About this project
A New Experience in Virtual Reality
We are kickstarting a new circus and dance show designed specifically to be watched in virtual reality. In the coming months, we will be traveling all over the United States and Australia to shoot some of the world's most amazing circus and dance acts in breathtaking outdoor locations. The 360 video experience will be comprised of five short scenes featuring different artists. You, the viewer, will be placed in the center of the action, watching the events with total control of where to look. You'll see performers move above, in front of, behind, and next to you.
For example, Ottavio and Naomi Gesmundo will be shooting crossbow arrows from 20 feet away over the viewer and through an apple on top of the camera-- it's an exhilarating experience that is only possible under the safe confines of virtual reality. The experience also features performances by critically acclaimed choreographers, Keone and Mari Madrid. They have started work on a new dance piece that can only be experienced in 360 degrees. A new Australian acrobatic troupe, Gravity and Other Myths will perform dazzling flips, twists, and stunts all around the viewer; and comedian Spencer Novich will re-imagine his award-winning sound effects act with this new technology. We'll be announcing more of the cast over the duration of this campaign. The collection of scenes will take the viewer on a fun, compelling journey around the world without ever having to leave the comfort of home.
Recent advances in virtual reality headsets and 360 video cameras have opened up entirely new ways to record and watch live performances. By using a regular smartphone or VR headset, you can immerse yourself into the environment and action like never before. Currently, the majority of 360 video experiences featuring dance and circus are recordings of preexisting shows, like our video from the opening scene of our current live production, SLUMBER. By using and modifying techniques we learned on that project, we can create an experience designed for viewing in virtual reality from the start, and with the knowledge and ability to execute it.
Why we need your support!
We need your help to make this project a reality. The virtual reality industry is in its infancy and there's very little arts funding available in the US for these types of small projects. We have everything lined up and ready to go, we just need the funds. By donating money and sharing this project you will help to create a one of kind experience, and more importantly allow people of all ages, from all over the world to enjoy circus and dance with out having to buy an expensive ticket or travel long distances from their homes-- all they need is an internet connection.
With your help and support we'll be able to create this unique circus and dance virtual reality experience for the world to enjoy- plus, we have some really fun incentives for our backers.
Josh Aviner and Lyndsay Magid founded Hideaway Circus, a Brooklyn based circus and theatrical production company founded in 2015, after meeting at Columbia University. Josh and Lyndsay produced and directed SLUMBER, a slasher circus and dance show which premiered in New York City in the fall of 2016, and is now headed down under to the Adelaide Fringe Festival from February 16 to March 19, 2017. Time Out New York described the production as "contemporary, sexy, and a little bit dangerous." They also host the HIDEAWAY Podcast, a weekly talk show where they discuss the week's circus and theatre news and chat with artists and entrepreneurs in the industry.
Recently Josh and Lyndsay have been experimenting with virtual reality headsets, 360 camera equipment, and live circus performance. You can watch a 360 video experiment recorded live on Halloween during a performance of SLUMBER below.
Keone and Mari Madrid are choreographers, dancers, and regular collaborators of Hideaway Circus. They have starred in Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself”, and videos including with Mark Ronson, Flying Lotus & Kendrick Lamar, a New York Times Square Billboard, So You Think You Can Dance, the Ellen Show, SKY a 3D musical, Dancing with the Stars and have been nominated for best choreography at the MTV Video Music Awards and the UK Video Music Awards, viral videos, multiple champions at major dance competitions, global dance instructors and more. Their choreography in SLUMBER was described by Time Out New York as "a kinetic blend of hip-hop and modern dance."
Ottavio and Naomi Gesmundo are professional crossbow shooters and stunt artists with extensive performing credits that include The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, The Britney Spears Circus Tour, Spider-Man Live! At Radio City Music Hall & National Tour, Le Plus Grand Cabaret du Monde, Paris Television Show and the First International Company of Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida Musical in The Netherlands.
Gravity and Other Myths is a multi-award winning and well respected Australian acrobatics ensemble. The company creates engaging works of acrobatic art for touring, festivals and corporate clients. Formed in 2009 in Adelaide, South Australia, the ensemble creates and directs their own work with emphasis on an honest approach to performance, moving away from traditional circus and theatre models, towards a fusion of acrobatic physical theatre.
Spencer Novich is an actor and clown. Spencer has performed in Cirque du Soleil’s KA as well as their internationally released film, Cirque du Soleil’s World’s Away. He competed in the 33rd Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain, where he was awarded the Medaille de Bronze, Moulin Rouge Prix and Cirque Eloize prix for his own creation. Other performing credits include “Vegas Nocturne” inside Rose. Rabbit. Lie. at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, "Fear & Delight" - an immersive dinner theater spectacle presented at the Brisbane Festival and the Garden of Undearthly Delights and most recently "Blanc de Blanc" at the Sydney Opera House.
All of the funds raised from the completion of the Kickstarter campaign will go towards artist fees; physical production elements including camera equipment, costumes and props; flights and accommodation; insurance to ensure performer's saftey; legal and accounting expenses; plus a 7% contigency and 8% for Kickstarter fees.
Risks and challenges
There are always risks and challenges that come with producing new circus and video projects. Common examples can include casting changes and poor weather delaying shooting. We'll do everything in our power to make sure that this project is delivered on schedule and on budget. We hope that you will place your trust in us to deliver you an unforgettable new experience.
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Josh Aviner & Lyndsay Magid
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