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Our hybrid arts trio is two years old and to celebrate, we're going to throw a tantrum, uh, tour! We're potty trained and ready to go!

The Terrible Twos Tour 2012!

Hi! We are The Fourth Wall and we are turning two years old this summer! But instead of begging our parents for candy and a magic pony, we're throwing a tour! We are potty trained, but come on... tantrums are inevitable.

Woah... you're who and you do what?

First of all, we are a hybrid arts ensemble. We're all trained musicians, but we're also dancers and actors and love to use all three performing arts in our shows. It makes things pretty darn fun and looks like this:

In addition to "hybrid-artsing" established repertoire, we collaborate with composers, choreographers and directors on new pieces to create shows that leap from the stage.

Our name comes from the theatre term for the imaginary wall at the front of the stage through which the audience sees the action of the play. We like to “break the fourth wall” by talking directly to you (our audience), taking the performance from the stage into your space and generally ensuring that there is no wall between us and you. It's a little like this:

Well, maybe without the creepy, close-talker vibe, but you get my point.
Well, maybe without the creepy, close-talker vibe, but you get my point.

We founded our group in 2010, and this summer marks the two year anniversary of our first performances together! In honor of this occasion, we are launching the “Terrible Twos Tour 2012!” Say that three times fast. TerribleTwosTour2012TerribleTwosTour2012TerribleTwosTour2012. Woah... Sorry, got distracted. 

Ok, I get who you are and what you do, but where are you going?

Ohmigosh, this tour is going to be so much fun. So here's the run down:

  • 7/20 - 7/22: International Flute Symposium at West Virginia University. We'll be performing for flutists of all ages in the inaugural year of the IFS! We'll also be teaching classes and hosting workshops designed to broaden the flutists' creative palette.
  • 7/27: We'll be performing at Exapno, a fantastic venue in Brooklyn, New York! This show will include several TFW favorites as well as a couple new works created especially for this tour!
  • 8/2: Premiere of "Mixer" at Club Hall, Washington Depot, Connecticut. Talk about breaking the fourth wall! "Mixer" is an immersive performance experience, blurring the lines between  performers and audience, recital and social experience, and (of course) music, dance and theatre. Audience members will contribute to a unique performance that will progress seamlessly from piece to piece with the ebb and flow of a really good party.
  • 8/5: We'll be performing in Cleveland, Ohio! Count on laughter, deep thought, and a downright good time!
  • 8/9 - 8/12: We're performing at the National Flute Association's Annual Convention at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada! WOW...So many things are happening during these 4 days, and it's kind of super-awesome. First, we're performing a new treatment of Erwin Schulhoff's "Flute Sonata" complete with original poems and short stories by our favorite writers. Our next performance is of another TFW favorite: "Bordel - 1900" form Histoire du Tango by Astor Piazzolla to honor Hilary's teacher, Bonita Boyd. Immediately following that performance, we're opening the closing ceremonies with "8-Track Mind", a compilation of the chart-toppers from 1972 & 1973. Expect some funk, some platforms and a disconcerting amount of polyester!
  • 8/24: We'll be performing our second full-length program in Bloomington, IN at The Studio, a really cool space on the square. Expect all the fun and excitement you love from TFW!
  • 8/31: Our return to Indianapolis and the culmination of the Terrible Twos Tour 2012 will be in the Cook Theater at the beautiful Landmark Center in Indy!

We're excited to also be doing photo shoots, and audio and video recordings while on the tour! These high quality recordings will allow our fans to experience TFW even if they can't come to a live show and we'll be recording new pieces in our repertoire, so whether or not you've seen us live, you'll be able to enjoy the new stuff!

Last year, we had the privilege of learning from the world-renowned Pilobolus Dance Theatre, which took our artistic and educational work to a whole new level. For example, they helped us figure out this:

How cool is that? We'll be working with them again during our tour and you can bet that we'll be getting even more creative ideas to share with you!

We'll also be throwing the inevitable... you guessed it... 

TANTRUMS!

Throughout the tour, we'll be filming random fits and tantrums from the road! It might be Hilary practicing in the back seat of the tour van. Or perhaps Neil playing out the window while driving through Colorado. Or maybe Greg turning a random object in a random city into a drum. Or mayhaps when we stop for gas, we'll all grab an instrument and create a new trick. That's right! New tricks! Which brings me to...

Our sweet rewards!

Everyone gets a big ol' thank you from the two year olds! We can also send you mp3s, tickets to our shows, CDs and DVDs, but wait!... there's more! We're rather proud of our "tricks". Like this one:

But now, you can inspire a trick which we will turn into a video greeting card just for you! Do you want to see Hilary rolling on the floor? Neil playing upside down? Greg juggling drumsticks? You got it! Wait... he juggles?? Oh, I said it! And he can teach you too! We all have random talents that we'd love to share with you: Neil is a certified yoga instructor, Greg can juggle fire and Hilary can help you pair adult beverages for your next meal! Did I mention that our rewards are pretty awesome?

