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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