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A multi-sensory performance molding the space at JACK into a murky surrealist dreamscape.
A multi-sensory performance molding the space at JACK into a murky surrealist dreamscape.
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Hello out there! Welcome to my Kickstarter. I have been making work in New York for 12 years and I am delighted to share this strange piece with you. I have been building "hot dark matter" in my mind for many months and the time for you to witness it is almost here. Curated by JACK, there will be 6 performances, March 9th - 13th. I have been slowly gathering funds and now need your help to fully realize this wild show!

hot dark matter is a full-length performance piece that creates a multi-sensory experience for the audience. It is a dreamlike atmosphere where dancers and other “beings” appear and disappear, while the audience’s sense of smell and touch are also activated. 

Why I need your help...

100% of the funds received here will go directly toward paying the 9! artists performing with me, the lighting designer, and sculptor. This project would not exist without all of these important people and their incredible devotion. As a token of thanks, I am excited to offer you some fantastic rewards on many levels! (photos below!)

The show is coming up fast...

hot dark matter will premiere at JACK, in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. March 9th through 13th

6 shows - Wed.-Sat. at 8pm, + 10pm Fri., & 3pm matinee on Sun.

Choreography by Stacy Grossfield in collaboration with Tuva Hildebrand, Rebecca Warner, plus 7 surprise performers! Costumes by Stacy Grossfield, Sculptures by Jeremy Lydic, Lighting by Joe Levasseur, and Video design and Kickstarter video by Gil Sperling.

A little bit about the background and process...

Scientifically, hot dark matter is a form of dark matter which consists of particles that travel with ultrarelativistic velocities (go near the speed of light). I became interested in the hot dark matter theory after reading and trying to imagine what it could look like in a theatrical sense. Energetically, I decided to go the opposite route and explore what I believed it could look and feel like if slowed down.

Contemplating how dance would fit with this subject matter, I began working with performer Tuva Hildebrand on the idea of moving thinking only of simple shapes that a clump of clay would shift into.

Tuva in rehearsal.
Tuva in rehearsal.

Simultaneously, I was imaging what other beings would exist in this world. Like hot dark matter particles that undergo only very weak interactions with ordinary matter, Tuva and the other performers or “matter” in this piece exist in their own realms.

“In a room full of secrets it’s the creatures that matter most.”- Gia Kourlas, NY Times- review of Sugar doesn't live here 

Rewards

Panoramic photo collage by Stacy Grossfield ($30 reward)
Panoramic photo collage by Stacy Grossfield ($30 reward)
An example of Maria Baranova's exquisite photography ($100 reward). Photo of "fur & tulle", work-in-progress showing at Danspace Project's Food for Thought, November 2014.
An example of Maria Baranova's exquisite photography ($100 reward). Photo of "fur & tulle", work-in-progress showing at Danspace Project's Food for Thought, November 2014.
Me trying on the prototype sculpture that the trio of women will wear. Prototypes by sculptor Jeremy Lydic - $500 reward level.
Me trying on the prototype sculpture that the trio of women will wear. Prototypes by sculptor Jeremy Lydic - $500 reward level.

Risks and challenges

By far my biggest challenge when making work is gravity. I complain about it all the time to my collaborators because it really fights against my visions for my work!
Creating a dance for a large scale cast with many prop/set/costume designs is always a big undertaking...and this, my fourth large-scale work is no different. When the project needs the expertise of multiple design collaborators to be involved in order to better execute the ideas, it is financially challenging, however it always proves to be the right decision so that the dance can be fully actualized...and someone else can share the burden of gravity with me!
Through all the challenges of casting cameo performers, building a 3-sided projection screen, and learning about activating the audiences olfactory systems I am approaching this complex project one step at a time. Attention to detail and perfectionism are heightened at every decision intersection. I will not settle for anything less than the fullest realization of the visions in this work, and I need your help to do this thing right!

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    Oh my! It feels so great to have your support. Look out for your SHOUT OUT on the FACEBOOK! THANK YOU!

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    Yes! THANK YOU for contributing. Your NAME will go down in history, on paper, in the SHOW PROGRAM for all the world to see! And look out for your SHOUT OUT on the FACEBOOK. Lots of love for you.

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    Awesome! I will make you a 4x12 print panoramic-sized PHOTO COLLAGE, similar to the 3-image one you see here. I had no experience with photoshop before making that and I look forward to experimenting more, for YOU! You will also get the ABOVE PERKS. THANK YOU.

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    So great! You get a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF THE VIDEO THAT PLAYS IN THE PERFORMANCE designed by the talented, Gil Sperling. Trust me this video will be a nice thing to watch over and over and over. You will also get ALL OF THE ABOVE PERKS. Whoa, look at you, special!

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    You are wonderful. You'll get an 8x10 PHOTO FROM THE SHOW. Maria Baranova is a pro when it comes to capturing gorgeous moments in performance. Now you'll get one of her photos as your very own! PLUS you'll receive ALL OF THE ABOVE. Whoa, yes, thank YOU!

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    Whoa, YOUR HEAD floating in space! Just like those funny videos you create on a ride at Disney, you will get a VIDEO of your head with your voice talking about whatever you want! Ramble on, you're in space! Plus you get ALL OF THE ABOVE REWARDS including the Maria Baranova PHOTO FROM THE SHOW. YOU are hot stuff.

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    YOU'VE VERY OWN NEW OFFICE DANCE - I make solo office dances for myself and you can see them on my vimeo channel. Now, I will make an office dance that's just for you! Give me a song, 3-5 min. to customise your office dance and I will send you the DIGITAL DOWNLOAD. PLUS you get all of the above. You are hot stuff, you!

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    A PROTOTYPE SCULPTURE! As an offering of deep gratitude, you get a prototype sculpture created by the prop master extraordinaire, Jeremy Lydic. Made from a light-weight material, and similar to the sculptures worn by three of the performers, these will be freshly painted and ready for you to wear! THANK YOU SO MUCH. You also get ALL OF THE ABOVE!

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    You're a true a star! A rock star. You will have the specialist of treatment - 2 RESERVED SEATS at the performance, POST SHOW BEVERAGES at an establishment near JACK, a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF THE PERFORMANCE and ALL OF THE ABOVE. I will be forever grateful to you for your amazing contribution to this work. THANK YOU!

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