This is the balletNEXT chapter. We'll give everything we've got until there's nothing left. On our 5th anniversary, its time to build operations further for the next 5 years of breaking boundaries.
By funding this Kickstarter campaign, you're helping BalletNext push outside the box and keep the process fresh with 1) new works 2) new music 3) launching our trainee program, and 4) tour dates.
JayDonn: If you don't take risks, you'll never get any further. You will never know how far you will go.
How do we keep it fresh? For us, unconventional fusion of talented artists is a key source of inspiration. The unconventional drives innovation.
Michele on seeing Brooklyn Flexn' for the first time: I went to a basement in Brooklyn and watched this group of dancers pour their soul into the movement. This is who I want to collaborate with!
FlexandPointe is the BalletNext dance style born from the intense in-studio relationship of Brooklyn Flexn' pioneer JayDonn and BalletNext Artistic Director Michele. Ballet technique and discipline combined with the raw creative impulses and angular shapes of Flexn' definitely started breaking boundries.
Huffington Post writer Yasmin Nouh nailed the essence of how Jay and Michele successfully fused two very different perspectives:
Michele: I think the bottom line is...we were having so much fun...it was a very encouraging positive way of dealing with one another...I feel like we've busted open a new door and...there's this new space and so much more to say...
We took the unconventional fusion further for our 5th season by pushing music boundary...jazz style.
Enter Tom Harrell, the jazz musician's musician, who has recorded over 260 albums and isn't afraid to experiment. Michele ran into Tom at the Village Vanguard between sets on the Flugelhorn. The results: a new 26 minute work choreographed by Michele with JayDonn that premiered at New York Live Arts with the Tom Harrell Quintet playing on-stage and six dancers.
Michele: Tom's music live was incredibly powerful. But these musicians are improvisers and it was never the same performance. The choreography needed to be flexible enough and the dancers open enough to embrace the improv or things would fall apart. It worked.
Happy New Year and thank you for jumping on board with us.
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Risks and challenges
Running a performing arts company in our beloved, manic New York City is tough business. We are committed to supporting other artists taking risks in direct ways, including crowd funding innovators like http://kickingitforward.org. If you get, you need to give.
It's clear the BalletNext audience is growing younger and has a different way of looking at performance and choreography. We welcome this view and believe the greatest challenge is continuing to engage the next generation in our process.
While traditional arts funding is tight, we are continually looking at new business models to increase revenue at a lower cost. For example, we are expanding our FlexandPointe masterclass series to meet demand across the country and opening our trainee program in 2017.
We believe in today's environment, building a source of recurring income increases the value and sustainability of campaigns like this Kickstarter.
We've made it through the last five years which have included legions of mistakes and some good successes. With your support, we've got the chops to make it for the next five.
We welcome you to the BalletNext family.
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