SHIFT DANCE | FESTIVAL 2016
Albuquerque’s own SHIFT | DANCE is proud to present our first national contemporary dance festival, SHIFT DANCE | FESTIVAL 2016. As SHIFT | DANCE continues to drive the exploration and presentation of current contemporary dance in Albuquerque, our inaugural festival will feature two national artists, Allie Hankins (PDX) and Jacqueline Stewart (CHI/NYC) as well as a newly commissioned work by local artist, Donna Jewell, performed by SHIFT co-directors Jacqueline M. García, lisa nevada and Kelsey Paschich. To round out the festival, SHIFT co-directors will premiere three new works on opening night of the festival.
The inaugural SHIFT DANCE | FESTIVAL 2016 is the next step in SHIFT’s evolution as budding dance presenters and producers. After one year of existence and strong support from the local dance community, SHIFT has taken the bold leap to create a 3-day contemporary dance festival. Each night will feature a different show by one of our guest artists.
This festival is being created and launched in direct response to the contemporary dance programming gap that is present in Albuquerque, NM. Our city is proudly recognized as a national and international leader in flamenco performance, education, and presentation. In the field of dance, we also have strong representation for professional and pre-professional ballet companies. However, it is increasingly difficult to encounter professional level, cutting-edge, contemporary dance on a regular basis in Albuquerque. We were lucky to have had an international contemporary dance festival as part of our regular annual programming for a little over a decade. However, this festival is no longer in existence.
With the launch of SHIFT DANCE | FESTIVAL 2016 we aim to make a significant contribution to our diverse dance community with a regularly occurring, annual, contemporary dance festival with a range of innovative and pioneering national dance artists.
FESTIVAL LINE UP
SHIFT DANCE | FESTIVAL 2016
SEPTEMBER 29, 30 & OCTOBER 1 @ 8PM
VSA/N4TH ART CENTER, ALBUQUERQUE, NM
Our 2016 invited guests each present a unique choreographic voice, point of view, and movement style to share with our local audiences.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2016 – SHIFT | DANCE + DONNA JEWELL (Albuquerque)
The opening night of the festival will proudly highlight the work of local artists. The co-directors of SHIFT will each premiere a new choreographic work, which was created specifically for this festival.
Loneliness & the Empty Chair - Jacqueline García; Transform/Grow - lisa nevada; Facet - Kelsey Paschich
SHIFT | DANCE is also thrilled to commission a new work by local choreographer and educator, Donna Jewell. She has created a trio for the SHIFT co-directors titled 7 times more, which will premiere on the opening night of the festival. 7 times more is an exploration of using, bending, and spending time. Donna Jewell is the Head of Dance and Associate Professor of Dance in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of New Mexico. Ms. Jewell has been choreographing, performing and teaching in Europe and the United States for the last 25 years. She is the Artistic Director of Jewell & Company Dance Theatre and co-founder of Ecotone Physical Theatre.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2016 - ALLIE HANKINS (Portland)
Portland based artist, Allie Hankins, will present Now Then: A Prologue. Part lecture, part choreographic exposition, Now Then: A Prologue is a solo performance that affirms the anticlimactic futility of lust, from its first intoxicating charge to its subsequent, stumbling pursuit. While slyly humorous, Hankins unabashedly exploits and strips her body of its poetic nature as it is offered up for consumption, judgment, and of course: desire. Created with an all-female identified production team, Now Then... weaves seduction, stand-up comedy motifs, and forced voyeurism in an attempt to exhibit the extraordinary and cumbersome illogic of love and sex.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2016 - JACQUELINE STEWART/JAXON MOVEMENT ARTS (Chicago/New York)
Chicago/NYC based Choreographer, Jacqueline Stewart, will present Millennial Mixtape performed by Stewart’s company Jaxon Movement Arts. Millennial Mixtape is a culmination of dance excerpts old and new, strung together in a "mixtape" fashion that is relevant to present political, social, visual, and musical influences through the movement lens of the choreographer. The work is an abstract commentary on universal themes of love, death, acceptance and resilience. The work responds to questions like, “What does it mean to be strong or a survivor?”, “How do we as artists use our skilled craft as a weapon of mass construction and cultivate inspiration?” We learn that through the trenches of hardship beauty arises.
In its first year, SHIFT | DANCE presented and produced 4 full evenings of contemporary dance, including works by national and international artists in a range of venues including N4th Art Center, Orpheum Arts Space, and MATRIX Fine Art gallery. These productions widely varied in scale. By producing work in more experimental venues, we were able to keep our expenses very low. Thus far, we have self-produced all of our projects and have not reached out into the community for direct funding support.
Creating a fully-produced and professional dance festival is a completely different type of endeavor for SHIFT. We are not a non-profit and do not have the internal business structure to apply for grants or solicit tax-deductible donations. This is why we need your support through your donation to this Kickstarter campaign! We hope that you feel that this festival belongs to and was created for YOU, our loyal dance community.
Our budget projections show that we cannot count on ticket sales alone to cover the expenses of our festival. Your generous donation will help us to close the gap and cover the following major expenses:
- Touring and Local Guest Artist Fees
- Dance Artist Fees
- Lighting Design & Technical Direction
- Stage Manager
- Airfare and travel expenses
- Promotion, printing, and marketing
- Video and photographic documentation
This project will cost approximately $7,500.
The majority of our expenses for our festival directly pay PEOPLE, which include working dance artists, designers, theater crew, videographers, and photographers.
A note about administrative expenses:
Administrative expenses are real and necessary to the success of any project, including projects in the arts! The co-directors of SHIFT have not been paid a salary or even stipends for either creative or administrative expenses for any of our projects to date. We have fully donated our time to this festival for the past year because we deeply believe in the advancement of SHIFT and the creation of SHIFT DANCE | FESTIVAL 2016. However, to be sustainable we need to slowly shift this model. With your donations, the directors have budgeted a modest stipend for our choreographic contributions to the opening night of the festival, which will only be paid when we have covered the rest of our festival expenses.
WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT!
Risks and challenges
The last day of our Kickstarter campaign is one week AFTER the festival. This guarantees to our backers that the project has been successfully completed. However, there can always be unexpected obstacles or challenges that come up in the course of the project. This is live dance theater. Dancers can become sick or injured. It is also possible that we do not meet our projected box office goals. With this being said, we have a great plan in place! We are confident that we will meet the goals of our inaugural festival!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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