Who we are: Karen Harvey Dances, a contemporary dance theater company based in Brooklyn, NY. What we are making: WETLANDS, our very first evening length work with five dancers, a performance artist/story teller, a singer and an original score of music composed by classical musician, Benjamin Garner. Inspired by the lusciousness, wildness and vast amount of dense life that can be found in swamps and other wetlands... this piece is a journey into the depths of possibility, diversity and the freedom inherent within life.
What we are raising money for: A week long, creative residency at Mount Tremper Arts in the Catskill Mountains October 8-13th, 2012. This will allow us to step outside our busy lives and connect with nature while we dive deep into rehearsal process together.
Mount Tremper Arts provides housing, a beautiful dance studio and access to gorgeous nature with hiking trails, streams and a pond for us to experiment with some site-specific ideas.
The kickstarter funds will allow us to cover transportation, food and a subsidized fee for the space. $1,300 is the minimum amount we need. If we raise more, we'll be able to pay the performers a fee for the week and cover some production costs for our show. With a minimum of $6,000 we'll be able to fully compensate all of the collaborators involved. Our estimated total budget for the production and the amount we hope to raise is $12,000.
How do we know WETLANDS will be a success? We have some outside support including rehearsal space at Alphabet City Sanctuary, dramaturgical mentorship with Shawn Rene Graham and a team of performers, collaborators and friends. Also, we received several contributions this past year from Robin & Dara Miles and Barbara Grodd which allowed us to create and perform short excerpts as initial explorations (shown in the video). At the Famoso Festival, Bleeding Hearts multimedia performance with indie rock band: The Futurists, At We Are Your Friends concert and variety show, Dumbo Dance Festival, Cool NY Dance Festival, Ananda Ashram and at Srikalogy's album release event for Kirtan Sessions at Integral Yoga. We've already generated a large amount of material to work with and have a clear creative vision.
What are the rewards? From the show, grab a selection of the original music score, a DVD of the final performance, tickets to the benefit & show, an invitation to attend company rehearsals and meet the performers, a personalized dance performance video made during our residency or a private performance at your own party/event.
We have also teamed up with two artists to offer original hand-painted artisanal t-shirts made especially for Karen Harvey dances (pro bono) by fashion designer Rachel Walters and visual artist, Sophie Kooper. Sophie created an incredibly beautiful circular organic pattern and Rachel has designed a trendy yet comfortable loose fitting shirt. You don't want to pass this up!
In addition, we are offering a customized workout program designed for you! With a professionally shot video of the exercises as well as detailed out instructions for your program. We are excited to offer these custom professional quality workout videos through a partnership with Moonshine Films.
*** All of the rewards can be gifted to your friends and family ***
Make a contribution today and stay tuned for updates about our show. Thank you in advance and we hope you join us for the performance!
Karen Harvey, Artistic Director.
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