SYREN Modern Dance is honored to have received an invitation to perform in the Midwest Regional Alternative Dance Festival (Midwest RAD Fest) that will be taking place in Kalamazoo, Michigan from March 19-22, 2015. Throughout a weekend that will be filled with live performances, a Dance on Camera film series, master classes, and discussion panels, SYREN will thrive from this unique opportunity to engage with dancers from across the country.
Touring is essential to the life of SYREN and to its work as a dance company. Finding and engaging with performance venues and their communities here, there, and everywhere has been a staple of dance companies and their sustainability (in the non-profit form as we know them today) since the early 1900's. Touring allows SYREN to continue to breathe life into the dances it creates. Touring is unmatched in its ability to deepen connections both with new audience members, as well as between SYREN company members themselves.
With all of the benefits, touring also has a price tag and THIS IS WHERE YOU CAN HELP! While rich in artistic merits, many touring opportunities can cost companies much more than the company receives for its performance.
YOU CAN BE PART OF BRINGING SYREN TO KALAMAZOO!
Your support in pledging to this campaign will go directly toward artist stipends, rehearsal space, airplane tickets, hotel stays, costumes, and more!
For SYREN, touring is an adventure of joy. An adventure of sharing dance, and an adventure in sharing time together in new places and spaces.
NEXT STOP, KALAMAZOO!
Thank you for your support!
Risks and challenges
In addition to raising funds, they are many logistical pieces that will all need to work in unison to make this trip a success. From adjusting to a new theater, to costume care, to airport delays, and traffic on the road, there are many variables that cannot be controlled entirely and can provide for hiccups along the way.
That said, SYREN has a 12 year history of touring, from 2 people heading out on a short car ride to perform in a street festival to 6 people boarding international flights to Paris and many variations and places in between. The company has learned what elements of a trip and of a performance experience are "non-negotiable" and what elements of a trip require flexibility, generosity, and compromise along the way.
With the right balance of these things in place, SYREN looks forward to embarking on another touring adventure to Michigan and to seeing how this journey enriches the company's story of sharing dance.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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