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Jazz, ballet, live illustration...  and wolves! 

Join us - in creating a brilliantly unique performance piece and concept album.
Jazz, ballet, live illustration... and wolves! Join us - in creating a brilliantly unique performance piece and concept album.
41 backers pledged £3,120 to help bring this project to life.

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Dancers Max Maslen and Laura Day.
Dancers Max Maslen and Laura Day.

INTRO:

Wolves Are People Too
is a vibrant new multi-discipline performance piece bringing together the worlds of ballet, contemporary jazz and live illustration.

The music will be performed by UK jazz group Hansu-Tori who have also been hard at work in the studio, recording the original compositions from the show for their latest album.

By getting involved with our Kickstarter campaign you can help us to deliver an incredibly unique, engaging piece of live performance art and release a brilliantly conceived original album.

Hansu-Tori
Hansu-Tori

THE STORY:
The project is the brainchild of composer and pianist David Austin Grey.
A lifetime love of anime and Japanese film led him to discover the 2012 animated film 'Wolf Children' (Dir. Mamoru Hosoda). This is turn led to an immediate desire to write some music, inspired by the beauty of the film.

Fresh with excitement, David Austin Grey met with friend and Birmingham Royal Ballet dancer/choregrapher Kit Holder, who instantly fell in love with the idea of a proposed collaboration. Original ballet? set to contemporary jazz? inspired by a japanese anime film? YES!

Shortly afterwards, the concepts around the visual elements of the project began to evolve, most notably - the idea of incorporating live illustration . Birmingham based illustrator Nick Robertson's detailed and playful style seemed to be the obvious choice.

Thus the trio was born!

The Creative Team: Kit Holder, Nick Robertson & David Austin Grey.
The Creative Team: Kit Holder, Nick Robertson & David Austin Grey.

... and so. A year later, brings us to where we are now. After a lot of hard work, and calling in dozens and dozens of favours, we're able to put on this amazing live show for you. We've also recorded an album of the music, and will need to spend the next 6 months working on it before it's ready to be released into the wild.

We really want you to come to the show, we also really want you to buy the album. We won't be happy with anything less than excellence for either, and with your support  - we can give you our very best art.

REWARDS:

We've put our heads together to collate a wonderful selection of rewards, from little things such a digital images and postcards, through to CDs, limited edition prints, tickets and even private concerts - we think there's something in there for everyone, so please take a look!

There's lot of various rewards available. Including Hansu-Tori CDs, Limited Edition Sketches and music from Hansu-Tori vocalist Eliza Shaddad.
There's lot of various rewards available. Including Hansu-Tori CDs, Limited Edition Sketches and music from Hansu-Tori vocalist Eliza Shaddad.

WHY ARE WE CROWDFUNDING?:

Regarding Producing The Show:

We are very fortunate to be partnered and supported by some excellent organisations in order to realise this project. Both Town, Hall Symphony Hall (THSH) and Birmingham Royal Ballet, have offered us support in kind, including things such as: access to some rehearsal space, promotional assistance, and venue hire. However their are many other costs which are not covered that we need to raise money for. (Technicians fees, equipment hire, photography/videography, printing costs, costumes, more rehearsal space etc.)

We are also lucky to have received some financial support from Arts Council England (ACE) towards to production and development of the live show. This support however only accounts for approximately 50% of the total amount required to successfully deliver the end product. A requirement of their support, is that we are able to acquire the remainder of the funds needed ourselves - hence The Kickstarter! :)

Regarding Producing the Album: 

This is not supported financially in any way by any of the partners, and so the funding for this needs to be raised/put up 100% independently. We're hoping that this Kickstarter campaign will help us reach our goal.

HOW KICKSTARTER WORKS:

For those of you unfamiliar with the platform: if we don’t reach our goal by the end of the campaign, nobody’s pledge is collected, and we won’t get anything. So whether you donate or not, please help us succeed by spreading the word and sharing this page! THANKS.

You can keep up to date with the 'Wolves Are People Too Project' via the official Facebook page.

You can find out more info about Hansu-Tori at hansu-tori.com or via Facebook and Twitter.

Nick Robertson - Our Talented Illustrator
Nick Robertson - Our Talented Illustrator
Wolves Are People Too
Wolves Are People Too

Risks and challenges

We've taken on a huge challenge, but we're more than up to the task. All the collaborators involved in the project have an excellent track record for delivering great art, above and beyond the ordinary.

We're doing something that literally hasn't been done before - this in itself is tremendous feat. This is our chance to push ourselves to the limits of our capability and expression, but it's also your chance to get involved and support great original art, and to get in at the ground level.

All of the artists and technicians involved with the project are 100% committed to delivering their very best. We are also very fortunate to have some excellent partners, who will be helping as much as possible to ensure the success of the live show and the album release.

To summarise, if you're able to pledge it would be an immeasurable help to us in realising what will surely be a highlight of the year. We hope that you'll join us in creating something unique and inspiring that Birmingham and the UK can be extremely proud of.

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    Pledge £2 or more About $2.65

    Digital Wallpaper Image + 'Wolves' Desktop Background:

    Every little helps! For £2 or more you can support the project.

    In return you'll have our gratitude and a wonderful digital wallpaper drawn by fantastic project illustrator Nick Robertson.

