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A kinetic and musical sculpture that serves as a platform for dance, live music and communal celebrations at Black Rock City & Seattle.
A kinetic and musical sculpture that serves as a platform for dance, live music and communal celebrations at Black Rock City & Seattle.
50 backers pledged $10,040 to help bring this project to life.

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Big Beautiful Art Bringing People Together

Like all Lelavision projects, "Interspecies Communication" combines the eye- and ear-popping kinetic musical sculptures of Ela Lamblin with the visual feast of choreography and community collaboration created by Leah Mann.

photo by Michelle Bates
photo by Michelle Bates

YOUR BACKING WILL HELP US CREATE AND BRING TO SEATTLE AND BLACK ROCK CITY A LARGE-SCALE KINETIC AND MUSICAL ARTWORK THAT SERVES AS A STAGE TO FACILITATE THE FORMATION OF COMMUNITY THROUGH PERFORMANCE AND INTERACTIVITY.

This is a piece about collaboration. 
We are inspired by the flocking behaviors of birds and other species. Using Sculpture, Music, and Dance we will facilitate synchronized action through a performative ritual or game that takes its cue from murmurations and swarms where the localized sharing of information between individuals can spontaneously generate forms that arise from collective behavior like the swirls of migrating starlings, or whirlpool-like toruses of mackerel.

  Lelavision's Ela Lamblin has designed a large kinetic artwork that works on three levels: 

1. As a thematic piece of public art, it serves as a beacon and gathering place.

2. As a musical sculpture, it reacts with sound and movement to the wind and to the interactive curiosity of the passerby who becomes participant and performer. 

3.  As a venue for performance and community gathering, it facilitates and hosts the presentation of music, dance and ritual. 

This sculpture serves as the platform for Lelavision performers to animate and play a score on the sculpture by longtime Lelavision collaborator, composer Jason Staczek.

Ela Lamblin
Ela Lamblin

 

 Lelavision's Leah Mann is coordinating a gathering of five diverse community groups – youths to seniors representing cultural traditions that span the globe. They will perform choreography by Leah and collaborator Sumayya Diop that explores flocking behaviors that emerge from short-range interactions.

Leah Mann
Leah Mann

 

Sumayya Diop
Sumayya Diop

 

Jason Staczek
Jason Staczek

The "INTERSPECIES COMMUNICATION" project is produced by the Lelavision company itself, that is to say, by Ela Lamblin and Leah Mann. It will be made possible through a three-part funding strategy that includes support from (1) local grants (4Culture, Seattle City Parks), (2) the Black Rock City Honoraria, and (3) this Kickstarter. It will cost Lelavision approximately $50,000 to create the sculpture, organize and create the participatory performances through workshops and rehearsals, and bring it all to the Burning Man Arts Festival in Nevada and The Duwamish Waterway Park in Seattle this summer.

HERE'S WHY: 

Artwork Build Cost: Shop space and build space, specialty services and fabrication, materials, tools, consumables, etc.

Engineering: We are pleased to be partnering with RBHU for structural analysis and engineering. 

Transportation: Getting the piece and the people to Black Rock City, NV, and Seattle 

Rentals: sound gear, generator, lights, tools. 

Workshops and Rehearsals: Space rental and travel plus stipends for the teachers and performers. 

Performances: Paying directors creators, and cast and for sound and lighting design and operation.


Promotion: Flyers, promotional video, travel to events and to radio and TV stations. 


Costumes: New ones, repair and alteration on old ones. 


Hours: Ela's - more than 1500 hours over a ten-month period for design and build. Leah's - 1000 hours as project administrator/facilitator and choreographer. 


THIS IS A LARGE ENDEAVOR AND WE NEED YOUR HELP. 

This is not only the largest scale musical sculpture Ela has ever created. it is also the largest gathering of artistic groups, community members, and performers that Leah has ever facilitated in syncronized behavior. We have put a ton of work into preparing and laying the groundwork for this project, but the bulk of the creating is coming down to the next two months. To pull this off we need your help to complete our fundraising. “INTERSPECIES COMMUNICATION” is Lelavision's most ambitious and astonishing work. It is our hope that the piece will go on to draw people together by appearing at many more locations in the years to come. Eventually we would like the sculpture to find a permanent home in a public location. 

Overcoming Challenges
Overcoming Challenges

THIS CREATIVE TEAM HAS A PROVEN TRACK RECORD OF PRODUCING OUTSTANDING WORK.

Lelavision co-director Ela Lamblin has been inventing and building "extraordinary instruments," as the Singapore Business Times called them, for the last twenty years. These devices, based on archetypal forms like the spiral, the wave, the circle, and the flower, function as musical instruments, stage sets, and dance playground. His creative endeavors include public sculptures, recordings, and videos. Lelavision co-director and choreographer Leah Mann has spent the past 20 years working closely with Ela and his objects to create performances in which these contraptions are played by a fluidly formed collaboration of bodies becoming one with objects to generate patterns of movement and sound. Her choreographic excellence is matched by her physical skill and comedic brilliance as a performer. Composer Jason Staczek (well known for his work in scoring films) is working closely with Ela and Leah to create new music. Jason and Ela collaborated on the acclaimed score for the recent Guy Maddin film Keyhole. The soundtrack featured Ela's large metal and glass instrument, the "Shrimp Platter." Jason is not just a composer, but also a skilled musician and producer as well.

Shrimp Platter
Shrimp Platter

Community Collaborators

Leela Kathak, classical Indian dance and music with master teacher from New Dehli, Urmilla Nagar

 

Halau Hula 'O Lono with master teacher, Manuiki Lono:

 

 Seattle InterPlay led by Oakland dancer, singer, musician and InterPlay Race Dance facilitator, Soyinka Rahim

 

 Eduardo Mendoca of Show Brazil

**More groups continue to join as we type!

 

 

Risks and challenges

As innovative artists, we are also innovative problem-solvers, and we contain an array of the necessary skills. However, the challenges we face for this project go well beyond our own abilities. Through the generosity and expertise of our advisers, our collaborators, and our friends and volunteers, and through the collective contacts of the greater community of artists at Burning Man and in Seattle, we will be able to pull this off. Design challenges for building a piece of this scale, capable of withstanding high winds and intense vandalism, are numerous. Already behind in our goals for structural engineering, we secured the help of RBHU and are confident they can produce the structural analysis we need in time for the fabrication of key structural elements. Fabrication challenges relating to the tight timeline and limited space and budget are real. Logistical challenges of transportation and assembly of the work in two locations are daunting. Coordinating up to 100 performers, securing permits, and planning and promoting the event in Seattle are huge tasks. Already one of our machines has broken down, people we thought we could rely on have pulled out, and we have been turned down for grants we hoped to secure. However, our machine is running again, we have found great people to assist, and with your help we can overcome the financial challenge.

In the event that our Kickstarter campaign is not funded, we would face this challenge as we have all others: with all our creative force to find a way to fill the funding gap.

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