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New Work for the Desert is an impressionistic dance about journey, ambition and love set within a shifting color field of light.
New Work for the Desert is an impressionistic dance about journey, ambition and love set within a shifting color field of light.
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"Gill is fastidious about the architecture of human figures..."                                                     -Deborah Jowitt, The Village Voice

"...she creates a tremendous landscape of emptiness that surpasses the efforts of choreographers a great deal more famous..." -Gia Kourlas, Time Out New York

Dear Friends,

My goal is to raise $8,000 through Kickstarter to support the final production costs for my upcoming dance, New Work for the Desert, which will premiere at New York Live Arts March 19-22, 2014. My last project Electric Midwife was met with great acclaim including three New York Dance and Performance "Bessie" Awards. Since then I have been building upon that success; digging deeper into my craft, building more professional infrastructure, and developing this newest project! So far through fundraising, I have raised $30,000 to support the early stages of New Work for the Desert, however I need your help with this next stage! All the money raised through Kickstarter will go directly to paying the dancer & designer fees. Any amount is an important contribution!

Here's a little bit about the project:

New Work for the Desert conceptually and choreographically embraces the act of homage as inextricably woven into our desire to create something new. The creative momentum for this project began a year ago during a two-month residency at Arizona State University by myself. 

Beth at the edge of the Grand Canyon
Beth at the edge of the Grand Canyon

During that time, alone in the Southwest desert, I found myself ruminating on two important artistic influences in my life: Trisha Brown & James Turrell. The personal impressions and selected memories I have of their work have over the years become a well of inspiration, which I am always, carefully dangling my feet in. Since that formative residency in Arizona, this project has steadily become an opportunity for me to move deeper into that well and New Work for the Desert, is all the wading, swimming and flailing I've needed to keep my head above water! 

Here is the amazing team of artists involved:

Christiana Axelsen, Jennifer Lafferty, Heather Lang, Marilyn Maywald, Kayvon Pourazar & Stuart Singer (Dancers), Jon Moniaci (Music) and Thomas Dunn (Lighting/Set).

Late night dancing while on residency
Late night dancing while on residency
MANCC photo by Chris Cameron
MANCC photo by Chris Cameron

The broader experience of art inspiring art has fueled and steered this creative project from the start. In addition to raising some much needed funds, I hope this campaign can also highlight a community of non dance related artists who inspire me and have donated their creative skills to help me offer you some pretty great rewards! Each reward tries to extend the life and scope of New Work for the Desert through new artistic creations and social exchanges. 

By supporting this dance you're also engaging these artists: 

Meet: Corrine Fitzpatrick (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8QayHdt1QU) who is writing a poem in response to the dance.

Meet: Julia Gillard (http://juliagillard.com/) who is taking photos of rehearsals for the piece. 

Meet: Ted McGrath (http://www.tedmcgrath.tumblr.com/), Emily Klass (http://emilyklass.com/), Patrick Mohundro (http://www.patrickmohundro.com/), Sara Moffat (http://cargocollective.com/saramoffat) and Sophia Casas (http://www.sophiacasas.com/) who are sketching live rehearsals of New Work for the Desert.

Meet: Cassie Griffin (http://www.cassiegriffin.com/) who is donating planters from her pottery line for Beth to plant with baby cacti.

Meet: Sandra Sitron (http://sandrasitron.com/) who is offering astrological readings for people to learn more about what makes them unique!

Meet: Blaze Lamper (http://blazelamper.com/) who is designing and hand drawing a New Work for the Desert inspired t-shirt.

Meet: Ryan Seaton (http://callersband.com/) whose dual skill sets as a true music lover and talented beverage master will team up with Beth to entertain you and your friends for an evening. 

Thank you so much for your help!

LOVE Beth

Risks and challenges

This project requires staying connected with the dancers, designers, administrators and production staff all at the same time. Keeping these balls in the air and moving us all in the right direction is a constant challenge. The biggest risk at any point is to let the labor of this juggling take away from the creative pursuits within the work.

New Work for the Desert will be my third full length performance in New York City. With each previous production I have learned new skills and gained more experience, allowing me to feel more prepared and confident for this upcoming premiere.

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    Everyone who donates will be thanked on Facebook!

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    A postcard mailed to you with a personal thank you!

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    The perfect pair: A track from Bessie Award winner Jon Moniaci's original music score for New Work for the Desert along with celebrated poet Corrine Fitzpatrick's response poem to the dance!

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    A limited edition print of a page from Beth's notebook!

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    A photograph of rehearsal for New Work for the Desert by celebrated photographer Julia Gillard.

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    An original drawing by: Sophia Casas, Emily Klass, Ted McGrath, Patrick Mohundro or Sara Moffat created in the dance studio during a live rehearsal for New Work for the Desert!

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    A hand made clay planter by potter Cassie Griffin with an individual cactus (potted by Beth Gill)!

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    A one of a kind, hand drawn Blaze 4 Daze t-shirt designed for New Work for the Desert!

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    A dvd of New Work for the Desert's premiere at New York Live Arts.

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    A Beverage party for you and 5 friends at your place provided by Roman's bartender Ryan Seaton and Diner's server Beth Gill. Restricted to New York City dwellers.

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    Dinner for two cooked for you by Beth Gill with special guests. Served to you in your home with love! Restricted to New York City dwellers.

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    Be the Guest of Honor to the New Work for the Desert Benefit on March 20th, 2014 at New York Live Arts. This reward admits you and 4 guests to the show and festivities that night and includes a special thank you during the toast that evening.

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    A framed original photograph of New Work for the Desert signed by Beth and the dancers!

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    Commissioning credit for New Work for the Desert for all future performances of the piece.

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