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Dance Naked Productions explores the kaleidoscope of human sexual relationships in this visceral theatrical aphrodisiac!

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The Merry Crew! (Shannon, Ithica, Tori, Celeste, Eleanor and Jade- not pictured, Trish!)
The Merry Crew! (Shannon, Ithica, Tori, Celeste, Eleanor and Jade- not pictured, Trish!)

Maybe those bonobos are onto something?

Introducing Inviting Desire 2012: The Dawn of Sex!

From oxytocin to orgasm, primates to polyamory, Inviting Desire explores the kaleidoscope of human relationships  in all their delightful permutations. In the world of human sexuality, there are far more than 50 shades of gray!

Playful, charming (and a little alarming!)our mission is to create theater about women’s sexuality that is designed to illuminate (stimulate!), educate and entertain.  A theatrical aphrodisiac that makes you think!

An extraordinarily visceral production...Inviting Desire is unlike anything else you'll see on a Portland stage...
The Portland Mercury

don't worry- this isn't the actual poster
don't worry- this isn't the actual poster

Inviting Desire 2012: The Dawn of Sex has been cast. As an ensemble, we have been meeting and devising since June of this year.  We have been writing scenes and songs and monologues, improvising, playing and endlessly discussing "What is this show about?"  We have received over 200 responses to our survey asking women their thoughts and opinions about sex and relationships, and are incorporating their answers into the shape of our show.

We are working with some amazing designers to develop a piece of theater that is theatrical, funny, erotic, edgy and totally unique.

So why do we need funds?

The money we raise from the kickstarter will go in part towards renting the performance space, paying designers, and paying the cast.  As part of our effort to make theater accessible, we keep our ticket prices low (specifically $25 - and yes, you can buy tickets- But please consider donating to our campaign and getting your ticket as a reward!  It's a few extra bucks. But you get delightful perks and you're really helping us make our goal). 

To create an intimate theatrical experience, our space is small (a 100 cozy seats!)  and our run is short.  (Might we sell out?  Oh yes, we might, we often do, but our kickstarter peeps will have priority!) We can't reply on projected ticket sales to pay the bills, and given the sexual nature of this production, it's challenging to find grant money that will support the work.

All of which means, we need to raise some cash.

So, that's where you come in.  Part of our mission statement has always been to create inclusive, interactive theater (who can forget the spankings?  The erotic hair-pulling?  The homeopathic  ecstasy we took as a group?)  It's not just a spectator sport.  There is a reason live theater is different than movies or tv.  We want to make theater that allows our audiences to feel like they are co-creating the experience with us, because they are.  

Kickstarter feels like the way to include our audience in the formation of a show, not just the end result.  You will be a part of the process.  We will keep you updated as we go.  And you'll get to keep a special piece of the product - whether that's a personal video hug, tickets to the show, a recording of your favorite erotica (my favorite perk!)

We invite you to engage with us in bringing this show to life. You have the opportunity to help us make this show a live, hands-on, tangible reality!

Frank, feverish and in-your-face sexual as anyone could hope to handle....a tightly choreographed and startlingly graphic exploration of female sexual fantasy...Daringly hot stuff, indeed. - Winnipeg Free Press

For as little as a dollar, you can get in on the act!  (For as little as $30, you can come see us act).  Seriously, no donation is too small. (Size doesn't matter!) (which is not to say, we don't APPRECIATE a generous lover..)

And your contribution is a CLEAR SIGN that you are obviously a PHENOMENAL lover!  (which we will cheerfully  blast all over facebook - unless of course, you chose to remain anonymous.  That's cool, we can respect that.  We have boundaries.  See, mom?  Boundaries).

So won't you please climb into bed with us?   Let's make some sweet sweet love together!  

shameless hussies, every last one of us
shameless hussies, every last one of us

(and even if you can't contribute financially, you're welcome to just tell everyone you did.  We don't mind.  Facebook, twitter, google+....spread the word, sweethearts!). 

(twit much? #invitingdesire)

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this little love note, for watching our video, and for helping us make a more sex-positive world!

May your orgasms be abundant!

Spankings and hugs,

Eleanor

Eleanor O'Brien, Dance Naked Productions artistic director
Eleanor O'Brien, Dance Naked Productions artistic director

You're still reading?  Awesome!  Here's some pertinent details!

OUR TEAM!

