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Join us for an exciting new season of theatre/dance discovering lost works of Anna Sokolow!
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WE ARE NOW IN REHEARSAL FOR OUR MARCH 2018 SEASON AND NEED YOUR HELP!

“I think that the thing I feel most about in life is the depth of deep truth. You know there are all kinds of truths. There are small ones, insignificant ones, or there are many profound ones. Now in art, great art, you have deep, deep truths or deep conceptions of truth...This is what I believe.” - Anna Sokolow

It has been an exciting year for Sokolow Theatre Dance Ensemble. Samantha Geracht has taken over as artistic director, veteran company members are directing, coaching and teaching Ms. Sokolow’s works, and the company is now a dedicated cast of 14 dancers. We are also joined this season by guest artists Clarence Brooks, Jennifer Conley and David Glista.

Too many of Ms. Sokolow’s dances have virtually disappeared and we are once again researching fuzzy film footage for dances that ought to be carefully reconstructed. This year we will present Ms. Sokolow’s Moods for the first time since 1975. The dance is a gem, and we look forward to sharing it with you. All of these theatre/dance works transport the audience through the breadth and depth of the human experience and this season March 8-11, 2018 promises to reveal the timeless truths of Ms. Sokolow’s dances.

Dreams — driven by Anna’s nightmares of the Holocaust, this masterpiece penetrates the most terrifying realms of human experience, demanding that we see the humanity of persecutions victims.

Moods — this long-lost work, choreographed in 1975 to Gyorgyi Ligeti’s 10 Pieces for Wind Quintet, is a journey through inner states from serene to violent, from exuberant to crushed, from struggle to acceptance—a quest into darkness in order to find the light.

Preludes — based in social dance of the 30s, to music by George Gershwin, this work recalls the simple elegance and restrained sensuality of that time.

We will be joined by guest artists Jennifer Conley, who will perform Anna Sokolow’s Poem, and Clarence Brooks, who will perform in Dreams and in Sweet in the Morning, choreographed by Leni Wylliams.

The Ensemble

The Sokolow Theatre/Dance Ensemble preserves, protects and presents the dances of Anna Sokolow, one of history’s most iconoclastic and original modern dance choreographers. Sokolow’s work is as always, relevant to the times we live in, and touching to the hearts of all people, everywhere, struggling with the universal issues of living regardless of differences in place and culture.

"Evidence of such purposeful homage by dancers to masters of their craft is hard to find in today's multi-faceted dance world, where commercial intentions predominate." - Deborah Jowitt

What We Need

What you will see on stage is the culmination of many hours of rehearsal, costume design, lighting and multimedia design, administrative work, and much, much more. With your donation, you are an essential part of preserving and protecting Ms. Sokolow’s important body of work.

An average season costs at least $15,000. We are hoping to raise at least $10,000 but WE ARE ASKING $6000 IN ORDER TO PAY OUR DANCERS, covering their rehearsal time and performances. Please help us achieve this goal and surpass it, any donation counts. THANK YOU

Your donation will support the following expenses:

  • $5350+ Rent: Rehearsal space, theater, and related expenses
  • $1000+ Costumes
  • $3000+ Personnel: Lighting, sound, production, public relations, and more
  • $6000+ Dancers' salaries
  • $3000+.....all the other stuff: insurance, royalties, travel, etc.

As you can see, our Kickstarter goal will cover only a portion of our costs. We need your help to surpass our goal in order to bring this ambitious program into reality.

Other Ways You Can Help

Even if you can't afford to contribute, that doesn't mean you can't help: Share this with your friends and family, and anyone you know who loves the arts. Sign up for our email list and make sure you don't miss our events. Come see us in March! Volunteer to help during the March week. Follow us on Facebook and @sokolowensemble on Twitter and Instagram. Thank you for all you do!!

Performances March 8-11, 2018

Thur-Sat March 8, 9,10 - 8PM

Sun March 11 - 3PM

The Mark O'Donnell Theater at The Actors Fund Arts Center, 160 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

By Subway: A, C or G train to the Hoyt/Schermerhorn station. F train to Bergen Street or Jay Street/Metro Tech stations

Tickets $25 Gen. Adm. $18 Students/Seniors

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Risks and challenges

We are deep into rehearsals and have reserved the theater. We are committed to this season, but we really CANNOT DO IT without your support. We need to raise far more than our goal of $6,000. EVERY donation helps, no matter how large or small. Thank you for your generous support!

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