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Mapping en la Frontera: We're bringing dance to la comunidad. Next stop: Tijuana, México.
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Hey backers and believers!

We have an opportunity to take a special piece called mapping to the streets of Tijuana, México, this summer.Since the first Mapping last summer in the Local Produce Festival in Brooklyn, we've taken it to gardens and community spaces across three boroughs.

Thanks to a generous grant from FONCA and el Gobierno de México, I had the opportunity to create mapping during a residency here in NYC, and now is time for me to pay them back, by taking my two newest pieces back to México, mapping and Ripping Up The Finish  at the festival I was recently selected for the V Encuentro de Jovenes Creadores. México, get ready. 

Mission  

We plan to present mapping in multiple outdoor communal spaces in Tijuana, with a focus on engaging children in dance in a way that is perceivably spontaneous for the child. As artists, we can trace events throughout our lives that inspired us, invigorated us, or perhaps piqued our interest in the arts for the first time. Many times, those moments are not confined to a classroom, they occur in our natural environment, they touch the corners of our lives and intersect with us in places and times we don't expect. 

Location

A populated family space, like a park or a plaza, open to the community. We hope to inspire some artists to apply to realize the cool opportunities that exist for Mexican artists like FONCA and PECDA. The prevailing theme is that contemporary art is not limited to theaters and is accessible to everyone. 

The Money

Every dime donated to the project will go to costs associated with the production of this piece to include 

  • Travel costs - Airfare and local transport 
  • Props 
  • Rehearsal Space
  • Cast & Crew - My dancers, musicians, and an awesome videographer  

Cast:

         Abril, Martita (MEX)  - Choreographer | Performer 

         Armstrong, Matthew (US) - Performer

         Gonzalez, Alvaro (CHI) - Performer  

         Robledo, Ivan Diaz (MEX) - Video Journalist

         Reyes, David (US-MEX) - Gift Designer 

         Ortiz, Basilio (ESP) - Músico 

Check out pictures from past mapping 

mapping at the Old Stone House in Brooklyn for the Local Produce Festival.
mapping at the Old Stone House in Brooklyn for the Local Produce Festival.
The musicians improvising at the end of the performance
The musicians improvising at the end of the performance
mapping at the Old Stone House in Brooklyn
mapping at the Old Stone House in Brooklyn

mapping was a hit and continued throughout the Summer!

We were invited to perform mapping in July for the Sunset Park Dance Day.

Sunset Park Dance Day
Sunset Park Dance Day

Next spot was La Plaza Cultural for the GROUNDPLAN Art Festival in August

mapping at La Plaza Cultural Community Garden in Manhattan for the GROUNDPLAN Art Festival
mapping at La Plaza Cultural Community Garden in Manhattan for the GROUNDPLAN Art Festival

 And then in September we were invited to map two locations in Bed-Stuy as part of the New York Restoration Project and Indie Ballet Sessions

mapping at the Target Community Garden in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn!
mapping at the Target Community Garden in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn!

 Garden of Hope in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.

mapping the Garden of Hope
mapping the Garden of Hope

 This year, mapping was invited to the Lumen Festival in Staten Island on Saturday June 28th. 

http://statenislandarts.org/lumen-2/

mapping at night at the Lumen Festival at the Atlantic Salt Terminal.
mapping at night at the Lumen Festival at the Atlantic Salt Terminal.

Now with your help we'll be mapping in Tijuana!! 

Parque Teniente Guerrero, Tijuana, MX
Parque Teniente Guerrero, Tijuana, MX

 and second location will be at:

Plaza Santa Cecilia, Tijuana, MX
Plaza Santa Cecilia, Tijuana, MX

Risks and challenges

The best thing about traveling with mapping is that it is light on props and doesn't require much more than the dancers and the chosen setting for the piece. This limits bulky moving pieces and reduces our vulnerability to logistical mishaps.

But, Dance is a contact sport. Should an emergency arise and a dancer be unable to perform, we have built in some options to allow us to adapt the piece and still be able to perform.

I'm asking my fellow collaborators to be away from home and take time off from their other projects and families. I need to compensate everyone who is working hard on this project. This risk will be successfully mitigated against if our project is backed.

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    Contribution Level: Amiguito | Gift: (1) cool little post card from the event. (Seriously, when was the last time you sent a postcard? It's like old-school Twitter.)

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    Contribution Level: Vecino cool | Gift: (1) bag of authentic Tijuana candy (it's really good) | (1) unique postcard from the event.

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    Contribution Level: ¡Zonkey! | Gift: A special edition "mapping tijuana" tote bag designed by rising Tijuana designer, David Reyes and a cool little postcard from the event.

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    Contribution Level: Mezcalero. | Gift: (1) DVD of the project documentary, produced by the talented Tijuanero, Ivan Dias "el Güerro" Robledo. | (1) "mapping Tijuana" tote-bag (to put your DVD in and carry with you wherever you go) designed by rising Tijuana designer, David Reyes.

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    Contribution Level: Gallo Feroz | Gift: (1) Unique, numbered high quality print from one of the performances (1) DVD of the project documentary, produced by the talented Tijuanero, Ivan Dias "el Güerro" Robledo. | (1) "mapping Tijuana" tote-bag designed by rising Tijuana designer, David Reyes

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    Contribution Level: Aguila Noble | Gift: (1) DVD of the project documentary, produced by the talented Tijuanero, Ivan Dias "el Güerro" Robledo. | (1) "mapping Tijuana" tote-bag (to put your DVD in and carry with you wherever you go) designed by rising Tijuana designer, David Reyes. | (1) Unique, numbered, canvas print from one of the performances (you may pick from a selection).

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    Contribution Level: Familia | Your incredible generosity is a difference maker, and we'd like to invite you inside the production and creation of our piece by having full access to private rehearsals. | (1) DVD of the project documentary, produced by the talented Tijuanero, Ivan Dias "el Güerro" Robledo. | (1) "mapping Tijuana" tote-bag (to put your DVD in and carry with you wherever you go) designed by rising Tijuana designer, David Reyes. | (1) Unique, numbered, canvas print from one of the performances (you may pick from a selection).

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