Help us premiere MAYDANCE's 'Commentary = not thing' at New York Live Arts in February 2013! Read more
This project was successfully funded on December 16, 2012.
About this project
Please join us as we embark on our Kickstarter campaign to raise much needed funds for the world premiere of commentary = not thing at New York Live Arts (formerly Dance Theater Workshop) February 19-23, 2013.
This is our 10th anniversary making work in NYC and our 5th project with New York Live Arts!
Money raised will go directly to Performer and Designer fees, rehearsal space and the many other costs associated with the production.
We could not do this without your support! Thank you so much for your generous pledges and your encouragement. Please help at whatever level you can and spread the word! :)
Dancers: Benjamin Asriel, Kayvon Pourazar, Maggie Thom
Music By Chris Seeds
Lighting Design By Chloe Z. Brown
Set Design By Brad Kisicki
Costume Design By Reid Bartelme
commentary = not thing
Part Steven Sondheim, part Kate Pierson from the 1990’s groupThe B52’s, the piece becomes a Modern dance opera. This “coexistence of dissimilars” as John Cage termed it, demonstrates a severe compression of time as it aligns a range of singular genres, decades, geographies, emotions and viscera. These “dissimilars” create a jagged and illegible terrain that makes a case for abstraction and its ability to communicate the expressive possibility of the emotional body. This project will look specifically at the social emotions i.e. compassion, embarrassment, shame, guilt and contempt in an effort to generate a narrative that is fueled by the emotional happenings of the individuals in the group and the interpersonal events that unfold.
Risks and challenges
Running a dance company isn't easy; doing it in New York City is especially challenging. Some of our costs are obvious, some may be less so: paying the performers, renting rehearsal space, commissioning original costuming, lighting design, set design, and musical scores that we hope to have performed live.
One of the main challenges, in the next few months after our campaign ends, is finding a rehearsal space that is comparable to the stage at New York Live Arts where it will be performed in February. Finding space in NYC is difficult given the number of artists making work, but finding a space big enough is even harder. In the next few months we hope to find a space where we can truly build the final sections of the piece and seamlessly transition from rehearsal to the theater.
We are so lucky to be able to work with the most talented, innovative and passionate group of collaborators, and we are ecstatic to realize and share the final product with you.
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Pledge $1 or more
No donation is too small! For donations under $15 we'll send you a personal thank you on Facebook and a INSIDER SECRET about the process of Commentary = not thing!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $15 or more
Listen to how grateful we are! If you can spare $15 to support our work, we'll send you our special mix of 7 songs that have inspired Commentary = not thing's process.Estimated delivery:
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For a donation of $30, we'll make our thanks fashionable with the limited-run commentary = not thing tote bag designed by Kate Dewitt.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $50 or more
For a donation of $50, we'll make our thanks collectible by hooking you up with an exclusive Commentary = not thing poster designed by Kate Dewitt.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $75 or more
Go for a MAYDANCE Swag Bag which includes the limited run Commentary = not thing tote bag and poster designed by Kate Dewitt.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $100 or more
8 backers Limited (22 left of 30)
To say thank you for your donation of $100 we'll invite you to an intimate open rehearsal just weeks before the world premiere! You'll get to see a special sneak peek of Commentary = not thing followed by a bubbly toast in your honor!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $200 or more
2 backers Limited (22 left of 24)
For a donation of $200 you'll receive a special edition, laser-etched rendition of Juliana May's choreographic notes.
Each piece is 2 layers of 1/4-inch plexi bolted together with tiny, jewelry-quality brass nuts and bolts.
Dimensions: 5-7/8 x 3-7/8 x 1/2 inches
- Transparent Maydance green with clear plexi base
- Clear plexi with a reflective black baseEstimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $300 or more
3 backers All gone!
For a donation of $300, you'll snag a beautiful handmade double wire bracelet designed by visual artist Pamela Matsuda Dunn. ben bracelets by New York artist, Pamela Matsuda-Dunn. Each bracelet is 7.25 inches in diameter and hand-crocheted.
Asymmetrical Pearl bracelet: oxidized fine silver wire, fresh water pearls, oxidized silver slide clasp
Double-strand Silver bracelet: fine silver wire, silver slide clasps
Oxidized double-strand Silver bracelet: oxidized fine silver wireEstimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $500 or more
You're the best! Let us express our thanks with two tickets to commentary = not thing's premiere and benefit reception. Enjoy the show, a post-show benefit reception with [details], plus the MAYDANCE swag bag, which includes the limited run Commentary = not thing tote bag and poster designed by Kate Dewitt.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $1,000 or more
0 backers Limited (4 left of 4)
YOU make our work possible! You and a guest are invited to an intimate dinner party with Juliana May and her cast, date TBD at your convenience. Get to know the cast, and let us say thank you with a great meal!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $5,000 or more
Consider yourself a Producer! A donation of $5,000 not only gets our undying gratitude, but earns a Producing credit for the world premiere of Commentary = not thing! You'll also score 4 tickets to the premiere, and a MAYDANCE swag bag which includes the limited run Commentary = not thing tote bag and poster designed by Kate Dewitt.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
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