I’m seeking patrons to support a new work by Deborah Hay that I will learn, adapt, and perform as part of the Solo Performance Commissioning Project in Findhorn, Scotland this fall. The funds I'm raising pay Hay a commissioning fee and to partially cover the cost of getting myself to Scotland to be in residence with her for 11 days.
After 2012, Hay will take a sabbatical form the SPCP program, making it especially critical for me to take advantage of the opportunity to work with her
All Kickstarter pledgees will be considered patrons of the work and thanked in all program materials.
Can I raise more than $2,600? Heck yeah. The total cost of me undertaking this project (airfare, room and board, three months of rehearsal space and finally producing a performance) is $10,000. I plan to take a very minimal and resourceful approach and am seeking other sources of funding, residencies and trades as well. Each extra dollar raised means an extra minute in the studio.
MORE ABOUT SPCP
Deborah Hay's Solo Performance Commissioning Project is a program that was developed in the Pacific Northwest and originally conducted on Whidbey Island from 1998-2002. The program currently takes place abroad and attracts participants from all over the world. It includes an application and fundraising period, an 11-day residency with Hay in Findhorn, Scotland, a three-month gestation period in the dancer’s home city and finally culminates in public performances and programs.
Over the course of 11 days, I will be one of a handful of participants in residence with Hay as she creates a solo for each of us to adapt and eventually perform.
After leaving Scotland, participants commit to performing the solo for themselves (rehearsing it) for three months before the work can be viewed by an audience. During this time, participants are making their own adaptation of the original choreography.
To embark on the journey of Deborah Hay’s SPCP is to make a new level of commitment to the practice of dancemaking and performing--one that I’m eager to make. After performing and touring for the last decade and more recently embarking on my own choreographic journey, I’m looking to dive deeper, to find a new current to follow in the evolution of my artistry.
Many people whom I look up to in my own community and beyond have participated in this program and have deeply moved me with their performances of solos that Hay created for them as well as with how they have taken the tools they learned from Hay and applied it to their own work.
As stated above, after 2012, Deborah Hay will take a sabbatical from the Solo Performance Commissioning Project, making it especially important that I do whatever it takes to get myself to Scotland.
The commissioning fee is £1100 or approximately $1700 and plane tickets to get there are about the same price. My Kickstarter goal covers the commissioning fee and half of the cost of getting there.
Part of participating in the Solo Performance Commissioning Project is asking your community to support your attendance, to in effect commission Hay to make the solo for you, so I’m coming to my community now of friends, family, dancers, musicians, artists, educators, organizers and asking for you to support this important development in my lifetime commitment to dance.
Thank you for your consideration.
Video Notes: Thanks to John Niekrasz for the live drums. This is quick collage of the "a dance a day" practice I did while having studio space at the mOuth in Portland, where I tried to make something new every day for six weeks. Nothing extraordinary except the act of going in every day (and having the space to do it). Thanks to Allie for inspiration.
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