Over the next four weeks we need your help to raise $6,500 to premiere Economies of Effort: 1 & 2 in San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Los Angeles, and Estonia. It’s an amazing project which makes all sorts of new things possible for us as a dance company.
After I finished with the premiere of Your Body is Not a Shark in 2013 I started looking for another project that would be as broad in scope and as deeply engaging. So for the last year we’ve been developing Economies of Effort – a triptych of full-length dances around themes of “economy.” Now we need your support to take it on tour.
Economies of Effort:1
San Francisco (Feb. 5-7), Santa Cruz (Feb 20-22) and Los Angeles (March 9).
Created with and performed by Julia Daniel, Collette Kollewe, Claire Melbourne, Cynthia Strauss, Chelsea Zamora
Performed in the round, Economies of Effort: 1 features a set designed by visual artist Robbie Schoen, music by Bessie award winning composer Albert Mathias, and costumes by the amazing Rose Sellery. EoE: 1 is an intimate and experimental work that asks questions about personal autonomy and the value of time and effort. The set begins as a box – part Ikea, part Home Depot, part museum installation – out of which the dancers build their own world. For me, the piece is fundamentally about what it means to be a maker, and I am particularly interested in the frictions that exist between creating something with bodies (theoretically intangible) and building something that has a solid shape (with the illusion of permanence). In radical acts of self-sufficiency, self-containment, and sustainability, the dancers control all of the technical aspects of the production from the set to the sound and lighting.
Economies of Effort: 2
Created with and performed by Tiina Mölder, Helen Reitsnik, Siim Tõniste, Üüve-Lydia Toompere, Kenneth Flak, Külli Roosna, Krista Köster, Carmel Köster
Created during a residency at Sõltumatu Tantsu Lava (Independent Dance Theater) in Tallinn, Estonia, the second installment in the triptych will feature four pairs of dancers – one couple, a mother and daughter, and two sets of close friends. Over the course of one month, I will work with each pair to create personal vocabularies tied to the subtle, often private, intricacies of their relationships. Each pair will map out a blueprint of a real or imagined space they share, on the floor of the theater. Then we will intercut the movement generated by the duets, swapping out who does what, overlaying the maps, and creating a more complicated polity that reflects on the complexity of relationships and the social economy of community. “Economy,” in this work, informs the process of making the dance as much as it does the content.
Engaging Our Communities
In Estonia we are partnering with OMA TUBA/LadyFest, a feminist NGO that takes its name from Virginia Woolf’s “A Room of One’s Own.” We will collaborate with OMA TUBA on three movement workshops, a weekly reading/discussion group, and a lecture on Performance & Gender. In California we will offer Economies of Effort workshops for the Museum of Art & History’s Subjects to Change Teens, for groups of students from UCSC’s American Indian Resource Center, Women's Center and Chicano Latino Resource Center, and for the local dance community.
What You Can Do to Help
- $5000 of our $6500 goal will support the California tour of Economies of Effort: 1
- $1500 of our fundraising goal goes to the Estonian premiere of Economies of Effort: 2
- 75% of our costs are covered through ticket sales and grants from the Zellerbach Family Foundation, the Arts Council Santa Cruz County, the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, the US Embassy/Estonia, and our residencies at STL and Motion Pacific
- The remaining 25% will come from individuals like you.
Your generous donation will cover a portion of the production budgets of Economies of Effort 1 & 2, which include:
- Artist Stipends: Dancers, Composers, Set Designer, Costumer Designer
- Theater Rentals in the US
- Set Building Materials and and low tech Lighting Equipment
- Video and photo documentation
- Publicity/Marketing, Postcards, Posters, Printing, Distribution
Whatever you can donate will make a difference. We appreciate your support and your commitment to creating art for communities and community for artists.
Cid Pearlman/Performance Projects
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Risks and challenges
One of our goals with this project is discover new ways to connect with audiences and we are doing a series of workshops to engage with youth. We plan to tour this work, which is always a challenge. However, while "EoE: 1" can be performed in a traditional theater setting, it will work just as well in a museum, park, cafeteria, or industrial space. This gives us an unusual amount of independence and mirrors the artistic goals of the project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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