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.
"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:
Production Expenses: $16,000
*Rehearsal space rental
*Costumes, props, accessories, and set supplies
*Technical production services
*Printing costs (program, posters,flyers, etc.)
Artist Fees (40+ artists): $26,000
*Choreography commission fees
*Artistic director fees
Administration/Fundraising Fees (including Kickstarter): $8,000
Secured Funding: $24,500 (49% of funding needed)
*Zellerbach Family 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!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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