Mozawa is an international company that remixes dramatic forms and cultural storytelling to get to the heart of who we are as human beings in the 21st century.
At Mozawa, we are interested in innovating artistic process as much as the art product itself. To that end, each of Mozawa’s productions will be given a special workshop period wherein the piece will develop with the collaborative input of EVERY member of the design and production team as well as the performers. This kickstarter campaign will fund the workshops for our inaugural season: Fallen, a new adaptation of Japanese writer Akutagawa’s short story, “In A Grove”; Y Portraits, a gallery installation of self-portraits from Millennial artists; and Florida, Randall Eng and Donna DiNovelli’s dangerously sexy, jazz-infused opera.
To give you a sampling of what you will be funding:
In January of 2014 a group of Mozawa’s artistic affiliates will gather in Chicago to begin the workshop process for Fallen with a script that is merely a framework. We will then, through generative experimentation, build the aesthetic principles of the piece together. Each member of the team, from actors to designers to musicians will engage with and develop the world of the play. The script will be written (and likely re-written) throughout the workshop and will emerge from the process a coherent whole, ready to be designed, rehearsed, and reach production in the fall of 2014. The other two shows in our first season will also have their own, unique, development process. Y Portraits will be workshoped at the end of 2014 and will open early in 2015. The workshop for Florida will be held in June of 2014 and performances will be in spring of 2015.
Your donation to this kickstarter help Mozawa:
- Fly Mozawa company members, who are located throughout the world, to Chicago, IL for the workshops.
- Transportation of Koto instruments.
- Rent rehearsal space for workshops.
- Purchase preliminary design materials.
- Incidentals like copies of scripts.
Our fundraising goal for Kickstarter is $3,000, however our projected expense for these workshops is much higher. Please consider giving over our Kickstarter goal amount.
FALLEN - The fallen bamboo leaves were stained a deep red by the blood of the murdered man. A single sword-stroke had pierced his breast. Did a thief commit the murder? Or was it the murdered man's beautiful young wife? Fallen, a thrillingly modern adaptation of Japanese writer Akutagawa’s short story, “In A Grove,” combines music, drama, dance, and spectacle to create the ultimate murder mystery. This world premiere production features a musical collaboration by Koto player Yumi Kurasawa and Electronic Sound Artist Mike Vernusky.
Y PORTRAITS - The Millennials have been called “The Peter Pan Generation” due to their apparent unwillingness to grow up, “Generation Me” for their obsession with social media, and “Generation Y” merely because they follow “Generation X”. But do these labels capture the intelligence, passion, and variety of an entire generation? In Y Portraits, a collection of international Millennial artists will each develop a self-portrait in their chosen medium, including live dramatic and musical performance, visual art, sound, and film. Through this interdisciplinary artistic exploration, Mozawa presents a new vision of the “Y Generation.”
FLORIDA - It’s summer in the suburbs. The days are long and hot. Sixteen-year-old Florida Fandango is discovering her newfound sexuality, the power it gives her, and the price she pays for that power. Inspired by an actual event, Randall Eng and Donna DiNovelli’s new jazz-infused opera presents a suburban tale of innocence, sex, and murder. Simultaneously entertaining and disturbing, Florida asks demanding questions about who we are as Americans in the 21st century.
Risks and challenges
We see two major challenges as we launch Mozawa’s inaugural season.
1) Mozawa is not a traditional theatre company. As we are committed to the evolution of dramatic forms and storytelling, Mozawa will continue to push generic boundaries. As such, it is difficult to describe the different kinds of art works which Mozawa will produce. This obstacle will be overcome as we welcome audiences – both in person and through social media – into the Mozawa process. We are confident that once audiences experience the exciting synergy of form and content in each Mozawa piece, the linguistic barriers of “theatre,” “opera,” and “visual art” will become more and more irrelevant.
2) Mozawa is made up of more than sixty-five artistic affiliates who are based throughout the globe. It will continue to be an expense to bring together these individuals to create art. Technology has already aided us in overcoming this challenge – we have never had an in-person staff meeting – and we are confident that technology can aid us in the design and production process as well. However, we firmly believe that the unique contributions from our artistic affiliates around the globe enrich and strengthen the artistic quality of the work created by Mozawa.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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