The work, the ghost of my legs, was originally created as a movement installation while in residence at Public Space One in Iowa City, IA. By funding this project, you are supporting the reconstruction of ghost for an evening length concert presented as part of FLICfest in Brooklyn, NY (January 2013). The work focuses on an examination of remnant energies left from relationships past, the baggage we carry, the expectations we hold, and the principles that govern our decisions.
Originally, created as an installation that ran from two to eight hours at a time, this quartet works with looping and reframing materials, and the construction of the duet for deconstruction and reexamination. Making something great, and taking it away, is at the foundation of the dance.
People come and go, and we are investigating how these relationships whether familial or intimate or professional, leave a lasting impression on the historical body. The phenomenology of phantom limb syndrome, experienced in amputees, is used metaphorically here connecting the loss of those important and the phenomenology of war, both public and private.
These battles shape our lives.
This project is directed by Chris Masters, and is danced by and choreographed in collaboration with Shaina Branfman (The Foreigner's Collective), Jordan Holland (Biba Bell), Steven Trumon Gray (Company XIV), and Kate Vincek (John J Zullo Dance/RawMovement).
Risks and challenges
Creatively, this project is a huge undertaking. The conversion from a non-narrative installation to an evening length dance theatre work requires a reconstruction on multiple levels, and is an excellent challenge for all of the artists involved.
In this economic climate, funding for independent artists is very limited. Without the support of our generous donors, this project will not be able to come to fruition. From rehearsal space, to performance fees, to costume construction, to digital archival, every single aspect of this project is reliant on the sponsorship of the friends of chrismastersdance.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Currently, chrismastersdance does not have 501(c)3 status, which prohibits the entity from applying for numerous public grants and funds. This being the case, the only way for this project to come to life is through the generous support of dance advocates.
In the interest of transparency, here is just some of the costs of this production:
Space rental... Rehearsal space costs anywhere from $10-$15/hour (which is on the low end of the spectrum, done in an effort to most efficiently use funds). This project requires about 100 rehearsal hours, so the cost is anywhere from $1000-$1500 for the entire project.
Performer fees... The performers are making a nominal fee from their participation in this project (less than $10/hour). This is a clear demonstration of their commitment to dance, and to this project in particular. With a total time commitment of somewhere in the neighborhood of 125 hours over a four month rehearsal process, their stipend is $1000 for the project.
Costuming... While only four costumes are required, the design, construction, and purchasing costs associated with this production total around $500.
All these things added up, this fundraising campaign is merely a portion of the overall cost to create and produce 'the ghost of my legs'.
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