“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.
Risks and challenges
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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