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Six young PDX choreographers unite this September for a collaborative showing of their work in a theater's golden atmosphere.

*New Stretch Goals*

1. To hire a professional videographer to keep track of our shows for historical and sentimental value and to pay a professional photographer to take photos at dress rehearsal. These moments disappear so quickly. These services will cost an approximate $400 extra 

2. To rent high-definition camera equipment to stream the show LIVE and to pay for the bandwidth in which to deliver this high-definition show to those of you who can’t make it. This will cost an approximate $300 

 3. To increase the quality of the ingredients at our snack bar. We can use organic produce and keep everything completely local if we could raise an extra $100 

 4. An air conditioning unit to cool the space. Most likely, the theatre will be cooled off by 7:30pm, but 100 bodies is a lot of heat and if we could add that final touch of a slightly cool theater, what an upgrade that would be! The air conditioner we would like is the Frigidaire FRA12EPT1 12,000 BTU Heat/Cool Portable A/C and it costs ~$500 off of Amazon.

 5. Finally, to enhance the décor of the theater space to make the atmosphere even more special. This includes extra lighting and go-bos, curtains, candles, side tables, lamps, and ceiling mirrors so you can also watch the show from a birds’ eye view. We would spend an estimated $400 on this.

Alchemy

the practice of making gold - a dance experience

Mission Statement:  

Alchemy will be a unique dance show that takes place in Portland, OR.  We will take apart the mechanics of the classic structure of a dance performance, examine them, and then put all of the components back together in an unconventional manner.  It will be a golden 'experience' show where six up-and-coming local choreographers in their 20's will each create a new dance work from scratch with the dancers and music of their choosing.  Instead of each work being shown separately with a black-out and applause in between, the works will be interwoven into a seamless arc.  In their creation processes, each choreographer will explore the themes of physicality, wonder, quirk, scientific sophistication, chic warmth, and a certain hope for the future without any chance of failure.  Then, the choreographers will knit the pieces together.  It will be like taking individual chain links and hooking them together to craft a long and beautiful chain.  

We will create an atmosphere that is a cross between a night club (without the dark, loud, or dangerous feeling) and a cirque du soleil themed wedding (without the tacky kitsch).  When audience members enter the space, we want them to feel in awe, but not alienated from what they are in awe of - as if they've always belonged to this secret club.  We want patrons to feel personally invited to become part of our world by taking down the invisible wall between audience & performers.  This will be achieved by seating the audience in the round, so that they may look into the dance work like a scientist looks into a microscope.  It may also mean some audience participation!

The largest goal of this project is to bring together as many Portland artists as humanly possible - choreographers, dancers, a graphic designer, a lighting designer, a stage manager, stage crew, a web designer, and advertising specialists - under one umbrella.  Part of this goal is to then also pay each of those artists the amount that their artwork is truly worth... all the while keeping the ticket prices at $15 in advance so that other artists (and Portland locals) can attend the show.   

Artists:

My name is Lindsey Matheis, and I am the artistic director/producer/presenter of this dance project.  I directed one other show earlier this year and... nothing blew up! That first one was all about learning the nuts and bolts of what goes into putting on a show.  Now, I want to dig into a second one and make it really happen - with a budget (gasp!)

With a budget, I can actually hire talented professionals and friends AND keep ticket prices low.  The artists I have commendeered for Alchemy are both choreographers and production artists.

Performance Artists:

  • Patrick Kilbane
  • Rachel Slater
  • Jocelyn Edelstein
  • Jeff George
  • Christopher Peddecord
  • me!
  • guest artists: Jefferson Dancers, Kara Girod, & Franco Nieto
  • Plus, all of the choreographers' dancers

Production artists:

  • Summer Turpin (lighting & stage set-up)
  • Kayla Scrivner (stage management)
  • Cleo Ledet (graphic design)
  • Tom Creamer (printer)
  • Alan Jones (distributor)
  • Christopher Peddecord/Peddecord Photo (video, photo, and web design)
  • Nobu Lemke/Adventure Apparel (t-shirt design & production)
  • Patricia Matheis (floral arrangement)
  • Northwest Dance Project (venue & ticketing)


Venue:

The use of the space for this show is generously donated by Northwest Dance Project's Studio + Performance Center.  This space was formerly an old ballroom, now an intimate setting with many windows and the magic ability to transform from a studio to a theater in just a few short hours.  Northwest Dance Project is a not-for-profit dance organization in Portland, OR going into their 10th anniversary season.  The director of Alchemy (Lindsey Matheis) and one of the choreographers (Patrick Kilbane) have both been dancing, teaching, and choreographing for this company for almost 5 years!

In addition, NWDP is donating both a 30-hour honorarium of studio rental time to each choreographer to rehearse with and is also donating the ticket vending services for the show online.