So grab your favorite blanky, tonka truck or doll and join us for the great

TERRIBLE TWOS TOUR 2012!

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    {THANK YOU!} Even two-year olds can say thank you! But instead of a sloppy, sticky kiss on the cheek, you'll get a big ol' thank you on our facebook page, twitter account and we'll probably shout it out wherever we are at the time, as well!

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    {DIGITAL RECORDING OF 8-TRACK MIND plus a THANK YOU} Need a lullaby to send you to sleep? We will send you a digital single of our new piece, "8-Track Mind", a compilation of hits from 1972 and 1973 arranged by and for our trio! It'll send you to sleep in Funky Town!

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    {TICKET TO A SHOW plus 8-TRACK MIND plus a THANK YOU} Get a ticket to one of our shows along the Terrible Twos Tour 2012 route! There will be new pieces and shenanigans, so come check it out! Show dates and location are: {July 27 at Exapno in Brooklyn, NY} {August 2 in Washington Depot, CT} {August 5 in Cleveland, OH} {August 31 in Indianapolis, IN} All ages are welcome, whether you're two like us or older! Choose your city in the comments section and stop by after the show to say hello!

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    {THE FOURTH WALL CD plus a TICKET plus a THANK YOU} We love moving while playing, but we can also play standing still with microphones in front of us! Get a CD of some of our favorite commissioned works and arrangements from our first two seasons... oh and that'll include "8-Track Mind" on there as well. Maybe you can find your perfect lullaby on this CD...

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    {THE FOURTH WALL DVD plus ALL the above rewards!} Two-year olds like watching movies, right? Get a DVD including our new videos from the tour plus live performance footage! We'll even include a couple tantrums in there for you!

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    {TRICKED OUT VIDEO plus ALL the above rewards!} We will create a personalized video greeting card just for YOU with a brand new trick inspired by YOU! Want a video where we're rolling on the ground? We'll do it! How about someone playing upside down? Or hanging off someone else? It'll be silly and creative. Like... silly putty! I like silly putty. You will also receive all the above rewards.

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    {CUSTOM FOOD AND DRINK PAIRING ADVICE! plus ALL the above rewards!} Hilary is a total beer, wine and spirits dork and loves to talk with people about it! With your menu, palette, and budget in mind, she will suggest a list of fantastic drinks to accompany your meal complete with tasting notes! Please only choose this reward if you and your guests are over the age of 21 - after all, adult beverages aren't for 2 year-olds! (Alcohol not included)

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    {LEARN TO JUGGLE! plus ALL the rewards at the $100 level and below!} Greg can juggle fire and that's pretty darn sweet. He's also taught many people to juggle and can teach you, too! Lessons are available in person in Indianapolis or online via Skype anywhere else in the world! Balls, pins, diablo and torches, oh my!

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    {YOGA WITH NEIL! plus ALL the rewards at the $100 level and below!} Not only does he play a mean bass trombone, Neil is also a certified yoga instructor and will give you a private class in person in Indiana or via Skype anywhere else in the world! He'll even personalize the session for you to stretch and strengthen the stuff you want stretched and strengthened!

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    {SPECIAL ONLINE SHOW! plus ALL the rewards at the $250 level and below!} We will set up a private video stream performance for you and your friends anywhere in the world! Do you have a favorite piece? We'll program it!

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    {HOUSE CONCERT!! plus all the rewards at the $250 level and below!} We will come do a live performance for you and your friends anywhere within a 5-hour drive of Indianapolis! If you live within the quadrant of Chicago, Cleveland, Nashville and St. Louis, we'll perform a full show, tailor the program to your home and include your favorite TFW pieces!

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    {PARTY IN THE USA!!! plus all the rewards at the $250 level and below!} Host a private performance by The Fourth Wall anywhere in the continental United States! We'll bring the instruments, music, and dance, you provide the location! We'll tailor our program to the space and include your favorite TFW pieces!

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    {COMMISSION AN ARRANGEMENT! plus ALL the rewards at the $250 level and below!} Do you have a favorite piece that you think would be totally awesome played by flute, bass trombone and percussion and could use some staging?? We will arrange, stage, and choreograph a piece of YOUR choice! We'll also have you in on our rehearsals (in person or via Skype) to watch the piece come together!

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    {COMMISSION A NEW WORK!!! plus ALL the rewards at the $250 level and below!} That's right, a brand new piece by a living composer! We will sit down and talk with you about which composers, what type of piece and where we might premiere it! And since we work very closely with all our collaborators, you will be in on all the steps it takes to get a hybrid arts piece from an idea to a performance!

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