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Boston Dance Theater is Back in Action!

If you’re meeting us for the first time - Hi there, and welcome. If you’re a returning friend, welcome back! We’re excited to have you here to catch you up on the growth of the company this past season and to clue you in on the exciting lineup of events, partnerships, and opportunities we have on tap for the 2019/2020 season. 

Who are we?

Great question. Thank you for asking. Boston Dance Theater (BDT) is the realization of a dream 10 years in the making. Nearly a decade ago, BDT’s founder, Jessie Jeanne Stinnett met globally acclaimed, Israeili choreographer Itzik Galili in Amsterdam. After establishing a close working relationship, the two began chiseling out a pathway to  create an internationally partnered, contemporary dance repertory company here in Boston. BDT is the brainchild of these two artists, forged in the spirit of curating ground breaking work and fostering international cooperation. The company merges national and international choreographers (see below for this season’s line up) with a local ensemble of Boston-based artists, crafting the foundations of a springboard between Boston dance and co-directors Stinnett’s and Galili’s global networks with the goal of creating an artistically and financially sustainable home for local dancers.

BDT talk back at Jacob's Pillow
BDT talk back at Jacob's Pillow

Season 1 Recap:

“moves you won’t want to miss.” -Boston Magazine

“raw and rigorous choreography explod[ing] through female physicality” -Boston Globe

“This combination of relevance and innovative style are early hallmarks of Boston Dance Theater.” -Salem Press

“The young company is off to a flying start”-  Fjord Review

Following an explosive launch in February 2018, Boston Dance Theater spent a momentous first season performing work by Yin Yue, Sidra Bell, and Itzik Galili at some of Massachusetts’ most highly sought after dance spaces including a sold out run at Boston’s own Institute of Contemporary Art, and the historic Jacob’s Pillow as part of the 2018 Inside/Out Festival. 

We engaged with dance in non-traditional spaces from libraries, to churches, to senior centers, and even a brewery. 

Our partnership with Emmanuel Music on David Lang’s “the little match girl passion” served as our first interdisciplinary collaboration and has paved the way for the partnerships with musicians, visual artists, cultural institutions, and a scientist, among others, in the 2019/2020 season. 

We made our first trip to perform for University students at Salem State University in January 2019. The performance featured five guest artists, all of whom are returning to work with BDT again during season 2.

BDT in performance at Salem State University
BDT in performance at Salem State University

Our educational programs rang out with resounding success: As a result of our 2018/2019 Immersion Projects (SIP + WIP), BDT connected with 24 emerging performers and dance makers hailing from across the continental United States, Canada, and Bermuda. Our April 26, 2019 master class with Lee Arbel (Israel) and BDT repertory workshop introduced us to some 20 new movers alongside familiar faces from WIP and SIP.  We are excited to welcome back both Immersion Project and workshop alums as season 2 guest artists, and are thrilled to introduce Gabriela Moreno, who we first met at the 2019 Winter Immersion Project as BDT’s new Apprentice! Be on the lookout for her dancer feature on our Instagram and Facebook pages later this month. 

And, of course, we wouldn’t have been able to do any of this without YOU. That’s right. YOU. Art is a team effort. As we push contemporary dance forward in Boston alongside a committed group of peers, it is essential that we continue obtaining the necessary resources to make Boston a home for our dancers. This support comes from institutional donors including the organizations below, and individual support from sustainers like you. 

BDT 2019 Sponsors
BDT 2019 Sponsors

Thank you to everyone who helped us make our 2018 Kickstarter goal. Due to your generosity, we were able to provide stipends to each of the dancers for her work in the studio leading up to our Boston premiere. 

Season 2: Up Next 

We’ve zoomed into 2019 full throttle and are amped for another busy season filled with dynamic, evocative performance, community activation, and interdisciplinary collaboration. 

New Choreographic Line Up: Introducing our 2019/2020 cohort of internationally renowned dance makers.  

Shannon Gillen (NYC)

Marco Goecke (Germany) 

Micaela Taylor (Los Angeles) 

Itzik Galili (Israel)

BDT Choreographer Lineup 2019
BDT Choreographer Lineup 2019

History Making Performance: Following on the heels of our inaugural season’s success, Boston Dance Theater has been invited back by World Music/ CRASHArts (WMCA) to perform our 2019/2020 season debut at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston’s scenic Seaport District. This performance series, running December 13-15, 2019, will mark the first time that WMCA has ever presented a new Boston-based dance company for two consecutive years.

BDT On Tour: If you missed out on our first season program, or maybe haven’t satiated your fix of stilettos, screaming, shape shifting, and sisterhood, you’re in luck. We’re heading to Vermont! Mark your calendars - 

October 2, 2019 - University of Southern Vermont - Dibden Center for the Arts. More details coming soon at: http://bit.ly/2LrcIsM

Fresh Partnerships: As we mentioned, 2019 is off with a bang. 

Are you fascinated by German cultural advancement in the United States? We are delighted to announce that the company will be creating a new, site specific work featuring 14 dancers and 10 musicians in partnership with The Goethe-Institut, the Federal Republic of Germany’s cultural institute which encourages international cultural exchange and promotes the study of German, abroad. 

