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!
Risks and challenges
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!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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