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"What's love got to do with it?" a new work by Austin Hartel

A multi-disciplinary dance performance that will capture the essence and raw emotion of relationships that define our lives.

"What's love got to do with it?" a new work by Austin Hartel

A multi-disciplinary dance performance that will capture the essence and raw emotion of relationships that define our lives.

$1,342
pledged of $5,000pledged of $5,000 goal
31
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, August 29 2013 4:59 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated August 29, 2013

About

Welcome to our Kickstarter Campaign, friends!

Hartel Dance Group is raising $5,000 to foster the evolution and debut of “What’s love got to do with it?,” an evening-length, integrative dance performance, which will zoom in on relationships of all breeds, turning them inside out. Our campaign is just a small step toward a total seasonal budget of $21,000.

The company has been invited to premiere excerpts of “WLGTDWI?”at the prestigious Brincos International Dance Festival in Guatemala City, September 13th-16th. Sending HDG’s six dancers and two-man artistic team to Guatemala will cost more than the honorarium provided by the festival. We are thrilled with the prospect of representing Oklahoma and the United States at this festival, but we need your help to get us there!

Photo by Skip Largent "Network"
Photo by Skip Largent "Network"

Following these performances in Central America, HDG will present two evenings of “WLGTDWI?” in full at Oklahoma Contemporary on November 8th and 9th.

Artistic Director, Austin Hartel is an award winning, internationally acclaimed choreographer who has been presenting his unique brand of dance on stages worldwide for over 25 years.

His vision for “What’s love got to do with it?” will weave together many facets of connection, networks, and rituals that define our lives. Journeying through life, we inherently create relationships—some lasting, some passing, and some that impact us in the most transformative of ways. We have more means to access human connection than any generation past. Yet for some reason, there remains a cold undercurrent of isolation, loneliness, and separation that bridles many of our experiences—whether we are aware of it or not. All humanity craves acceptance and love, but Hartel poses the well-known question, “What’s love got to do with it?” While love is a powerful, deep-seated emotion, active relationships do not flourish on love alone.

Hartel Dance Group:

Aaron Robinson

Thyrsa Da Rosa 

Becca Schmedt

Nicolette Battle

Christopher Castleberry

Maggie Boyett

Casey Coy

Karen Boyd-Bethel

"Network" perfromance as part of Art Moves presented by OKC Arts Council
"Network" perfromance as part of Art Moves presented by OKC Arts Council

Hartel Dance Group invites you to join us on this exploratory journey through dance, video, music and art. We are a 501(c)3 Charitable Organization. All donations are tax-deductible!

Your donation will go directly toward our production costs, which include: Round-trip airfare to Guatemala, Oklahoma City theatre rental, lighting design, sound design, music composer, costume design, rehearsal space, video documentation and basal artists’ salaries.

Roof top rehearsal!
Roof top rehearsal!

Risks and challenges

If our entire $5,000 goal isn't met before the deadline, no money changes hands and HDG’s opportunity to perform at the Brincos International Dance Festival will be in big trouble. We would hate to miss out on this incredible opportunity to represent our state and country in front of the whole world simply because we could not raise enough funding.

Our November season in Oklahoma City will also be impacted, and though the show will still take place, we will have to severely limit our budget and scale down our production values for the performance. Your support helps ensure that the artists and technicians involved receive adequate pay!

Can we exceed the goal?

YES! What an amazing problem to have. Any money raised beyond our $5,000 goal will be used towards our Fall Season’s total projected cost of $21,000.

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    'Dancer' - An autographed picture of one of the dancers on tour. Listing in our program and all company printed materials as a donor, and all of the perks in the previous categories!!!!

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    ' Soloist ' - An exclusive invitation to informal showings on September 9th and October 25th, a exclusive digital link to rehearsal footage with your name in the video and all of the perks in the previous categories!!!!

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    ' Choreographer ' - Two VIP Tickets to a performance of "What's love got to do with it", a work of art on a 24"x18" canvas, created by the Hartel Dance Groups exclusive PopArt method during the performance and all of the perks in the previous categories!!!!

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