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Polly Pocket is an epic dance drama taking inspiration from ballet, psychoanalysis, queer theory, and Marxism.
Polly Pocket is an epic dance drama taking inspiration from ballet, psychoanalysis, queer theory, and Marxism.
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Polly Pocket is a new dance work premiering at the American Realness Festival at the Abrons Arts Center in New York January 15-19, 2014.

  • Thursday, January 16, 8:30 PM 
  • Friday, January 17, 8:30 PM 
  • Saturday, January 18, 5:30 PM 
  • Sunday, January 19, 7:00 PM 

Polly Pocket is a work by Jillian Peña created and performed by Alexandra Albrecht, Andrew Champlin, and Kyli Kleven. Costume collaboration with Reid Bartelme, music collaboration with Chris Forsyth, and lighting design by Joe Levasseur.  Taking inspiration from ballet, psychoanalysis, queer theory, and Marxism, Polly Pocket is an epic dance drama in which viewers glimpse a trio in their own private world. Casting the audience as outsiders, the dancers negotiate their relationships to themselves and each other, navigating desire, kinship, conflict, and compromise.

Where will the funds go?  American Realness is a festival that I am so proud and excited to be part of. It was deemed “a stronghold of forward-thinking, category-defying performance” by The New York Times. This festival is a big draw for presenters internationally.  Polly Pocket was started through a residency at Brooklyn Arts Exchange, BAX.  However, as we continue to work on it, American Realness does not offer commissions to the artists. This means that we are working 100% out of pocket. We need funds to cover the costs of rehearsal space, costumes, set construction, and to pay fair wages to the performers and the lighting, costume, and sound designers. We're working hard on our end, but we need your pledge to help make Polly Pocket a success!  

Kickstarter is a unique platform for funding creative endeavors. In exchange for your support, we offer a variety of rewards--and our endless gratitude and love! Because funding is all-or-nothing, it is imperative that we raise our full goal of $12,000 to move forward with this project, otherwise nobody will be charged and the campaign will not be a success.  100% of the money earned here will go towards building the piece.  This means that if we don't reach our goal, we will have to cut materials used or the fair wages for those involved.

We are excited to offer an array of rewards, all of which are specifically designed for Polly Pocket by the cast. That means this may be your only chance to collect them!

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Making dance is hard! The lack of funding is the last step in an already challenging process. But the rewards definitely surpass the challenges. 100%. I love making work, and although I hate asking for money, it's worth it to be able to do what I do. Thank you so so much for your support!

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    You are amazing. For your $25 donation, you'll receive a special Polly Pocket postcard with a note from the cast. Your name will also be listed on our Facebook page as well as our website and program.

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    We are so into you. Your $50 donation will get you a mix CD of the songs that we danced to and the songs that have inspired us along with way. You will also get a Polly Pocket postcard with a note from the cast, and your name will be listed on our Facebook page, our website, and the program.

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    What the heck?! With your donation of $50 or more, will make you the proud owner/caretaker of a vintage My Little Pony signed by the cast. These ponies are collectors items, and from the collection of Andrew Champlin. You'll also receive a special mix CD of the songs that we danced to and songs that inspired us along the way, a special Polly Pocket postcard with a note from the cast, and your name will be listed on our Facebook page as well as our webpage and program.

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    Let's go somewhere together. Your donation of $75 will make you the proud owner/caretaker of a vintage My Little Pony signed by the cast. These ponies are collectors items, and from the collection of Andrew Champlin. You'll also receive a special mix CD of the songs that we danced to and songs that inspired us along the way, a special Polly Pocket postcard with a note from the cast, and your name will be listed on our Facebook page as well as our webpage and program.

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    This could be love. Your donation of $100 will get you an amazing screen printed Polly Pocket t-shirt. It will be soft and pretty. You'll also get a My Little Pony, a mix CD of the songs that we danced to and songs that inspired us along the way, a special Polly Pocket postcard with a note from the cast, and your name will be listed on our Facebook page as well as our webpage and program.

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    Last minute blowout!!! Your donation of $100 gets you a custom pair of SWANTS!!! what?! these are amazing pants made from a sweater that are all the rage this season (and next). You'll also receive a special mix CD of the songs that we danced to and songs that inspired us along the way, a special Polly Pocket postcard with a note from the cast, and your name will be listed on our Facebook page as well as our webpage and program.

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    You are one of us. Your donation of $150 will earn you a 15-second dance made just for you! This will be posted on YouTube for your eyes only. You'll also receive a a hand-picked My Little Pony, a mix CD of the songs that we danced to and songs that inspired us along the way, a special Polly Pocket postcard with a note from the cast, and your name will be listed on our Facebook page as well as our webpage and program.

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    We want to grow old with you. Your donation of $200 will score you a pair of the latest craze: Swants!!! Made by Kyli Kleven, these pants made from sweaters are all the rage right now and are the only thing you'll want to wear this winter. You'll also receive a special mix CD of the songs that we danced to and songs that inspired us along the way, a special Polly Pocket postcard with a note from the cast, and your name will be listed on our Facebook page as well as our webpage and program.

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    You'll be with us always. For your $250 pledge, the amazing culinary master Alexandra Albrecht will prepare you a dinner for 2. This vegetarian meal will be hand delivered to your New York home by March 1. You'll also receive a special mix CD of the songs that we danced to and songs that inspired us along the way, a special Polly Pocket postcard with a note from the cast, and your name will be listed on our Facebook page as well as our webpage and program.

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    Always + Forever. Your $500 donation will provide you with 2 tickets to Polly Pocket (opening night or closing night). Your seats will be reserved with chocolates and will be the best in the house. After the show, you will be invited to a toast celebrating you and Polly Pocket. You'll also receive a special mix CD of the songs that we danced to and songs that inspired us along the way, a special Polly Pocket postcard with a note from the cast, and your name will be listed on our Facebook page as well as our webpage and program.

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    To infinity ∞. Your donation of $1000 will buy our love forever, as well as an invitation for you and a guest to a private VIP dinner party celebrating with the cast and crew. It will be delicious and fun. You will also have 2 tickets to the show with the best seats possible, a stylish/comfortable pair of swants, a Polly Pocket, a mix CD, and a postcard. Your name will also be listed on our webpage, our program, and our hearts.

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