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A photographic tarot deck—using dancers to embody the traditional Tarot archetypes, from "The Fool" to "The World."
A photographic tarot deck—using dancers to embody the traditional Tarot archetypes, from "The Fool" to "The World."
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The Dancers Tarot

I'm creating a photographic tarot deck, using dancers and movers to embody the traditional Tarot archetypes. As a dancer, choreographer, dance teacher, and photographer, my desire is to integrate these art forms in this project.

Why Tarot?

As someone deeply involved in bringing the dream world into my art, I find Tarot to be a rich source of imagery. The creation of Tarot decks is a tradition that has been undertaken for hundreds of years in thousands of variations, and yet still offers an inexhaustible source of inspiration.

Why Dance? 

For me, dance is at once a spiritual, physical, emotional, and artistic practice. Tarot imagery is commonly artistic, spiritual, and emotional, yet rarely explores the physicality of the archetypes. In most decks, bodies are represented in a symbolic or stylized manner, which helps the cards function as a meditative tool; however, this kind of art ignores the fact that we are, as they say, spiritual beings having a human experience. I want to explore the ways in which spirit moves through the body, and how movement and physicality are essential to the journey.

In making this deck I am setting out on a journey, beginning as "The Fool”  and maturing into "The World”. Each of the dancers involved in this project will undertake their own journey through the card they are portraying.  I will work with each dancer, using improvisational dance techniques (such as Authentic Movement and Contact Improvisation) as approaches to finding genuine expressions of the archetypes. 

Why Photography?

My first medium of expression was painting, where I created surreal dreamscapes that represented the unconscious realm of the psyche.  I then wanted more movement in my paintings, which led me to sketch dancers and to dance myself—and I’ve been dancing ever since. 

During my years as a dancer, I began photographing dance. Through this evolution I have integrated photography with my desire to express movement, gesture, and the body in my art.  For me, photography offers a direct approach to depicting the human form, which enables me to capture the physicality of dancers in the moment.  Further digital manipulation of these images then allows me to create dream worlds where the impossible becomes possible, where a fusion of images stirs the imagination in new and unexpected ways.

Why Money?

Funds Raised on Kickstarter will go towards creating the first 22 cards of the deck (the Major Arcana). If I’m able to meet my goal of $6500, this will provide $300 per card, enabling me to cover costs including:

  • Dance studio rental
  • Costumes
  • Lighting
  • Ink, Paper, and other printing materials
  • Paying my dancer/models in the form of money or prints
  • Framing and matting for exhibition

If I end up raising money beyond my goal, those funds will go towards the self publishing costs of making a larger first edition printing of this 22 card deck.  If the project goes well, I will continue with the minor arcana (the four suits: cups, swords, wands, and pentacles)—that's 56 more images!!

Check out the various enticing incentives on the right side of this screen for the different pledge levels - at $50 and up you get a copy of the entire deck of 22 cards!

Thanks so much for helping out!

In Motion,

Moti Zemelman

FAQ

  • For the final day - I've just bumped up some of the more extravagant rewards. Now for a $200 pledge you get a portrait session with me (traditional or as a Tarot archetype!)... and for a $300 pledge I'll host (and cook for!) a Tarot themed dinner party for 8. My home or yours (within 200 mi of my home); with me dressed as the magician (or your favorite archetype)

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    The Page of Pentacles: A thank you on my website and my everlasting gratitude. Every dollar counts!

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    The King of Cups: Receive one signed card from the completed Tarot deck.

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    The Emperor: A pack of 5 signed cards from the Tarot deck.

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    The High Priestess: A signed copy of the completed deck of 22 cards.

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    The Chariot: A matted 7x10 print of one of the images from the Tarot deck (matted to 11x14), plus a signed copy of the completed deck of 22 cards.

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    The Wheel of Fortune:
    A matted 12x16 print of your choice of the images from the Tarot deck (matted to 16x20), plus 1 signed copy of the completed deck of 22 cards.
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    A portrait session with me (traditional or as a Tarot archetype!), at my studio or an agreed upon location

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    The Star: A matted 12x16 print of one of the images from this session (matted to 16x20); PLUS 1 signed copy of the completed deck of 22 cards.
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    The Sun: A matted 20x30 print of one of the images from this session (matted to 24x36); PLUS... a signed copy of the completed deck of 22 cards... PLUS I'll host and cook for a Tarot themed dinner party for 8. My home or yours(within 200 mi. of my home); with me dressed as the magician (or your favorite archetype).

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