in New York City. The companies budget for Drill Piece is most likely smaller than a typical Board Member’s annual give or get. However, Motley Dance has something else: YOU! A wonderful supportive network of fans, friends and family. And we couldn't be more thankful!

Kickstarter campaigns have raised over $736 million dollars for the arts- $4.6 million alone has gone to dance. This staggering number makes it a perfect platform for you to engage with Motley Dance by making a donation. Help Motley Dance continue to open up space for collaboration and robust exploration!

With Kickstarter it’s all or nothing!! Motley Dance has to raise $2000, if we fall short we do not receive the money you’ve pledged. Thank you so much for supporting Elisabeth and Motley Dance. We can’t wait to share our performance event with you on September 20th and 21st!

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    LAST WEEK SPECIAL!!! Donate $10 and receive a Digital Download for Colonna Sonora album release featuring music created for Drill Piece!

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    Name recognition and thank you on Facebook, Motley Dance's website, programs and from the bottom of our hearts! Digital Download of Colonna Sonora's brand new album release featuring original music developed for Drill Piece (September 16th release date).

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    Two complimentary tickets to either night of Drill Piece with VIP seating. Plus Colonna Sonora's Digital Download and the above Thank You's

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    2 private Pilates/exercise sessions with personal trainer and Pilates instructor Elisabeth Motley. Plus all of the perks from above

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    Date Night!
    Dinner for two at Walter Foods, two complimentary tickets to Drill Piece with VIP Seating. Plus two digital downloads of Colonna Sonora's album and the above Thank You's.

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