About this project
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THE PENNY JIVE
Presented by the OBERON New Works Series, Jive and Myss Ripley's Pleasure Swing, The Penny Jive is an immersive ElectroSwing clubnight theatrical inspired by the cut-throat universe of ThreePenny Opera and the Beggars Opera.
ElectroSwing, for those not in the know, is a genre of EDM (or dance house electronic music) grooving, growing in popularity and sure to set your heart (and loins) on fire; If the Andrews Sisters and Deadmau5 had a love child, ElectroSwing would be it.
W H A T . I S . I T ?
The Penny Jive seeks to take the two intrinsic and opposing textures of ElectroSwing and the music of Kurt Weill to produce a show that melds the in-your-face fun of spinning DJ talents---curated by Jive, an ElectroSwing monthly every first Friday in Boston--- with an electro-noir nightclub immersive theatrical spectacular. Once passed through OBERON's front doors, the audience is transported to The Penny Jive nightclub, sipping poison with Jenny Diver and Polly Peachum, as well as being surrounded by a rotating cast of scintillating circus, vaudeville variety and bodacious burlesque guest performers.
The Penny Jive is a cocktail of one part club extravaganza, one part stage show, one part vaudevillian chaos and a whole glass overflowing with effervescent delight.
T H E . P L A Y E R S :
MYSS MADELAINE RIPLEY is a Boston area performer, musician and producer. After having such a delightful time at OBERON with Madame Tullule's Grand Fiasco in 2011, Ripley went on to a rollicking year-plus of collaboration and work with a wild variety of experiences...
From time spent with the Boston Circus Guild as co-composer and performer in their 2012 production 'Threshold' to performing with bands ranging from the Deer Hunter to the 30 Seconds to Mars to cavorting through the rooms of Sleep No More with Somerville's own Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band. Now she is back in OBERON with a new project hatched through a (debatably) healthy obsession with vaudeville, circus and Kurt Weill.
JIVE is Boston's premier ElectroSwing dance night, a frolicking rollicking night of swing, blues, singers and dancers coming together on the "first Fridays of the month at An Tua Nua; Grab that fedora and slip on those wingtips; we're rocking the classic dance sounds with a modern club feel! Electroswing has already taken Europe by storm - we're joining the movement here in the States." (Text taken from the Jive Facebook page)
MODULOKTOPUS is Myss Ripley's partner in electro-collaboration, and the electronic producer for The Penny Jive live ElectroSwing score.
Moduloktopus and Myss Ripley's brains come together with live instrumentalists to make Myss Ripley's Pleasure Swing an aural romp through dixie-land, sultry swing, haunting ballads and drubbing drum&bass.
the OBERON New Works Series is a fantastic opportunity for new creators to workshop their show utilizing the OBERON and A.R.T. facilities. The OBERON space was created to house their weekly glitter-soaked spectacular "The Donkey Show," a disco re-telling of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
W H E N . I S . I T ?
The Penny Jive will be hosting a workshop performance on June 3rd at OBERON, and will then go barreling straight towards the full run August 9th, 15th & 16th of 2013.
Risks and challenges
In order to provide you lovelies with the most detailed of immersive experiences, it is necessary to procure a certain amount of funding. Unfortunately, letting dear Macheath collect them using his… particular methods is frowned upon in polite society. As such, we have launched this Kickstarter!
Live theater is a large enough obstacle to tackle. Fringe musical theater mixed with an ElectroSwing dancenight is a beast of a different wild and strange color...
Our greatest risk is simply in not being able to put on the full production. The actors are in the wings, the music is cued to play... but without funding, the full production will be put on an indefinite hold.
This is where the beauty of Kickstarter and crowdfunding starts to shine as you, dear denizens of the internet, become that personage of myth and legend: a financial Producer and Sponsor of the Arts
Transforming a theater into an electrifying ElectroSwing environment takes gumption and cash.
In the full scope of this production we must find the capital to cover...
+Paying a stipend to cast, band, DJ's, guest performers, production team, and technical crew--- we are all committed to this project, but one sadly cannot actually subsist on creativity alone.
+Cost of materials for costumes, set, props and accouterments needed for a spectacle of this nature.
+Recording costs associated with making the live ElectroSwing score
+A whole lot of overhead.
As such it is imperative that we meet or exceed our goals so that we can exceed your expectations!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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