*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.
the practice of making gold - a dance experience
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.
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.
- Patrick Kilbane
- Rachel Slater
- Jocelyn Edelstein
- Jeff George
- Christopher Peddecord
- guest artists: Jefferson Dancers, Kara Girod, & Franco Nieto
- Plus, all of the choreographers' dancers
- 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)
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.
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:
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,
Risks and challenges
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!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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