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Help Alternative Motion Project Move BIG by funding their PREMIERE SHOW!

Minneapolis, MN Dance
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Alternative Motion Project (AMP) is a new professional dance company formed by Kristin Howe and Joanna Lees with their debut show occurring March 23-24, 2012 at The Old Arizona Theater in Minneapolis, MN.  Our goal on Kickstarter is to ease production costs for this first show. The performance will feature 9 new works by Howe and Lees danced by a 12 member company. The show will also highlight several original music works from local artists. AMP is passionately striving to create accessible, entertaining, and meaningful dance work throughout the Twin Cities area.

One of AMP’s main goals is to create an environment that is inclusive for audience members of all artistic backgrounds. AMP wants to build a dialogue between the artists and audience where both groups can get the most out of the work presented. We want to create a welcoming environment for those who do not have a dance background as well as an artistically rich setting for those who have a lot of dance exposure. To further this goal, we will incorporate post show discussions with the audiences after each show to discuss the works and receive feedback.

AMP also works towards cultivating artistic communities through collaborations with other art forms. Firstly, AMP is working with local composer, Dameun Strange, who is creating three new music works.  The first composition he’s created is for a trio choreographed by Howe. The piece focuses on what internally motivates us and how that affects our external world.  The music is heavy, repetitive and internal as the three dancers weave in and out of each others’ paths affecting the action each person then makes. The piece develops into different journeys each dancer takes because of their choices as individuals and as a group.  

Strange is also collaborating with Lees on two music works that are part of the same piece. Entitled Lost in My Mind, both Lees and Strange explore the debilitating disease of Alzheimer’s. Having both had personal ties to this disease, Lees and Strange discuss the similarities and differences in their own experiences and how this can relate to movement and music. The first portion of the work is performed by a trio of dancers with a romantic yet bittersweet nostalgic quality to the music. The movement explores different combinations of interactions between the three dancers. The second portion is a solo danced by a separate dancer who has been sitting on the corner of the stage during the first portion of the piece.  Strange changes the music to a darker, distorted atmosphere while the soloist slowly begins to investigate her surroundings as well as her own body.  Feelings of loneliness, confusion, frustration, relief, dependency, disorientation, fear, and love are present in this exploration.

The second musician AMP is collaborating with is local cellist, Amy Waller who will be performing a solo live with a large group of ten dancers choreographed by Howe.  Howe investigates the space in between connecting the dancers as each travel from point A to point B. Throughout their journeys, each dancer physically connects with each other for different lengths of time with a somewhat burdensome and sorrowful tone emphasized by the sounds of the cello.   

                Thirdly, AMP is collaborating with vocal percussionist Steve Howe. This performance will be unique because not only will Steve be performing live with a quintet of dancers, but he will also have a looping machine which will create a distinctive and interesting layer of sounds.The movement will be rhythmic and dynamic to reflect and complement the music.  Dancers will use the whole space connecting and then responding to each other while meandering in and out of different relationships and formations.

Because AMP is in its very beginning stages, the majority of our funding comes from our personal finances. Assistance will be crucial to not only this project, but to ensure future projects as well. We are eager and excited to present these new works at our premiere show in March!

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