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Art installation at the de Young featuring original art film, dance, music, singing, choreograpy, photography and painting.
Art installation at the de Young featuring original art film, dance, music, singing, choreograpy, photography and painting.
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    • Tiit Helimets and Co.- The de Young Project, Fall, 2012

      Produced by Elizabeth Pang Fullerton

      On October 12, 2012, from 6:30-8:30 pm, Tiit Helimets, Principal Dancer with San Francisco Ballet and Artistic Director of Tiit Helimets and Co. will be presenting a unique multi-media installation at the prestigious M.H. de Young Memorial Museum in San Francisco, one of the most respected fine arts museums in the U.S.

      This remarkable and unprecedented project is an homage to Mr. Helimets's Estonian roots, with particular inspiration drawn from the colors of his homeland's flag. Tiit is known for his generosity amongst his co-workers in the world of ballet and the 'de Young Project' is no exception; this fresh Tiit Helimets and Co. endeavor will, once again, be a collaborative effort which includes some of ballet's finest dancers, as they explore their artistic talents beyond the world of classical ballet.

      In addition to showcasing the previously unknown artistic talents of some of the San Francisco Ballet's most familiar movers (normally seen on the stage of the War Memorial Opera House), the installation will include an extraordinary presentation of multiple world premieres, in a veritable bouquet of fine and performing arts:

      Producer: Elizabeth Pang Fullerton                                                                                      Dancers: Dana Genshaft, Myles Thatcher, and Luke Willis
      Narrators: Shannon Roberts and Molly Shaiken
      Original specially commissioned musical composition: Jonah Kim
      Singer: Shannon Roberts
      Makeup: Melanie Birch Stage Manager: Jane Green
      Costumes and Jewelry: Dores Andre and Jaime Garcia-Castilla
      The world premiere poem that inspired the entire project: Abi Basch
      Live painting performance of 'Synesthesia': Dustin Shane, who 'sees' music as it is played
      Photography: Alexander Reneff-Olson
      Screening of Eastern Odyssey: Quinn Wharton's film of Tiit Helimets and Co.'s 2011 Summer Tour to Estonia

      and

      "Blue, Black, and White" a brand new film by Rapt Productions

      In this brand new film, Tiit has given us yet another behind-the-scenes opportunity to watch the entire creative process of Tiit Helimets and Co. "Blue, Black and White" chronicles the de Young Project as it unfolds, leading right up to the actual performance installation. And this is where you can make a difference.

      If you have said to yourself (even once!), "wow", while reading about this sensational hand-selected group of artists that will be displaying their heretofore hidden talents, please make a donation to bring Tiit Helimets's vision to life; the de Young Museum has provided the installation space, but the project and film cannot happen without your additional support to fund the costs of film production and materials.

      Tiit Helimets and Co. continues to bring us closer to understanding the creative process of the artists we most respect and will once again give some fabulous exclusive perks in return for your support; to whet your appetite, take a look at the list of goodies attached to each level of donation.

      And did we mention that there will be an ongoing series of film teasers, for donors only, unveiling the ongoing progress of the project leading up to the installation? Or that there might be those wonderful artist conversations and interviews for your viewing pleasure?

      No donation is too small; remember-it is a collaborative effort of donors that will ultimately support this collaborative effort of artists.

      Thanks for sharing the vision!

      With Great Gratitude,

      Tiit Helimets and Co.

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    A beginner or advanced ballet class taught by Tiit Helimets. Tiit Helimets will use the method of Henry Berg's floor barre, which will strenghten the dancer before they start dancing. After floor barre Tiit Helimets will give a ballet class acording the the level of the dancer. The age limit for children starts from 12 years old and up. For adults there is no age limit. The ballet class will take place in 128 10th Street, San Francisco.

