It's been done before - film, theater, or literature projects where artists have a short period of time to develop a new work. Everyone gets together, sweats and stews but not for too long, and in the end, collaborative decisions result in something new.
This is a good challenge for dance. Dancers are limited by endurance, but each and every dance demands imagination. There is a lot of preparation for fleeting spontaneous moments of live performance. Maybe all the preparation straightens out too many wrinkles. What if the wrinkles are really the best part?
Through 24 hour dance project, six different choreographers are coming together, taking on the artistic challenge and learning if less is more. The choreographers are from the Washington DC metro area:
- Keira Hart-Mendoza (Uprooted Dance) and Layla Marcelle Mrozowski,
- Jane Franklin (Jane Franklin Dance)
- Roxann Morgan Rowley (Next Reflex Dance Company)
- Wayles Haynes (Jane Franklin Dance, alight dance theatre)
- Reggie Glass (formerly of Edgeworks)
- Laura Schandelmeier & Stephen Clapp of Dance Box Theatre
As choreographers, we do not share the same approach or goals and most decidedly we look for different things. The audience takes a risk by buying a ticket well before the dances are formed; and the choreographers take a chance that whatever is produced will be worthy of the price of admission. If an idea comes about that is worth developing further, so much the better. Besides we are bringing the dance community together, finding a way to link rather than compete, to support rather than ignore. That in itself is a pretty great idea.
We do not have a budget, other than the stamp of approval from the ticket buyers. The direct costs represented by the goal of this Kickstarter will be applied to the venue rental and the artist stipend.
The idea of the evening is daring, but the immediacy of it all needs to be backed up with a place to do it and artists to participate. There are so many dances that share this premise, a good idea that must be backed up to achieve fruition. We invite you to donate funds to keep the ball rolling.
Risks and challenges
With live performance you just never know. If it snows on Dec 2, it will certainly effect the performance attendance. There are the variables of injury, of the need to replace choreographers due to a family emergency, illness. or accidents. There might be last minute cast changes, or props or costumes no longer available, or an upset of planned rehearsal space.
Finding affordable rehearsal space is always a challenge. Another challenge is getting the dancers there, having the schedules match up. My solution is to work in two groups. One group of dancers show up, I work with them, then go on to the next group when the others are available. Everyone has to juggle another job or two. Or some might have to go from one space to another.
Each choreographer must find their own rehearsal space, whether it is a studio, room, or an unlikely area. The challenge of renting a multiple studio building for 24 hours preceding the shows is one we hope to take on in the future. With the funding of this 24 hour dance project, the next challenge for a future 24 hour project is to find a building that will accommodate all the artists.
No matter the obstacles, risks or challenges, we do have a track record of successful completion.
Please see about '24 hour dance project' as an Editor's Pick in the Washington Post: http://www.janefranklin.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/11.4.2011-Washington-Post-Weekend.pdf
- (39 days)