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UPDATE: An Amazing Challenge!
WE DID IT! Thanks to your amazing support and generosity, we've reached our initial goal for our Kickstarter project.
Now there's new and very exciting news - a new donor has come forward, who is so impressed with Mark Stuart Dance Theatre and the tremendous enthusiasm you have demonstrated through Kickstarter, that they have offered a matching challenge grant - If we can exceed our original $12K goal by $5K, this donor will MATCH that with an additional $5K. This would bring our Kickstarter donations to a whopping $22K which would go a long way to help defray some of our other costs like rehearsal space, costumes, props, and insurance… all of which will ensure that STANDARD TIME will receive the very best possible presentation in September.
Check out the UPDATES for more information and behind-the-scenes footage!
About STANDARD TIME:
STANDARD TIME is the first full-evening length work created by Mark Stuart Dance Theatre. Featuring 14 MSDT dancers, 4 singers, and a live orchestra, STANDARD TIME explores the evolution of social conflict and mankind’s difficulty to learn from previous mistakes.
Working within MSDT's signature action-packed and gravity-defying style, this 90-minute dance theatre piece dramatizes the stories of three pairs of lovers – mortal and fallible – who succumb to various forms of social prejudice. Set in three different time periods, (30's–40's, 50's–70's and the 80's–present) each story is woven together musically by the popular "standards" and dance styles of their respective eras. The lovers are observed by mystical beings who control time with ‘powers’ brought to theatrical life in a style reminiscent of "Cirque du Soleil". They place each pair of lovers into the three designated time periods and intervene only when social conflict begins to tear love apart. In the end, the mortals learn to rise above conflict and live in peace.
About Mark Stuart Dance Theatre:
Dubbed “smoldering” by the New York Times, Mark Stuart Dance Theatre brings gravity-defying movement and dramatic storytelling to the stage, screen, and printed page. The company brings together a stunning array of dance styles and backgrounds, featuring an all-star cast of Broadway gypsies from MOVIN' OUT, MEMPHIS, WICKED, COME FLY AWAY, LION KING, IN THE HEIGHTS, SPIDERMAN, BILLY ELLIOT, PROMISES PROMISES, and former members of legendary dance companies Parsons Dance, Momix, Hubbard Street, and Pilobolus.
About THE WORKSHOP:
Before we dive headfirst into a theatre, we need to get our dancers together and fully develop the story and choreography of STANDARD TIME. To accomplish that objective, we are doing a five-week workshop this summer with 12 dancers to lay out the story and choreography. Immediately following the workshop we will present a limited number of performances to an invited audience of industry professionals. From these performances we will gather feedback and fine tune STANDARD TIME. Meanwhile we will begin to solicit backers and theaterlooking to 2013 to mount a full production.
When is STANDARD TIME?
We are ALREADY in pre-production for STANDARD TIME and the full workshop goes into rehearsal on July 30th, 2012! Our invited-audience presentations follow on September 6th and 7th. We are targeting a full production of STANDARD TIME for 2013.
Where does my money go?
MSDT is a 501c3 Charitable Organization. All donations are tax-deductible!
Your money goes directly to paying our amazing dancers. One week of salary for these 12 amazing dancers adds up to a whopping $6000. We need to raise money for two more weeks of rehearsal! Help us ensure that these dancers get paid for their incredible time and talent.
We've got some amazing rewards for each level of support! Find the one that excites you the most and jump on the MSDT bandwagon!
How Kickstarter Works:
You can pledge any amount and choose a reward. At the end of our Kickstarter campaign, if the combined total of all pledges for our project meets our $12,000 goal, then the credit cards of those who have pledged are charged and we receive the funds to pay our dancers. If we don't meet our goal, then the money is not withdrawn from your account and no rewards are provided. If we exceed our $12,000 goal then the extra funds will be used to make STANDARD TIME even better. Aside from a 5% Kickstarter fee and a 3-5% Amazon credit card processing fee, all funds raised will be used directly in the production of STANDARD TIME.
Can I increase my pledge once it’s been made?
YES! Once you donate to our campaign, you may want to change your incentive reward to a different one, or increase your pledge amount. To do so, go to Kickstarter and sign in. If you go to our campaign page, the green “Back This Project” button has been replaced with a blue “Manage Your Donation” button. Click it and you can enter a new amount, or choose a new incentive.
What happens if all the money isn’t raised in time?
Unfortunately, NOTHING. If our entire $12,000 goal isn’t met before the deadline, no money changes hands and our workshop and entire project will be in big trouble. We know you won't let this happen! Can we exceed the goal? YES! What an amazing problem to have. Kickstarter will allow as much money as is given before the deadline. Even though $12,000 is already a lot of money, it is still bargain-basement for what we are trying to do, and more money would mean less begging, borrowing, and panic attacks.
How do you contact us?
Glad you asked! You can contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. We check it. We will get back to you. We promise!
Other ways to help: Spread the word! Tell everyone you know about STANDARD TIME.
Like us on facebook http://www.facebook.com/MarkStuartDance, blow up Twitter with STANDARD TIME, blog it, or promote it any way you can think of. Everything helps!
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