Thanks so much everybody for backing Oregon Bird Sketches, we reached our goal on March 31 and we have only 24 hours to go! We are proud to announce, that Oregon Bird Sketches is invited to the main stage of the Liberty Theatre as part of the Astoria Music Festival, last week of June. This feels great, and it is our third invitation to AMF. However, AMF is struggling as well, so we're working with them. Taking the show to Astoria requires extra funding. So, we've set a stretched goal: $6600 — anything that would bring us closer to this goal would help tremendously!
How this pencils out:
$700, rentals: projector and extra lights
$900, artists fees + travel and lodging
Anything over $5000 helps. Thanks for considering!!!
AGNIESZKA LASKA DANCERS (ALDancers) are a non-profit now in our 15th year. We are clebrating: over 200 performances in 3 countries on 2 continents with over 250 different dancers, 150 musicians, 12 actors, 14 children and 1 dog, on stage.
ALD are noted for emotionally intense dance theatre with live music - our signature. Collaboration is our stock in trade. We love the stage and the audiences we reach.
As described in the video Oregon Bird Sketches is a kind of artistic refuge for us, after a decade of tumultuous stage work. '...Sketches' began with ALD Resident Composer / Technical Director, Jack Gabel's solo piano composition, Sturnella neglecta (Western Meadowlark, Oregon State Bird), commissioned by Portland Piano International (PPI) in 2015 and premiered by Sara Daneshpour on PPI's Rising Stars Series (2016) — 'Sturnella neglecta' in review.
Upon first hearing the score, ALD Artistic Director, Agnieszka Laska, requested two accompanying sketches, to extend the suite to 15-min. This she proposed choreographing to the Oregon Arts Commission, earning her a 2017 Joan Shipley Award fellowship. Gabel has added two sketches: Oreortyx pictus (Mountain Quail) and Zenaida macroura (Mourning Dove). His treatment of their songs is inspired by Olivier Messiaen's 'Petites esquisses d'oiseaux' (Little sketches of birds - 1985).
This premiere features video by Takafumi Uehara, behind dancers and solo pianist on stage in essential interaction. In Oregon and elsewhere, a wave of "environmental" performing art is emerging and we love it. Our contribution, inspired by Oregon bird song, celebrates in fine performing art the natural beauty of Oregon's rich bird life - nothing really new, birds have sparked the imagination of musicians, probably longer than dancers have envisioned themselves taking flight.
That said, this show is far broader. Here's what to expect: premiers of new choreography to choral works performed by Resonance Ensemble, conducted by Brandon Brack: Henryk Górecki, Szeroka Woda (Broad Waters, 1979), Jack Gabel, Farewell to Wang Wei (2009) and his Remember Me (1993). Title work, Oregon Bird Sketches, premieres new choreography to solo piano music by Jack Gabel, performed by Stephen Lewis, with original (ALD-commissioned) video by Takafumi Uehara. Another premiere, to Witold Lutoslawski's set of 5 "Bucolics" (1952), features new choreography by ALDancers: Allie Fahsholz, Lauren Sprague. ALD'S 15th Anniversary calls for at least one ALD work from its inaugural season. Agnieszka chose 'Songs of Eva' (premiered 2003), to cabaret songs of Zygmunt Konieczny, written for legendary Polish singer, Ewa Demarczyk (mid 1960s). Long-time ALD collaborators, singer/pianist duo, Nancy Wood and Paul Safar, perform these songs.
Concept, choreography and lights: Agnieszka Laska
Bucolics choreography: Allie Fahsholz, Lauren Sprague
Music: Jack Gabel, Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki, Witold Lutoslawski, Zygmunt Konieczny
Video: Takafumi Uehara
Dancers: Allie Fahsholz, Sharon Lane, Lauren Sprague, Sophie Stensvad, Heidi Nelson, Merlin Benneth, Caitlin Hall
Musicians: Resonance Ensamble, Steve Lewis - piano, Paul Safar - piano, Nancy Wood - soprano.
ALDancers is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Risks and challenges
OREGON BIRD SKETCHES premiers April 14-15, 2018. We hold some assets allocated to production and we are blessed with one principal donor, Oregon arts angel, philanthropist, Ronni Lacroute. THANKS, Ronni!
Yet, we're short about $5k to cover all expenses: artists (dancers, musicians, video creator), hall & personnel, equipment rentals, and publicity.
Our premiums to donors are modest, but we know most donors to the arts do it for the love of the art. In OREGON BIRD SKETCHES there's a lot to love. Thanks for your support.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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