Rewards:

The alchemists have put their brain-energy together to come up with some great rewards described in detail in the right-hand column of your screen.  From customized artwork in your home, to digital downloads, to experiences of the show inside, outside, and inside-out, there are many ways that both Portland locals and non-locals can reap the benefits if this project is funded!  Some reward photos below: 

$25 reward: T-shirt design by local artist, Nobu Lemke!
$25 reward: T-shirt design by local artist, Nobu Lemke!
$30 reward: customized etched-glass made by Lindsey!
$30 reward: customized etched-glass made by Lindsey!
$75 reward: just one of dozens of images to choose from for a 12"x18" print by Chris Peddecord
$75 reward: just one of dozens of images to choose from for a 12"x18" print by Chris Peddecord
$75: only two lucky people will get to sit down with Jocelyn for an hour and have their Mayan sign read and interpreted.
$75: only two lucky people will get to sit down with Jocelyn for an hour and have their Mayan sign read and interpreted.
$150: collaborate with Rachel Slater to title her piece (only one available!)
$150: collaborate with Rachel Slater to title her piece (only one available!)

How you can be a part!

There are 2 ways you can join in:

  • Buy a ticket to come see the show
  • Donate to this Kickstarter

We do need your help to pull this off.  All of these artists deserve a paycheck not only to help them pay rent, but to give each one a sense of value - to confirm that their work matters and has a positive effect on both individuals and the community of Portland.  The choreographers are going to create some intelligent and well-crafted dance pieces, and the production artists will build a beautiful theater in which to house this fresh work.  

In this 21st century world of digital media consumption, art tends to be forgotten, and we want with all the billions of cells that make up our bodies to keep art alive and thriving.  There is something priceless about experiencing a show (for both audience and performing artists) because it is a fleeting and one-time-only experience, something intangible that can be shared and enjoyed.  

All our love, 

The Alchemists

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Obstacles may arise during the creation of this project.. dancer injuries, power outages during the show, program printing snaffus, illness within the family of any of the collaborators, etc... drastic events that aren't likely to occur, but may. If one such catastrophe were to occur, we would come together to help the show continue. If it means a choreographer has to dance in his/her/someone else's piece, perhaps a candle-lit show if lights fail us, an announcement of the program if printing becomes impossible at the last moment, back-ups of sound equipment, and lots of volunteers working the shows to ensure patron comfort. However big or small the hurdle that comes before us, we plan to be prepared for anything and resourceful with solutions!

The biggest risk in creating this show is being able to raise the funds to pay and commission the work of all the artists involved - choreographers and production crew. Without your support, the show can still happen, but no one would be paid for their work (womp, womp), and the checks that were written in advance would come out of the director's pocket and she would be quite sad with a diminished savings account. The art work is solid and unique; we just need some solid and unique souls to bolster the project!

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    Anthropologist: A digital email containing Top Ten Lists for Fall 2013 by Patrick Kilbane (choreographer). Patrick is well-known for his impecable taste in music, movies, food, fashion and other such integral cultural knowledge. These lists will give you plenty to watch, listen to, visit, and chew on in the coming season. Way more useful than a coffee table book (even if you do buy it at Powell's).

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    Chemist: A custom-designed and etched pint glass stenciled by Lindsey Matheis (the director). Our house tends to go through these useful-sized glasses for just about everything from holding our toothbrushes to holding our hydrating morning OJ. Get yours with lettering and/or a symbol. The Armour Etch eats away the perfect amount of glass to create a frosty design. These make great gifts too!

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    Gastrologist: a gift card for $50 to Nel Centro, the restaurant that Chris Peddecord works at who is our web designer/photographer/kickstarter video creator (not to mention that he's also one of the choreographers)! Nel Centro is a celebrated restaurant with cuisine of the French and Italian Riviera. Nel Centro is a strong supporter for arts organizations in Portland including White Bird Dance, OBT, Northwest Dance Project, and others. The restaurant is located in the heart of downtown Portland, near many theaters and hotels.

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    Amateur Alchemist: (1) 12"x18" photographic print of any choreographer you choose from our Golden Leaf photo-shoot (see left). This print can be signed or un-signed by the cast and crew. Photo by Christopher Peddecord of Peddecord Photo.

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    Astrologist: a special hour-long Mayan sign reading by one of our choreographers, Jocelyn Edelstein. She has been studying Mayan astrology since she was a teenager here in Portland.. I am a yellow solar warrior! What are you?

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    Ophthalmologist: A SILVER level donation status in the program and on the website + A hard-cover book showcasing the fine art dance photography of Christopher Peddecord of Peddecord Photo. You will get to select from a pool of the artist's images to custom design this truly one-of-a-kind manuscript. Includes words from the author about his process addressed to you. Visit www.peddecordphoto.com to see some of his work.

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    Floriculturist: A SILVER level donation status in the program and on the website + An original art-deco arrangement created by Patricia Matheis (the director's momma) of crystal flowers frosted with lights. The arrangement will be housed within a 4'-tall golden & red fused-glass floor vase. Each vase contains a different flower that represents each of the choreographer's favorite flowers. These gorgeous art pieces will add to the golden atmosphere during the shows, and can add to your home's golden atmosphere after.

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