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BodyStories’ newest work, HOME, is ready for its world premiere June 16-18th at Gibney Dance. We need your support to get there!
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Join NYC-based contemporary dance company BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance as we tackle our biggest challenge to date with our production of HOME


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!

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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) 

WHY DONATE? 

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

Videography: $1000

Lighting design: $1500

Performer stipends and original music commissions: $11000

Our 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!

Let’s talk STRETCH GOALS!

If we don’t reach our goal of $3411, we will not receive any funding from this Kickstarter campaign! BodyStories has modestly fundraised in the past, but our productions have grown in value over the years. We want to make sure we raise the minimum amount of money required, but we’re aiming to raise $7500 or more to cover all our production costs. We need to go above and beyond to find HOME, and you can get us there!

$3411-- Basic needs covered! We will release special video footage from our HOME filming session, available only to Kickstarter donors

$5000--Almost there! A short independent dance film, created with your support, accessible to donors of all levels.

$7500-- Fully funded! Livestream Q&A with Teresa Fellion and the BodyStories company

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Photo credit: Jaqlin Medlock
Photo credit: Jaqlin Medlock

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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 

Photo credit: Stephen Ronaghan
Photo credit: Stephen Ronaghan

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!  

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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 teresa@bodystoriesfellion.org. Let's find HOME together!

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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 geena@bodystoriesfellion.org 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 ;)  .....

Find us on social media! Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, Vimeo

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.

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    Springtime hugs and a Facebook shout out!

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    A playlist collected by the BodyStories company, sharing the sounds of our home(s)
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    A poem on "home," written for you by our Artistic Director and published poet, Teresa
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    One newly designed BodyStories T-shirt
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    A community artwork piece of one of our dancers' homes, created and autographed by the whole company
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    A private company class with the dancers or an invitation to observe rehearsal
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    A video recording of the HOME premiere at Gibney Dance Center
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    A specially designed BodyStories Tote Bag
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    VIP seating at the HOME premiere (special upgrade with your purchase of a general seating ticket)
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    A VIP program credit at the HOME premiere

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    An independent short dance film, created via your named support in the credits
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    Name the signature cocktail at the HOME after party
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    one ticket to our HOME premiere
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    A private pilates lesson led by Rehearsal Director Charly Wenzel or a private dance class with your friends or the company in the style of your choosing, led by Artistic Director Teresa Fellion
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    a collectible dance costume item from a previous BodyStories performance
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    Collage map of places where BodyStories has found home through teaching and performances
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    post-rehearsal lunch with the dancers
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    A private screening of HOME for you and your friends
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    A private dance performance in your HOME (Driving distance from New York City, although flying us to your home isn't out of the question ;) )
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