a house made of salt is a contemporary dance piece that will premiere this April 11th at Jack Arts, a performing arts venue in Brooklyn, NY. This is a dance made for two performers, Michael Ingle and Lindsay Lee, that is interested in dealing with fundamental and universal rules that govern us as humans: the unavoidable end of our lives, our singular ability to love- and to destroy what we love most, our desire to re-make our personal histories so we can re-create the past and the memories that go with it, and our highly competitive natures.
This dance takes place in a specifically designed physical and aural set in order to take the audience from their urban existence into a radically different time and space. Both the audience and performer are surrounded. Inside the setting, the performers will live out their story, seemingly unaware of the fact they are surrounded on all sides by spectators. Life flashes before one’s eyes, realized by a string of episodes, some narrative, some sensorial, some driven by the physical body moving through space, some driven by words, text, and song. I am constructing worlds within worlds on every level; performative, narrative, sensorial, and environmental. I hope to draw the spectator in, until they cannot help but become invested in the outcomes of both characters (the performers) in the piece, as they would feel reading a book or watching a movie. I aim to cause visceral reactions, sourced equally from tragedy and humor. I don’t shy away from drama.
I am the creator, producer, and stategizer of this project.The budget, which includes perfomer stipends, rehearsal space, costumes, lighting, set design, promotional work, photography and videography- all the elements that will create a successfull project - adds up to more than $8000. I recieved a grant from the Brooklyn Arts Council for $1000. I have raised another $1500 from other sources. $8000 minus 2500 equals $5500. I will be spending $2000 out of pocket to fund this past year of rehearsal space rental. I hope to recieve another $1000 in grants, however, this still leaves a significant gap that needs to be filled. Today, most art funding comes from individual donations from people like you. This work falls outside the commericial realm, pushes physical and intellectual boundaries, and is performed by highly trained, unique dancers. I'm wholly committed to the realization of this project. It's hard to make dance in this economy but it's more important than ever! If you'd like to be part of this vibrant community, invested in the future of art and culture, please help support this independent dance project.
Risks and challenges
I am fully confident that I can successfully have all the elements of this dance project fully realized by the premiere date, April 11th. However, there is always the possibility that I will have to re-work or re-think an element because a collaborator falls through, or dancer becomes injured. The biggest setback I can imagine is if one my perfomers is unable to fufill their role. Luckily I am well situated within my community, and should be able to find another qualified performer without having to delay the show. Other collaborator mishaps-lighting or set can be dealt with in a similar way. I have an artistic support group that can rally and help in emergency situations if the need suddenly arises. I am completely dedicated to making this project happen, it is hard for me to imagine a bigger challenge than the one facing me now: simply raising enough money to realize its fullest potential.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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