RudduR Dance has the distinct honor of being invited as American dance representatives to the 2016 Ouagadougou International Dance Festival (FIDO) in Burkina Faso, Africa. FIDO is the brainchild of world renowned dancer choreographer Irène Tassembédo. A nationally and internationally acclaimed figure in the dance world, she brings together multicultural dancers and musicians from around the world to disperse styles world-wide as artists return home. Thanks to Rapid Response, a project of American Dance Abroad, we were able to accept this amazing invitation. This campaign is to raise the remaining funds.
This is an incredible opportunity in our inaugural season. It will develop our international exposure and build our brand and reputation as a high caliber contemporary dance company that gives back to the community. It is our intention to offer free workshops in ballet, contemporary, and aerial silk to the local community.
RudduR Dance’s mission is to fuse ballet, contemporary, theatricality and oftentimes aerial artistry, with a seamlessly provocative score to create performances that hold a mirror to society. Artistic director and resident choreographer Christopher Rudd guides this mission. Rudd's objective is to investigate different themes of the human condition, with an emphasis on what unites us as a species. His goal is to leave his audiences pensive, reflective and entertained. Cultural ambassadorship is a vital tenet of RudduR Dance. It is our desire to promote awareness of and appreciation for American art and culture while furthering international understanding by fostering cultural exchange.
Since starting RudduR Dance, Mr. Rudd has completed a residency at STREB Lab for Action Mechanics. He was named one of 2015’s emerging artists and awarded The GO! Emerging Artists Commissioning Program grant. RudduR Dance also presented work at 2015 Norte Maar’s Dance at Socrates, The 2015 Dance Gallery Festival, and The BlakTinX series at BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance. RudduR Dance is honored to be the first recipient of The New World School of the Arts Alumni Foundation’s Inspiration Grant and was a finalist for a Knight Foundation Grant. Additionally, RudduR Dance had its first international presentation at the CoCo Dance Festival in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.
RudduR Dance is a fiscally sponsored organization through Miami Dance Futures. Donations of $25 and up are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. The value of your deduction will be reduced by any tangible benefits you receive. Miami Dance Futures, Inc. is dedicated to the support and growth of dance in Florida. "We encourage, promote, and assist young Florida artists by providing administrative, financial and technical support, commissioning new cross cultural artistic works, advocating and sponsoring educational conferences and developing new projects through cooperative ventures and innovative management. We provide opportunities for outstanding Florida artists to continue through this difficult financial and artistically troubled time to continue to make contributions to their communities."
Your donation will cover:
- Airfare to Burkina Faso $6,000 ($2,000 from Rapid Response);
- Production cost - rehearsal space, costumes, equipment, vaccines, and fees $2500;
- Salaries for the artists and collaborators - including live musician $4,000.
With your support RudduR Dance can add, "participants of FIDO 2016" to our list of achievements.
Our stretch goal of $17,700 allows us to bring the third signature piece that FIDO requested.
Risks and challenges
There are risks down every road but, knowing them helps navigate the safest journey.
1. It is a huge responsibility to represent a nation.
-RudduR Dance knows this and will conduct ourselves with the reverence, humility, and openness that is required to share culturally.
2. We are too young a company to represent American Dance.
-I humbly disagree. America is a young and diverse country. We are a young and diverse company. Four artists will travel: a Jamaican choreographer, a Brazilian aerialist, an American dancer, and an Israeli composer - all who call America home. We all came together to create works with the hope of finding the commonality of the human experience in our art.
3. We will be in harm's way abroad.
-We have been corresponding with the State Department and the American Embassy in Burkina Faso. We are aware of the risks and believe that if we do not go, then the terrorist wins.
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