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A dance & music performance that eloquently explores the writings of Thomas Paine and his spirited advocacy for freedom and democracy.
A dance & music performance that eloquently explores the writings of Thomas Paine and his spirited advocacy for freedom and democracy.
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Dear Friends and Family,

★ What is the Promise of America?
★ How are freedom and democracy packaged and promoted in America?
★ Is it possible to start over?

These are some of the questions I am tackling in a new work, To Begin The World Over Again, a collaboration between my company, DELIRIOUS Dances, and composer Joseph Phillips and his music ensemble Numinous. To Begin The World Over Again eloquently explores the writings of Thomas Paine and his spirited advocacy for freedom and democracy in America. The work premieres on Thursday, September 27, 2012 for six performances at Irondale in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, NY.

To Begin The World Over Again will coincide with a series of FREE community events produced by Purpose Lounge, that will include an art exhibition - The Promise and Realities of America; public discussions with scholars and activists; a poetry throw-down; and teach-ins. The community events are designed to give people the opportunity to actively engage with the ideals of liberty, democracy and equality that Thomas Paine believed were America’s promise and gift to the world – ideals that greatly influenced American identity, history and mythology.

The generosity of people like you, make the community events and production of To Begin The World Over Again possible. Your donation, no mater what size, is needed! The entire cost for the event is $45,000 and we are asking for your help in reaching our Kickstarter goal.

I look forward to sharing with you - To Begin The World Over Again!

Sincerely & Deliriously,

Edisa

TO BEGIN THE WORLD OVER AGAIN

Performances: Thurs. through Sat., September 27, 28, 29, and October 4, 5, 6, 2012 at 8pm.

Where: Irondale Center - 85 South Oxford St. Brooklyn, NY 11217.

Tickets: $20 General Admission, $15 Students & Senior Citizens, FREE for children under 13 years old.

To purchase tickets in advance Call: 1-866-811-4111 or go to: www.irondale.org

Costume Designer: Libby Goldberg

Lighting Designer: Peter West

Dancers: Angel Chinn, Victor Gonzalez, Jenni Hong, Sharifa Linton, Devin Oshiro, Ricarrdo Valentino and Michael Henry as MC.

Musicians: Mike Baggetta (guitar), Brenda Earle (piano), Andy Green (guitar), Nancy Harms (vocals), Jackie Ludwig (cello), Ana Milosavljevic (violin), Rob Mosher (saxaphone), Chris Reza (woodwinds), Stephanie Richards (trumpet), Sara Serpa (vocals), Carmen Staff (keyboard), Melissa Stylianou (vocals)

Community Choir: Kenneth Bailey, Cara Brownwell, Stephanie McKay, Tonya Pierre, Patricia Robinson, Kyle Weekes

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    Make a gift of $1 or greater and you receive OUR HEARTFELT THANKS and ACKNOWLEDGEMENT in the performance program, as well as the Delirious and Numinous websites.

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    A SIGNED POSTER of "To Begin The World Over Again" by award winning illustrator Luba Lukova + ACKNOWLEDGEMENT in the performance program, as well as the Delirious and Numinous websites.

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    A RECORDING by Numinous, featuring Joseph C. Phillips Jr’s ethereal, driving and refreshing compositions + ACKNOWLEDGEMENT in the performance program, as well as the Delirious and Numinous websites.

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    A signed and framed sheet of the MUSIC SCORE + a RECORDING by Numinous featuring Joseph C. Phillips Jr's ethereal, driving and refreshing compositions + ACKNOWLEDGEMENT in the performance program, as as the Delirious and Numinous websites.

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    An AUTOGRAPHED COPY of “Thomas Paine and the Promise of America” by award-winning author and historian Harvey Kaye + TWO COMPLIMENTARY tickets to a performance + ALL OF THE ABOVE.

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    An INVITATION to attend a rehearsal, at your convenience, and chat with the choreographer and composer + TWO COMPLIMENTARY tickets to a performance + ALL OF THE ABOVE.

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    The services of DELIRIOUS HAIR DESIGNS for a private party or special event. Treat your guests to fantastical playful hair designs created with a variety of objects ranging from flowers to toy soldiers, mousetraps and more. Each hair design is unique and created to match the personality and style of the individual. www.delirioushairdesigns.com
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    The commission of an ORIGINAL COMPOSITION by Joseph C. Phillips Jr., to celebrate a special occasion or as a unique gift + TWO COMPLIMENTARY tickets to a performance + ACKNOWLEDGEMENT in the performance program, as well as the Delirious and Numinous websites.

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