Hold onto your hats!
Last year, I launched my first ever successful Kickstarter campaign to raise funds towards a 16mm b&w film collaboration with Australian film artist, Shona Masarin. Joined by your incredible support, we were able to create Ghost line – the film, now in its finishing stages. This year, I’m back to take this project to the next level! I’m thrilled to announce the premiere of Ghost lines live, a performance evening celebrating Vaudeville and its connection to Dada/Surrealism, experimenting with absurdity, non-sequitor timing, visual rhyming, and comedic rhythms.
Over the last 2 1/2 years, Ghost lines has grown, expanded, and evolved as it has moved from stage to stage and to film and back. We have performed live iterations at Movement Research, The Yard in Martha's Vineyard, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Roulette, 92 St Y, and other incredible venues. On December 12-14th 2013, Danspace Project in the East Village is bringing me back for my second full-length evening commission. I’m looking forward to sharing this project with you, and inviting you to join us in making Ghost lines a reality!
Ghost lines manifests in two segments: first, the aforementioned 12 minute, 16mm b&w experimental film, created in collaboration with Shona Masarin and second, the premiere of six live interlocking ghost and shadow solos. For the premiere of the live performance, I will be joined by costume designer, Andrew Jordan; sound designer, Jake Meginsky; and award winning performers: Michelle Dorrance, Elizabeth Keen, Mina Nishimura, Eva Schmidt, and myself.
As you can imagine, making this evening all come together is quite ambitious. Last time, I was blown over by your support of Ghost line – the film. This time, I’m asking you to help me bring the film and live performance to Danspace for a fantastic evening of Dada magic.
Danspace Project has commissioned this performance but, while generous, the commission only covers a third of the production costs. The project is being funded additionally through my own savings. I need to raise $6000 [to close the gap and get us to production week] out of my total budget of over $16,000. A pledge of any size will make a difference, and go towards production expenses including dancer fees, collaborator fees, rehearsal space and more. Please join us in creating this evening of illusion, shadowplay, and magic! We’re counting on YOU! Any pledge, large or small will be significant as we develop this work. Your support is very meaningful as we attempt to conjure a new visual form. Many thanks, in advance, for your consideration and support.
PS - Don’t forget to save the date! December 12-14th at Danspace Project!
Some words of support:
“I know that I'm not alone when I say that Cori Olinghouse is a delightful and substantial dance artist -- hard to categorize or describe, and whose work is unlike any one else's.”
- Bill Irwin, actor, playwright, director, choreographer, clown -- the remarkable Bill Irwin defies categorization.
“This is terrific work by a great young talent, an investigation of the sublime correspondence between the forces of pathos and bathos, a crossover in time and discipline that looks like nothing else currently in play in contemporary dance. [Cori’s work/Ghost lines is] full of imagination and pathos, but also a trompe-l’oeil investigation of 2-D and 3-D physical shape which contains echoes ranging from deadpan comedian-filmmaker Buster Keaton to Oskar Schlemmer, the Bauhaus’ master choreographer of unusual visual ballets.”
-David White, Artistic and Executive Director of The Yard in Martha’s Vineyard
Catch Ghost lines in the press:
- Cat Gilbert, “Interview with Cori Olinghouse"
- Michael McGregor, “A Visit With Ghost line"
- Cassie Marketos, “Featured Creator: Experimental dance film Ghost line"
A note about my collaborators and prizes:
In addition to my fantastic cast, I am honored to be joined by long-time visual arts collaborators: Andrew Jordan, Shona Masarin, and Lauren Simkin Berke in sharing artwork created during the making of Ghost lines!
Costume collaborator, Andrew Jordan and I have worked together since 2009. His work incorporates various media including sculpture, performance, fashion, costume design, and photography.
Shona Masarin's work involves the physical, alchemic, and sculptural manipulation of found images and materials to create abstract animations in the form of Super 8mm or 16mm films, film performances, and installations.
Illustrator Lauren Simkin Berke has worked with me since 2009, creating poster designs for my choreography. Lauren's work is grounded in vernacular photography and Americana. With Ghost lines, Lauren will give drawings classes to my movement collaborators as we attempt to physicalize the automatic drawings and collage techniques of the surrealists.
Prizes - sneak preview!
Hi-res digital download of production still created during the making of Ghost line - the film, by Alison Nguyen!
ONE-OF-A-KIND Ghost lines sticker, created by Lauren Simkin Berke!
Signed production still created during the making of Ghost line - the film, by Andrew Jordan!
ONE-OF-A-KIND handy Ghost lines tote, created by Lauren Simkin Berke!
ONE-OF-A-KIND signed, framed photograph by Andrew Jordan, shot during the making of Ghost line - the film! Chose from either of these two images.
ONE-OF-A-KIND signed, framed Ghost lines costume sketch, created by Andrew Jordan!
Risks and challenges
For me, it is an interesting time to recall art forms being created before and around the time of the Great Depression. Vaudevillians could pick up anywhere and entertain. It was the low-tech theater culture that sank around the beginnings of early silent cinema. And silent cinema was the low-tech form before talkies and so on and so forth. Now we are confronted by the contradiction of these times - burgeoning technologies and all around us limited resources. While sustainable funding for the arts continues to dwindle, the importance for art and it's cultural need continues to thrive. What will be our new depression era solution?
With this campaign, if we don't meet our funding goals, the show will still go on but we will have to cut back our work with costume collaborator - Andrew Jordan, award-winning movement collaborators, set design, production management assistance, rehearsal space, and more.
In uncovering a collective historical unconscious, I am looking forward to exploring the depth of what we can visually conjure, and what you can help us conjure. Help us in bringing these images out from under the dust!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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