Last year we surpassed our $10,000 goal. We thought this was impossible. The generosity we received inspired us to work harder, and make more.
In the past year, we've toured an evening-length work (for the first time ever!), produced an oversold solo show at The Bushwick Starr, found a home in New Brooklyn Theatre, received the inaugural Harkness Promise Award at the Dance Magazine awards, received the Breakout Award from the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation, named the Resident Commissioned Artist at Live Arts, and premiered a commission in the legacy of Agnes de Mille. In just one year! And it wouldn't have happened without you.
So now, we’re putting on our fundraising hats again in gearing up for another 24-hour Tele-Gala-Dance-A-Thon and some folks are wondering why...? With the successes of the last 12 months, surely we have enough funding?
It’s true, our forward momentum is incredible, but it isn't enough to sustain the company financially. Two months ago we began paying the dancers for rehearsals because we are finally able to afford it, but we are only able to afford it for the next year or two. New Brooklyn Theatre is providing the feath3r theory with a legitimate company model, but the organization does not have significant funding of its own. It's up to us to continue to push forward and build the sustainability that we need to keep making the work for years to come. We hope we can continue to make genre-bending, surreal, and human work you have continued to support.
Our goal this year is to raise $15,000 to help support the company’s new works:
- We May Never Dance Again, a world premiere for The Invisible Dog that will be performed live during the 24-hour event
- WEDNESDAY, a work slated to premiere at Live Arts in Fall 2020
- The McCarthy Era, a work slated to premiere at HERE Arts in Spring 2021
- Fantasia, a dream project currently in its infancy
The money we raise goes towards artist fees, administrative support and our yearly operating costs!
ABOUT THE FEATH3R THEORY
the feath3r theory began making work in 2009 and we had our first world premiere in 2013. The mission of the feath3r theory is to challenge its audience (and its creators) to collectively interrogate -and celebrate - its shared relationship to human empathy and personal ethics as expressed in (and distorted by) popular media. By unabashedly appropriating the structures, themes, and aesthetics of reality television, celebrity culture, social media and the internet, the work of TF3T synthesizes dance, visual media and narrative theater into virtuosic, expansive pop-culture phenomena or an ‘Gesamtkunstwerk’ in which artists and audience alike experience their shared humanity. the feath3r theory is a project of New Brooklyn Theatre, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Members of the feath3r theory include Raja Feather Kelly (Artistic Director), Zain Alam (Composer), Emily Auciello (Sound Design), You-Shin Chen (Scenic Design), Kate Enman (Photographer), Erika Foley (Stage Manager), Alexandria Giroux (Performer), Amy Gernux (Performer), Sara Gurevich (Performer), Rebecca Hite (Performer), Kalin Imar (Performer), Rachel Pritzlaff (Performer and Executive Director), Collin Ranf (Performer), Aaron Moses Robin (Performer), Coel Rodriguez (Performer), Laura Snow (Video Editor), Candace Taylor (Performer), Benjamin Wolk (Performer), and Tuce Yasak (Lighting Designer).
Risks and challenges
We’ve only got 24 hours to raise $15,000.
This is a HUGE risk, we’re asking people to join us and to help us do this so we can spend time making and touring our work. There is still so much to do.
We have a strong record of putting on sold-out, critically acclaimed work and we want to keep doing it. We believe art can change the world. But we need help reminding each other how much artmaking and experiencing art is transformative. Art is at risk. We are at risk.
It’s a short window and if we don’t make it, we won’t be able to create new large-scale productions or tour those that are ready. Will you help?
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