Hello Good People!
My name is Kelly Hurlburt. I am a soon to be graduating dancer seeking a BFA in Dance at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio and I am setting out into the dance world as a brand new, fresh artist! I have been offered an opportunity to travel to beautiful Denmark to participate in, international dance choreographer Ann Sofie Clemmensen's, new Dance for Camera film. Set in Hjarnø, Denmark this film is an opportunity for me, as a new, transitioning American dancer to not only have the experience of a lifetime dancing in a film set in Denmark, but also to be exposed to dance in new contexts outside the realm of an academic institution like Ohio State, which will most certainly expand the boundaries of my own personal definition of dance and challenge my preferences and aesthetic. I'm hungry for the shift in perspective that inherently comes as a part of travel and experiencing art in light of an unfamiliar place, but I just need to find a way to get over there! Not only could this be a rich and unique experience under my belt, but it would also serve as a phenomenal opportunity to participate in cultural exchange with some of the local people, artists and dancers in Copenhagen and surrounding European neighbors. There is the potential to gain further insights in my own research interests as an artist about the origins of movement and dance within individual movers and in the context of a rich culture or community. I can't think of a better way to explore this than firsthand, as a tourist and fellow dancer; taking on the role of the sponge- absorbing everything! This film is also a chance to continue a strong partnership with Ann Sofie, that began while I was studying as an undergraduate. I have been a dancer for Ann Sofie in multiple projects and feel that she has had a remarkable impact in shaping the mover and thinker I have become. She has pushed me as a dancer and artist and a lot of my personal growth has stemmed from challenges, thoughts and tasks that she has posed. Additionally, (as if this wasn't neat enough), while we aren't absolutely engrossed in the choreographing, performing and process of creating this dance film, we will have the ability to take amazing classes, attend workshops and pursue dance opportunities outside of Denmark when they arise. This could prove to be an extraordinary tool in such a influential, transitional time in my life.
So without further ado,
I am searching to raise funds to help alleviate some of the cost of travel and living expense while filming and dancing in Europe. On a tourist visa, which is what I will be using if I go, I will not be allowed to make money as a worker. This severely limits my ability to fund myself as I go. My entire budget for my project is about 2,000 dollars- with the plane ticket being about $1200 and travel within the European neighbors being about $800 dollars. But, I have personally decided to set my goal at $500, though, with the hopes that hard work and scrounging will cover the remainder. That being said, ANY amount I will consider a precious gift and immense support. Kickstarter is an "all or nothing" forum. If I reach my goal or go over my goal, I get to use the funds!!! BUT if I don't quite make it to my goal… I get none of it. This project would most certainly be a dream come true and the opportunity to share my enthusiasm and passion for dance, for me, is and will always be a worthwhile endeavor. MOST IMPORTANTLY, though, thank you in advance for simply taking the time to read about my project, because that in itself speaks volumes and shows your support.
Risks and challenges
I want to specify that the project is guaranteed to proceed whether I am able to go or not. It is independently run and all production cost is covered by outside funding
That being said, if I find the funds to go….
The only snafus in the project plan is that the majority of our opportunities for cultural exchange, class taking and the capability to check out the dance scene in Copenhagen and throughout Europe is dependent on what is available during the summer session. There will be, of course, small local artists always available to dance and collaborate with, (art and dance never fully stand still) but larger companies are in their "off season." Although this will make things less readily available to us, it will be good practice in having to hunt and network to make connections and get immersed in the dance culture and community.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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