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

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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  • THE PROMISE AND REALITIES OF AMERICA
    FREE COMMUNITY EVENTS produced by PURPOSE LOUNGE

    The Promise and Realities of America
    Gallery Hours: Sept. 27 – Oct. 5, 2012 from 4pm – 7pm, Oct 6 from 12noon – 7pm
    Closed Sept 30 & Oct. 1
    Visual Art Exhibition exploring the myths and multiple truths of America. Featuring work by: Rikki Asher, Cannon Hersey, John Kochansky, Nelson Seda, Chris Stain, ART East New York
    Exhibition Reception – Sat Sept 29 from 4pm – 7pm.

    Why “United States”
    Tues Oct. 2, 2012 from 6pm – 9pm
    A discussion about the structural benefits and negatives of the United States social / political system. Featured speakers: Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, Cannon Hersey, Josiane Georges and NEDAP.org

    Point No Point
    Wed. Oct 3, 2012 from 6pm – 9pm
    A discussion about how the American political system is analyzed and contextualized through the lens of American media. Featured Speakers: Eddie Moore, Asheenia Johnson, Joel Dreyfuss and Farai Chideya.

    The Promise of Promise
    Sat. Oct. 6, 2012 from noon – 6pm
    A day-long exploration into Thomas Paine's vision and concerns during the forming of the United States of America. Food and beverages will be served.
    Featured Speakers: Rachel Kann, Alec Empire, Nelson Seda, and more guests
    Featured Presentation: Harvey J. Kaye
    Also Featuring: A Poetry Throw-Down and Youth Roundtable Discussion

    ALL events happen at the Irondale Center – 85 South Oxford St. Brooklyn, NY 11216
    For information about the free community events go to http://www.s6k.com/thepromise or call 917 714-1293.

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  • Numinous is a flexible and unique ensemble of up to 25 musicians that was founded in 2000 by composer Joseph C. Phillips Jr. to perform his music. Part chamber orchestra, part big band, part contemporary alternative group, Numinous deftly and organically transmutes inspiration from contemporary classical, jazz, world, and popular music as well as cinema, literature, and science.Numinous and Phillips’s music generate emotions in the listener that resonate with beauty, mystery, and wonder in order to challenge, enlighten, and refresh. Joseph C. Phillips Jr. has been awarded a Meet the Composers grant, an American Music Center CAP grant, two Live Music for Dance commission grants, and was finalist for the Sundance Film Composers Lab Fellowship and the Opera Company of Philadelphia Composer-in-Residence; in addition new works have been commissioned by the BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) Next Wave Festival, the Ecstatic Music Festival, Simone Dinnerstein’s Neighborhood Classics concert series, and a number of other musicians and ensembles. Phillips is also the founder and artistic director of Pulse, a New York City federation of five award-winning composers. www.numinousmusic.com

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  • Choreographer Edisa Weeks formed DELIRIOUS Dances to empower people through the immediacy of dance. Weeks creates intimate environments that merge theater with dance, to deliriously explore our deepest desires, darkest fears and dearest dreams. Described by the New York Times as having, “A gift for simple but striking visual effects,” her work has been performed in a variety of venues including swimming pools, storefront windows, senior centers, sidewalks and living rooms, as well as at chashama theater, The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Emory University, Inside/Out at Jacob's Pillow, Works & Process at the Guggenheim Museum, Harlem Stage, The Kennedy Center, The Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts, The Mermaid Parade, The National Black Arts Festival, and Summerstages Dance Festival. Most recently DELIRIOUS performed in living rooms in Berlin, Germany, as part of Haus der Kulturen der Welts 50th anniversary celebration. Edisa Weeks and DELIRIOUS have received numerous awards including grants from Artists International, The Brooklyn Arts Council, Dixon Place, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, The Puffin Foundation, as well as choreographic residencies at Djerassi, Joyce SoHo, the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, and The Yard. www.deliriousdances.com

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  • Darryl “Hell” Montgomery (Director of Purpose Lounge & Community Events producer) is a veteran experimental multimedia artist/performer, documentarian, community organizer, independent journalist/archivist. He has over 25 years of experience in event production, audio & video production, strategic planning, performance and event management. As Purpose Lounge concept developer, strategic coordinator and event producer, Mr. Montgomery creates a mixed-media community forum environment to provoke the discussion of life issues in order to reinforce personal growth. Within this framework, we provide a wide spectrum of volunteering and mentoring opportunities to encourage community/social participation. By encouraging the participants to concern themselves with the issues of others, we emphasize the responsibilities each person has to the betterment of themselves and the society as a whole. www.s6k.com/thepromise

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