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An internationally collaborative experience to be performed in four languages about exploring the unknown and encountering the alien.

JOIN THE TEAM that brings The Three Astronauts to the LAUNCHPAD!

Inspired by an extraordinary picture book (see below) for all ages by Umberto Eco and Eugenio Carmi - THE THREE ASTRONAUTS is conceived as an exploration far beyond human space travel to Mars; it is an exploration of the questions of What makes us aliens?, enemies?,  How do we become friends?, and What does it take to create alliances between and among people, nations, and alternative universes?  Created in four languages - English, Russian, Chinese, and the Amazonian tribal language, Pirahan - an international creative team will bring to life this tale, not only about the excitement of human spaceflight to Mars, but also about our need in this world and every other, for understanding and communication across visual, cultural and language barriers.

The Funds raised here will directly go towards financing our very FIRST WORKSHOP so we can literally KICKSTART this project.  Santa Fe Opera is a development partner, and will be hosting the workshop.  Every dollar we raise during this campaign will also be matched 1:1 by a private donor. This should give you DOUBLE INCENTIVE to join us during this fundraising campaign.

In this extraordinary book, an American, a Russian, and a Chinese astronaut take off separately in their rockets. Each wants to be the first on Mars, but they all land at the same time. The story of how they evolve from competitors and aliens to each other, into allies and friends, is ripe for the stage; and the stark, abstract beauty of Carmi's imagery will transfix audiences. Read around the world, The Three Astronauts has been translated into 40 languages, and was distributed in nearly every country around the world. The publisher plans to re-release the book with the premiere of the opera, planned for 2014.

An international creative team will bring the story to life on the stage.  As conceived by American director-producer Grethe Barrett Holby, who is in effect 'mission control,' The Three Astronauts will embrace sung and spoken text, orchestral and choral passages, dance, and visual theater.  It will be performed in four languages- English, Russian, Chinese, and Pirahan. Pirahan will be the language of the Martian.  (Yes Virginia, there is a Martian! What would we be without a Martian?)

Authors from the respective countries will write the personal story and dialogue for each of the astronauts, thus capturing the cultural nuances and language of each.  Each of the astronauts will perform in his/her own language without translation, thus sharing their isolation and alienation with the audience.

Grethe says: I have been preparing for years to create The Three Astronauts on stage and now our international creative team is close to being fully formed.  We have composer Ye Xiaogang, and writer Liu, Sola leading our Chinese team, linguist & anthropologist Daniel L. Everett leading our Martian team, renowned poet Nikki Giovanni leading our American team, and the Russian team is currently in formation (official details to be released soon).

The date for the first workshop has been set for July of this year.  Writers from the four teams will fly into New York and begin melding the story together.  The workshop will be hosted by Santa Fe Opera, but we still need to pay for lodging, travel, and visa costs. This is where you come in!    $5,000 is our goal, but don't hesitate to donate even if you see that we've already reached this amount!  Any amount from $1.00 to $5,000 will help bring this piece to life for audiences around the globe - and beyond.  

Your donation goes toward:

* Travel/Lodging Expenses for the Artists, including obtaining travel documents and visas.

* Marketing Materials to help us get the word out, and solicit corporate backing.

* Video Documentation of our development process.

Thank you so much for your support of The Three Astronauts ! This project can not happen without YOU. 

Warmest greetings from us all,

Grethe Holby, Tricia Deans, Chidi Ozieh, Stephanie Yao, 
and the Board of Directors
of

Ardea Arts / Family Opera Initiative
www.ardeaarts.com

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    The MARTIAN is green all over, with a pair of antennae instead of ears, a trunk, and six arms. In this package, you get a heartfelt thank you from us, and a 6 barrel handshake from The Martian.

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    ASTRONAUTS explore the moon, asteroids, planets, stars, galaxies, and someday infinite space. In this package, you get our sincere thanks and one free song download from "The Three Astronauts" album (when it is finished).

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    The SPACESHIP was designed for planetary observation & exploration. So far only the U.S., China, and Russia have achieved human spaceflight. In this package you get a free download of "The Three Astronauts" album (when it is finished).

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    In our EARTH ORBIT package, you will not only get a free download of "The Three Astronauts" album (when it is finished) but also a personalized thank you on a 3 Astronauts collectible postcard, and thanks on our website and our Facebook page!

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    In our SPACE STATION package, you will receive a free download of "The Three Astronauts" album (when it is finished), a personalized thank you card + a limited special edition set of 10 "The Three Astronauts" collectible postcard set.

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    Our SPACE WALK package includes a free download of "The Three Astronauts" album (when it is finished), a personalized thank you card, a limited special edition set of 10 postcards + a signed poster of "The Three Astronauts" (when it becomes available).

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    Our LUNAR LANDING package includes a free download of "The Three Astronauts" album (when it is finished), a personalized thank you card, a limited special edition set of 10 postcards, a signed poster of "The Three Astronauts" (when it becomes available) + a special limited edition tote bag.

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    Our MARS BLASTOFF package includes a free download of "The Three Astronauts" album (when it is finished), a personalized signed thank you card, a limited special edition set of 10 postcards + a signed poster (when it is available) + a signed copy of Daniel Everett's "Don't Sleep, There Are Snakes", an extraordinary tale about the Amazonian Tribe whose language we are borrowing for the Martian.

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    Our MEET THE MARTIAN package includes a free download of "The Three Astronauts" album (when it is finished), a personalized signed thank you card, a limited special edition set of 10 postcard, a signed poster (when it is available), a limited edition tote bag, an invitation for you and a friend to attend 2 rehearsals and a workshop in NYC or elsewhere (travel costs not included), and a DVD with exclusive interviews with the creative team and cast.

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    Our NEGOTIATE UNIVERSAL PEACE package includes 2 tickets to the dress rehearsal of "The Three Astronauts"; Early Access to VIP Premiere Tickets; a DVD of exclusive interviews and rehearsal footage with the creative team and cast; An invitation for 2 to all open rehearsals and workshops; credit in the premiere program, websites, etc; + a free download of the album (when it is finished); The personalized signed thank you card; The limited special edition set of 10 postcards, The signed poster by the cast (when it is available); and a limited edition tote bag.

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