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.
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
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!
- (22 days)