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Woman Versus is a dance film about women's awakening to the machines, or systems, that oppress them. Our Kickstarter paid the dancers of the film!
Woman Versus is a dance film about women's awakening to the machines, or systems, that oppress them. Our Kickstarter paid the dancers of the film!
83 backers pledged $4,732 to help bring this project to life.

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Support FAIR pay for women. workers. artists. 

The Dancers of Woman Versus
The Dancers of Woman Versus

Since the summer of 2015, I have been creating a dance film about women’s struggles to challenge the systems that oppress them. The film is called Woman Versus. To me, this dance film itself does not matter if I do not treat everyone involved in my project with the utmost fairness. So there's a little - well, huge - problem! I have not been able to properly pay the dancers that spent SIXTY TWO hard hours rehearsing and filming with me. As artists, students, and activists, we are often told our work does not deserve pay. We are made to rely on powerful people, people with money, and when they don't pay us, we accept it. It DOES NOT have to be this way. We can break that cycle if we rely on each other.

Let's break the cycle for this group of women. In those sixty two hours, these women sacrificed so much. They gave up their Sunday and Tuesday nights for three months. They literally smashed their bodies into the hard ground.

 

They hung out of speeding cars on the highway. They blocked traffic on a NYC bridge. Through sprained ankles and wrists, they all came through. And they came in smiling for 5am call times for two 12-hour days.

These dancers are waitresses, babysitters, carpenters, and hostesses all working day jobs and doggedly pursuing their passions on top of that. They are just like me and you, tirelessly hoping that they will work hard and one day people will see their value and pay them fairly for their work. They fully invested in my film and I MUST invest in them. I have just one month to raise about $4,500 to pay each of the dancers $9/hour for their work. $9/hour is the least I can do. ​ 

I hope you will give because you not only BELIEVE in fairness but would like to make fairness a reality for this hardworking group of women. How could I make a film illuminating systems that oppress women WITHOUT PAYING THE WOMEN working for me? I cannot. Help me... be fair.

Screenshot from raw footage of Woman Versus
Screenshot from raw footage of Woman Versus

 

Risks and challenges

The dance film has been filmed and is in the editing phase. Once we receive funds from supporters, the funds will be split among nine dancers and I will send checks to the dancers. Since the film is being completed, the only challenge will be ensuring the dancers involved are fairly compensated for their work!

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    See Your Name In Lights

    You'll see your name in the film credits on our website, womanversus.com!

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    The Inside Scoop

    You'll have your name listed as a bronze-level donor on our website. You'll also receive exclusive deleted scenes and bloopers from the film & early rehearsal footage.

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    You'll have your name listed as a silver-level donor on our website. You'll receive exclusive deleted scenes and bloopers from the film & early rehearsal footage. AND You'll receive a private link to view the film online before it is released to the public in early July.

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    Dance With Woman Versus Dancers

    You'll have your name listed as a silver-level donor on our website. You'll receive exclusive deleted scenes and bloopers from the film & early rehearsal footage. You'll also receive a private link to view the film online before it is released to the public in early July. BEST OF ALL, for NYC dwellers, you'll get to dance with some of the Woman Versus dancers in a 90-minute group improvisation and choreography class. We'll improvise for most of the session and learn choreography from the film at the end. No dance experience necessary!

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    Private Dance/Tumbling Lessons

    You'll have your name listed as a gold-level donor on our website. You'll receive exclusive deleted scenes and bloopers from the film & early rehearsal footage. You'll also receive a private link to view the film online before it is released to the public in early July. BEST OF ALL, for NYC dwellers, get a private 60-minute lesson on some of the movement techniques used in the film. Focus on the technique you want to learn more about: contemporary dance, popaction technique (a technique for flying, falling, and taking impact with the body), or tumbling! If you want, we will even post your experience on our website and Facebook page!

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    Star in Your Own Version of Woman Versus

    You'll have your name listed as a gold-level donor on our website. You'll receive exclusive deleted scenes and bloopers from the film & early rehearsal footage. You'll also receive a private link to view the film online before it is released to the public in early July. BEST OF ALL, for NYC dwellers, learn the Woman Versus choreography & perform in public in the train station with others during an exciting 90-minute group session. We'll film it and share the footage with you. No dance experience necessary!

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    • 90-min group workshop recreating a scene from Woman Versus
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    Original Costume

    Get the post-apocalyptic chic look of the woman versus dancer. We've heard it looks like Kanye's fashion :)

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    The Ultimate Kids' Gift

    In NYC? Let me teach a 60-minute private group class for up to 5 children. The class can focus on contemporary dance & improvisation, tumbling/gymnastics, or PopAction technique (a technique for flying, falling, and impact).

    You'll also have your name listed as a gold-level donor on our website. You'll receive exclusive deleted scenes and bloopers from the film & early rehearsal footage. And you'll receive a private link to view the film online before it is released to the public in early July.

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    • Pre-released film
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    • 1-hour private dance, tumbling, or popaction group class for kids
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