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Armed Guard Garden is a collaborative dance work premiering at New York Live Arts February 15-18, 2012.
Armed Guard Garden is a collaborative dance work premiering at New York Live Arts February 15-18, 2012.
167 backers pledged $10,025 to help bring this project to life.

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Armed Guard Garden is an ensemble work created by Vanessa Anspaugh with performers Aretha Aoki, Lydia Okrent, Molly Lieber, Mary Read, and Niall Noel Jones. Our dramaturge for the piece is Susan Mar Landau, with costume design by Emily Roysdon, sound design by Ryan MacDonald, and is in conceptual collaboration with Cassie Peterson.

ABOUT Armed Guard Garden: Questioning how we maintain or reinforce difference between ”the garden and the world”, between your land and my land, between human and animal or Self and Other? On borders, back-roads, and in-betweens, Armed Guard Garden looks to the queer body as a site of resistance and to current “occupations” to both imagine and critique notions of paradise and “resting place.” 

ABOUT KICKSTARTER: Kickstarter is a unique platform for funding creative endeavors. In exchange for your support, we offer a variety of rewards--and our endless gratitude and love! Because funding is all-or-nothing, it is imperative that we raise our full goal of $10,000 to move forward with this project, otherwise nobody will be charged and the campaign will not be a success. 

WHAT ARE THE REWARDS? We are thrilled that many of the rewards we are able to offer for your support are the artwork of a group of incredibly talented and diverse makers, who also happen to be both a part of my community and my friends. Most of these rewards are unique in that only one or a few of each exists, which means that in addition to supporting the production of Armed Guard Garden you will also own rare and special work of art.

WHERE WILL THE FUNDS GO? Although Armed Guard Garden is being produced by New York Live Arts, we still need funds to cover the costs of daily company operations: rehearsal space rental; paying fair wages to dancers, lighting, costume, sound designers; insurance; and workers compensation. We are also working hard to expand our outreach program, which brings free performances to hospitals and public schools. At the end of the day, making innovative dance is both physically demanding AND expensive: we're working hard on our end, but we need your pledge to help make Armed Guard Garden a success! 

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    Thank you so much for your support! Your name will be listed on our Facebook page as well as our webpage.

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    For your $20 pledge, you’ll receive a special mixed CD of Sounds and Songs We've Danced To (And Ones We've Almost Danced To). Your name will also be listed on our Facebook & webpage!

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    Your $50 donation will get you a screen printed Armed Guard Garden canvas tote, the Sounds and Songs We've Danced To (And Ones We've Almost Danced To) mixed CD, and your name will be listed on our Facebook & webpage.

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    ONE-OF-A-KIND REWARD - SEE PHOTO AT LEFT! Laurie Berg has created a wonderfully playful necklace, The Alligator Catcher, that can be yours for a $75 donation. Learn more about Laurie at http://www.anotherbergcreation.com. Alongside this necklace you will receive the Armed Guard Garden tote, the mixed CD, and your name will be listed on our Facebook & webpage.

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    For your pledge of $100 you will receive complementary ticket to the opening night premiere on February 15, the Sounds and Songs We've Danced To (And Ones We've Almost Danced To) mixed CD, the Armed Guard Garden tote, and your name will be listed on our Facebook & webpage!

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    ONE-OF-A-KIND REWARD - SEE PHOTO AT LEFT! Lydia Okrent makes ceramic beads and with them she creates minimalist (and absolutely lovely) necklaces. Each necklace is one-of-a-kind, and only 20 exist, so get one while you can. Alongside a necklace you will receive the Armed Guard Garden tote, the mixed CD, and your name will be listed on our Facebook & webpage.

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    ONE-OF-A-KIND REWARD! For your pledge of $100 Julia Handschuh will send you six unique postcards over the course of a year that she has created especially for you. These will serve as documents of actions made in the woods, fields, and streams around her house! Julia is an artist, writer and organizer who lives in the woods of Western Massachusetts, and her work exists at the intersection of dance, installation art, ecology and public space. Visit http://www.juliashoe.com for more information about her work. Alongside this session you will also receive the Armed Guard Garden tote, the mixed CD, and your name will be listed on our Facebook & webpage.

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    ONE-OF-A-KIND REWARD - SEE PHOTO AT LEFT! For your donation of $100 you will receive a private Integrative Yoga Therapy Session 
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Katy's Urban Zen Integrative Therapy uses the tools of Yoga, Mindfulness
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tailored to a client's needs. These tools combine to create alert
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 since 2009. For more more information visit: http://www.cargocollective.com/katypyle. Alongside this session you will also receive the Armed Guard Garden tote, the mixed CD, and your name will be listed on our Facebook & webpage.

