Multiple Bodies and a Theme of Tomorrow is a collaborative endeavor by multiple artists who will produce a series of interconnected works to be revealed in various cities and in various forms throughout the Autumn/Winter of 2015. Instead of one comprehensive and geographically specific premiere evening, we hope to extend these ideas and processes into multiple communities and through multiple iterations, maybe even happening at the same time. These collaborations will take on many forms and structures, including performances, sound installations, videos, photography, essays, and who knows what else. Cooking?
(So for example: A performance may be happening in DC while a related video is screening in New York). Not all events will be held in major cities, and some might only exist online.
We are interested in pursuing critically engaged ideas that develop from the purposefully vague prompt of ‘tomorrow.’ This could include interrogations of gender, habit, sexuality, socialization, transformative action, censorship, forgiveness, love, kinship, and all shades of queerness that resonate when considering these topics in relation to 'tomorrow.'
Currently, the creative team is shaping up to look something like this :
(PS - Click on names to learn more about these rad humans)
Christina Carlotti Kolb - dance artist (NYC)
Maree Remalia - dance artist (Pittsburg/DC)
Betty Skeen - dance artist (NYC)
Kimberly Barnes - sound/video/media artist (Richmond, VA)
John Dombroski - sound/video/media artist (Somewhere Out West?)
Cynthia Henebry - photography artist (Richmond, VA)
Nikolai McKenzie - dance artist (Virginia Beach, VA)
and ME (see video)
This team will likely grow and expand. If you're interested in playing along...holler!
Although we will often be using untraditional rehearsal methods to cultivate and develop ideas from multiple locations at once (meaning some of our collaborations will take place from a distance), it will indeed be a (wonderful) challenge to navigate such a widespread geographical matrix of participating bodies. There will be a lot of mega-busing, amtraking, couch-surfing, and city-hopping to ensure that the momentum maintains and expands, which is a big part of what these funds will help to support. In addition to travel reinforcement, these funds will also help cover studio rentals (for rehearsal), space rentals (for screenings/performances/exhibits, etc), and artist fees.
SIDE NOTE: Dig that music in my video? That's Mike Wall and he's a dance-maker's dream audio resourse : www.soundformovement.com
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk in pursuing a project of this ambitious size and complexity is undoubtedly the risk that we won’t actually secure the resources (financial, spatial, temporal, mental, emotional) to make it all happen the way we want. I have full faith in the audacity and imagination of this team, although all of the savvy in the world doesn’t replace the fact that we are all sporadically-employed working artists who live in separate cities. Instead of seeing this separation as an obstacle to overcome, I think it's an opportunity to consider new modes of collaboration and collective idea-making/art-making. YAY.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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