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Movement Workshop Group creates Racine D'or in NYC + Louisiana. Leslie Guyton's dance theater meets Cedric Watson's Zydeco music!

Movement Workshop Group and Cedric Watson
Movement Workshop Group and Cedric Watson

Movement Workshop Group is moving into a new and exciting venture with its upcoming full length dance theater piece Racine D'or.  Inspired by Cajun folklore, the piece is a collaboration with four time Grammy nominee Cedric Watson and his Zydeco band Bijou Creole. 

The Show

Imagine a world where the air is thick and the trees droop with the weight of the summer heat.  The land is soft, and the waters of the Mississippi lap the shore with the sound of an ever steady heart beat.  In the distance, the sun dips low, casting a warm glow through the river reeds.  The stars awaken in the sky, heralding the "magic hour"...

This is the setting of Racine D'or, a story of four friends who encounter the joys of innocence and the temptations of "The Great Trouble Maker".  As they grow, these comrades discover the creation and destruction of community, along with how each of them can help to restore it.

Drawing from the tall tales of Cajun culture and the diversity of Louisiana, Racine D'or combines contemporary dance theater with the heart of Zydeco music.

The Artists

Movement Workshop Group - Headed by Artistic Director Leslie Guyton, MWG is a contemporary dance theater company based in Brooklyn, NY.  Active since 2005, the company draws its inspiration from many diverse sources, but is always united by its mission to seamlessly combine dance, acting and live music.  It's first four full-length pieces were each inspired by a classical element.  Racine D'or begins a new chapter of shows for MWG, each of which will be inspired by a different form of music.  The show willl be a collaboration between Movement Workshop Group: Leslie Guyton (Artistic Director), Stephanie Jingle (Co-Choreographer + Perfomer), Colin Summers (Composer + Performer), Katherine Day (Costume + Set Design), Erik Fox (Lighting Designer), Cydney McQuillan-Grace (Performer), Quincy Ellis (Performer), Lisa Woods (Performer), Nehemoyia Young (Performer), Nessa Norich (Performer), Hollye Bynum (Director of Education), Sam Owens (Company Manager) and Cedric Watson et Bijou Creole (Louisiana Zydeco Band).  In addition to the production of dance theater, MWG is also a teaching entity.  Each season the company holds Dance Collectives to serve Brooklyn area dance and acting artists.  These collectives offer high quality training for well-rounded performers at reduced prices.  They have also ventured into the realm of film; producing their own short dance film inspired by their first four shows.

Cedric Watson - One of the brightest young talents to emerge in Cajun, Creole and Zydeco (Louisiana French) music over the last decade, Cedric Watson is a four-time Grammy-nominated fiddler, singer, accordionist & songwriter with seemingly unlimited potential.  Originally from San Felipe, TX (population 868), Cedric made his first appearance at the age of 19 at the Zydeco Jam at The Big Easy in Houston, TX. Just two years later, he moved to south Louisiana, quickly immersing himself in French music and language. Over the next several years, Cedric performed French music in 17 countries and on 7 full-length albums with various groups, including the Pine Leaf Boys, Corey Ledet, Les Amis Creole with Ed Poullard and J.B. Adams, and with his own group, Bijou Creole.

Racine D'or in rehearsal
Racine D'or in rehearsal

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Undertaking such a large and ambitious project comes with its challenges. In addition to mounting the piece in New York, Movement Workshop Group is planning on bringing Racine D'or on the road. The show will tour the South in the Fall of 2013, ensuring that the company shares what it has created with the community that inspired it. The money raised from this campaign will go directly to expenses concerning the production; from set pieces to costumes...rehearsal costs to paying designer fees.

Your support will help to finalize the NYC production which will kickstart the Southern tour. This is the first time MWG undertakes such a large and involved project, and they are working hard to make it a reality.

After this campaign has been completed, the real work begins. The tasks of set construction, final costume design, and ensemble casting will take place in New York while further planning with Southern theaters continues. MWG is dedicated to making this show as much about community as possible. The show itself will feature local dancers both in NYC and on each stop on the tour. The goal is to not only share this incredible show with the community, but also to strengthen the community by showcasing ITS dance talent.

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    No contribution is too small! For your generosity, you'll receive a virtual "high five" plus recognition in the Racine D'or program along with MWG's Dance Empire pin.

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    This one's for the theater AND music lovers. In addition to all of the great stuff above, you'll receive 2 tickets to the NYC premiere of Racine D'or OR a link to a live stream of the show along with 3 songs from Cedric Watson et Bijou Creole. Oh! AND an MWG tote bag. Come see what your generous donation has created!

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    Want to give more? We love more! This tier will get you your own MWG T-shirt along with a free one of a kind poem or song that can be gifted for a birthday/holiday/anniversary...you name it! AND you'll be getting everything in the previous two tiers.

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    Wow! $250 is a big donation. Thank you! In addition to what you find above, you'll receive free registration for 1 class a week during either our spring, summer or fall sessions of the MWG Dance Collective (which can be gifted to anyone in NYC if you can't attend) OR Company Member Stephanie Jingle will create a flashmob dance according to your specifications to either teach your group or choreograph on our dancers, film and send to you! AND you're invited to a night of Zydeco dancing and music with the cast of Racine D'or.

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    $500!? We REALLY love you! Receive free registration for 5 classes a week in either our spring, summer or fall Dance Collectives plus VIP seating and post show drinks with the cast at any performance of Racine D'or in NYC or on tour!

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    Now you're one of our new best friends! Receive the above rewards plus a night of drinks and oysters at Maison Premiere in NYC OR we'll hire a personal chef to cook at your home. You deserve a meal in on us! Thank you!

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    What an incredible donation! You deserve something truly awesome! For this amount, we'll fly you to New York or any location along the tour (2 round-trip domestic flights) to see the show AND provide you with one nights accommodations. Take a short weekend on us and see what art you're helping to create! THANK YOU!

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