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In a small room, an ever-shifting world of moving female sculptures blend together and splash apart creating palpable tension.

Hi everybody, welcome to my first ever Kickstarter! If you've talked to me in the past year, chances are I've told you about this piece I've been working on Red, Pink, Black. Well it's happening! In just about a month, we start a three week run at Strange Loop Gallery in Chinatown. The project is funded, in part, by a Manhattan Community Arts Fund grant but we need YOUR HELP too. This is one BIG little dance, chock-full of wild costumes and wild plans like having the dance differ every night!

Red, Pink, Black is an ever-shifting world of moving female sculptures. It is inspired by the emotionality of Mark Rothko’s multiform paintings and the power and vulnerability of the female form. The work was largely created as solos, concentrated individuals each with her own agenda. In a small room these individuals, or colors bleed together and splash apart creating a palpable tension.

Why I need your help...

100% of the money you contribute will go directly to paying the performers, the costume creators, the headpiece sculptor, and the rehearsal space costs. This project would not exist without these incredible artists and their supreme devotion. I am very thrilled to offer you some fantastic rewards on many contribution levels! (See lots of photos below!)

The show is coming up fast...

Red, Pink, Black will premiere at Strange Loop Gallery on Sept. 25 - Oct. 11, 2013

3 weeks - 18 Performances - Wednesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays at 8pm and 9pm. Seating is extremely limited and reservations are required at http://redpinkblack.brownpapertickets.com/. $5 - $10 donations at the door.            Strange Loop Gallery - 27 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002

Choreography and Performance by Stacy Grossfield in collaboration with dancers Nicole Daunic and Rebecca Warner "Other performers" - Judy Iocovozzi and Laura S. Romero Costumes designed by Stacy Grossfield constructed by Baille Younkman Headpiece designed by Stacy Grossfield with Alan Calpe Music designed by Stacy Grossfield with Anders Griffen Masks by Max Dana 

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

Costume sketch by Baille Younkman. Photo by Maria Baranova.
Costume sketch by Baille Younkman. Photo by Maria Baranova.

I create dance works that are conceived by my subconscious. I form moving images and layer them in space to design disparate beings, beings that happen to inhabit the same place at the same time. I build worlds that feel familiar in a dream-like fashion, making audiences forget themselves, diving into an imaginary realm.

Rewards

Two of 6 costume sketches by Baille Younkman.
Two of 6 costume sketches by Baille Younkman.
An example of Maria Baranova's exquisite photography ($80 reward). Photo taken at a work-in-progress showing of "Red, Pink, Black" excerpt at Movement Research at the Judson Church, April 2013.
An example of Maria Baranova's exquisite photography ($80 reward). Photo taken at a work-in-progress showing of "Red, Pink, Black" excerpt at Movement Research at the Judson Church, April 2013.

Tune in to my Office Dances Channel to get a feel for them! (see $100 reward) https://vimeo.com/channels/547859

Here I am in the process of the mold making for my mask! (see $500 reward)
Here I am in the process of the mold making for my mask! (see $500 reward)

Max Dana is a Brooklyn-based performer and mask maker. Initially trained as a playwright at Yale University, Max later studied physical theater at the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris and mask design with Donato Sartori at the Center for Masks and Gestural Structures in Italy. Recent credits include Immediate Medium’s The Assassins Chase Pinocchio and The Future at the End of the World, Gold No Trade's The Pinks, and mask creation for Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More and The Drowned Manhttp://www.mister-face.com/

Maria Baranova is Russian-Finnish photographer, based in New York. She specializes in theater and fashion photography. For the past 3 years she has collaborated with several theater companies in the US and Europe, exclusively covering the rehearsal process of Double Edge Theater (MA) and their latest play, The Grand Parade. Her second largest project was photographing the rehearsal process of the play In Paris by Russian director Dmitry Krymov, featuring Mikhail Baryshnikov. http://www.mariabaranova.com/

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Creating a dance for an unconventional space is always a great challenge for everyone involved. Luckily, I've been tested in this style of "alternative space presentations". In the dead heat of the summer of 2011, I presented my first evening length work, "Sugar doesn't live here" in a small artists' studio in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Through all the challenges and curve balls, such as dancers putting up with paint fumes in 95 degree weather, we made it through and the show had a successful sold run for all 7 performances!
I have already begun the process of prepping the performers for this project by giving them an idea of what to expect and how the experience of performing this work will be like no other project they've ever been a part of.
Of course there are always unforeseen potholes, but that's all part of the fun of putting on a live show. I look forward to the challenges of presenting my multi-layered work and I can't wait to share it with you!

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    THANK YOU SHOUT OUT - I and everyone involved in this project are indelibly grateful to you and I will shout out the gratitude on Facebook and all updates here on Kickstarter, with love!

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    COSTUME SKETCH PRINT - Thank you! You'll get a SHOUT OUT and a beautiful 8 1/2 x 11 artist approved limited edition copy of an original costume sketch drawn by the talented Baille Younkman!

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    NAME IN THE PROGRAM - You'll go down in history with your name in print on the program for "Red, Pink, Black"! Plus a SHOUT OUT and a COSTUME SKETCH PRINT. Thank you for your support of the work!

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF "BEDROOM/BATHROOM" DANCES - These 3 short videos were used as some of the source material for "Red, Pink, Black" - rare and never made public! PLUS you get all of the above. Thank you! Thank you!

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    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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    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 customize 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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    OFFICE DANCE WITH ME AND MY DOG/DANCE PARTNER, LUCY - Just like above, but this time you'll get to see Lucy's moves to your song as well. She's a Chihuahua/Jack Russel mix, she's got moves. + DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF "RED, PINK, BLACK" - This guarantees you'll not only see a version of the performance, but it also guarantees you'll see things you didn't see live because the dance will be different each night! PLUS you'll get everything above. So exciting, all this stuff!

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    A "GOLDEN" MASK - Wow, you've got the golden ticket! You will receive an exact copy of the gold mask I will wear in "Red, Pink, Black"! It is a special handmade mask by Max Dana and created by a mold he made of my face. Oooo, fancy. PLUS - You'll receive all prizes from above. Now you'll really know what it's like to "get inside my head". Yippie, 500 thank yous to YOU!

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