Liminality is a ground breaking new immersive dance project from the team behind Pal o' Me Heart, The Beautiful & The Sublime.
The project is a collaborative exploration of contemporary dance between Wales and India, developed as part of 2017's UK / INDIA Year of Culture. It will create the fourth fulldome dance film produced by the award winning Dance Dome platform.
This innovative dance film will wrap its audiences in contemporary choreography, transporting them into the centre of its action.
Production began in Wales in late July with the final 360º capture occurring in India this December. The resulting fulldome and accompanying VR piece is scheduled for release in late spring of 2018 with premieres in India & the USA scheduled for late February.
Supported by the British Council Wales and Wales Art International, Liminality will be captured among a range of stunning visual landscapes both here in Wales and in India, uniting dancers from both continents.
360º capture and dome content creation is a complex medium to work within and most fulldome productions start with budgets in the hundreds of thousands, however, we don't let our more humble beginnings hold us back and that is why we are asking our friends, family and colleagues and the wider crowdfunding community to bolster our efforts to make a work worthy of its audience.
Our core funding covers the main production costs, however, we need your help to reach the incredibly high standards of innovation that we set ourselves.
Help us to continue to push the cinematic medium of fulldome forward and enjoy a variety of unique rewards as a symbol of our gratitude.
The Dance Dome
The Dance Dome project was launched in 2012 as an audience engagement platform for contemporary dance here in Wales. Conceived by 4Pi Productions and delivered in partnership with Coreo Cymru the project seeks to create stunning immersive dance films which are then distributed freely to worldwide planetariums or toured in our portable immersive cinema dome free to the public.
Our films are labours of love by the creatives involved and wouldn't have been possible without their dedication, enthusiasm and drive. We are passionate about the medium and its capacity to transport audiences into the heart of the action and thats why we are so driven to create pieces that challenge people's perception of what film and dance can be.
Over 25,000 people have come into direct contact with the platform, many experiencing immersive cinema for the first time.
A fulldome film is basically like an IMAX title on steroids. Unlike IMAX the screen isn't just big, it goes all the way over the top and behind you in 360 marvellous degrees. If you've ever been to a digital planetarium then you will know what we mean, and if you haven't, then this is the perfect project to support as it's all about making content that makes the medium more accessible.
The production team behind Liminality are all passionate creatives doing this for the love of the medium. They comprise:
Matt Wright - Director / Producer
One half of the creative team behind the platform, Matt is a practising visual artist, 360º Photographer & Immersive Filmmaker. Driven by his love for all things spherical, Matt will be stepping up from his normal production role to oversee this new works direction with an aim to continue making both Dance & Fulldome films more accessible to the public.
Janire Najera - Director / Producer
As the other half of 4Pi Productions, Janire is the cog that keeps the entire project revolving. Involved in all stages of the production her critical eye and cultural understanding combined with her insane production management skills will be invaluable to delivering an innovative result, on time and within budget.
Carole Blade - Creative Producer for Dance in Wales.
Carole is the other founding partner of the Dance Dome platform through her role at Coreo Cymru, an initiative set up to encourage and manage the creation and production of new dance activity, and to support the development of Wales based artists and companies.
Kim Noble - Choreographer / Dancer
Kim is an established Welsh Choreographer, most recognised for her amazing work as one of the founders and lead dancers of the Kitsch & Sync collective. When not impressing and amusing the public at performances across the country Kim is often found holed up in one of Cardiff's dance studios devloping new choreographic work.
Hugh Stainer - Choreographer / Dancer
An established contemporary dancer, Hugh is currently working with Ultima Vez and has previously toured extensively with Tom Dale & 2 Faced. Hugh's unique style and working relationship with Kim Noble is leading the choreographic direction of the film.
Shohini Dutta joined The Danceworx in 1998. She trained in Jazz, Contemporary, Classical Ballet and Street Funk. She has also done training workshops in Chau Folk Dance, Hip-hop, Acro Yoga, Yoga, Latin Ballroom, Gyrotonics, Pilates, Choreography Composition and Contact Improvisation.
For Liminality, Shohini is acting as lead producer for the India capture.
Filastine & Nova
Grey Filastine is an LA-born audio-visual artist based in Barcelona with nomadic tendencies. He composes a dense transnational bass music colliding the low frequency pressure of dubstep with high-level beat science, acoustic strings and voices, using percussion to fire off sounds and synchronized video from a heap of electronics wired to an amplified shopping cart, borrowing from hip hop, moombathon, dubstep and cumbia while pulling in sounds from India, North Africa, Indonesia and other stops on his journeys to create complex, shifting canvases for Indonesian vocalist Nova to place her silken singing.
Manas Sharma, Devasmita Sharma, Kriti Rao and Benjamin Jacob are the main dancers in this film that also features the rest of the Danceworx company members in a couple of larger group scenes.
Where will the funds raised go?
We appreciate all the opportunities that your generous support provides and can guarantee that every additional penny we raise towards this project will be put to good use. We regularly punch above our weight on the budgets we work with and are experienced in managing complex international projects on tighter then we would like budgets. If and when we reach our target your support will be spent in the following ways:
10% - Kickstarter Fee's
35% - Reward Fulfilment Costs
10% - Improving our costumes budget (helpful when you have 20 dancers to dress!)
45% - Timeslice Rig Creation - enabling us to capture the worlds first 360º bullet time sequence.
Risks and challenges
Wales and India both present a number of technical challenges when it comes to filming. From the complex logistics of shooting in 360º in diverse and often hard to reach landscapes, through crowd control, weather conditions and the unforeseen complications you simply cannot predict. However, 3 years of planning and R&D have been undertaken already in preparation of this production and having local partners, fixers and real world experience of producing in this medium we are confident we will deliver above and beyond our own expectations.
Many of our planned sequences are ambitious and push the boundaries of what is currently possible in dome/VR which obviously makes them challenging to achieve, however, we have built up a worldwide network of experts and contacts that we can draw on when the going gets tough, which combined with our can do attitude, plenty of coffee and our previous experiences producing in this medium and we therefore feel pretty confident in overcoming any challenges ahead.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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