Maybe science is your thing? We are also in the early stages of a collaboration with researcher Larry Pratt of the Woodshole Oceanographic Institution.

Or perhaps you find wonder in artist to artist interactions. We sure do. Take a look at the results of our most recent creative partnership with visual artist Aliza Razell

Images by Aliza Razell; Models Jessie J Stinnett & Olivia Coombs
Images by Aliza Razell; Models Jessie J Stinnett & Olivia Coombs

Welcome Back, Old Friends: BDT’s company model has shifted. In order to stay true to our commitment of creating a financially and artistically sustainable home for our dancers, BDT now consists of four core members with invited guests for each of our projects. This enables us to work with more dancers and continue broadening the BDT community.  

BDT Core Members + 2019 Guests
BDT Core Members + 2019 Guests

Stay tuned for regular project updates for a chance to individually meet each of our core members and apprentice as well as catch up with our latest group of guests as we prepare for a performance for the General Consulate of Israel to New England later this month. 

And Hello New Ones: Summer Immersion Project (SIP) is back for a third Iteration. There is still space to join the 2019 cohort. 

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Now, more than ever, all of this comes down to YOU. 

Yes, we said it before, but we can’t reiterate enough how pivotal your support is in making all of these dreams come to fruition. Your contribution to this $5,000 dollar campaign will go DIRECTLY TO THE DANCERS as they gear up for this invigorating season. 

In order to bring ONE work on our program to life, each company dancer spends:

2 to 4 weeks, consisting of a total ...

60-140 residency hours with each choreographer, then dedicates up to ...

20 regular weekly hours of studio time during non residency weeks for deeper research, choreographic upkeep, and the creation/ maintenance of new projects. 

A low cost residency without guest artists, accounting for hourly fees for dancers and a choreographer’s stipend alone costs nearly $10,000. This does not include travel or accommodation expenses for the choreographer. 

Higher cost residencies with many guests can run upwards of $40,000.

During the 2019/2020 season, we will take part in 6 residencies.

At a rate of $15/ hour:

$15 supports ONE dancer for ONE HOUR of studio time

$90 covers ONE dancer for ONE DAY of work during a residency (6 hours)

$300 pays ONE dancer for ONE WEEK of regularly scheduled studio time (20 hours)

$450 pays ONE dancer for ONE WEEK of rehearsals during a residency (30 hours)

The $5000 we need to raise during this campaign is a start, and a vital one. As we tackle year two, we wish to uphold our goal of not only bringing international choreographers to Boston but also ensuring that these opportunities lead to paid jobs for our dancers. We cannot make this happen alone. So, we call upon you – our friends, colleagues, champions, and community to stand alongside our dancers and take actionable steps to express the value of their work.

Risks and challenges

After this project receives funding, we will still have challenges to face. While movement plays a large role in a dance, the music, costume design, lighting, are crucial in making a piece come to life. Through these theatrical tools, the choreographers can more effectively transport the audience to a place of suspended belief. These fundamental production elements, which are listed below, are being borrowed, bought, and created for this show.

Theater Rental
Event Insurance
Promotional Materials
Programs
Musician Fees
Rights to Sound
Photographer & Videographer Fees
Costume Fees
Lighting Design and Realization
Costume Design and Realization

Knowing we have your support will empower us to make it through these challenges. Your donation will contribute to sustaining these artists in the coming months, and provide them with the great feeling of accomplishment that comes with presenting high caliber, cutting edge work.

Stay In The Loop

Keep up with us at www.bostondancetheater.com and follow Boston Dance Theater on Facebook and Instagram for the company’s inside scoop and witness how your contribution has played a pivotal role in the journey of our second season.

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    Boom! Thank you for enabling 3 guest artists to join us for 1 day of rehearsal. In addition to the previous level rewards , enjoy a video chat with BDT co-director Jessie Jeanne Stinnett, and get the inside scoop on our upcoming season. Your ideas will be integrated into BDT’s 2020 vision and planning.

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    Get out of that 9-5 routine for a day and join us in the studio! Try your hand at a BDT company class, sit in on a closed rehearsal, AND we will block out time just for you to hang out with the entire company. Thank you for covering artist fees for BDT’s 4 core members for one day of residency! (+all previous rewards)

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    Feeling bold? Ready to try something new? Cool! We’re right there with you! Receive a 1-hour private lesson (yoga, improvisation, floor work, writing, floor work, conditioning - your choice) with a BDT core member. The best part? You just paid one dancer for all of her studio time over 1, 60 hour residency period. (+ all previous rewards through Hotshot level)

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    Three cheers for you! You just covered 1 week’s worth of residency for all 4 core members. As a thank you, we will toss in a second VIP ticket to our Boston premiere this fall. Happy date night! (+ All previous rewards through Hotshot and private lesson)

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    BIG KAHUNA

    Can’t get enough? Here’s your chance for an up close performance experience with the BDT dancers. In gratitude for paying all 4 core members and 4 guests for 1 week of residency, we will bring a short program featuring additional work from the BDT rep straight to you! Program will feature 1-3 dancers and includes a post performance q&a. (+ all previous prizes through Hotshot)

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