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We are co-producing an exuberant show at Dance Place and have a week long residency to set the work on local performers.
We are co-producing an exuberant show at Dance Place and have a week long residency to set the work on local performers.
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We have been invited to show our exuberant dance, I made this for you at Dance Place in Washington D.C., June 15th & 16th. This includes a week long residency where we will set the work on a talented local cast. Since it is a co-production, we are responsible for costs associated with producing the show. Expenses include lighting design, technical staff, promotional materials, travel, housing, food, costumes, props, and possibly kittens.

I made this for you is a raucous, playful, yet earnest dance about audience engagement and community building. The dance was conceived of by Gabrielle Revlock for The A.W.A.R.D. Show! and was co-choreographed by Nicole Bindler and Gabrielle Revlock. The A.W.A.R.D. Show! is a national dance competition with audience votes determining the winner of a $10,000 cash prize. Through I made this for you we challenged notions of competition and conventional forms of beauty by using biting wit and playful commentary. Our choice to critique from within was a riskier option than boycotting or writing letters to the producers. We felt trepidation about the possibility of being disqualified but the risk proved worthwhile. (We actually were voted to the finals!)

In the process of making this large group work we created a community of artists that would not have existed otherwise. We invited over 20 movement artists to participate. We asked them to improvise short solos based on their various expertise-- in this way they were all collaborators in the work. They felt a sense of ownership and agency in a context that had been disempowering and alienating.

I made this for you is a dance that breaks barriers. Limited to 15 minutes for the AWARD Show! we challenged this time constraint by allowing the piece to spill over into the Q & A where Gabrielle answered questions in an opulent evening gown, carrying a shedding cat. No longer limited by time, the current version of I made this for you continues with no set end point. The curtain call bleeds into a dance party where the audience is invited to join the performers onstage. The DJ will spin as long as people remain in the space. I made this for you deepens the intimacy between performer and audience and allows for everyone to see and be seen.


For info about Nicole Bindler, check out the kickstarter profile or go to: http://www.nicolebindler.com

Gabrielle Revlock, director of Mano/Damno Projects, seeks to blur the line between living and performing to create works that spark curiosity. Inspired by any and everything from interpersonal dynamics to survival manuals to biblical stories, Revlock infuses each project with her characteristic wit and structural ingenuity. Imaginative and sincere, the works invite the viewer in and are intended to evoke emotional reaction and stimulate intellectual exploration. Speckled with humor and surprise, they also entertain. Gabrielle is the recipient of a Rocky Award and her work has been presented by The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, Joyce SoHo, Bowerbird, Philadelphia Dance Projects and the Korzo Theater (The Hague, Netherlands) among others. http://www.manodamno.com/

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    You’re a part of this dance now too! And we’ll mention you in the program.

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    Personal thank you from Gabi’s mom! Plus a mention in the program.

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    Personal thank you from Gabi’s mom AND a love letter from Nicole! Plus a mention in the program.

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    A surprise photo from one of our favorite parts of the dance. Plus a mention in the program.

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    DVD of the original AWARD show version of I made this for you. Plus a mention in the program.

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    Artisanal hula hoop made by Gabi! (Shipping not included.) Plus a mention in the program.

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    Signed copy of Emergency Index 2011, published by Ugly Duckling Presse. Nicole and Gabi are featured in the book! Plus a mention in the program.

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    Yogorino date in Rittenhouse Sq Park with Gabi and Nicole. Plus a mention in the program.

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    In person or skype somatic movement education session with Nicole! Plus a mention in the program.

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    Tour of the verdant, utopian Summer-Winter Community Garden in West Philadelphia with founders, Gabi's parents!

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    Yoga Dance performance in your office by Gabi! (Within 3 miles from Rittenhouse Square.) Plus a mention in the program.

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    Lock of Gabi’s hair. Plus a mention in the program.

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    Trip to the Philadelphia Zoo with Gabi and Nicole! (BTW- Gabi knows the head zookeeper) Plus a mention in the program.

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    Gabi and Nicole perform at your wedding (travel costs not included) This is a bargain, do you know how much wedding entertainment costs??

    *$25 cash back for gay weddings.

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