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Tze Chun Dance Company needs airfare funds so they can perform at shows and festivals in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Guangdong this July.
Tze Chun Dance Company needs airfare funds so they can perform at shows and festivals in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Guangdong this July.
174 backers pledged $8,915 to help bring this project to life.

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Tze Chun Dance Company is raising funds to fly seven company members to perform at shows and festivals in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Guangdong in July 2010.

We're a Brooklyn-based dance company and have been creating and performing original works in New York City for the past four years. This is our first international tour and a very important next step for our company. We're being given a rare opportunity to show our work on an international scale and make friends with companies and presenters from all over the world!

HOW YOU CAN HELP: although production costs and many in-country expenses are covered by the presenters, we still need to get our company across the world first. Your donations will directly fund airfare and visa costs for five dancers, the choreographer, and the multi-media artist. This has been a tough year for government grants and foundation funding, and airlines have cut back on corporate sponsorship. With your help, we can make it to Asia and prove that grassroots support for the Arts can make a difference. In short: help us get off the ground (literally).

YOUR REWARDS: We are truly grateful for your support and to show our thanks we've lined up some amazing rewards, including: One-week memberships with unlimited classes at YogaWorks (a deal since classes are usually $22 each at these beautiful studios), hip T-shirts, autographed DVDs, Amala luxury organic skincare products, and more. PLUS- for ever $25 you donate, you get a ticket to our second annual Garden Party. Bring out your party dresses and seersucker suits for this wine and cheese soiree!

ABOUT THE TOUR: Starting off at the BeijingDance / LDTX Theater we will perform a full-evening show that includes Parlour Games and the premiere of our new multi-media collaboration with Daniel Iglesia titled "Up and Up." Then we're off to the Shanghai World Expo, where we will be representing the US at the USA Pavilion. The Expo expects half a million visitors each day and offers an unparalleled amount of exposure for TCDC. It is an honor to perform in the Pavilion's cultural programming, which includes American artists such as Herbie Hancock, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ozomatli and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Once in Guangdong at the Guangdong Modern Dance Festival, we will be performing and hosting workshops as well as participating in workshops by other companies from around the world. In Hong Kong, we will be collaborating with the world-renowned Hong Kong New Music Ensemble to present a full-evening performance of dance and music. We will also be performing at Y-Space Theater in Hong Kong and teaching children through the non-profit Osage Art Foundation.

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    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    You're an official TCDC pen-pal! Receive email travel notes and photos from the company while they're in Asia. Also, your name will be printed on the TCDC website and in the program of our next show.

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    Pen-pal notes + 1-week of unlimited classes at any Yogaworks studio in California or New York (www.Yogaworks.com) + an "I Just Wanna Dance" TCDC tote bag (this all-purpose unisex tote bag will be the most useful thing you own) + an invitation to our wine and cheese Garden Party in NYC. For every $25 you donate, you get another "plus-one" invite!

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    Pen-pal notes + 1-week at Yogaworks + a Garden Party ticket + an "I Just Wanna Dance" TCDC t-shirt (printed on American Apparel unisex T's). Wish you could bust a move at work, or get your dance on in the supermarket? Don't just think it, wear it!

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    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    SWAG HEAVEN! Pen-pal notes + Yogaworks classes + 2 garden party invites + a tote bag + a T-shirt + a special-edition DVD of TCDC's dances autographed by the entire company! Build up your DVD collection AND show off that you're a TCDC supporter. At this level you can bring a lovely date to this Summer's Garden Party.

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    All of the above + your tote will hold Amala luxury organic skincare products valued at $60-$200. At this level you can bring TWO friends with you to the Garden Party. Roll big.

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    All of the above + personalized postcards from the company, sent from each city we visit on the tour! Follow our tour through handwritten notes lovingly stuck to your refrigerator.

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    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    All of the above + original artwork by choreographer Tze Chun (choreographic notebooks, costume sketches, or art-print photo stills, all one-of-a-kind and signed).

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    Pledge $300 or more About $300

    All of the above + two seats at our 10-course Chinese banquet send-off in July. Celebrate with dancers, Tze, and Dan over steaming plates of delicious food! (Location: NYC Chinatown)

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    Pledge $350 or more About $350

    All of the above + a commissioned company improvisation based on your creative prompt (want to see a dance about your favorite poem, movie or song? Or your boyfriend, girlfriend, husband or wife?) The dance will be filmed, dedicated to you, and sent as a DVD and posted online. This makes a great gift; you can choose the subject or let the receiver decide.

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    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    $250 level rewards + selections from Parlour Games performed in your home for your friends and family! A great reason to host a cocktail soiree or Victorian tea party.

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    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    All of the above + a private 3D video and music show by Dan Iglesia, presented in your home for your friends and family. This level of support adds another "dimension" to your donation!

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Funding period

- (45 days)