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WHAT’S “THE MUSE” / WHO ARE  WE?!  The Muse is a vibrant, circus-based performance venue and training space in Brooklyn, New York, that began in 2011 as a completely raw warehouse space. Under the direction of Angela Buccinni Butch and with the efforts of dedicated volunteers, a glorified garage was transformed into the home of the warm and welcoming Muse community. Fostering the collaboration between circus, music, dance, and every other imaginable iteration of performance art, The Muse provides an affordable space for artists to develop and showcase original works.

Look what we did with 32D - Now imagine what we will do TOGETHER
Look what we did with 32D - Now imagine what we will do TOGETHER

At The Muse, anyone can join in the fun of the circus. We cultivate a safe, non-judgmental, dynamic environment for professionals and novices alike. Our professional teachers offer classes for all skill levels, and frequent workshops feature artists from around the world. Monthly showcases and special events give students the opportunity to grow as performers while offering professional members of the community a place to showcase new work. 

We share what we love - We teach how to have wings
We share what we love - We teach how to have wings

After a few beautiful years of growth and transformation, we will be losing our home on South 1st Street at the end of 2014. The entire building is slated to become the new offices for Vice Magazine. While we are saddened by this loss, truth be told, we were already beginning to outgrow the space. We are ready to secure our new home and rebuild something even better than what we had before – this time with three years of experience under our belts and the power of the community that we have fostered. 

A NEW HOME !!!

After an extensive search process, The Muse has found a perfect new space in Bushwick, off of the Wilson stop on the L train. With approximately 7000 square feet of floor space and 30 foot ceilings, and outdoor space, The Muse is poised to become the largest independent performance venue and circus training space in Brooklyn.

WHY DONATE?   SO BROOKLYN DOESN’T LOSE THE MUSE!!!   

In the past year alone, multiple spaces for artists have closed and have yet to reopen their doors. A growing number of artists are abandoning NYC for more affordable places to train and perform, and that means they are taking inspirational and innovative shows to audiences far, far away.   The Muse community is determined to keep its artistic sanctuary open to the people!   Our sense of family is thriving and STRONG, and we lovingly invite you to join us in our fight to ensure that art by Brooklyn can stay in Brooklyn!  

WHERE YOUR MONEY WILL GO

We are so grateful for every penny that is donated and will spend it wisely. $60,000 is really just enough to get the ball rolling so that the space can be a safe and comfortable place to train and host events.  WE really need $120,000 to fully execute the dream build out of the new space that we have already located.  

As far as that first $60,000 is going.  The breakdown of funds will be allocated accordingly:

Funding Breakdown for $60,000
Funding Breakdown for $60,000

Lease Deposit -  $10,000 - We have already put down $21,000 to hold the space, a remaining $10,000 will be due at lease signing.  We will have a 5 year lease on the space with the option to renew for another 5 years. We are getting our first 2 months of rent abated to allow for renovation.

Bathroom, Locker Room, and Kitchen Fixtures - $9,000 - We have negotiated for the landlords to provide a plumbing allowance to install additional lines for toilets and showers in the locker room area, as well as by the stage area, but we are responsible for finishing the bathroom & kitchen. The kitchen will be a great amenity for our students and teachers as well as an attractive feature for special event rentals. We're hoping to host lots of circus weddings.

Stage Build Out - $7,000 - We will have an elevated 25' x 30' stage with storage areas underneath for rows of seating.  It will be large enough for apparatuses like Cyr and German Wheel.  There will also be a sizable backstage area. 

Sound and Lighting - $5,000 - Given that the stage alone in the new space is roughly the size of the entire old Muse, we need to make some serious investments in sound and lighting.  This $5,000 will be enough to set up a basic lighting grid and adequate sound system, taking into account what already have.  If we surpass our goal, this would be one of the first places we allocate additional funds.

Training Equipment and Rigging Supplies - $9,000 - At 30 feet we are looking at twice the height of our current space.  This means we will be upgrading a lot of our equipment.  We need to purchase much more robust crash mats, higher rated beam clamps for rigging points, more hardware and new aerial apparatuses. This is another place where the sky is the limit in terms of how much we could spend.  If we surpass our $60,000 goal more money will be allocated here

Office and Green Room Build Out $11,000 - Less exciting than flying from the ceiling, but for an organization to run smoothly there does need to be space for administrative functions.  We will be building a second floor that will only cover the first quarter of the space for office and green room areas. The green rooms will allow performers to have a comfortable safe space to warm up for their acts. 

Moving expenses - $3,000 - We'll enlist as much help as we can with the physical move.  That said realistically we'll likely be having to pay for some of the schlepping and storage fees for items that need a safe home during construction.

