Short version: Backhausdance is raising funds to fly 11 dancers and a small staff to New York City to perform two full nights of repertory at Joyce SoHo. We've been invited to perform as part of an amazing dance series. Now we just have to get there.
Long Version: Concert dance ain't cheap. Even when you're making money often times it's not enough. For 6 years, Backhausdance has managed to not only survive but succeed at this difficult art form. We've won awards, received rave reviews and managed to maintain a group of amazing dancers. We're growing and improving on all fronts. We recently set our sights on expanding our performance schedule out of California and started looking toward the mecca of dance in the U.S.: New York City. Sure enough, almost right away we were invited by Joyce SoHo. to perform. This is an amazing opportunity for us. Not only were we invited to perform, but we are one of only seven companies from all of North America. That's an entire continent, people. It's really big. We've seen pictures taken from space. It takes up almost the entire frame.
So why are we on Kickstarter? We need to get 11 dancers, an Artistic Director, a Managing Director, an Executive Director, and a Lighting Designer all the way across the continent. Oh, and they might need to eat while they're there too. The funds we raise on Kickstarter will be used to purchase airline tickets, pay the salaries of our talented dancers and cover basic production costs. Like I said earlier, concert dance ain't cheap. But we're not just looking for a handout (if you want to just shower us in cash we won't say no,) instead we've put together what we think are some cool rewards for helping us out. And here's another bonus. Backhausdance is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization so your support is tax-deductible. Once we all settle up, we'll send you a reciept that you can take to your accountant while you feel good about giving to charity.
Suffice it to say this is an amazing opportunity for us as we take our years of success on the West Coast and bring our work to the mecca of dance, New York City. Thank you for supporting Backhausdance.
About our show at Joyce Soho: Backhausdance will be performing an evening length program of repertory: Arrive, a commissioned piece based on a quote by poet-laureate Maya Angelou with music by Mogwai and Explosions in the Sky; Shift, an elegant four-part work with music by Zoe Keating; Sitting on January, the award-winning signature work by Backhausdance, set to music by Bela Fleck and danced effortlessly on wooden chairs; and a world premiere by Jennifer Backhaus.
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