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
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.
Tune in to my Office Dances Channel to get a feel for them! (see $100 reward) https://vimeo.com/channels/547859
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 Man. http://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/
Risks and challenges
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!
- (19 days)