If you've been adding this up, you may notice that we're $6,000 shy of $60,000, that's because we've factored in the 10% that will be taken out between Kickstarter and Amazon Payment fees.

Our dream build out items include: a more bangin' sound system, additional lighting, professional stage curtains, marley dance flooring for the entire space, and a scissor lift for easy and safe access to those high rigging points. All of these dream items would be super awesome to have, but are not necessary to get the Muse moving.

Does your heart beat circus?  Share your love with the world with a Muse t-shirt.  This is the silkscreen we use!
Does your heart beat circus? Share your love with the world with a Muse t-shirt. This is the silkscreen we use!

Maybe your heart doesn't beat circus, but you'd like to donate for a reward for someone. Give the gift of circus this season and if the delivery date on our reward is later than December just message us and we will make sure to get you a gift certificate on time for the holidays.

Risks and challenges

As a community accustomed to flying through the air and accomplishing astounding physical feats we are no strangers to risk and challenge.

We acknowledge that in undertaking any venture of this scale, we are likely to encounter setbacks and hiccups, but we live by the mantra “the show must go on!”

While we may sometimes create illusions on stage, we won’t do that in terms of our plans. So here are our big challenges:

1. Loading out the current Muse in a careful and timely fashion - The current Muse, which was so lovingly built, is a great resource for us. We already have a lot of materials that we will use in the new space and we need to be careful in removing and transporting them. We anticipate that we will be able to accomplish breaking down The Muse the same way we built it up, on a tight budget with a small army of volunteers.

2. Renovating the new space. Large construction projects are notorious for taking longer and costing more than expected. In order to mitigate the risk of running out of money midway, we are already starting with the work that needs to be done in order to get the venue in good condition to rent our for special events and weddings: The windows and roof are being repaired, the space is being power-washed, the bathrooms are under construction.The kitchen is slated for immediate build out. This means that the Muse will be fully functional for special event and wedding rentals so we can have additional funds coming in ASAP.

3. Renovating in a timely fashion - Our main goal is to create space where our community (which means YOU) can train, learn and play together. We will prioritize construction timelines towards functionality and add the bells and whistles later.

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    Circus Sampler Class. Are you interested in running off to join the circus, but don't know where to begin? This workshop is a perfect way to explore various apparatuses and floor skills before signing up for a specific class series.

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    Ticket & Entrance to the Muse Memorial Celebration Show !
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    Join us for the last show EVER on South 1st !

    After a very special showcase with a handpicked line up and several of our favorite hosts we will light candles and have a special ceremony writing memories on the walls.

    We will take this evening to honor the special journey S1st st has brought us and celebrate the exciting adventure ahead !

    SUNDAY NOVEMBER 23rd 8pm THE MUSE all tickets must be purchased ahead RIGHT HERE on KICKSTARTER !

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    Improve the way you move in a 1 hour Private Dance lesson with Olga Dobrowolska. Learn more about Olga on her website http://odna.squarespace.com/

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    Personal training or private dance lesson or choreography session with the incredibly talentedJulia Halpin. Learn more about her approach to fitness at http://www.exerciseintention.com/
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    One hour private lesson with Heather Hammond of helium aerial dance. Choose lyra, silks or hammock for a Monday or Wednesday evening lesson at Hype Gym in Manhattan (2nd Ave & 27th). Please note lesson must be taken before December 31st 2014. Learn more about Heather and Helium at heliummm.com

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    Custom Tie-dyed garment by Dave Kliman. Dave will customize any garment, so long as it contains at least 20% cotton in the fabric. The more cotton, the more vibrant. We have a few examples up on Facebook. You will be responsible for getting the garment to Dave. Unless the garment is one of our Muse shirts which you can always up the donation amount to have an awesome tie-dyed Muse shirt.

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    Private Coaching Sessions with Julia Royter Wilson of Phoenix Entertainment - www.phoenixentertainmentnyc.com. Bring your act to the next level with an hour and a half session of artistic direction. Julia can work with you on any type of act!

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    Special Invite, personal bar and seating at our Muse Memorial Show on the evening of Dec 6th at our current Muse. This is one of the last chances to say goodbye to our beautiful Muse circus home on South 1st street.

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    Dinner with Butch. Homemade dinner at an intimate gathering with Angela Butch, founder and director of the Muse Brooklyn. Enjoy a night of gab and hanging out and dreaming up world circus domination. Quality time with the Muse spokesdogs included.

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    1 hour shared silks private with Sego Marchand Lazarro at the new Muse. Flying is more fun with a friend! learn more about Sego at segoonline.com.

