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Set in San Francisco, this dance theatre piece asks: Why do we fall in love? Or out of love?...
Set in San Francisco, this dance theatre piece asks: Why do we fall in love? Or out of love?...
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What roles do fate, timing, and past experiences play in this? How do we respond to heartbreak? These are the essential questions posed in never fall so heavily again - a character-driven dance/theatre project - through movement, scenes, monologues, and interactive elements.

The plot of never fall... traces the lives of three main characters in flashbacks and dances, interwoven with Chuck Mee-esque texts on love and relationships. Akin to the work of Pina Bausch, we break the fourth wall, we blur the lines between performer and character, and we use the human form in surprising ways! 

Performers Kelly Sanchez, Shay Wisniewski & Cast
Performers Kelly Sanchez, Shay Wisniewski & Cast

This is the frame for our most ambitious project thus far. It's a project for anyone who has ever loved, anyone who has ever wondered why their partner came into their lives, or why they lost someone, or how it is that we persevere through so many highs and lows. It is our story and yours. 

The Process

At BrickaBrack, we build pieces collaboratively. This is Phase 2 of never fall..., following our December 2013 Workshop. Audiences called the workshop "amazing," saying they "loved the raw honesty and humor" and "I held back tears at least twelve times!" I am the core writer/director, with major contributions from our choreographer, Katie Wong, consulting director Anthony Williams, our design team, nine performers, and BrickaBrack company members. never fall... enables us to continue expanding our network of local artists - by bridging the dance and theatre communities and creating new connections between them. 

Choreographer Katerina Wong
Choreographer Katerina Wong

What Your Contribution Funds

This special project is an important step in our creative evolution as performance-makers, a significant rise in the level of production we wish to achieve, and a shift in the depth and complexity of material we aspire to present. The show will be presented at Dance Mission - a professional, 140-seat theatre with a dance floor and quality theatrical lighting - from May 16th - 25th. The bulk of our expenses on this piece will be put towards space and equipment rentals ($7,350), stipends for 9 performers, 8 staff & 3 designers ($4,850), and materials such as costumes, props, and postcards ($1,850). 

We have already received a $4k CA$H grant from Theatre Bay Area for never fall so heavily again. With your generous support, we expect to fully realize this piece for presentation to Bay Area audiences, furthering the mission of BrickaBrack to "inspire openness to new ideas and generate dialogues concerning the social order... and essential questions of the human spirit." Thank you so much for your time and consideration. Please make a donation today!

Most sincerely, 

Gabriel Grilli - Artistic Director, BrickaBrack    

Risks and challenges

Our balanced budget is based on the projection that we will average at least 45 ticket sales per night for 6 performances (with a $20 ticket median) - a risk, but certainly an achievable one, since we've had strong tickets sales on our previous projects, and this venue is more central and polished than any of our other theatres! Any shortfall would be made up for by concession sales, individual donors, "passing the hat," or a fundraising event. Any surplus is put towards expenses for our Fall 2014 project!

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