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ALDancers is invited to Poland to give 4 performances in Krakow, Warsaw, Zakopane and Polanica. Help us get there!
ALDancers is invited to Poland to give 4 performances in Krakow, Warsaw, Zakopane and Polanica. Help us get there!
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May 2014 ALDancers take a big step: a 2-week tour of Poland, to perform 3 critically acclaimed shows: Broken Flowers, The Rite of Spring and The Chopin Project (more below). We are performing in Zakopane, Warsaw, Polanica Zdroj and Krakow. We are also running workshops, master classes and participating in an international conference on choreographer/composer collaboration.

The entire budget for this trip is over $25,000, which includes air fare, lodging, meals and local travel for 12: ALD Principal Choreographer, 10 Dancers and our Resident Composer/Tech. Director. We held a successful fundraiser in March — huge THANKS!!!! to everyone who attended our Benefit Ball, contributed through our Silent Auction and donated — Thank You ALL Again! Polish presenters are covering significant expenses from their side, but there is still a gap. Getting home 'in the black' takes a final $3000. For this we seek your help!

Tour Itinerary:

May 19-20 travel PDX-Krakow

May 21 - outreach performance + lecture / demonstration for the International School of Krakow

May 21-23 workshop in Krakow

May 24 – Broken Flowers in Zakopane at Teatr im Witkacego

May 26 – The Rite of Spring & The Chopin Project in Warsaw + international dance/music conference at Frederic Chopin University of Music.

May 30 – The Rite of Spring & The Chopin Project in Polanica Zdroj at Teatr Zdrojowy

June 1 –The Rite of Spring and excerpts from Broken Flowers in Krakow at Teatr Ludowy + workshop with Hidden Wings project - sharing our experience on working with underage victims of sex trafficking.

June 2 - travel Krakow-PDX

YOUR CONTRIBUTION is Tax Deductible

Agnieszka Laska Dancers is a public benefit 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Thank you very much for your consideration!

Agnieszka Laska

ALDancers: Kelsey Adams, Sissy Dawson, Allie Fahsholz, Sharon Lane, Heidi Nelson, Lauren Richmond, Amelia Unsicker, Niqi Cavanaugh, Nicholas Petrich, Kentrel Wesson and Jack Gabel – resident composer / technical director.

photo: Chris Leck © 2012
photo: Chris Leck © 2012
 

ALD’s work premiered 2012 addressing the painful subject of teen sex slavery and human trafficking. The project includes dance workshops for victims of sexual trafficking and sexually exploited children. Art therapy for victimized children — a path back toward a life of love and trust. Dance helps.

With ‘Broken Flowers’ Laska takes on another tough topic
As the lights were coming up I could hear muffled crying and I saw people wiping their eyes. I don’t normally see people so emotionally moved after a dance concert, and that by itself made this a very successful performance
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by Jamuna Chiarini in Oregon Arts Watch 10-16-12

photo: Chris Leck © 2013
photo: Chris Leck © 2013

May 29, 2013 marked the 100th anniversary of the world premiere of ‘The Rite of Spring’, featuring a revolutionary musical score by lgor Stravinsky plus visionary and innovative choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky. ALDancers joined world wide celebrations in performance: new choreography by Agnieszka Laska - premiered on Friday June 7th at 8:00 PM with the Portland State University Orchestra under the baton of Ken Selden. The "electrifying..." premier launched The Rite of Spring Centenary Tour, including special invitation form Chicago Philharmonic. Closing performances: Poland Tour 2014.

“…Portland choreographer Agnieszka Laska, who like Diaghilev has never been afraid of controversy, has leapt to a new stage in her artistic development, creating a show which inventively combines distinctive elements of her choreographic repertoire with moves inspired by classic ballet and the landmark 1987 Joffrey Ballet “Rite” reconstruction (Vaslav Nijinsky’s original choreography has been largely lost). And then, just when you think you’ve seen it all, she tops it off with an unflinching gaze at the work’s barbaric denouement…”
Jeff Winslow, Oregon Arts Watch read more

“…there are many ways to promote Polish culture, some better, some stronger, but this show was exceptional, reaching the hearts of literally everyone in the audience…’
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‘…the performance, authored by a renowned choreographer, running her dance company in Portland, Oregon for many years now, was incredible — beyond our imagination. As a result we started to sense the music of our greatest romantic composer not only through hearing it but by seeing it as well…”
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Risks and challenges

This project is a serious challenge. But, we are excited to take it on!

We are traveling 11,000 miles, performing 3 different programs in 4 unknown venues, and for several dancers it's their first trip to Europe! Our dancers are beyond excited and grateful for this incredible opportunity to dance abroad. Dancers in many other companies never get such an opportunity, making this tour even more exceptional.

What happens if we don’t meet our Kickstarter goal?

Simply put, we have to earn it. Our biggest expense, air fare, is already on a line of credit. All revenue from future 2014 scheduled performances (Astoria, Seattle, Klamath Falls, Portland) must then go toward retiring this debt, plus interest (ouch!) Our goal is to avoid this, and pay forward ALD's development. If lucky enough to catch our Dec. premiere of NINE ETUDES IN FUGUE STYLE, you'll know what that means.

What happens if we exceed our goal? That’s a problem we would love to face! All extra monies will be used toward this fall's planned world premiere of the complete set of Tomas Svoboda's NINE ETUDES IN FUGUE STYLE (Vol. 1 & 2) with live music. This show is being prepared as a 75th Anniversary Tribute to Tomas Svoboda — long-time ALD collaborator and widely held to be Oregon's greatest living composer.

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    you will receive love and good vibes from the artists and the great feeling that you are supporting live art by dedicated professional performers! + your name and a thank you on the ALDancers website: http://aldancers.org/

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    #1 + we will send you personal postcard from Poland signed by all dancers and choreographer + audio CD release of music by ALD Resident Composer, Jack Gabel, signed by Jack! http://www.jackgabel.com/

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    #1 & 2 + you will get a DVD from one of our performances in Poland.

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    1-4 rewards plus you will be invited for the last company rehearsal before we hit the road: Thursday May 15th at Polish Hall. Get the glimpse of what we will show in Zakopane, Krakow, Warsaw, Polanica, share the excitement of the dancers just a few days before we board the plane!

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    1-4 rewards plus 2 ALDancers will show up at your private party to entertain your guests, you can't believe how multitalented they are! They dance, sing, play instruments! If more than 25 miles from Portland, Oregon — you provide transportation for dancer and props.
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    1-4 rewards plus 1 private performance by Agnieszka Laska Dancers (from ALD repertory) at a location of your choice. If more than 25 miles from Portland, Oregon — you provide transportation for dancers and props. Offer good for 1 year.

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