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A dance of devotion, loss, penance and destruction.
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Hi Friends!!!

I am so excited to introduce my first evening length dance, I'm building a shrine. It will premiere at The Chocolate Factory Theater in New York City, May 29th - June 1, 2013. Hooray! I am working with an incredible group of artists, and we have some very ambitious ideas!

100% of the funds raised through this Kickstarter campaign will go directly to performers Alexandra Albrecht, Stacy Grossfield, and Miriam Wolf, sound designer Tei Blow and lighting designer Joe Levasseur, all artists whose work I have admired for years. Every contribution makes an impact and we have some really fun rewards. 

I'm building a shrine is dedicated to someone who will never see it. It is a dance of devotion, loss, penance, and destruction. It is a molting snake... glittery shrine built to be burned to the ground.

Movement is a transcript of my inner world. Performance is a portal to anywhere I want or need to go. Choreography is a lens that can turn the whole world red or black or green, that can make the horizon vanish in seconds and the air start to feel tight around you. I am interested in creating raw, visceral, atmospheric dances. I like to make choices as a visual artist might and design is a huge factor in every stage of my process. I rely on imagination and intuition to inform my work alongside form and craft and seek to make art that is felt.

Please consider making a contribution and be a part of this very special project. Much love and many thanks for your generosity and support!

Natalie (Alex, Stacy, Miriam, Tei and Joe)

"Ms. Green created instant theatrical magic" Roslyn Sulcas, The New York Times

"...a beautiful bedlam of fantasy, distraction, and dreams" David St.-Lascaux, The Brooklyn Rail

Risks and challenges

There are many challenges that dancers and dance-makers face in New York City and the United States at large. We are all constantly applying for grant funding and residency programs, working extra hours at our restaurant jobs and yoga jobs, etc. to make ends meet and get our work out into the world. We are an educated, hard working group of creative minds and trained bodies and we dedicate our whole selves and most of our life to our artistic work. Dance is important to our culture and private funding is more essential than ever. This is where you join the movement to help elevate dance in America, in New York City, in my life...very directly by supporting specific artists and projects like "shrine". A production at this level costs a minimum of $12,000 (rehearsal space alone will amount to almost $4000). I've secured over half of the needed funds through my commission from the theater and my own savings. I am applying for additional grants as well. This kickstarter is specifically designed to close the gap and while all funds raised through this campaign will go towards supporting the collaborators, if we do not make our goal other parts of the production will be compromised. Set elements and costume designs will have to be paired down and the scope of our vision will narrow. Enable me to line the floor with gold fabric, cover that dancer in flowers, and roll in the fog. Be a real part of the magic in this world.

Biography:
Natalie Green, originally from Austin TX, graduated from the SUNY Purchase Dance Conservatory in 2003. She has since had the pleasure of working with and performing for RoseAnne Spradlin, Tere O'Connor, Anna Sperber, Levi Gonzalez, Juliette Mapp, Daniel Linehan, and Miriam Wolf. Green’s own work has been presented at Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project’s “Food for Thought”, Movement Research at the Judson Church “About Town”, BAX, Catch, and the Merce Cunningham Studios. She was a 2006 Brooklyn Arts Exchange Space Grant recipient, participated in 24x4x4 at Movement Research’s 2008 Spring Festival, held a 2009-2010 Studio Series residency at Dance Theater Workshop and was 2011 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant Recipient. Green's first evening length dance will premiere at the Chocolate Factory Theater in May 2013.

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    MIX TAPE BY TEI
    Receive a digital download of sound designer Tei Blow's playlist magnifique. Be excited peeps! He's an interesting fellow.

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    TEI TAPE PLUS CUSTOM DISHTOWEL
    Get your tunes and a special silk-screened "shrine" dishtowel. Oooo, your kitchen just got artsy!

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    TAPE and TOWEL plus your NAME LISTED IN PROGRAM as a donor!

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    TAPE and TOWEL and PROGRAM SHOUT OUT plus a PHOTO of the dance and a copy of the program mailed alongside your dishtowel. Well, isn't that a nice package to receive via snail mail.

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    ALL ABOVE AWARDS plus a DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF THE DANCE. Great for curious out-of-towners!

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    ALL ABOVE AWARDS plus I will choreograph, film, and send you a MUSIC VIDEO to any song of your choosing (any song under five minutes that is). Go to town! This one's gonna be fun!

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    The take the cake award! ALL ABOVE AWARDS plus submit a DANCE MOVE that will be included in the performance of Carrier Pigeon. Plus receive TWO TICKETS to the show with reserved VIP SEATING. Heck, if you live in New York, I'll bake you a CAKE too!

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