About this project
I believe the world is a richer, better, more inspiring place when those of us who are art lovers, give ourselves passionately to it.
Ian was that person. Help me bring his story to life.
My name is Margaret Mullin. I’m a soloist at the Pacific Northwest Ballet and I am passionate about all things ballet.
It was this passion that drove me to uncover the story of Ian Horvath, a soloist for the Joffrey Ballet, Founder of the Cleveland Ballet, AIDS sufferer and advocate, and profoundly moving choreographer.
No Dominion: The Ian Horvath Story will feature two of Horvath's choreographic works, Laura's Women (created for Cleveland Ballet) and No Dominion (created for the Jose Limón Dance Company).The two works will be danced by current top dancers from: Pacific Northwest Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, Boston Ballet, VERB Ballets, and Ballet Tucson, honoring Ian's passion for bringing a love of dance to the United States as a whole. Both pieces will be rehearsed and performed in Seattle, WA. Audiences will be able to view behind-the-scenes rehearsal footage, as well as the end result of that process, the beautiful and dramatic onstage performances. I feel honored to be dancing in the film as well.
Nel Shelby Productions is one of the top dance film companies in the US and will be my partner in this film. Nel Shelby is best known for her work as Resident Videographer for The Vail International Dance Festival, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, her work on the Wendy Whelan Restless Creature Project and her last documentary PS Dance (airing in several states on PBS).
We are raising funds to film the dance portions of what will become a 90 minute documentary film. Your donation will pay for theater rental, rehearsal space, production costs, and bringing dancers from other cities to dance together in Seattle. I cannot achieve this vital piece of my film without your help. Please consider making a donation to help me tell the remarkable story of Ian Horvath.
Thank you for your support!
Risks and challenges
Tackling such an ambitious project comes with its fair share of challenges and obstacles. I am the creator of this film and I already work full time in a demanding art form. Every day I juggle a dancer's rehearsal and training schedule with a director and producer's. Sending emails on five minute breaks, and using my mornings, evenings, and weekends to plan for our upcoming filming. This is something I'm constantly working to manage to make sure I can meet deadlines and perform at my highest level.
I have been dedicated to making this film collaborative to honor Ian Horvath's passion for dance in the United States. Balancing the schedule of a film crew, nine dancers from four different companies, two stagers for our two pieces, and theater availability has been no small feat. This is why fundraising to film in January is so essential to the success of my film. It is the only two week period in a year that all members of our cast and crew will be free.
The biggest challenge I face is in filming Horvath's work with one cast of dancers. Every member of the cast has been selected with great care to ensure the best performance of Ian's choreography. However, dancers frequently face injuries which presents a risk. I am fortunate to have a large network of support from my fellow dancers in several companies. If an injury should arise for anyone in my cast, I am confident that I could call on my talented friends to fill the void with enthusiasm and dedication.
Although I face many challenges working with a small cast and crew, especially from injuries and illnesses, I know we will overcome any hurdles to create something wonderful. Everyone involved in this film is committed to facing potential problems and working as a team to overcome them. Though this has been exhausting work on top of my rigorous dance schedule, I have worked through every tough moment for the last two years to realize my dream. I will not quit until I make a successful, collaborative film that honors Ian Horvath in the beautiful way he deserves.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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