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Pilar Yvonne is selected as a resident artist at AADK España, to create a solo, and develop new work to be produced upon her return.
Pilar Yvonne is selected as a resident artist at AADK España, to create a solo, and develop new work to be produced upon her return.
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Hasiera: Pilar Yvonne to AADK España, Resident Artist

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Why are you on Kickstarter right now?

Because you’re a shimmering gem of a human! And…. because you’re either a friend, or family, or a lovely stranger from the internet, who has heard that Pilar (that’s me) has been selected to attend the AADK Residency in Murcia, Spain, for the month of June. 

 Yes! June is quickly approaching! Which is why I am reaching out to all of you. But before I ask for your assistance, let me tell you more about the residency.

What is a Dance Residency?

A dance residency is typically a designated space and period of time, where artists apply and are invited to develop new work, alone or with other artists. AADK is a program that not only brings in dancers, but musicians, writers, researchers, scientists, and more. People apply from around the world, and I am incredibly honored to be selected as the only American artist for the June session.

What will I be doing for a full month?

I will be creating and performing a solo work titled Hasiera. In the Basque language (Euskal) it translates to begin; to start, but is used as the word for home. My mother’s family originated from the Basque Lands of Spain, which is inspiring me to create a work that focuses on family histories, origins of home, displacement, and beginnings. I am also interested in playing with ideas of matriarchy, and how a woman’s body relates and navigates structures of a household.

I will be creating the sound for my work as well. I plan to bring recordings from my home in Philadelphia, and take recordings of experiences in Spain, to blend and mold a soundscore that connects two places of existence for me.

Dance is a form of story telling; expressions of ideas, and for me it is how I understand concepts that feel too big to articulate in just words. To have 30 whole days with no distractions, will allow me space, time, and energy to create something that has depth; roots that will bolster me to create future, larger work.

Why is this residency important for me to pursue?

An international residency is an opportunity for me to perform and create with artists from around the world. Participating in an international residency is like getting invited to a film festival. People who had no idea who you were, see your work and hear your name. A residency is a credential. It is a notable achievement that can help an artist get more performances and eventually more funding.

Why do I need your help?

Residencies cost money, not only to attend, but also the expenses that accrue while not working for a month. AADK is funds 60% of the residency, which leaves me with the remaining residency price, airfare, and living expenses. I am paying for the airfare on my own and am asking you wonderful humans to assist me in the rest.

Residency price = $795

Housing  =  1 month at $122, 3 nights at $50, Total $272

Living costs =  33 days, at $30 a day, Total of $990

Transportation = Train from Madrid to Murcia at $29, Train from Murcia to Barcelona at $70, Total of $99.

Total Goal = $2,200

Any contribution you give, will allow me to fully engage with this residency. And I am thankful for the fact that you're even looking at my page, which is like a vulnerable journal entry about my dreams.  So, THANK YOU!

I have collaborated with a few other artists on some of the rewards, so check out their work below and support more than one artist through this Kickstarter! 

Check out Nour Qutyan's amazing handiwork HERE and on ETSY!

Check out Victoria Poeschl's gorgeous pottery HERE!

Check out Will Francella's bad ass art HERE!

Risks and challenges

The challenge that comes with this project is getting me to Spain, which you are already helping with by being here and sharing this within your circle.

The future challenge will be to maintain momentum after Spain, and pursue performance and choreographic opportunities upon my return to Philadelphia.

I would like to view this Kickstarter as a way for my community to hold me accountable in maintaining that momentum.

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    Ya just want to help because you're amazing.

    I will be forever grateful for your kindness, and you will be thanked publicly on social media posts, for all the world to see. Unless you don't want that, in which case I'll just thank you privately.

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    Generous groover

    You will receive an individualized, groovy thank you, on an Instagram story.
    And good fortune will follow you till the end of your days.

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    Thank You Pie Party

    I am going to throw a thank you party at Menagerie Coffee, with homemade pies, and a screening of Hasiera!
    It's gonna be a fun time. Limited spots!

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    Hand Picked Thank You

    I will pick a beautiful stone from the Meditterraenean Sea, with your beautiful face in mind.
    You will receive a thank you card, a picture from Spain, and your little thank you stone.

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    Artisan Reward: Wire Wrapped Pendant

    This partnership is with Nour Qutyan, a jewelry artist, designer and teacher based out of Philadelphia.
    I will handpick your stone from the Meditterranean, and upon return, Nour will do her magic and make you a stunning wire wrapped pendant.
    The pendant will ship late July, and will be accompanied with a picture from Spain and thank you card.

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    Artisan Reward: Porcelain Pottery

    This partnership is with Tori Poeschl, a ceramic artist based in Kansas City working with high fire porcelain and formulating her own glazes.
    Tori has chosen to make serving bowls in relation to Hasiera.
    Welcoming people into a home often goes hand in hand with eating and serving food, and a bowl handcrafted by this artist will be the perfect vessel for your meals.

    The bowl will ship late July, and be accompanied with a picture from Spain and a thank you card.

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    Artisan Reward: Limited Run Print

    This partnership is with Will Francella, an illustrator/designer based in Philadelphia.
    Will is creating an 11x17, silk screen print, inspired by the concepts of Hasiera. His work is colorful, nuanced, and other worldly in it's imagination and execution.

    Your print will ship mid July with a picture form Spain, and a thank you card.

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    Music Journal

    During the course of my residency I will send you updates and files of the music process, for the sound score of Hasiera.

    This will be an inside look into how I go about piecing together the musical side of the work.
    You will receive a final cut of the sound score, as well as a thank you card with a picture from Spain, and a stone picked for you from the Mediterranean sea.

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    Dance Journal

    During the course of my residency, I will send you video updates of the process into the creation of Hasiera.

    This will be an inside look into how I initiate, develop, and execute the piece. You will receive videos in process, access to the final work, as well as a thank you card with a picture from Spain, and a stone picked for you from the Mediterranean sea.

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    Artisan Reward Package

    Look at you! Supporting four artists in total, with your generosity!

    You will receive:
    Wire wrapped pendant, by Nour Qutyan.

    Porcelain, hand thrown serving bowl, by Victoria Poeschl.

    A limited run, 11x17 print, by Will Francella.

    My undying gratitude and a thank you card.

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    Official ANGEL BABY status

    You are a dream come true. You are an angel baby sent to kickstarter from who knows where, and I cannot thank you enough.

    You will be an official backer of this project, and will be credited and thanked in all performances of Hasiera.

    You will receive:

    Dance and music updates during the course of the residency.

    A thank you card with a picture from Spain.

    A handpicked stone from the Mediterranean Sea.

    An invitation to the Pie Party at Menagerie Coffee.

    A homemade pie, all to yourself.

    A limited run, 11x17, print by Will Francella.

    My eternal gratitude.

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Funding period

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