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    Hands of Hollywood - Have your name and handprint embedded like the hands of Hollywood at the new Muse facility. There will be a special hands VIP party to make your print and celebrate with all other hands VIPs. 

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    Brooklyn Boulders 10-pack with gear rental and an introductory bouldering class. Circus isn't the only way to get high in Brooklyn! For those of you looking to see what else you can do when you're circus fit (or want to get that way), the 22,000 square feet of climbing at Brooklyn Boulders is a the perfect place to go! Learn more at http://www.brooklynboulders.com/

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    Aerial pary with Sego Marchand Lazarro. Want to share the fun of circus with your friends? Try a 1hour silks or aerial hoop private party at the new Muse. Perfect fp birthdays, bachelorette parties, office parties. For a group of up to 5 people. Learn more about Sego at http://www.segomarchand.com/

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    Act choreography with Olga Dobrowolska. Looking to create a new piece but having problems putting it all together? Olga will help you come up with a 2.5 - 3 minute sequence on the floor or help aerial acts with their dance styling. http://odna.squarespace.com/

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    Name a Rigging Point. You will truly be what is holding us up in the sky.  We will name a rigging point in your honor. Imagine the thrill of hearing a Muse staff member shout, "Lets hang the red silks off of Fred."(if your name is Fred, you get the idea).

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    Fire performance. Noah from Brooklyn, the Muse's own Mr. Fixit, is also a world class fire performer. He specializes in torch manipulation and fire eating and breathing. You can book him for your next event. He is insured and approved for safety practices by the FDNY. Definitely contact us if you have questions about the appropriateness of fire for your event or venue. NYC area only.

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    Headshots by Allison Stock. She's taken so many amazing pictures at the Muse over the years and now she is generously offering her headshot services. 1-2 hour outdoor session in Central Park. 4 looks. You will receive a few prints and 20 hi-res retouched images. Deal of the century. Check out her work at www.allisonstock.com

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    Personalized circus THANK YOU song and video created just for you by the incredibly talented Joanna Wallfisch! 
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    Group Acrobalance Workshop for up to 20 participants. Great for family, friends, corporate events, etc... Acrobalance is a great way to work on trust communication while playing and achieving things that you might never have imagined to be possible. Workshop can take place at the Muse or your location.
    The amazing acrobatic Duo team Yoni and Angela (also Muse founder) will be your teachers!
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    1 Year of UNLIMITED TRAINING during open training hours. From the time we officially open our doors you will have one year to come to as many open workouts as your heart desires. We will have much more extended training hours than at the old Muse, as we will be so much bigger. That's a lot of training with a whole lot of height and floor space! Reminder: circus pro open workouts do not include instruction.

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    A Muse performer at your next event !
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    ROYAL Flushes !
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    Original painting by Nata Ibragimov. 18"x24" mixed medium untitled painting on board. It's layered with genuine swarovski crystals. Signed and dated by the artist. With certificate of authenticity. See the Muse Facebook page for a post with image and check out http://www.nataillustration.com/ for more of Nata's work,

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    Name the Crane! One of the most awesome features of the new Muse is the beam crane that is on a track that runs the whole length of the space. We are brainstorming all of the amazing ways we can use it...and you can immortalize it we'll paint on whatever (family friendly) name you choose!

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    Vice Magazine Grand Opening Party Entertainment Package. Since we know the space inside and out and our community is bursting with talented circus and variety performers, we could really throw down to for a launch party. C'mon Vice, do us a solid.

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    POPACTION class at STREB. POPACTION intertwines dance, athletics, boxing, rodeo, the circus, and Hollywood stunt work into a bristling muscle-and-motion vocabulary. Learn more at www.streb.org.

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    Print by Nata Ibragimov. 8"x10" signed print titled "Angela" See the Muse Facebook page for a post with image and check out http://www.nataillustration.com/ for more of Nata's work,

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    Aerial silks group class with Bobby Hedglin-Taylor at STREB. Whether you're a beginner or pro Bobby can show you the ropes...on silks! Learn more about Bobby on his website www.bobbyhedglintaylor.com. Please note weekday classes are during the day, but for those of you 9-5er's there is a Sunday evening class.

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    Print by Nata Ibragimov. 12"x18" signed print titled String See the Muse Facebook page for a post with image and check out http://www.nataillustration.com/ for more of Nata's work,

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    Print by Nata Ibragimov. 9.5"x17" signed print titled "CirquE" See the Muse Facebook page for a post with image and check out http://www.nataillustration.com/ for more of Nata's work,

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    Cooking Lesson. Learn some techniques for cooking South East Asian Cuisine with the AMAZING Chef Jesse Squier. NYC area only.