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    ONE-OF-A-KIND REWARD - SEE PHOTO AT LEFT! For your donation of $150 you will receive a 16x20 poster (on borderless archival-quality matte paper) of a 35mm photograph by Valeda Stull. Valeda is San Francisco-based interaction designer and photographer. For more information visit: http://doubleginger.visualblogging.com
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    ONE-OF-A-KIND REWARD - SEE PHOTO AT LEFT! Chris Haag has created four original mixed media drawings, and your $150 donation will get you one of the four. Each are lovely! Alongside this session you will also receive the Armed Guard Garden tote, the mixed CD, and your name will be listed on our Facebook & webpage.

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    ONE-OF-A-KIND REWARD - SEE PHOTO AT LEFT!
    Shawna Enyart is an L.A. based photographer and curator, and for $150 you can bring home a mixed media collage she created: "Just Don't Think About It (9 1/2 Weeks)”. Read more about Shawna at http://www.shawnaenyart.com.
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    Your $250 donation will get you one complementary ticket to the premiere on opening night, February 15, plus an invite for you +1 to our private pre-show champagne toast upstairs at NYLA.

    You will also receive a screen printed Armed Guard Garden canvas tote, the Sounds and Songs We've Danced To (And Ones We've Almost Danced To) mixed CD, and your name will be listed on our Facebook & webpage.

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    ONE-OF-A-KIND REWARD - SEE PHOTO AT LEFT! Hilda Shen is a NY-based artist and has created a beautiful giclée/wax print for our benefit--and for a $250 donation it’s yours! For more information about Hilda visit http://www.hildashen.com.
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    RJ Messineo is a contemporary artist who has donated a special piece for our fundraising, and for $350 you get the rare opportunity to own one of RJ’s pieces: oil & enamel on paper and wood. For more information about RJ visit: http://www.rjmessineo.com. Alongside this session you will also receive the Armed Guard Garden tote, the mixed CD, and your name will be listed on our Facebook & webpage.

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    For your pledge of $500 you will receive two complementary tickets to the opening night premiere on February 15, as well as an invite for two to attend the private pre-show champagne toast upstairs at NYLA.

    Additionally you will receive the Sounds and Songs We've Danced To (And Ones We've Almost Danced To) mixed CD, the Armed Guard Garden tote, and your name will be listed on our Facebook, webpage, and in a special Thank You in the NYLA program.

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    ONE-OF-A-KIND REWARD - SEE PHOTO AT LEFT! Emily Roysdon created these limited edition eyeglasses, “Surprise... you’re pregnant!”, in collaboration with l.a. Eyeworks, and for your $500 donation you have the rare opportunity to own them! From the artist's statement: Making a literal frame for questions of legibility and agency, these glasses are a surprising and humorous conversation piece. Making the gaze manifest, the person wearing this work has their perspective elaborated for all to see. Provoking conversations about gender and recognition, objecthood and form, dominance and self-possession the piece elicits a revisioning of how we read and approach each other. For more about Emily, visit: http://www.emilyroysdon.com. Alongside these eyeglasses you will also receive one complementary ticket to the premiere, the Armed Guard Garden tote, the mixed CD, and your name will be listed on our Facebook, webpage, and in a special Thank You in the NYLA program.

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    Cecelia Rembert is a NY-based artist, and for your $750 donation you have the special chance to own one of Cecelia’s paintings at a much-lower price than usual! The Prince is an oil & wax painting on enamel, and is 38x34 inches. You can see this piece and read more about Cecelia at http://www.rembert.org. Alongside this session you will also receive the Armed Guard Garden tote, the mixed CD, and your name will be listed on our Facebook & webpage, and in a special Thank You in the NYLA program.

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    Your $1000 donation will provide you with an incredible opportunity: to host a private screening of Armed Guard Garden live at your home (or event) in the NYC Metro area! You will also receive four complementary tickets to the premiere on opening night, February 15, plus an invite for four to attend our private pre-show champagne toast upstairs at NYLA. You will also receive a screen printed Armed Guard Garden canvas tote, the Sounds and Songs We've Danced To (And Ones We've Almost Danced To) mixed CD, and your name will be listed on our Facebook, webpage, and in a special Thank You in the NYLA program.

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