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The Brain Piece
The Brain Piece

Jody Oberfelder Projects is excited to tell you about a project that's been developing for 3 years: The Brain Piece.  Created in consultation with leading neuroscientists, Oberfelder creates a world of the brain in this experience-based theater piece. The Brain Piece creates tangible and interactive experiences, allowing audiences to connect with “the dance of neurons going on in our minds all the time.”

Our goal is to raise $12,500 to cover the finishing costs of mounting The Brain Piece, at New York Live Arts June 28th-July 1st.

We have a busy few months ahead of us transforming nooks and crannies and theater of New York Live Arts into an immersive site specific work. This unique project is about connections, and is personalized for you.  The Brain Piece, part installation and part proscenium performance, is designed to allow audiences to have an intimate experience with their own minds and bodies, to collect their own 'data' and connect the 'dots' as they expand and contract experiences into single moments. Only 72 audience members at a time are invited, so that the audience member to performer ratio is one performer for every six people, yielding a more personalized and engaging experience.  

Still from "Dance of the Neurons"
Still from "Dance of the Neurons"

Your support will go directly to compensating 16 amazing dancers, set, sound and video designers. Funding will help us pay for our remaining rehearsals and the finishing costs of installing The Brain Piece at New York Live Arts.  

Any contribution, large or small, helps us travel to new places. If we exceed our goal of $12,500 your funds will aid in traveling costs for our tour to Europe in the Fall.

About The Brain Piece

Oberfelder started investigating the heart in 2011 and created THROB her seminal piece 4Chambers (also a successful Kickstarter Campaign!) Now we move up to the brain, which, she discovered, controls the beating and swelling of the heart. That heart flush, that wave of movement in your whole system, is coming from your brain. The Brain Piece gives agency to audience members to experience their brain moving, dancing, working and playing. Entering an intellectual and sensorial world, the audience has access to a heightened subjective experience. The piece celebrates the brain’s neuroplasticity, the ability to form to connections, and be alive in new expanded and contracted moments. Through interactions, The Brain Piece allows the audience fresh perceptions, to see ones body as a sensorial vehicle to connect with the world. Our individual mapping of brain activity is very personal, and in a space that is a giant brain, always creating new fresh patterns via dance, film, and installation.  Prepare to be tickled, provoked, either mentally or emotionally.

Why we need your support:

In this day and age of high tech experiences, we’re offering a human entry point, breaking new ground in immersive theater, with a multi sensory extravaganza. Our hope is to enliven your experience of the inner life of the brain through overlapping perceptual domains--to make the experience of being inside a giant brain fun and provocative. 

Live Art Experiences, even though they appear transient, can have a lasting effect. Jody still runs into people who remark how her 2014 piece 4Chambers got under their skin. 

Audience reviews:

“Amazing--A spontaneous adventure." P.K. 

"A multi-faceted experience-thoroughly enjoyed it" Beth 

"Always good to see the human used as the fruitful metaphor it is. Makes such a difference to be in it instead of observing. I felt pushed off a cliff." A.G.

And from the press: 

“The idea that dance has enough weight to carry itself into another medium such as interactive theatre is important to note. The eerie setting of the hospital, the dancers who moved with gusto and maintained intense focus, and the tight but intricate choreography all helped in making 4Chambers a positive experience. Shows like Sleep No More are already doing work like this, and this genre needs to continue to be developed. Value exists in audience members who can appreciate dance not only from a plush seat, but also inches away from the action. It's invigorating to watch dance give audiences new reasons to appreciate the craft. Jody Oberfelder you’ve debunked my fears…for now. My heart beats red with appreciation. EYE ON THE ARTS, NY -- Bailey Moon

The majority of our funding from Kickstarter will go to supporting artistic collaborators, especially our smart, vivacious dancers. With 16 performers, we’re able to offer audiences a richer experience. Your contribution will go towards our New York Live Arts Show, in addition to future touring. When you chip in, you’re moving us forward--you are part of the big brain.

Thank you! From all of us!

Jody Oberfelder and Collaborators  Dancers: Pierre Guilbault, Mary Madsen and Hannah Wendel + Oluwadamilare Ayorinde, Carmen Caceres, Aditi Dhruv,  Cecilia Fontanesi, Emily Giovane, Lindsey Mandolini, Maya Orchin ,Bo Presley,  Jule Jo Ramirez,  Gabrielle Revlock, Patrice Miller, Mei Yamanaka, Film co-director, camera and editor: Eric Siegel Sound Designer: Sean Hagerty Composers: Daniel Wohl, Angelica Negron, Missy Mazzoli, Andy Akiho, Lighting Designer: Kate Bashore: Set Designer: Juergen Riehm (with Penelope Phy and Tine Kindermann,) Dramaturg: Jessica Applebaum, Collaborating Neuroscientists: Cecilia Fontanesi, Ed Lein (Allen Institute for Brain Research) Weiji Ma,  Dancers in "Dance of the Neurons" film: Kirsten Adler, Ariel Asch, Megan Bascom, Sarah Chein, Martin Davis, Caitlin Dutton, Kevin Fay, Ben Follensbee, Cecilia Fontanesi, Fana Fraser, Emily Giovine, Jacob Goodhart, Madison Krekel, Jordan Holland, Weiji Ma, Mary Madsen, Lindsey Mandolini, Jody Oberfelder, Bo Pressly, Jule Jo Ramirez, Celine Syslo, Amanda Tay, Emily Wassyng, Hannah Wendel, Madeline Wilcox

Kickstarter music: Missy Mazzoli, excerpt from "Interlude Two"

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Risks and challenges

We limit our audience to 72, with a dancer/docent to audience member ratio of one performer for every six people. This means more quality of experience, but unfortunately less income for the company at the box office. Your support can make this passion project happen.

The whole of the Brain is the sum moving parts, echoing what it takes to “put up a show.” We hope to have the means to be able to pay our talented team of set, light, composer and sound designers, in addition to our talented array of sixteen performers. Jody Oberfelder Projects want to honor our artists' expertise financially.

One might wonder: How does my contribution have impact? How can my backing a performance be impactful? Performance is temporal, yet can have a lasting effect. By participating in our Kickstarter, you are already in The Brain Piece, interacting with our creative life. You are part of the piece, part of the giant heart and brain. You'll feel good sparking your generosity neurons.

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