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What does safety really mean?  Safe As Houses is about life  in the time of the greatest change in society’s view of the 21st century.
What does safety really mean? Safe As Houses is about life in the time of the greatest change in society’s view of the 21st century.
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“Safe As Houses” is a new project from artist and composer Chris Strouth and Paris1919, with choreography by Deborah Jinza Thayer  and a whole mess of musicians, dancers and visual artists.. It is a multimedia music and installation event, set to run in the New Century Theater, September 4-6, 2014. “Safe as Houses” examines the transitory nature of contemporary life through installation, modern dance and video in a piece that explores the question of personal and economic safety: what does safety actually mean? And can we ever really find it? “Safe As Houses” asks a lot of questions, and gives back some abstract truths.

A house. It’s a home, it’s family, it’s memory and it’s our definition of ourselves. It is the physical backdrop of our lives, a psychological and spiritual center. “Safe as Houses” explores the tension between safety, and the economic realities, and the constant change of modern life that can tear away at the very fabric of that safety. “Safe As Houses” is a multisensory experience using song, music, movement, installation, and video to create something larger than the sum of its parts.

At its core, “Safe As Houses” is about safety both real and metaphorical. What does safety look like when everything is in a rapid state of flux, and the truths that used to be self-evident are blurred by information and fogged by nostalgia?

This show is designed to be an immersive experience, greater than the sum of any one part. It explores universal themes of place and home in an installation that is the theater itself, constructed from cardboard and brought to life through the talents and energy of over 40 musicians, dancers, artists and crafts people. We want to create an experience that is abstract and emotional, yet readily identifiable; we want to create magic.

There are three ways you can support this project: 1) Back the project here on the project page, and 2) Share this link on Facebook and Twitter with your network. Copy/paste this link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1068191551/safe-as-housesAnd 3) do BOTH. $) oh and don't forget- buy a ticket!!!! http://www.hennepintheatretrust.org/events/chris-strouths-safe-houses-tickets-new-century-theatre-minneapolis-mn-2014

Remember: Kickstarter funding is all or nothing. If we don’t get $4,000 in backing by Wed, Aug 20 2014 11:30 PM CDT we don’t receive any funding for “Safe as Houses.” And that would really really suck.

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Despite the Twin Cities’ thriving art scene and robust support from area foundations, artist grants are not a given. In our case, the work challenges categorization by its multidisciplinary and collaborative nature. It makes it very hard to categorize: Is it music? Dance? Theater? Multimedia? And don’t even get us started on the whole “genre of music” thing.

With “Safe as Houses,” we won’t receive any direct grant funds, so we are coming directly to the community to include you in the show’s development—and to ask for your backing in seeing it come to life. We need your help to make this a reality.

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    Your name and a thank you on the show program; and an unreleased download of Paris1919's Antarctica live score- before it's commercially available.

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    Your name and a thank you on the show program; and an unreleased download of Paris1919's Antarctica live score before it's commercially available. In addition to that, you get a download copy of the studio album of Antarctica, and you get it a month before it comes out!

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    You get the program, both downloads, plus a third album - the Antarctica Suite which the other two are based upon--music by Chris Strouth and Tim Donahue.

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    The mention in the program, the three downloads, plus a bonus mystery download--it could be unreleased demos, a full album, one of the mixes. But it will be special: a unique and exclusive to this Kickstarter. But wait, there's more! That's right, you get an exclusive invite to the Saturday night wrap party with the cast, crew, and various and sundry VIPs and hangers-on.

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    It's all of the above, a bold mention in the program (how better to let people know that you're a baller), the 3 downloads, the party invite, and a signed and numbered limited edition show poster(signed by the artist Jon Hunt, and by Chris).

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    It's a crazy bunch of stuff: all of the above, the downloads, the mention, poster and party. The extra bit: You and a guest get to attend part of a dress rehearsal. It's an absolute first opportunity, an impossibly rare glance into how it was made.

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    This is the super crazy package: all of the above, plus an invitation for you and one guest to an exclusive private dinner party with Chris and some other folks. Eat, drink and be merry.

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    It's all of the above, and a piece of music composed and recorded specifically for you. A one-of-a-kind item, that will never come out in any format. Unless you choose for it to.

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