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Manifesto is a playful, queer dance narrative performance that explores Womanhood. And California Red Sea Cucumbers.
Manifesto is a playful, queer dance narrative performance that explores Womanhood. And California Red Sea Cucumbers.
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hello. 

two and a half years ago i started volunteering at the Seattle Aquarium wherein i immediately became fascinated with a NatGeo video of a California Red Sea Cucumber consuming dirty sand and then -jump cut- expelling clean sand.

so then i thought to myself, hey, i should do that on stage! what started as a late night performance idea (getting on stage dressed as aforementioned marine invertebrate and pooping) (as the invertebrate, mind you), morphed into something deeper when i sat down to write the script. thus, Manifesto was born - a personal exploration on what i put out in the world, what it means to create outside the realms of expectations, and what it means to be a woman who doesn't want children. 

i am happy to the announce the full, evening length version 4.0 of this piece will premiere May 22 - 24th at Velocity Dance Center, 2-ish years in the making! as the piece has evolved, i've added: full body costumes, new and interesting props, and more personal narrative. for this latest rendition, i am also adding OTHER PEOPLE. twelve of them to be exact. (hence the kickstart.)

look at the names of these amazing people! - - Amber Cortes - - Erin McCarthy - - Erin Pike - - Kaden Kai - - Lee White - - Lucie Baker - - Nathan Blackwell - - Mary Ferrario - - Olivia Ruggieri - - Peter Donnelly - - Rana San - - Sean B Cormack

your generous donation is helping to pay this amazing cast of people! 

your generous donation is helping to full body costume this amazing cast of people!

rehearsals are being had - times 12. costumes are being hand made - times 12. outfits are being purchased - times 12. moves are being learned - times. . well, you get the idea. a lot of hard work is happening. i'm looking to pay each person a minimum of $250. costumes are coming in at just under $100 per person. the sum of all that? totally doable

thanks to you!

not only that, but your generous donation is helping to pay the behind the scenes team of people working on the non-performance parts of things: videographer Danny Tayara, graphic designer Eric Pitsenbarger, and lighting designer Lynne Ellis, to name a few.

just writing all this down for you brings a smile to my face. this whole project, really, is such a delight, and more so because i get to share it with all of you. thank you for your support. thank you for your confidence. thank you for your laughter.

Manifesto. Velocity Dance Center! 

MAY 22 - 7:30P

MAY 23 - 7:30P & 9:30P

MAY 24 - 7:30P

Tickets on sale at http://ilvsstrauss.brownpapertickets.com!

Risks and challenges

this is my first time producing and performing in an evening length show! and while i have logged many an hour teching and running lights for self produced evening length dance performance shows, i am a bit of a stranger when it comes to EVERYTHING ELSE that goes along with it. there is much work to be done, turns out, and i am blessed to be surrounded by a sea of supportive community (you reading this included), nudging and pointing and cheering and funding this little ship of me in the right direction.

and this is my first time choreographing on anyone other than myself. oh, wait - - i just lied. in high school, for drama class, i set movement on my classmates inspired by the children's book '40 Performing Bananas'. while going from 40 bananas to 12 cucumbers may seem like taking the easy peasy road, i assure you, it is not.

with your donation, i'll be slaying a whole bunch of firsts in my artistic career. firsts of many, that is. and you can tell everyone you were there for the start of it.

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