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AwesomeTown Group is taking our unique brand of performance from the suburbs of Valencia to the theater in Prague. And we need you! Read more

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AwesomeTown Group is taking our unique brand of performance from the suburbs of Valencia to the theater in Prague. And we need you!

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The Details:

LANDSCAPE#4 is an interdisciplinary dance performance by AwesomeTown Group which has been selected for an international premiere as of 1 of 8 shows during the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space in Prague, Czech Republic.

We are the only group who was chosen from North America!

A collaborative realization, Landscape #4 draws its source from a text score written by CalArts experimental composer and Alumni, James Klopfleisch. 

The Work

Set against a mutable background of projection which expands and contracts the space- The only coherent text is the following words: “That which is transparent/But once was solid.” The way these words take on meaning is entirely dependent on the movement of a single figure who is locked in a landscape that is obscured from the audience by screens of blinds on two sides. Some viewers sit on one side and some on the opposite side of the “landscape.”  Both groups have equally obscured views.  Only when the light allows the action to be seen through the screen does the environment become visible, but one side of the audience sees different images from the other. You see color. I only see shadow. I hear sound. You hear music.*  And when the blinds part, the audience confronts itself, the performer sinking into darkness.  The simple objects , chair and table, within the space suddenly sing a litany of everyday sounds and amplify, sometimes from the mundane to the monstrous, the actions of  the startled protagonist.

Process:

The project involves composers, designers, painters, animators and dancers, expanding a minimalist set of instructions for sound to include elements from widely varied traditions. The core focuses on the elemental aspect of silence, and our tenuous connection to it; how its weight shapes listening, site, movement, design, and how it in turn is shaped by context.

The group of collaborators applies this thinking to each tradition, producing a common weight and coloring in each interpretation. This weight is carried like a line throughout the piece, drawing out the moment when we listen both inside and out, and the internal/external overlap in a blurred, extended epiphany.

The process of collaboration is a specific element that speaks to the uniqueness of the piece. It is a group project that takes as its unifying document a text score of the American Experimental Tradition; something clean, intentionally meant for sound, but so open that it can be realized by other mediums, not as a means of accompaniment but as a equal parts of a whole.

Why We Need You:

Honestly you, wise and supportive network, are our only hope! 

As graduate students and recent graduates, our monetary resources are severely restrained. However we have been working tirelessly to put this project together and now that we have been given the honor of an international premiere, we need your help to make it happen.

Just think, you`re not just funding one project, you`re helping nurture a diverse, hardworking and talented group of artists for projects to come!

And, If none of that is appealing, our incentives are actually pretty nice.

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and thank you so much for taking the time to read through our page!

Collaborators:

Musical Composition and Score:  James Klopfleisch   

Direction and Sceneography: Anahita Dehbonehie 

Choreography and Performance- Anne Moore   

Video Design-  Emilie Sabath, Damien Nemire-Pepe

Lighting Design- Zoe Gopnik-McManus

Sound Design- Stephanie Smith

Live Video-  Maya Erdelyi-Perez

Contributing videography- Emilie Sabath, Nick Flessa, Damien Nemire-Pepe, Maya Erdelyi-Perez

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    A beautiful copy of the original text score

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    A beautiful copy of the original text score as well as a CD from the show.

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    A handmade shirt or totebag ( your choice!) as well as a copy of the music and text score.

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    Souvenirs from Prague.

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    Souvenirs from Prague and one of a kind postcards from the show.

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    Souvenirs from Prague, a copy of the music and text score, one of a kind postcards from the show as well as a handmade t-shirt or totebag! Also, our undying love.

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    A specially prepared several course artist`s dinner in Los Angeles or New York. A feast for both the eyes and the tastebuds!
    During which you will receive a goody bag filled with some of the other thank you items mentioned above.
    Also, the goody bag is an AWESOME HANDMADE tote bag:)! And our undying love.
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    A specially prepared several course artist`s dinner in Los Angeles or New York. A feast for both the eyes and the tastebuds! During which you will receive a goody bag filled with some of the other thank you items mentioned above. Also, the goody bag is an AWESOME HANDMADE tote bag. And our undying love. For our gold member donators, we`d like to offer you original pieces of art made by group members. We think they`ll be worth something someday ;)

Funding period

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