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This fall, Fusionworks Dance Company will set RI ablaze with the bold work of an outstanding selection of contemporary dance makers.
This fall, Fusionworks Dance Company will set RI ablaze with the bold work of an outstanding selection of contemporary dance makers.
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Fusionworks Dance Company:

In 1987, people thought we were crazy. Only a small handful of the brave believed a passionate dancer could build a modern dance company that would stand the test of time. Through unwavering commitment to the power of movement, Fusionworks Dance Company has become an iconic symbol of art, culture and innovation. We believe in supporting the work of past traditions, current ideas, and giving back to the next generation of choreographers, dancers, and youth in our communities. We strive to go beyond the edge of the stage in all that we do. Our work is not only dance; it is life, it is community, it is different and it is good. 

Fusionworks Dance Company is a nonprofit organization (501c3) and has been presenting work of exceptional artistry and excellence for 28 years.  Also part of the Fusionworks trademark are our educational outreach programs, community involvement, and creative collaborations with choreographers, musicians, and other intermedia artists.

We are a group of passionate artists devoted to the continued growth of Fusionworks as a company and to furthering the arts in our communities.

 Northeast Choreographers Festival:

In 2016, Fusionworks will push the envelope again as host of the inaugural Northeast Choreographers Festival, which will highlight the original works of some of the country's most innovative dance makers.

A handful of modern dance choreographers chosen from over 50 applicants nationwide will set their work on Fusionworks dancers during several week-long residencies this summer. This work will then be presented in the 2016 Northeast Choreographers Festival in Rhode Island during the Fusionworks Fall season.

The Northeast Choreographers Festival is Fusionworks’ largest endeavor to date; we are confident that with your support, it will be a success.


Our Motivation and Goals

In creating and hosting the first Northeast Choreographers Festival, we hope to...

  • expand our reach to choreographers throughout the country and give them a chance to showcase their work
  • reach a wider audience and promote the arts in our communities
  •  broaden our company's versatility and reputation
  • provide Fusionworks dancers with the experience and challenge of working with a wide variety of cutting-edge contemporary dance makers
  • reach out in collaboration with other artists and connect with what is happening right now in modern dance beyond Rhode Island 

We hope you will consider supporting Fusionworks Dance Company as we embark on this ambitious and exciting journey!  All funds raised through this Kickstarter campaign will go to the following:

  • Stipend for each choreographer
  • Theater rental
  • Stage management, lighting, and other technical costs
  • Costume materials and construction
  • Administrative, marketing, media, and promotional costs
  • Housing and food for the selected choreographers during their residencies
  • Transportation for choreographers: To & from bus/train stations & airports, as well as travel to & from the rehearsal studio each day
  •  Dancers’ pay

We are grateful for donations of any size! Thank you!
All donations are considered tax deductible less the value of any rewards.

video credit: Emily Kennard

Our Artists:

Deb Meunier serves as Artistic Director and primary choreographer for Fusionworks Dance Company. See her full bio here:
www.fusionworksdance.org/artistic-director-deb-meunier 

Stephanie Stanford Shaw serves as Assistant to the Director for the company as well as Director and primary choreographer for Fusionworks II. See her full bio here:
www.fusionworksdance.org/assistant-director-stephanie-stanford-shaw 



The Dancers

Fusionworks Dance Company currently consists of 8 dancers. To read their bios, visit http://www.fusionworksdance.org/dancers.html.

A few words from our board of directors:

"At Fusionworks, we are expanding our horizons to recognize and celebrate up-and-coming choreographers across the country. As the premier modern dance company in Rhode Island, we are dedicated to bringing you diverse and innovative performances that challenge our dancers and excite our audiences. This is our most ambitious program in our 28 year history and we are very excited to share it with you. We thank you in advance for your support!"
- Brian Corte, Fusionworks Board President

"One of the reasons I am MOST passionate about Fusionworks is the company's commitment to nurturing the next generation of dance artists. NECF will be an incredible opportunity to showcase up-and-coming choreographers, to bring innovative work to the stage, and to get communities, not just in Rhode Island but across the nation, excited about modern dance. And to be a part of the inaugural festival? I can't think of anything more awesome for this lifelong dance lover."
-Erica Busillo Adams, Fusionworks Board Vice President 

Risks and challenges

A choreographer could withdraw from the project due to unforeseen circumstances, in which case we would offer the opportunity to our selected runner-up choreographer.

A choreographer's application could potentially be incongruent with his/her work during the residency week. We would express any concern if required, but also be prepared to accept some unexpected twists and turns in the work, viewing it as an opportunity to become more versatile.

Travel arrangements could fall through. We will be planning all of the details very carefully, but also include backup dates (shifting by a day, etc) in case of emergency/unforeseen circumstances.

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    - Personalized 1-minute thank-you video from the company.
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    - Fusionworks Dance Company tee-shirt
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    - 2 tickets to NECF 2016
    - Fusionworks Dance Company tee-shirt
    - Personal thank you card in the mail
    - Full-color NECF 2016 poster
    - Your name &/or company logo in the NECF 2016 program
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    - a Kent Stetson Handbag of your choice to be picked out in store or online at www.kentstetson.com
    - Invitation to attend an open company rehearsal &/or take or observe a company class
    - 4 tickets to NECF 2016
    - Fusionworks Dance Company tee-shirt
    - Personal thank you card in the mail
    - Full-color NECF 2016 poster
    - Your name &/or company logo in the NECF 2016 program
    - Recognition on Fusionworks website & social media shout-out

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