Directors - Eleanor O’Brien and Allison Tigard
Assistant Director - Annie Herring
Stage Manager - Kate Belden
CAST - Eleanor O’Brien, Ithica Tell, Trish Egan, Jade Hobbs, Shannon Brazil, and Celeste Weber.

Design
Lights - Casi Skaugie
Sound - Mita Lupa

BUDGET

TALENT
actors (6@$500)                $3000
director(s)                           $1500
asst.director                        $300
stage-manager                   $300

SPACE
Performance Space Rental      $500
Rehearsal space rental            $400

DESIGNERS
Costume                    $300
Sound                        $300
Lights                        $300
Graphics                    $300
Videographer             $300

MARKETING
Poster/Postcard design             $200
reproduction/distribution            $200
print advertising                         $500

RENTALS
projector                    $200
lights                          $200
sound equip               $200

MISC (set, etc)         $500

Total $9,500*

(NOTE FROM ELEANOR- As budgets do, ours continues to grow.  We have added a choreographer and someone to write music, which has added another couple hundred to our expenses.  I just made copies of the script at Kinkos - another $100.  SO though we are incredibly grateful to have made our kickstarter goal - we would be THRILLED with your continued support.  We would very much like to make 10K and cover ALL our expenses!)

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT! 

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

WE MADE OUR GOAL! Inviting Desire will happen! But we still need to continue to raise funds, to give this project every chance at being amazing. (See above for added expenses!)

Are the risks and challenges over now that we made our goal? Nope.
Making theater about sex is risky. It's freakin' scary to reveal the kind of things that people don't often talk about to their close friends, much less on stage. I'll never forget the first time we performed Inviting Desire - we were literally shaking with fear (and this is a cast of seasoned performers). We dance on an indefinable line of edgy. Yes, we want to be erotic and real, and sometimes that's provocative - but we don't want to shock just for the sake of shock value. We strive for a balance of authenticity and theatricality.

With this next show - there's an even greater risk. Our past shows have focused on women's sexual fantasies (A Theatrical Aphrodisiac) and the importance of pleasure (Pleasure, Permission, Possibilities....). Topics that for the most part our audience could embrace (even if they didn't always share our sensibilities). Now we're looking at relationships. In writing this show, we have had many conversations about the pros and cons of monogamy, polyamory, open relationships, etc... and we are committed to exploring them all without coming across as advocating or championing one over another. Finding that path has been tricky.

With a tag line like "Sex-positive theater...with a happy ending!" we commit ourselves to finding what there is to be celebrated in the topics we are exploring. But when you research relationships? All kinds of responses come up - not always positive. How do you deal with the issues of jealousy, betrayal, boredom? We try and create scenes that don't ignore the dark side, but don't dwell there either.

Launching a fundraising campaign is almost scarier. Asking people to support our work before the project is complete is a real leap of faith. Kickstarter is a project in and of itself that requires attention and oversight - and doing it at the same time as we're writing, improving, brainstorming, devising, and creating the show heightens the stakes in all areas.

Ultimately, I am super grateful for the opportunity. Kickstarter enables us to get our project out there on a larger scale that we might otherwise be able to do - and allows our audience to connect and co-create with us in such a tangible way.

We are so grateful to have made our goal, and could not have done it without the incredibly generous support of all of you.

From the heart of my bottom, I thank you.

Eleanor

FAQ

  • Yes! Our goal was $6000 and we are incredibly grateful to have reached that number in 10 days! That not only gives us the funds we need to pay for this project, but the confidence to know we have the support of the community behind us. But does $6000 cover all the budget? Nope. I just couldn't imagine asking for more than that, knowing that if we didn't reach our goal in 30 days, we wouldn't receive anything. But we did, oh we did, we reached our goal SO MUCH FASTER than I ever could have hoped.

    However, the expenses continue to mount! When I made the budget, I failed to include some very important items. Kickstarter receives 5% of your total, and Amazon takes another 5%. I just added a choreographer to the crew, and someone to write music for our songs. The bill to copy the scripts at kinkos was $100. Basically, the budget just went up by another $1000. So now we are looking at a budget closer to $10,500. Will we be able to do the show with what we've got? Yes, and we are. But would it be wonderful to not have to worry about where the extra 4k is coming from? Very much so. Your continued support is enormously appreciated. And if you have ANY questions, feel free to email me - eleanor@dancenakedproductions.com

    Thanks so very much,

    Eleanor

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