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    Adult Trampoline class at STREB - www.streb.org. This high-energy class will have you jumping and bouncing to good health and strong muscles. Build and tone muscle while gaining body awareness and having a great time!

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    Ticket & beverage to a Muse production of your choice in our new venue or in the old venue in its final days.

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    Adult Flying trapeze class at STREB. Learn how to fly through the air with the greatest of ease - in a safe and structured class. Visit www.streb.org to learn more.

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    Learn to swing dance! Level 1 swing series at Brooklyn Swings, either Gowanus or Williamsburg location. Learn more at www.brooklynswings.com. Try to redeem within 6 months.

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    Vintage old Muse logo car magnet. Our old logo has been retired and no longer will be in use. Get it now while it lasts and drive around in style or deck out your fridge with a bit of Muse history .

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    Ruffle circus shorts from LunaLaRosa Costume design. Beautiful shorts made to move in! Check out examples here:https://www.facebook.com/pages/LunaLaRosa-Costume-Design-Photography/203212156382284

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    Hula Hoop! One custom polypro hoop by Randy Kato (collapsible or regular, any color in stock), up to $60 value. Please note only collapsible hoops can be shipped. See his etsy store for an amazing array of options.
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    Why Ride a Pony when you can Fly on a Yoni?

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    Private Wall Running Lesson with one of our amazing instructors and community members Elizabeth Foster!

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    Private German Wheel lessons with Chris Delgado in our new home! Learn how to flip, invert and do all kinds of fun things on this incredible apparatus. Check out www.thewheeldelgado.com to learn more about the boundless possibilities of the German Wheel.

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    Cyr Lesson with Randy Kato. The new Muse will be one of the few training spaces that can regularly accomodate Cyr. Take advantage of this with a private 1 hour lesson in the new space. Learn more at http://www.svindelic.com/instruction.html

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    Home cooked meal just for you by Master Chef Jesse Squier. NYC only.

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    Choose the fabric and design and Kae Burke one of the geniuses behind the House of Yes will make you your very own spandex wonder-tard, fit to your measurements!

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    11x14 signed print by Harry Pocius. Gorgeous shot of Airin Dalton on lyra taken at The Muse. See the Muse Facebook Page for a sneak peak of the image (there will be no watermark on the final print). You can also check out more of Harry's work at harrypociusphotography.com

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    11x14 signed print by Harry Pocius. Gorgeous shot of Juanita Cardenas on the trapeze taken at The Muse. See the Muse Facebook Page for a sneak peak of the image (there will be no watermark on the final print). You can also check out more of Harry's work at harrypociusphotography.com

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    11x14 signed print by Harry Pocius. Gorgeous shot of Elaina Royter on aerial hammock taken at The Muse. See the Muse Facebook Page for a sneak peak of the image (there will be no watermark on the final print). You can also check out more of Harry's work at harrypociusphotography.com

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    Handmade leather fanny pack by Juanita Cardenas. Purses are so limiting. Keep your hands free and your stuff safe with an awesome belt/bag. We'll post pictures on Facebook and in an update.

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    Introductory Contortion Private with Olga Karmansky. Are you looking to stretch your range, literally? A 1 hour private in with rhythmic gymnastic champion and Pippin cast member Olga Karmansky will really open up your world. She teaches out of her Union Square studio. Lessons are available btw Dec 16th and Feb 15th. Check out her website for some bendy inspiration! http://www.contortion-nyc.com/

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    Why ride a pony?
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    Private handstand lesson with Rebecca Stronger.

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    Multiple Choice with Anya Sapozhnikova. 1.5 hour with House of Yes co-founder and all around badass Anya.
    You can:
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    Circus Throne If you've been to the Muse, you've probably seen the "Throne" chair that lives in the kitchen. We'll reupholster it just for you. The throne can be brought to your home or kept at the Muse in your honor!  The choice is yours. We only have one of these stunning thrones .

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    Cyr-iously awesome custom built Cyr wheel from Florida metal worker Bill Roberts. Get your spin on at the Muse and do it in style, we'll also send you a t-shirt.

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    A concert in your living room! Singer songwriter Joanna Wallfish with the voice of an angel will deliver a 45 minute concert for you and your friends right in the comfort of your own home.
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    * Must be with in an hr commute of NYC *
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    Choose one of the Muse Mural Doors beautifully painted by the talented artists Maxine and Joey. There are only three doors and one can be yours! The other two will be moved to the new Muse to be hung in memory of our South 1st Street space,

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