    You'll also receive an official 'Wolves Are People Too' desktop background, featuring photography from project photographer Iza Korsak.

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    Signed A6 Double-Sided Official Promotional Postcards (Yellow/Grey) on Recycled Card:

    Pledge £4 or more and we'll send you 2 lovely double sided postcards signed by project choreographer Kit Holder, project composer David Austin Grey and project illustrator Nick Robertson.

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    Eliza Shaddad Album (Physical CD) - January ~ March

    Pledge £5 or more and receive a copy of Eliza Shaddad's limited run first release 'January ~ March' - an acoustic folk-driven affair.

    "Pure finesse" [The Musician Magazine]

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    Hansu-Tori Album (Digital Download) - An Improvised Escape (2014):

    Pledge £6 or more and receive a digital download of the 2014 Hansu-Tori release 'An Improvised Escape' as featured on BBC Radio 3, BBC Introducing, BBC WM and Jazz FM.

    “Hansu-Tori mix up strong tunes with passionate playing to dazzling effect.”
    [Mike Flynn- Jazzwise Magazine]

    4 STARS ****

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    Hansu-Tori Album (Physical CD) - An Improvised Escape (2014):

    Pledge £8 or more and receive a CD [digipak] of the 2014 Hansu-Tori release 'An Improvised Escape' as featured on BBC Radio 3, BBC Introducing, BBC WM and Jazz FM.

    “Hansu-Tori mix up strong tunes with passionate playing to dazzling effect.”
    [Mike Flynn- Jazzwise Magazine]

    4 STARS ****

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    Official Hansu-Tori Sheet Music:

    Pledge £8 or more and receive a PDF download of an official piece of sheet music from 'An Improvised Escape' (2014) or 'Wolves Are People Too' (2016).

    Shipped out April/Sept respectively.

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    Artwork Bundle:

    Pledge £10 or more and receive a signed A3 glossy promotional poster from the show designed by Nick Robertson.

    Plus+: Two signed A6 double-sided promotional postcards (Yellow/Grey) on Recycled Card

    Plus+: A digital wallpaper designed by project illustrator Nick Robertson & a 'Wolves Are People Too' desktop background.

    A must for the serious artwork fan.

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    Hansu-Tori Album (Digital Download) - Wolves Are People Too (2016):

    Pledge £10 or more and receive a pre-release digital download of the forthcoming Hansu-Tori release 'Wolves Are People Too'

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    Hansu-Tori Album (Physical CD) - Wolves Are People Too (2016):

    Pledge £15 or more and receive a CD [digipak] of the forthcoming Hansu-Tori release 'Wolves Are People Too'.

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    A Pair of Signed Pointe Shoes (Limited):

    Pledge £25 or more and receive a pair of signed ballet shoes from one of the 'Wolves Are People Too' dance cast.

    A wonderful collectible for the serious ballet lover.

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    Hansu-Tori Album Bundle: (Physical CD) - An Improvised Escape (2014) + (Physical CD) Wolves Are People Too (2016):

    Pledge £25 or more and receive not one but two Hansu-Tori CDs & Digital Downloads!

    1x Pre-release CD [digipak] of the forthcoming Hansu-Tori release 'Wolves Are People Too' plus 1x CD [digipak] of 'An Improvised Escape'.

    PLUS+ Digital Downloads of BOTH ALBUMS.

    Shipped out April/August respectively.

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    An Original Framed A4 Illustration (Limited):

    Pledge £35 or more and receive a beautiful and collectible framed A4 original drawing from project illustrator Nick Robertson.

    You'll also receive a signed A6 Double-Sided Promotional Postcard (Yellow/Grey) on Recycled Card.

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    Sheet Music Bundle:

    For the serious music student/enthusiast!

    Pledge £40 or more and receive PDF downloads of the sheet music for the entire 'An Improvised Escape' album + the entire 'Wolves Are People Too' album.

    Delivered in April/Sept respectively.

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    Music Lesson:

    For the music student at any level.

    Pledge £45 or more and receive a 45 minute 1-1 music lesson.

    Perfect for the budding composer/improviser/performing musician.

    *We will liaise with you to organise a suitable date and venue.

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    Tickets to the Show Bundle:

    Pledge £50 or more and receive a pair of tickets to a showing of 'Wolves Are People Too' at Birmingham Hippodrome - 7th, 8th or 9th April 2016.

    PLUS: A CD [digipak] of the 2014 Hansu-Tori release 'An Improvised Escape' as featured on BBC Radio 3, BBC Introducing, BBC WM and Jazz FM.

    PLUS: 2 lovely double-sided postcards (see image below) signed by project choreographer Kit Holder, project composer David Austin Grey and project illustrator Nick Robertson.

    *Your tickets will be held for you at the box office for collection upon arrival.

    *Available show times are as follows

    7th April: 8pm
    8th April: 8pm
    9th April: 2:45pm

    We will get in contact with you via email to book you in for your desired performance.

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    Pledge £750 or more About $996

    Private Concert!:

    Pledge for this top tier reward and Hansu-Tori will perform the entire 'Wolves Are People Too' album for you and your guests in your home, or at a location or your choice. [excludes travel costs].

    An excellent reward for the serious lover of live music.

    *We will liaise with you to organise a suitable date and venue.

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