"A Lighthouse symbolizes strength, safety, guidance and salvation- a light in the darkness. It is a symbol of humanity...."
-David S. Robinson, undersea archeologist, Sept. 25, 2008. Written on a plaque near Beavertail Lighthouse in Jamestown, RI.
Light House began as a simple idea: the image of a light in the darkness. In a time in my life when I was feeling overwhelmed by darkness, creating Light House was a way for me to look for sources of internal and external illumination. In the studio, Phoebe Rose Sandford, Erin Cairns Cella, Zoe Rabinowitz and I started moving through space like beams of light, with fluorescent lights on the floor marking our path. As we went deeper into simple traveling foot patterns, we began to unlock a whole world.
Phoebe, Zoe, Erin, composer Galen Bremer and I have been working intensely since that time in October 2012, to create a rich and textured world of sound, light, movement and evolution. Light House has developed into a 45 min. work in which the dancers manipulate the lights over the course of the piece, creating a continuously evolving environment inspired by the natural choreographies of light and water. The way that the dancers interact with each other and the world around them develops throughout the piece.
In Light House we explore the light inside of ourselves, the ways we are all connected and the effect that we have on the world around us in everything we do. We have been imagining oceans inside of our bodies, embodying qualities of light and water in our movement and crawling like creatures.
We have been able to show Light House in progress at Dance New Amsterdam in February 2013 and at The Great Friends Dance Festival in July 2013. These performances have given great insight into the work, helping us to go back into the studio and strengthen our ideas.
We are so excited to be presenting Light House at the Invisible Dog May 28-31.
This former factory in Brooklyn is full of vibrant energy and brings with it incredible character and a history of hosting innovative work. The open format of the space will give us the freedom to create the particular world that Light House inhabits.
Light House is a big step in my development as a choreographer. I have never dove so deeply into something I am creating, or worked so intensely and consistently with one group of people over a long period of time. My collaboration with composer Galen Bremer is the most successful interdisciplinary collaboration I have experienced. Dancers Phoebe Rose Sandford, Erin Cairns Cella, and Zoe Rabinowitz give every ounce of the themselves in rehearsal. Everyone in this project is deeply committed and demonstrates ownership over the work. Light House has truly taken on a life of its own. Now all that is left is to perform it. But before we can do that, we need to raise the money.
Help bring Light House to performance! This project began with commissioning and production support from Dance New Amsterdam. Since then we have raised additional funds through individual donations and a fundraising party in January 2014. Thank you so much to those who have donated so far! Despite these efforts and generous donations, we still need $5,500 to cover our production costs and make this project happen.
Your donation will help us pay for:
Dancer fees, Composer fee, Light Designer fee, and materials for our custom designed floor.
The Invisible Dog does not have its own dance floor, lighting instruments or Lighting Designer. We have to build a custom floor so the dancers can slide, roll and jump, and we have to bring in our own lighting instruments and Lighting Designer. These things cost a good deal of money. The dancers and composer need to be paid for their time and the incredible amount of energy they have invested in this project.
We hope you will support Light House. We are ready to show it to the world!
Video Credits: Music by Galen Bremer, Photo of David Pappaceno's work at English Kills Gallery by Whitney Kimball, Video of vessel ventricle pearl at Danspace Project by Dancing Camera, photo of Scenes on the Verge by Clay Patrick McBride and of Light House (excerpt) at Dance New Amsterdam by Stephanie Crousillat.
Risks and challenges
As a choreographer working in New York, I have faced my share of challenges. I have learned that every problem has a solution. In terms of this project, all of the main parts are in place: a venue, performers, composer/musician, costume designer, set designer, lighting designer, graphic designer. If problems do arise from here on out, I am confident in our strong team of collaborators who have been working together intensely for a year and half. We have already faced some challenges and have persevered. I have confidence that we can move through anything that comes our way. Light House has taken on a life of its own and it is moving!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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