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Support Molly Shanahan / Mad Shak's Almost 25 campaign: celebrating almost 25 years of mind-opening dance and growing into 25 more.
Support Molly Shanahan / Mad Shak's Almost 25 campaign: celebrating almost 25 years of mind-opening dance and growing into 25 more.
43 backers pledged $2,541 to help bring this project to life.

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"...a unique, gutsy contemplation of performance, its philosophy and practice, expressed in precise, subtle, even paradoxical moments."  - Laura Molzahn, Chicago Tribune

For almost 25 years Molly Shanahan / Mad Shak has created and presented critically-acclaimed dances that reimagine the human body in movement, and the relationships that occur in live performance.

Right now we are starting a multi-year campaign - Almost 25 - that will:

  • support our projects in 2016, and 
  • help us reach more people, better support our artists, and move into our next 25 years. 

Shanahan's sinuous, utterly motivated and deeply felt movement is like nothing you've seen by another troupe.  -  Laura Molzahn, WBEZ 91.5   

Since 1994 we have created and premiered over fifty original works. Molly Shanahan / Mad Shak’s budget has remained modest over almost 25 years. We keep our overhead low and we are tenacious in adapting to the constantly shifting arts economy. 

Now it’s time to grow:

  • so that the work we do can have a broader impact, and 
  • so that we can pay our artists in a way that is commensurate with the time, talent, and dedication that they devote to our organization and to you as an audience and community.

Molly Shanahan / Mad Shak is a “singular voice in Chicago dance” (Zac Whittenburg, TimeOut Chicago) who has been “distilling the essence of performance—the relationship between audience and artist—for years, exposing the honest beauty of the body in its natural state: fluid, organic motion” (Sharon Hoyer, New City Chicago).

You are part of our growth.

Contributions to Almost 25 in 2016 are primarily geared toward the development of Blackbird’s Ventriloquy, an evening-length solo dance by Molly Shanahan with original scores by multiple artists, including a return engagement with Kevin O'Donnell, as well as movement coaching and collaboration with Kristina Fluty. Blackbird’s Ventriloquy is being developed at Silo/Kirkland Farm in Bucks County, PA over two intensive residency periods this summer. 

Our rewards reflect our commitment to sharing our work with our community, and foster direct connection to our process when possible. 

We chose Kickstarter as a platform because their charter as a Benefit Corporation resonates with our mission: to bring our work to life, share it, and consider its impact on our world as a measure of success that comes before but not in place of the bottom line.

How Kickstarter works: we receive funding ONLY IF we reach or exceed our goal of $2,500. It's a clear demonstration of how every backer at every level truly contributes to the success of the campaign.

Both patient and adventurous, Molly Shanahan likes to go deep, sometimes examining one issue in multiple works over as many as seven years. The payoff is a unique, gutsy contemplation of performance, its philosophy and practice, expressed in precise, subtle, even paradoxical moments.  - Laura Molzahn Chicago Tribune

Risks and challenges

We've been doing this, in multiple iterations, for almost 25 years. The risks and challenges that are inherent in every project are one and the same with the rewards of moving into unknown territory. We embrace them all, and look forward to sharing what we encounter in "Blackbird's Ventriloquy."

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    Thank You Note / Process Journal

    You will receive a handwritten thank you note, lovingly mailed with a stamp, from Molly or an ensemble member with an update on the most recent progress from Molly's process journal.

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    Original Sound Recording

    The Above + You will receive an unreleased track of original music by Kevin O'Donnell from our archives, with liner note/conversation with Molly and Kevin.

    Kevin was our composer-in-residence for over ten years and created a catalogue of stunning original pieces for our work. We will be releasing these for the general public in 2017/18; this reward brings you into the listening room right away.

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    Drawing

    All of the Above + An original drawing by Molly, stemming from her creative process for "Blackbird’s Ventriloquy".

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    Voice Memo

    All of the Above + Over the course of the residency, Molly will create a personalized voice memo for you detailing her process in the studio after rehearsal for that day.

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    Rehearsal Video Clip

    All of the Above + a video made just for you from rehearsal. A raw, unfiltered glimpse into the movement process, shot at Silo in Bucks County, PA.

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    Online Salon Discussions

    All of the Above + You will be invited to a live online salon with Molly and the collaborators. We will offer the opportunity for you to ask questions and share your thoughts that have been developing with us along the creative process so far. We will host a second salon in the fall of 2016, exact time and date TBD.

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    Underwriting Credit

    All of the Above + You, your family, or group are credited as a major underwriter of the project in the concert program and each time the work is performed. Your contribution plays a key role in our ability to create "Blackbird’s Ventriloquy".

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Funding period

- (25 days)