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A movement ritual for our time, "last days/first field" distills the feeling of now and plants a micro-field in the performance space.
A movement ritual for our time, "last days/first field" distills the feeling of now and plants a micro-field in the performance space.
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last days/first field
a dance by jill sigman/thinkdance
MAY 7-8-9 [Tues-Thur]
7:30PM

The Invisible Dog-- Third Floor Gallery
51 Bergen Street, Brooklyn (F/G train to Bergen St)
Tickets $18 online; $20 at the door. Space is limited!

http://field.brownpapertickets.com

Choreography by Jill Sigman (with the performers)
Design by Jill Sigman
Performed by Hadar Ahuvia, Corinne Cappelletti, Donna Costello, Sally Hess, Irene Hsi, Paloma McGregor, Jill Sigman, Devika Wickremesinghe
Original score created and performed by Kristin Norderval
Costumes (from reclaimed materials) by kymkym

Lighting by David Ferri
Plants by Camilla Hammer & Henry Sweets

NOTE: last days/first field is a multi-phase movement/planting/conversational experience. Tea will be served. Running time approximately 2 hours.

About last days/first field:
A movement ritual for our time, "last days/first field" kinesthetically distills the feeling of now-- what it is to live in the face of climate change, extreme weather, economic instability, and political polarization. Eight dancers channel natural geological processes, ancient practices, Williamsburg hipsters, and pupating insects to create a non-linear landscape that just might be the future. It's set to a live original score for voice and electronics by Kristin Norderval. The piece culminates in a durational planting, in which the performers plant a micro-field of seedlings in the performance space. Take home kale. 

"last days/first field" was co-commissioned by Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts with support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. It has received additional developmental support from Gibney Dance Center.

Your support: We are raising funds to make this performance experience possible and to subsidize ticket rates so they are affordable. Your support will go toward fees for our wonderful dancers and collaborators in music, light, and costume, and the farmers who are growing our seedlings for the project. It will help pay for soil, seeds, gaff tape, postcards, and other production needs, and allow us to complete our 1 year rehearsal process, making this the fullest production experience possible for audience and artists alike.

Risks and challenges

At the root of our creative process is improvisation. Improvisation allows us to recognize what is and continue to fulfill the artistic needs of the project by adapting to new circumstances. We have already had many chances to respond to the vicissitudes of making experimental dance in New York City-- changes in casting and people's lives, injury, travel, changes in real estate and venue, and changing ideas about the work itself. This project is about sustainability and adaption as the planet heats up and we must embody those ideals within our own working process.

For many aspects of our production we also have very practical contingency plans. For example, two farmers in Brooklyn are growing 500 seedlings for these performances. In the event of crop failure we have a separate crop growing in a greenhouse at Wesleyan University, a co-commissioner of this project.

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    An original movement map of the dance made by one of the 8 performers in the piece

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    Organic basil or kale seeds from our micro-field so you can grow your own at home.

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    A copy of "Aural Histories", the new solo CD by our collaborator, "last days/first field" composer Kristin Norderval. "Aural Histories" made the New Yorker Magazine's "Top 10 Classical Releases of 2012" and is described as a collection of post-ambient arias for voice and electronics.

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    An original piece (small) from Hut #7. Hut #7 was part of Sigman's "The Hut Project", a series of site-specific structures made of found and repurposed materials. Hut #7 was built at Arts@Renaissance gallery in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and was composed of 100 individually wrapped packages, each a sculptural object in its own right.

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