I'm sorry not to have been in touch earlier about the Syncopation project. I have some good news and some disappointing news.
Good news first: I won a competition to exhibit Syncopation along with other collaborative swing-themed artworks in May 2014 in a show entitled Out of Step at Yinka Shonibare's Guest Projects Space in East London, to which all backers are naturally invited!
Now the disappointing news:
While I've continued to pursue funding opportunities to meet earlier estimates of the £20,000 minimum budget production costs for Syncopation, building the glass floor has resulted in a logistical/insurance nightmare and that estimate has risen even further. After repeated rejections for sufficiently large grants (Arts Council England ACE, Jerwood Foundation, Elephant Trust), I've taken advice that it's unlikely I'll be able to raise the kind of funds needed to complete the project as initially planned until I have more of a track record with UK funders. I am attaching my most recent ACE application, which met with very positive feedback on all funding criteria and yet still went unfunded (it was submitted the week in 2013 during which ACE's budget was slashed by 15%).
This is a disappointment, obviously, however I now intend to use a smaller, pre-existing glass floor (vastly reducing production/insurance costs) and continue to pursue the choreographic and film components of the project. Because of this change in the scope of the production - I would like to offer a full refund to any backer who is not happy with this change.
I still intend to collaborate on choreography with Ryan François using the budget remaining from this and other funding sources. While it will be unfeasible to build the glass floor ourselves, and achieve the full aesthetic results, we are currently talking to the owners of a pre-built glass floor with a different visual outcome. For those of you who wish to continue to honour your pledge, all rewards at different pledge levels will be transferable to this revised project.
To get a taste for what will be at the exhibition in May, I am attaching the rough cut to a surrealist dance intro New Souls, Old Soles, which I shot this December with the amazing Sarah Breck:
Thank you again for all of your contributions, for your continued enthusiasm, trust and generosity!
If you wish to get in touch about a refund, please do it quickly so I know how much of the budget I still have to work with. You can contact me via the Kickstarter website or at my e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org.