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Premiering in February of 2012 at The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago. Support our work and learn about the process as we go. Read more

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Premiering in February of 2012 at The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago. Support our work and learn about the process as we go.

Chicago, IL Dance
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Chicago dance company Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak is seeking support for the creation of a new dance by Molly Shanahan. The Delicate Hour is a new work in Shanahan's ongoing project Stamina of Curiosity. Early iterations of Stamina, presented in Chicago and across the country over the last three years, have been called “some of the best dancing this city has seen in a long time.” (TimeOut Chicago)

In February 2012, the company will premiere The Delicate Hour at The Dance Center of  Columbia College Chicago, continuing its exploration of what the press calls: “Shanahan’s sinuous, utterly motivated and deeply felt movement…like nothing you’ve seen by any other troupe.” (Laura Molzahn, The Chicago Reader)

We hope you will support us in the creation of this new dance.

Shanahan’s process will begin intensively in September 2011, as she and her dancers—“one of the tightest ensembles in town” (TimeOut Chicago)—expand on what the body can discover and express through movement.

We invite you to be a part of our creative process; our wish is that you take this opportunity to learn more about us and get involved in this phase of the “Stamina of Curiosity” series. So, we’ve set up this Kickstarter campaign as a way to encourage your support as we work towards the work’s premiere in February 2012.  Kickstarter works like this:  we receive our funds ONLY IF we reach or exceed our goal of $5,000.  It's a clear demonstration of how every backer at every level truly contributes to the success of the campaign.

In addition to everlasting gratitude, we are offering perks to bring you closer to the work (and each reward level includes the rewards from the levels before it). Creating a new dance takes a lot of time in the studio and requires resources aplenty; support from ticket sales and philanthropic organizations covers approximately 60% of our costs. By getting involved at this stage of the process, you are contributing to one of the most crucial phases of development and playing a role in creating a new work of art.

Kickstarter Video Creation and Editing - Molly Shanahan and Parker Murphy; music - "Sunlight" by Max Richter

Ensemble - Juli Farley, Kristina Fluty, Ben Law, Jessie Marasa, Molly Shanahan

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    Thank you! We sincerely appreciate your contribution and you have our humble thanks. You will be recognized in the concert program.

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    Check your (snail) mailbox. You will receive a handwritten thank you note from Molly or an ensemble member with a brief update on the most recent discoveries in rehearsal.

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    The Delicate Hour blog access. Keep track of what we are doing in the studio and beyond with private access to our blog. Molly or a collaborator will be updating weekly until the premiere in February 2012.

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    Signed Five and Five drawing. You will receive a copy of one of our “Five and Five” drawings, signed by the artist with a quick note about what the artwork reflected during that day’s rehearsal. What is a “Five and Five” drawing, you ask? Check out this Alverno Presents blog from Mol for some more on this: http://alvernopresents.alverno.edu/blog/?cat=4

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    Join our meditation circle. We meditate for five minutes before and after rehearsal as part of our process (the other "five" in the "Five and Five"). Just like with the drawings, sometimes we have a mantra or prompt given by Mol, sometimes we don’t. You will receive an email and a text message letting you know when the ensemble will be meditating, along with any mantras to sit with. The idea is that you become part of our circle by sitting with us when we begin and end our process. It doesn’t matter where or what you are doing, if you can take a couple of moments and join us in our practice, our work reaches you and others on a deeper level because we have strengthened the field of meditation.

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    Party. Join us for a special reception for donors during the Dance Center performance run February 23-25, 2012. Invite two friends.

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    Private rehearsal viewing and meal with Molly and ensemble at High Concept Laboratories. Ask us anything. Give us your feedback on what we are developing. Bring two friends.

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    Custom-designed one-day workshop or home-performance. We come to you and envelope you in the process with us. We can come to your home or establishment for a private performance, including post-show discussion. This is the perfect way to get up close and personal with the ensemble and the process. Invite as many friends as will fit in the room. OR…Molly and the ensemble treat you and your friends to a special process-inspired class/workshop at the location of your choice. It can be just you if you prefer a private movement coaching session. No matter what you choose, you get the experience of our process in your own cellular deliciousness.

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    Your name in lights. At this level, 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 "The Delicate Hour" and we are honored that you chose to support us as a way to make a mark on the field of dance.

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