This is our fist-ever KICKSTARTER campaign, and it is launching one month prior to our scheduled shooting date in early October! Your support is truly invaluable to us, and every dollar helps.
My name is Sarah Hixon and I am a choreographer and filmmaker.I have been creating dances for more than 15 years, and short dance films for 8 years. This project “Air for the G String” will be a retrospective—a look at my past as well as a tribute to a great historical work by modern dance pioneer Doris Humphrey. My personal movement practice has been greatly influenced by the Humphrey-Weidman and Limón techniques. I am also fascinated by this rare film moment in which Humphrey herself recreates the central role in her work “Air for the G String” of 1934.
To replicate the imagery of cathedral columns, I have chosen the Schiller Park Amphitheater as the site for our production. This beautiful outdoor theater located in central Ohio is the perfect venue, combining elements of the traditional proscenium dance stage with a more site-specific setting. In this way we will evoke some of the serenity and mysticism of the original film.
Our goal is not to replicate the original work, but to make reference to it in something entirely new. Certain gestures, group formations, or structure from the original film will be jumping off points in our work. We have already begun rehearsing in the studio, developing the core movement material. There is always more to be done, always more to be refined so more rehearsal will be necessary prior to filming.
I am also commissioning a new music composition for the film. Jacob Reed, the company music director, will be creating this music electronically. In the same way that I am using the original Humphrey film as inspiration, he will be using the Orchestral Suite by Bach and taking those ideas to new places.
As of late summer 2013, two of the company dancers are living and working in other states; so making a film is also the perfect way for the company to continue creating together. Video footage from rehearsals has been uploaded to the web so that the dancers are able to review what we have done, and continue to work independently. More material may be generated this way, using technology to bring this work to fruition.
I have also chosen to create this film as a way to reach a much wider audience than our typical dance performances. Live shows, though wonderful and entrancing, are not only ethereal in nature but also limited to a local audience. Live shows are also incredibly costly to produce, typically ranging into the tens of thousands of dollars for us. Through film, we can create a more cost-effective work that will have a much longer life, and can be shared throughout the country and world. It is part of our mission to develop new ways to generate audience interest and education in dance. This project will help us achieve that mission—film festivals, dance events, and other outreach opportunities are already being explored as possibilities.
So what will your contribution pay for? Here is a comprehensive list of fees, supplies, and stipends or honorariums to be covered:
Rehearsal space Rentals
Professional camera rentals
Digital Video Tapes
Costumes and accessories (including specialized footwear – we will be on concrete!)
On-set supplies (equipment, power cables, food and water, etc.)
Small honorariums for the dance performers
Stipends for videographers (2)
Small stipend for composer
Small stipend for choreographer/editor
Everyone working on this project is tremendously excited about it, and we hope you will help us by backing our film! Your support is vital to the continued strength of not only our work, but of the dance field itself.
THANK YOU for your interest and support!
Risks and challenges
With company dancers at such a distance, we have the problem of being unable to rehearse together at the present time. We developed the choreography we are going to be filming together, but it is always important for dancers to refine and practice. The 3 dancers in the film have been dancing together for a number of years now, and are able to easily adapt to each other in the studio. They will be working independently to rehearse what they can, and have rehearsal footage online to assist them. A full day of rehearsing has already been scheduled prior to the shooting to get everyone ready. This will include having our camera crew at rehearsal to familiarize themselves with the movement, go over shot lists, etc.
Our biggest challenge right now is the weather! The site where we are shooting is outdoor and has no cover on the amphitheater stage. We have chosen a time of year (early October) when the weather is usually very mild for central Ohio. Worst-case scenario is we get rained out, and have to push the shooting date back. If it gets pushed back too far, this may cause the additional challenge of having to fly dancers back to Ohio a second time!
Permits have already been researched and will not be a problem. In fact, because our cast and crew is so small, we do not even need a permit to film in our chosen location.
Another challenge is that the stage is made of rough concrete. Modern dance is typically performed in bare feet, and this will problematic for the dancers. We are hoping to get the backing to invest in specialized footwear that will help protect the dancers feet and allow them to move more easily, but won’t look like bulky “shoes” on film.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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