Can 12 seniors, untrained in dance, mount a professional production (we did), inspire audiences (they loved us), gain national attention (a lot) and take the show on the road? (That’s where we need your help.)
We’re the Company of Angels. We’re all between the ages of 60 and 80. We live in the tiny Nova Scotia town of Annapolis Royal – population 450. Last summer, award-winning choreographer Randy Glynn came to us with a wild proposal. He would work with us to create a dance piece that reflected our life experiences - the joys, sorrows, and ups and downs (literally) of growing old. All we had to do was train for nine hours a week for three months – and remember an hour’s worth of choreography.
On August 23 we premiered Dancing in the Third Act to sold out audiences and standing ovations. Audience feedback poured in:
“It was joyful. It made me laugh, it brought me to tears. “
“Everyone needs to see and feel what you had to say…whatever you do don’t stop now.”
WE STRUCK A CHORD
We also got national media attention including CBC radio, major papers and a Dance International magazine review:
“When so much of dance is a young person’s game, there are few opportunities to see or deliver the depth of performance that a lifetime of real-world experience can bring to the stage. Dancing in the Third Act achieves this in spades.”
Randy Glynn puts it another way:
“Dance can be many things to many people. Since I began working with older dancers, I’m constantly amazed by their depth of expression – all the humour, dignity and power that a life-lived can offer.”
We started receiving invitations to perform in Canada, the US and the United Kingdom. Realistically, there’s only so much dancing we can do (remember, we’re old). We’re performing at a new contemporary dance festival in our hometown ( http://fodar.ca/ ) and we’ve accepted invitations to open two dance festivals: Quartiers Danse in Montreal and the Atlantic Dance Festival in Moncton, New Brunswick.
WE NEED YOUR HELP TO GET THERE
Be the first to pledge $3500 or more and you will own this (60” x 40”) painting by dancing angel Wayne Boucher, RCA.
Risks and challenges
We have to raise $9,000 to cover our costs to get “Dancing in the Third Act” to Montreal and Moncton. If we don’t raise our financial goal, the tours will be in jeopardy. If we’re lucky enough to surpass our goal, we’ll put the money towards our new productions. This summer we’re creating a new work, Teen Angel, and we’ve added teen dancers to the mix. New hoops for us to jump through (hopefully not literally) but we’re hard at it – hoping to appear in a theatre near you. Your support can give the Company of Angels wings!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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