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.
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!
... 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.
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!
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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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