In August 2010, (or 2011 if the project fills up) I will travel to Scotland to participate in Deborah Hay's Solo Performance Commissioning Project. I'll spend 11 days in a residency setting with peer artists learning a solo dance from Hay, the Judson dance era legend. We will each adapt the solo, creating many versions of the same piece. Hay, a master teacher will mentor and coach us on our performances of the piece, pushing us to our edges of comfort and ability.
After learning the new work from Hay, We'll each sign a contract agreeing to practice the piece daily for 3 months before performing it publicly. This intensive, immersive experience will create conditions for exponential growth in my performance work and will yield a new dance of the highest caliber for me to perform for my Philadelphia community and beyond.
"What is unique about this project is that the dancers must raise the commissioning fee from within his/her community [psst that's YOU!!]. This becomes the selection process by which a performer attends the SPCP. Community, whether family, friends, local, state, or national granting agencies, corporations, become the patrons for each dance. All patrons receive program acknowledgment every time the solo is performed by any of the participating dancers." -- http://www.deborahhay.com/spcp.html
A Philadelphia funder, Dance Advance, has offered to pay for my air travel expenses. A NYC presenter, the Performance Mix Festival, is committing funds towards a performance of the piece in 2011, which will cover my ground travel. I am seeking backers to provide Deborah's commissioning fee of $1,500. Additional funds will go towards food and lodging at the residency and rehearsal space when I return to Philly, so even after I meet my goal here, don't hesitate to pledge!
All project backers will receive travel notes about my residency with Hay. Backers donating $35 or more will receive a dvd of a dance for the camera I co-directed with Loren Groenendaal: "Rosemary, That's for Remembrance."
Thanks for reading about my project and I hope you'll be a part of it!
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