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A dance, based on my journey as a breast cancer survivor, opens on March 23-25, 2012. I need your help for the crucial last phase!

The Materiality of Impermanence, a dance performance based on my journey as a breast cancer survivor, opens on March 23-25, 2012 in Austin,Texas. I need your help for the crucial last phase of production! 

The creation of The Materiality of Impermanence is fundamentally about embracing change in the face of a life-altering event.  Since my diagnosis, dance has become—not simply something that I do—but the means to heal and share my story with others.  This project is my humble attempt to make sense of our shared mortality, and to celebrate the beauty and unexpected resilience of our spirits.

WHERE WE ARE

This summer I worked intensively with nine amazing dancers to create three solos, one trio, and four group pieces.You can enjoy a short video clip of rehearsal by clicking here.

I have organized a post-performance panel, entitled “Art and Healing”, featuring six breast cancer survivors who have experienced the healing power of art, and who will share their own stories of transformation. I am particularly excited about the participation of Kalila B. Homann, MA, LPC, ADTR, a psychotherapist and dance movement therapist with over twenty years of experience in teaching and utilizing movement in a psychotherapeutic context, who will share recent research that documents the healing benefits of art.

Fundraising efforts for The Materiality of Impermanence have been immensely successful: the project has received grants from The Ella Lyman Cabot Trust, the Redd Carpet Fund, the Puffin Foundation and contributions from over 60 individuals.  I am incredibly grateful for this support. There is, however, still money that needs to be raised.

THIS CAMPAIGN

With your help, this “Wrap-It-Up” campaign will cover the $3,000 necessary for scenic materials, construction and design. Your contribution, whether large or small, will support the crucial last phase of The Materiality of Impermanence, thus ensuring that it becomes what it is meant to be: an ode to the eternal within each one of us.

OTHER WAYS TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT

You can track the evolution of this project and get information about dancers, see photos and more by clicking here, “liking” the Facebook page, and finding out about the documentary film, The Foreign Puzzle, directed by Chithra Jeyaram, featuring The Materiality of Impermanence.  Check out a short vignette entitled “Mijo” which was chosen as one of five finalists at the Toronto Breast Fest Film Festival. 


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