About this project
WE DID IT!
We are beyond grateful and extremely excited that we are now over our goal! We are now going for a stretch goal of $9,000 by Friday, July 28! Hitting the stretch goal will allow us to focus on stronger outreach to get more students involved with this program, increase stipends for artists and performers, and keep the momentum going after our proposed fall performance! Thank you again and again to our current backers! This means the world to us.
This feels like home.
A Dance & Language Performance Project for New Americans
This feels like home. is an 8-week summer dance and language program for new Americans followed by a 6-week rehearsal and performance process in collaboration with Gotham Dance Theater.
My name is Marc Nuñez and I am an Artist-in-Residence at The Performance Project at the University Settlement in the Lower East Side, New York City. I have been collaborating with Julie Condon, an English language teacher at the Adult Literacy Program at the University Settlement, to incorporate dance and theater exercises to supplement learning the English language.
Our discoveries have been remarkable.
We've found our students speaking English with more confidence, feeling more energized and ready to learn once the body has warmed up and danced, having more freedom of expression in the body, and building a deeper sense of community through a mini performance at the end of their spring semester. Feel free to check out more specific stories on our Instagram @GothamDanceTheater.
In order to retain their English skills and keep building that overall sense of positivity, we want to continue this momentum throughout the summer. In the fall, we would like to collaborate with professional dancers of my company, Gotham Dance Theater, for a fall dance theater production. We would provide the opportunity for our language students to perform and share their American experiences on stage.
We need your help to make this American dream become a reality!
Your contribution will allow us to:
- Provide an 8-week summer dance and language program improving not only English skills, but also physical wellness, confidence and community (detailed below)
- Provide a 6-week rehearsal and performance process in collaboration with Gotham Dance Theater to prepare our students for the stage
- Present 2 nights of a performance raising awareness and celebrating the diversity of our city and country
- Provide paid work to five professional dancers
- Support artists and production staff who are contributing to this project
- Provide a stipend for our performing language students
- Provide materials (i.e. classroom materials, costumes, props, marketing materials) and additional rehearsal space
Being an Artist-in-Residence at the University Settlement guarantees This feels like home. a performance venue and limited rehearsal space as well as a $2,000 stipend. But this is not enough to cover all challenges in producing a performance in New York City!
Summer Dance & Language Program Details
Every Wednesday at The University Settlement beginning July 12, 2017
Each session will be two hours consisting of a warm up, dance and theater exercises and language lessons.
Week 1: Introduction to Dance, Theatre & English
Week 2: Arrival to New York City
Week 3: Before & After: Cultural Differences
Week 4: Beginnings and Perceptions about the USA
Week 5: Achievements I: Field Trip to Immigration Exhibit
Week 6: Achievements II: Personal Accounts
Week 7: Challenges & Difficulties
Week 8: The Future
The Performance Project
The following six weeks after the summer program will be an integration of professional dancers from Gotham Dance Theater and our language students to collaborate and create an evening length dance theater production on October 14 & 15, 2017 at the University Settlement.
We thank you for your consideration!
Video filmed and edited by Daniel Schloss.
Risks and challenges
Being an Artist-in-Residence at the University Settlement guarantees "This feels like home." to have a performance venue and limited rehearsal space as well as a $2,000 stipend. But this is not enough to cover all challenges in producing a performance in New York City.
When I founded Gotham Dance Theater in 2015, I spent thousands of dollars of my own money to produce evening length works and to pay dancers a substantial stipend. I found myself working 24 hour days up to 6 days per week in multiple jobs just to make ends meet. Even with sold out houses, production costs make it impossible to continue on my own.
Our artists need adequate compensation for their work in a field that is often overlooked, but highly impactful in ways that are not measurable. The current goal of $7,000 is minimally budgeted as follows:
Stipend Marc Nuñez (Dance Teacher) $800
Stipend Julie Condon (English Teacher) $800
Supplies for Language Students ($25/week) $200
Support for Artist Contributors to Campaign $500
Stipend for 5 Professional Dancers ($400 each) $2,000
Stipend for Ten Language Students ($200 each) $2,000
Costumes, masks, props, miscellaneous $400
Marketing and Promotional Materials $100
Extra Rehearsal Space Rental (~$30/week) $200
If we are able to succeed our goal, we will be able to offer our professional dancers higher and a more well-deserved stipend.
"This feels like home." will be my third evening length production with Gotham Dance Theater and perhaps my most relevant and personal in today's politically unstable views on immigration.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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