Searching for “home,” be it a person, place, or concept, is universal. On a journey towards self-actualization, what makes one feel at home? Each individual deserves to feel at peace. Our latest work, HOME, explores this journey through encounters, communication, and understanding of oneself and others.
We are so excited to share this new work with you!
BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance captures and communicates universal human encounters through dynamic, purposeful movement. Teresa Fellion founded the company in late 2011, after working as an independent choreographer since 2004. BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance has shown work at Baryshnikov Arts Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jacob’s Pillow, University of Florida, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Bryant Park SummerStage, ENTPE University (Lyon, France), Dixon Place, Danspace Project, NYU, University of Maine, ICA Boston, and with Phish, among others. Please see the bio in our profile for more interesting info on BodyStories!
Every BodyStories performance incorporates creative collaborations, and this show will take collaboration to a new level! We’ll be presenting HOME alongside Bryn Cohn + Artists, creating an interdisciplinary full-length experience. The result will be more than the sum of its parts: two seamlessly interwoven full-length dance works that will bring our audience along on the disorienting and all-encompassing quest for home.
HOME will premiere June 16th-18th as part of the Performance Opportunity Project (POP) at Gibney Dance Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center. Now, we need your support to fund the final elements of dance production, such as rehearsal space rental, costume commissions, and performance stipends.
We’re eager to take you along on this journey!
WHO ARE WE?
We are working with an incredibly talented group of artists to make HOME come alive. This work would not be the same without the invaluable contributions from all of these people.
Teresa Fellion, Artistic Director; Orin Kurtz, Executive Director; Charly Wenzel, Rehearsal Director
Dance Artists: Iman Barnes, Zach Bergfelt, Mia DeWeese, Alex Jenkins, Audrey Rachelle
Music: Composed and performed by BodyStories Musical Director, John Yannelli, and Trilogy, featuring Dominic Boyle and Emily Cardwell
Designers: Lighting Design, Timothy Cryan; Costume Design, Nina Katan; Videography, Jacob Hiss (not pictured)
BodyStories is a small nonprofit dance company, and we rely on earned income through performance and educational programming, grants, and individual donors like you for subsistence. We want to create and share our art with you, and in all reality, there are financial hurdles along the way. Your support covers administrative costs, production fees, performer stipends, and more! Your donation will directly impact the dance world; by backing BodyStories, you are supporting independent artists and participating in the creation of original, artist-run work.
Rehearsal space rentals: $4000
Online marketing: $750
Costume commissions: $1000
Lighting design: $1500
Performer stipends and original music commissions: $11000Our budget is a lot bigger than our Kickstarter goal of $3411, but your support is much needed and appreciated to bridge our gap, allowing us to find HOME at Gibney Dance Center. For example, we have $4000 budgeted for space rentals, and your $25 donation will pay for one hour of rehearsal. A donation of $200 will commission one unique costume!
WHAT ARE THE REWARDS?
This is all well and good, you're saying, but what's in it for me? For the complete list, see the rewards bar on the right, but here are a few sneak peeks!
A collaborative drawing of a BodyStories company member's home, created and autographed by the company
A costume item from a previous performance
BodyStories custom T-shirt or tote bag with our newly designed logo, modeled here by Zach Bergfelt and Mia DeWeese
Remember: no matter what reward you choose, you’ll be getting a little piece of HOME to go with it!
Please take a look at our prizes and donate, share, and tell your friends about our campaign. We welcome any and all support! If you have questions, comments, or just want to say hi, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let's find HOME together!
We want to hear from YOU! As our campaign progresses, we’ll keep you updated on how HOME is coming together, and we want you to keep us updated on your own journey. Share your story with us.....
“I have found home in people, places, and chosen families in a one-stoplight, rural Massachusetts, Cameroon, New York City, and several points along the way. My longest journey, however, has been a quest towards self-actualization. I am continually searching for home within myself: asking questions, navigating boundaries, finding freedom, hoping to feel at peace. Realizing home, freedom, and peace is found by BodyStories dancers in this work, and deserved by all individuals.” -Teresa Fellion
What does HOME mean to you? Where/when/who is HOME for you?
Go ahead, message us a note. Make a little video describing your idea of HOME. Send us a picture of your beautiful face, your home, your doggie; you being your most you. How do you identify within a social context, within a larger community fabric that is home? What are your thoughts on chosen families? What was an obstacle to your joy that you have overcome? Tell us: how do you take your coffee? What's your Hogwarts house? Feel free to share in-depth or fun matter! This is all a part of who we are and our journey towards self-actualization.
Email us your stuff at email@example.com and we will incorporate you into our campaign updates, here and on social media. This home on earth is for all of us. We would love to know more about you, your community, saying hi to ours. Don’t be shy ;) .....
Risks and challenges
Through touring extensively and producing work annually in New York, we have faced unforeseen obstacles with every production. There is always something.....a last minute costume adjustment, an electrical malfunction, weather extremes, tending to a health concern so the BodyStories family can stay safe onstage. With each unexpected turn, we trust our instincts, problem solve, and grow wiser, knowing that the show must go on, and that we have the strength to guide it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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