BOOMERANG brings together Milan-based performer and vocalist Massimiliano Balduzzi, New York City's most daring violin duo String Noise, avant-garde fashion label threeASFOUR, and the poetry of award-winning poet Jamaal May to produce a new evening-length performance entitled This is a Forge.
Embodying Jamaal May's poem, A Brief History of Hostility, this new work explores access points of human connection through tenderness and aggression, patience and daring. In step with the fire of May's words and Kora Radella's choreography, Massimiliano Balduzzi and Matty Davis generate literal and figurative heat within their own bodies and between themselves, challenging and supporting one another, alternatively melding and breaking apart.
With your help, This is a Forge will premiere at the 92nd Street Y's Harkness Dance Festival in New York City, "the definitive platform for groundbreaking dancers and choreographers," on March 17th at 8pm, and March 18th at 4pm and 8pm.
- Movement invention by Massimiliano Balduzzi, Matty Davis, Kora Radella, and Simon Thomas-Train
- Choreography by Kora Radella
- Performed by Massimilliano Balduzzi and Matty Davis
- Live music by String Noise (compositions by Luciano Berio, Caleb Burhans, Eric Lyon, and Karlheinz Stockhausen)
- Costumes by threeASFOUR
- Text by Jamaal May
- Lighting by Rebecca Wolf
BOOMERANG, for those of you who don't yet know us, is a daringly physical, poetically nuanced dance and performance project created in 2012 by co-artistic directors Matty Davis and Kora Radella with founding member Adrian Galvin. Our work has come to be known for its relentless, daring physicality, movement invention, and detailed sensitivity. It's athletic and poetic, brutal and tender, drawing from a panoply of disciplines and realms of human experience. www.boomerangdance.com
“It’s thrilling to watch BOOMERANG put themselves wholly on the edge of their lives. This, to me, is virtuosity: balancing ecstatically on the edge of life and death.” - Jesse Zaritt, choreographer/performer
WHY WE ARE REACHING OUT TO THE KICKSTARTER COMMUNITY :)
Now more than ever, we believe in the vitalness of honestly communicating and challenging ourselves through the body. We are inviting the community of people who have supported and been moved by BOOMERANG's work, along with patrons of the arts, and curios strangers, to collaborate with us on the production of this project.
- Compensating the artists: The artists in this show are working at the top of their fields. We need to honor their immaterial and material talents.
- To pay material costs for costumes by threeASFOUR: threeASFOUR supports our work, but they cannot foot the material and production costs necessary for costuming.
- Working with lighting designer Rebecca Woolf: Rebecca is a professor at Kenyon College who has worked on several of our past productions. We trust her eye to make the work shine.
- Flying Massimiliano from Milan to New York City: Making new work sometimes involves bold sacrifices and commitments. We have already paid for part of Massimiliano's travel and per diem costs, but cannot afford all of it.
- Offsetting rehearsal and residency costs: We have been working on this piece for nearly a year. Dedicating the resources over a year's time for the acquisition of space in which to concertedly develop work becomes very challenging economically. We would like to thank the following spaces for helping support the development of This is a Forge: Mark Morris Dance Center, Judson Church, Yaddo, Skidmore College, Kenyon College, and SILO.
MEET THE ARTISTS:
MATTY DAVIS is a co-artistic director, performer, and filmmaker within BOOMERANG, and has been involved in the creation and performance of every one of BOOMERANG’s works. A performance-based visual artist as well, he was a recipient of a 2016 Visual Arts Fellowship from the Edward F. Albee Foundation. He loves rollerblading, being outside, and poetry. www.mattywdavis.com
KORA RADELLA is a choreographer and co-artistic director within BOOMERANG, noted for her use of “awkward grace,” and her research on being on the edge of control, pushing both physical and psychological balances. Radella was a recipient of a Yaddo artist-in-residency in 2016. She also works with composer/saxophonist Ross Feller through their company Double-Edge Dance, whose work has been performed in cities including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Basel, Berlin, Brussels, Cleveland, and New York. Radella is a dance professor at Kenyon College.
MASSIMILIANO BALDUZZI was born in a small village of the Dolomites and works internationally as a performer, director, and teacher. For the past twenty years, frequently under the mentorship of Stefano Vercelli and Anne Zenour, he has dedicated himself to the practice of physical and vocal training for performers. www.massimilianobalduzzi.com
STRING NOISE is a classical, avant-punk violin duo comprised of violinists Conrad Harris and Pauline Kim. Since its inception in 2011 at Ostrava New Music Days, they have expanded the two violin repertoire in over 50 new works to include larger collaborations with electronics, projections, and dance. Their first feature album "The Book of Strange Positions" was released on NORTHERN SPY RECORDS in November 2015. www.stringnoiseduo.com
JAMAAL MAY is the author of Hum (Alice James Books, 2013) and The Big Book of Exit Strategies (Alice James Books, 2016). His first collection received a Lannan Foundation Grant, American Library Association’s Notable Book Award, and was named a finalist for the Tufts Discovery Award and an NAACP Image Award. Jamaal May’s poetry explores the tension between opposites to render a sonically rich argument for the interconnectivity of people, worlds, and ideas. He co-directs OW! Arts with Tarfia Faizullah. www.jamaalmay.com
threeASFOUR is a trio of transnational artists based in New York City who use fashion as their primary artistic medium. Founded in 2005 by the designers Gabriel Asfour, Angela Donhauser, and Adi Gil, the collective has built a legacy of fusing cutting-edge technology with traditional craftsmanship to create clothing at the intersection of fashion, sculpture, and mysticism. Recipients of the Cooper-Hewitt/Smithmonian Museum's 2015 National Design Award, threeASFOUR has collaborated with numerous artists and musicians, including Björk, Yoko Ono, and Matthew Barney. www.threeasfour.com
REBECCA WOLF works professionally as a freelance lighting and scenic designer. A number of her designs have earned entry into national and international exhibitions. Wolf was the lighting designer for BOOMERANG's "Repercussion," which premiered at Dixon Place and has subsequently been performed in Berlin, Chicago, and Paris. Recently, her designs for The Arabian Nights and Around the World in Eighty Days were chosen for the Ohio Valley Ezekiel Award Exhibition. Wolf has been on the faculty of Kenyon College's Department of Dance, Drama, and Film since 2009.
- A Special Invitation + Partnering Demo
- Custom BOOMERANG T-Shirt +
- Custom Dance Film +
- Signed Book by Jamaal May +
- Vocal Workshop with Massimiliano Balduzzi +
- Limited Edition Framed Photograph +
- Personal Training with Matty +
- Violin Lesson with Pauline Kim +
- String Noise's Strings +
- Matty's Pants +
- String Noise in Concert +
- A Private BOOMERANG Performance +
Any funds that exceed our goal will be put toward having threeASFOUR design and make costumes for String Noise.
Risks and challenges
As part of the commitment for this premiere at the 2017 Harkness Dance Festival, Choreographer/Co-Director Kora Radella, alongside Artist/Co-Director Matty Davis, face studios costs, travel costs, costume costs, and most importantly compensation for the artists involved. "This is a Forge" will come to the stage, but we want to bring it to the stage with the ability to keep pushing the work forward. We've made many personal sacrifices to keep sharing BOOMERANG's work that has touched people through live performance, photography, film, and educational programing. We completely appreciate your help to bring this work to life.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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