My name is JinJu Song-Begin. I am the Artistic Director of Da-On Dance, a company I founded in 2012. It has been an exciting and prolific first year, and the momentum is steadily pushing us forward as we gear up for our most ambitious project yet: our first and very own NYC season! The season will feature the premiere of our new evening-length work, THIRST, and will be performed at Danspace Project, St. Mark’s Church, September 26th – 28th, 2013.
The venue is booked, the dancers are rehearsing, the score is being composed, but WITHOUT YOU this really can’t happen! Your donation will carry us through our home stretch as we near opening night! Mounting a production like this requires funding to: book the theater, rent rehearsal space, hire a lighting designer, pay for costumes, props, marketing, photographers, videographers, and most importantly, our fearless performing artists.
We have been working tirelessly to cover the material costs of the production. Through donations of time, services, rehearsal space, and financial contributions, we have been covering our costs thus far. $5000 will carry us through these last weeks as we approach our premiere.
You can read more about Thirst below, and please check out www.daondance.com for more info about the company. We really need your support in this final stretch to make this a reality! Any amount you can donate helps us so much. Also, please share this page with friends and family, like us on facebook, and all that good social media stuff!
We’ve been sculpting this work for several months, and now it is the time for it to hit the stage with the funding it requires. This is an incredibly exciting time and we are moving forward full of hope, energy and determination to raise the money needed to make it all happen. It would be an honor if you would join our efforts in helping support Da-On Dance and the production of THIRST! We thank you deeply for watching and supporting Da-On Dance!
THIRST is a work for nine dancers structured on themes originally drawn from Dante’s Inferno. As I found myself rediscovering this masterpiece, the relevance of its message became extremely tangible and surprisingly urgent. Themes of desire, greed, punishment, incessant chase, loss of self, and the questions these raise about the role of suffering and the nature of hell opened the way for deeper investigation into the process of living a human life.
I strive to create and convey truthful experiences within the performers, through the stage, and into the audience. My vision is to offer impetus for thought, emotion, and something less definable.
THIRST will feature nine dancers and music composed by Jerome Begin, featuring cellist Loren Dempster. The score is written for cello, synthesizer, and various sound-producing objects, all amplified and processed electronically. Lighting design by Brian Jones. We thank you deeply and hope to see you at DanSpace Projects in September!
Jin Ju Song-Begin, Artistic Director
September 26~28 [Thu-Sat] 8PM
Choreographer: Jin Ju Song-Begin
Composer: Jerome Begin
Dancers: Esme Boyce, Giulia Carotenuto, Kevin Fay, David Gonsier, Breanna Gribble, Karen Harvey, Kyungjoon Lee, Elliott Reiland, JinJu Song-Begin
Musicians: Loren Dempster, cello & Jerome Begin, electronics
Lighting Designer: Brian Jones
Admission: $20 / $15 Danspace members
Tickets on sale at www.danspaceproject.org or call (866) 811-4111
Danspace Project is located in St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery
131 East 10th street, New York, NY 10003
DANCE:ACCESS is a self-produced series administered by Danspace Project.
This work was created in part through The Field Artist Residency program, supported by the Lambent Foundation.
Video Music by Tranimal
* If you're interested in making a donation for $500 or more, that donation can be tax-deductible through our fiscal sponsor, The Field. Contact us below by clicking on FAQ or email us directly for details - daondance (at) gmail (dot) com.
Meet the Da-On Dancers
We have been working extremely hard, and we are 3 weeks away from our show and our Kickstarter deadline. We send a HUGE THANK YOU to all who have donated. We have 3 weeks left to complete our goal of $5000. Please remember to share on Facebook and Twitter, and pass this page along to anyone you think may be interested. Here is a short video introducing you to the company. Enjoy!
THIRST - Making the Music
Check out our new video offering a glimpse into the creation of the musical score for Thirst! The score for THIRST is composed by Jerome Begin, and it will be played by cellist Loren Dempster. The piece is written for amplified and electronically processed cello. During the performance, Jerome will use various equipment to process the sound of the cello with electronic effects. He will control these effects via a customizable touch screen interface. This allows the electronics to be "played" as a musical instrument. The effects interact in dynamic ways with the sound of the cello, requiring Begin and Dempster to work together in the same manner as any regular chamber music group. In this video, you will see Jerome and Loren working in the studio, taking a first crack at shaping the effects for the piece. Loren is working off of small snippets of the score for the purposes of testing and shaping the unusual sounds that emanate from the cello as a result of this processing. We hope you enjoy this peek into the creative process!
And yes, Loren is playing the cello with 2 bows.
THIRST - Making the Music
Risks and challenges
Producing an evening length performance takes an incredible amount of time and resources. All of us at Da-On Dance are fully committed to presenting the fullest realization of Thirst possible. The dedication and the professionalism of the artists and staff are truly inspiring, and the show will go on!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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