We are making a new dance and we need your help!!
I’m Sarah Council, a choreographer based in Charlotte, NC and Artistic Director of Sarah Council Dance Projects. I’m currently creating a new work entitled, A History of Dirt. The work will preview at Ladyfest in Charlotte, NC on January 12th, 2019. It will have its full premiere at the Greensboro Fringe Festival in Greensboro, NC for three consecutive nights: January 31st through February 2nd, 2019.
A History of Dirt is a dance for four women that considers how the past affects the present by presenting physical embodiments of human experience and connection. Together, in our creative process and in our upcoming performances, we investigate the body as a keeper of histories - a record of things we’ve done and of things done to us. We exist in a web of histories - those of our family, our city, our nation, and more. We are deeply impacted by this web, sometimes without our conscious knowledge, but our bodies know, carry, and remember. Throughout this creative process, I’ve worked to make a space to listen and discover what the body is holding.
I’m working on this new dance with a wonderful group of North Carolina-based performers and artists: Claire Brinley, Jenn Jones, Amanda Rentschler, Samantha Salvato, Lillian Willis, and composer, Ronald Keith Parks. We will also be using music created by Micheal Wall. I have been in the exploration and research stages for quite some time and am so excited to now be joined in the studio by these collaborators. Over the next three months we will continue putting all the pieces together as we prepare for our performances in January and February.
Through the presentation of A History of Dirt, I am working to create space for thought and experience, a space where viewers are able to feel, question, and reflect on personal and shared histories. Our lives often don’t contain margin for these processes, so we have created it in our rehearsals and practice, and will continue to in our performances.
During the next 25 Days we are raising crucial funds we need to compensate our collaborating artists. Our goal is to raise $2000 - your donation of any amount will help us tremendously in reaching our goal and is greatly appreciated. Please help us continue to make art and pay artists!
Sarah Council and SCDP
photos: Taylor Jones
Risks and challenges
I’ve always perceived the biggest challenge in creating/producing a new work to be the struggle to fairly compensate those involved. Over the many years that I have been investigating, creating, and performing, this aspect of making art has always been a challenge. I am thankful for platforms like Kickstarter that allow for opportunities to build communities of support around the work and those involved! I am excited to share this project with you and I hope you will join me in creating a more sustainable, equitable space for dance to be made and shared!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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