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    A beginner or advanced ballet class taught by Tiit Helimets. Tiit Helimets will use the method of Henry Berg's floor barre, which will strenghten the dancer before they start dancing. After floor barre Tiit Helimets will give a ballet class acording the the level of the dancer. The age limit for children starts from 12 years old and up. For adults there is no age limit. The ballet class will take place in 128 10th Street, San Francisco.

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    Listing on the credits of the original art film as a donor. Access to the private section of my website where you can view all of the photos, video footage, and read updates as they lead up to the event at the de Young. 8x10 signed photograph that you can choose for yourself of any available photos that you like on the website. A signed CD of the original soundtrack by Jonah Kim. A teeshirt signed by all the people involved in the project. A signed special edition DVD of the "Blue, Black, and White" movie.
    A beginner or advanced ballet class taught by Tiit Helimets. Tiit Helimets will use the method of Henry Berg's floor barre, which will strenghten the dancer before they start dancing. After floor barre Tiit Helimets will give a ballet class acording the the level of the dancer. The age limit for children starts from 12 years old and up. For adults there is no age limit. The ballet class will take place in 128 10th Street, San Francisco.

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    Listing on the credits of the original art film as a donor. Access to the private section of my website where you can view all of the photos, video footage, and read updates as they lead up to the event at the de Young. A signed CD of the original soundtrack by Jonah Kim. A teeshirt signed by all the people involved in the project. A signed special edition DVD of the "Blue, Black, and White" movie. A special signed 8x10 high gloss metal print, selected from the photos on our website. These photos are highly durable, waterproof, weather proof, and ultra scratch-resistant. Special invitation for two, to come and see a rehearsal leading up to the event at the de Young.
    A beginner or advanced ballet class taught by Tiit Helimets. Tiit Helimets will use the method of Henry Berg's floor barre, which will strenghten the dancer before they start dancing. After floor barre Tiit Helimets will give a ballet class acording the the level of the dancer. The age limit for children starts from 12 years old and up. For adults there is no age limit. The ballet class will take place in 128 10th Street, San Francisco.

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    Listing on the credits of the original art film as a donor.

    Access to the private section of my website where you can view all of the photos, video footage, and read updates as they lead up to the event at the de Young.

    8x10 signed photograph that you can choose for yourself of any available photos that you like on the website.

    A signed CD of the original soundtrack by Jonah Kim.

    A teeshirt signed by all the people involved in the project.

    A signed special edition DVD of the "Blue, Black, and White" movie.

    A special signed 8x10 high gloss metal print, selected from the photos on our website. These photos are highly durable, waterproof, weather proof, and ultra scratch-resistant.

    Special invitation for two, to come and see a rehearsal leading up to the event at the de Young.

    Dinner with Tiit Helimets and also two additional people involved in the installation.

    A beginner or advanced ballet class taught by Tiit Helimets. Tiit Helimets will use the method of Henry Berg's floor barre, which will strenghten the dancer before they start dancing. After floor barre Tiit Helimets will give a ballet class acording the the level of the dancer. The age limit for children starts from 12 years old and up. For adults there is no age limit. The ballet class will take place in 128 10th Street, San Francisco.

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    Own one of the original 8 by 14 feet canvases that are painted in the movie "Blue, Black, and White".
    Also as a part of the set get a signed DVD of the movie and the signed shoes that the individual dancer used to paint the canvas. Dinner in San Francisco with the three dancers appearing in the movie. Updates on the website which are specially created for the Kickstarter backers. A signed photo by all the people involved in the project. All of the canvases are coated with protective coating and they are all signed and dated. Signed teeshirt by all the people involved in the project.
    A beginner or advanced ballet class taught by Tiit Helimets. Tiit Helimets will use the method of Henry Berg's floor barre, which will strenghten the dancer before they start dancing. After floor barre Tiit Helimets will give a ballet class acording the the level of the dancer. The age limit for children starts from 12 years old and up. For adults there is no age limit. The ballet class will take place in 128 10th Street, San Francisco.

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