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Duniya Dance & Drum Co. and Ensambles Ballet Folklorico collaborate to tell the story of the Punjabi-Mexican communities of California
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An exploration in dance of the little-known cultural and artistic legacies of Punjabi-Mexican communities founded in California in the early 20th century inspires the collaboration of Duniya Dance and Drum Company and Ensambles Ballet Folklórico de San Francisco in "Half and Halves: A Dance Exploration of the Punjabi-Mexican Communities of California."

The production, featuring new original material, returns to San Francisco for two nights, April 10-11, 2015, at the Jewish Community Center’s Kanbar Hall.

In the early 20th century, men from Punjab, India arrived in California to work on farms. Discriminatory immigration laws prevented them from bringing their wives from India, so many married Mexican women. This exciting performance, featuring 25 dancers and live music, brings together vibrant Punjabi Bhangra and Mexican Folklorico dances to explore themes related to farming life, marriage, immigration, and racial and ethnic discrimination. Choreographers Joti Singh and Zenon Barron also explore dance in this performance that does not neatly fit into one genre or another, drawing inspiration from the complex cultural identities of these communities and the issues and challenges they faced. Read more about the Punjabi-Mexican communities here.

Tickets: https://www.jccsf.org/arts-ideas/performances/dance/half-and-halves

"Half and Halves" is presented in association with Arts & Ideas at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco.

Risks and challenges

"Half and Halves" features such a huge cast and so many moving parts that it is truly a great feat to produce this show. While we received hefty grant support to do the original production in 2010, we have received only a fraction of the money we need to do this show. Thank you to Zellerbach, Hewlett, Fleishhacker, and Grants for the Arts for helping us to lay the foundation for this project. Our budget is over $50,000!! We want to make sure that all our costs are covered so that we are not paying to perform. We also want the talented artists in this show to be compensated for their time and their talents.

Here is an outline of our budget:

EXPENSES
Production Expenses: $16,000
*Venue rental
*Rehearsal space rental
*Costumes, props, accessories, and set supplies
*Technical production services
*Security
*Insurance
*Printing costs (program, posters,flyers, etc.)
*Post-production videographer

Artist Fees (40+ artists): $26,000
*Choreography commission fees
*Artistic director fees
*Musician fees
*Dancer fees

Administration/Fundraising Fees (including Kickstarter): $8,000

INCOME
Secured Funding: $24,500 (49% of funding needed)
*Zellerbach Family Foundation
*SF GFTA
*Fleishhacker Foundation
*Duniya operating funds
*Duniya Fall 2014 fundraiser

Projected Funding: $25,500 (51% of funding needed)
*Earned income from ticket and merchandise sales
*Kickstarter campaign (gross)

If we don't reach our goal, our small dance companies will be paying out of pockets to perform this piece. "Half and Halves" is a performance that people love and learn from. It is an important work that speaks to our contemporary struggles with racial discrimination and immigrant labor. We are working hard to make this show better than ever!

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    Thank you, thank you and 30 more thank yous from each and every one of us. Every bit counts, and we are very grateful for your love and support!

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    A shout-out on our Half and Halves Facebook event page and 30 thank yous and love and gratitude for your generosity. You are so awesome!

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    We will send you a limited-edition Duniya Dance & Drum t-shirt or tank top in your choice of size. And you will receive a shout-out on our Half and Halves Facebook event page. Thank you for your love and support!

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    Learn some new moves as a special guest in Joti's Bhangra or West African dance class at Dance Mission! In addition, you can brush up on your West African drumming skills at a class with Bongo Sidibe! Plus a shout-out on our Half and Halves Facebook event page and our sincere thanks.

    Bhangra class is Mondays 6:30-8pm and West African class is Saturdays 12-1:30pm at Dance Mission in San Francisco. Drumming class is Thursdays 6:30-8pm and Sundays 11:30am-1pm in Noe Valley. Offer expires December 15, 2015.

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    Get a sneak peek of the show! Join us at a Duniya Dance & Drum Company rehearsal as our very special guest and get a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes. Did we mention cupcakes to end the rehearsal? Plus a shout-out on our Half and Halves Facebook event page and our sincere thanks.

    Most rehearsals are Wednesdays 6:30-9:30pm and Fridays 7-9pm, in the Mission district of San Francisco.

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    Your very own 30-minute private dance or drum lesson (Bhangra, Folklorico, West African) with Joti Singh, Zenon Barron or Bongo Sidibe. Don't live in the Bay Area? Take the lesson via Skype or consider gifting it! Plus a shout-out on our Half and Halves Facebook event page and our sincere thanks.

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    Two tickets and a party! Your ticket is on us, plus one for a guest to see the show with on your choice of day (April 10 or 11). And, party with the Half and Halves cast!! What could be more fun than a Punjabi-Mexican fiesta? We would love to party with you on April 18 in San Francisco. Plus a shout-out on our Half and Halves Facebook event page and our sincere thanks.

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    Really hone those skills with a 1-hour private dance or drum lesson (Bhangra, Folklorico, West African) with Joti Singh, Zenon Barron or Bongo Sidibe. And 2 tickets for you and your guest on your choice of day (April 10 or 11). And an invitation to a party with the cast and crew on April 18! Plus a shout-out on our Half and Halves Facebook event page and our sincere thanks.

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    We really love you and thank you for your generosity! We will give you producer credit in our show program, premium tickets for 4 and an invitation to the Punjabi-Mexican fiesta with the Half and Halves cast on April 18! Plus a big shout-out on our Half and Halves Facebook event page and our sincere thanks.

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    You are the best! Get your very own private performance by Duniya Dance & Drum Company or Ensambles Ballet Folklorico de San Francisco! You will also receive producer credit in our show program, premium tickets for 4 and an invitation to the Punjabi-Mexican fiesta with the Half and Halves cast on April 18! Plus a big shout-out on our Half and Halves Facebook event page and our sincere thanks.

    Performance must be in the Bay Area, maximum 10-20 minutes long, with 4-8 dancers of the selected company. Performance dates are subject to company availability.

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