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$4,841
pledged of $9,500pledged of $9,500 goal
42
backers
70hours to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, April 26 2019 3:59 AM UTC +00:00.

About

"Ticktock", the dance is made!

 Since September 2018, SYREN Modern Dance and Astrophysicist Paul Sutter have been collaborating on "Ticktock", a dance that uses narrative sequences and highly physical movement to explore time concepts including Einsteinʼs theories of Special and General Relativity, the Arrow of Time, and the human experience of time such as memory and perception.

 Kate St. Amand is SYREN's resident choreographer, and she developed the piece working alongside company members Alice Chacon, Rivkins Christopher, Victoria Ellis, Jessica Nolan, Darcie Perkins, Lynn Peterson, and Dr. Sutter.  The piece is set to Mozart's Symphony No. 29…some say Einstein listened to Mozart often.  Who knows?  Maybe he was thinking about the concepts of Relativity while he listened to this same piece of music?

 This creative process involved rehearsals and well-attended work in progress showings at The Ailey Studios in New York City, The STEAM Factory at The Ohio State University, and most recently at The American Association for the Advancement of Science, and National Academy of Sciences in Washington D.C.

We ask you to donate generously today, and invest in being part of bringing this production to audiences in New York City, and beyond.

For 16 years, backers like you have shown SYREN that this work matters, and that connecting people through the live, in-person experience of dance is valuable.

Performers, costumes, lighting, travel, marketing - GO!

NOW IT IS TIME TO BRING TICKTOCK TO THE STAGE!  

Pledge today, and tell a friend to pledge BEFORE APRIL 25th AT 11:59PM.

   FIRST STOP: BRYANT PARK - NEW YORK CITY - June 28, 2019
   SECOND STOP: HOUSTON MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCE - November 14, 2019

   What have audience members been saying about their "Ticktock" experience:

"The integration of the company's virtuosic and nuanced movement with fascinating spoken segments from an accomplished astrophysicist was enthralling! It allowed me to participate in the realities and mysteries of time and space in a whole new way."
   -Calleja Smiley, Audience member, December 2018

"I saw and experienced Tick Tock in December at Ailey and had a great time.  An interesting opening, hearing a narrator taking about spacetime and physics, was intertwined with movement by the dancers and the narrator as well.
Beautiful choreography followed, accompanied by Mozart. 
Watching these amazing dancers, I felt many things, but mostly joy!
A pleasure from start to finish. I will see them again soon."
   -Oren Fader, Audience member, December 2018

   Here are some examples of how your investment will be used to bring "Ticktock" to the stage:
   $1225 - Sponsors the performers for a single performance (to do the dance itself, other expenses involved for travel, accommodations, etc.)
   $500 - Sponsors (part of) the lighting design to be uniquely created for "Ticktock"
   $300 - Sponsors two newly designed "Ticktock" costumes
   $100 - Sponsors renting studio space for two rehearsals, it may be finished but on-going rehearsals are needed to keep "Ticktock" up and running and "performance ready!"

P.S. - Check out our Backer Rewards categories and perhaps you'll discover something new (or be reminded of something) about a handful of great scientists!  P.S.S. Immanuel Kant is the correct spelling of this philosopher's last name.  Apologies for not catching the typo before publishing & not being able to correct it.

   SYREN Modern Dance is an ambassador for Particle Fever, a Shanghai based functional chic sportswear brand. Instagram @particle_fever_athletic

   Video: Alice Chacon Photography shot on location at The Alvin Ailey Studios and Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company
   Photography: Nicolle Bennett

Risks and challenges

SYREN has 16 years of experience with producing and touring dance in New York City, across the country, and internationally. SYREN has outlined the rehearsal and production process and has a goal structure for the timeline. This has worked well to outline the arc of the process in the past in order to ensure completion. There is a specific schedule of rehearsals, performances, and promotion and this outline will be followed to be sure all aspects of the presentation are intact.

SYREN has learned that taking time well in advance to work out all logistical details is what allows for a complicated process to be smooth in order for the art itself to take center stage.

SYREN is ecstatic for these opportunities to share dance with audiences, and the company is thankful to the Kickstarter community for helping us achieve it!

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