Nu Dance Theater in collaboration with the videographer Rebecca Arndt create a video Dance version of Dorian C.
Nu Dance Theater
Nu Dance Theater is a dance company based in New York City since 2008. The company is dedicated to create site-specific work, and to immerse its audience into the realm of the performance. More than a dance, Nu Dance Theater offers a sensorial environment where people find new ways of perceiving life, new paths to everyday freedom.
Dorian C. was created in 2011 within the vintage clothing store Le Grand Strip in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The original performance took place in June of 2011 and was followed by encore performances in December of that same year.
The story of Dorian C. is inspired by the true story of Dorian Corey, the famous transsexual who was featured in the documentary Paris is Burning. In 1994, Dorian died in her apartment. When friends were invited to take clothes from her famous collections of frocks, a mummified male body was discovered in a suitcase in her closet, conserved in wraps of leather for more than 15 years.
Nu Dance Theater interpreted this story as a strong allegory of what we all leave aside, ignore or in Dorian C.'s case- “murder”, in order to build a new identity. In the performance Dorian C. is in a transitional state. She oscillates between the desire to leave herself and the necessity to recollect the fragmented parts of her past identity.
Each night, a limited audience, (10 people per show) were invited into Le Grand Strips' storefront, which had been transformed into Dorian C.’s apartment. The audience was welcome to move freely in the space and encouraged to experience the story from their own point of view.
Nu Dance Theater is collaborating with film maker Rebecca Arndt to bring Dorian C. to the much wider audience that cinema allows. As much as Dorian C. is a dance it is also very much like a play or a film. The characters, may not speak, but choreography is a language, and the two characters: Dorian C. and the ghostly presence of her forgotten self, have a long discussion over the course of one night in Dorian C.'s apartment.
Dorian C. will be an opportunity for many people who are not familiar with site specific dance, to experience the drama that unfolds between two parts of one self, as they battle for recognition. They are fighting for the right to exist, a sentiment may people can personally relate to. The power of editing and camera movement also allows Nu Dance to take the magical realism of the project one step further, in a way that would be impossible during a live performance. Rebecca Arndt vision of the performance will emphasize the three dimensional perception of the movements within the story and create a newer and deeper expression of the piece.
Thanks to the generosity of C.C. Mc Gurr the owner of Le Grand Strip / vintage store we were able to create Dorian C. and host live performances after store hours. However the technical needs for the adaptation of Dorian C. for the camera requires us to find another location.
The shooting of the video dance adaptation of Dorian C. is scheduled to happen from March 16th to March 21st 2012.
Director/ filmography Rebecca Arndt
Choreography Eva Perrotta, Sophie Bortolussi and Asli Bulbul
Composer Sam Crawford
What we need
We are currently in the midst of pre-production, and asking for your support in funding the film. Specifically, your contribution will be used towards:
+ Space rental for one week
+ Furniture rental
+ Equipment rental - for anything we have not been able to borrow for free
+ Van rental
+ Gas for cast & crew to/from locations
+ Props & wardrobe
+ Crew fees
How can you help?
Donate! You can be sure that every donation will count and that every dollar we raise will help Dorian C. becoming real.
Spread the word! If you want to see Dorian C. becoming a video dance, make sure everyone- your friends, your family, and your social network- knows about this project and our goals. Share a link to this project with your endorsement on Facebook or Twitter and you'll be helping us in an incredibly valuable way to give Dorian C. a new life.
If We Exceed Our Goal
Our initial goal of $ 4,000 is the bare minimum to ensure that the film adaptation of Dorian C. will be completed. Donations beyond that amount will help us to dramatically increase the shooting condition and also support the following:
+ Better compensation of the dozens of professionals whose work and talent will contribute to the success of the movie
+ Application for dance on camera and short film festivals around the world.
+ Better crafty
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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