Aurora theater shooting. Delhi rape. Sandy Hook shooting. Sikh Temple shooting. Murder. Loss. Heartbreak. How many tragic events have to unfold before we become numb to the pain? Gyaan is our offering to the community as a way to heal from all the senseless loss we all experience. This beautifully conceptualized show will take you through a journey; when everything seems fine and life blesses us with all of its wonderful gifts, the sudden and unexpected tragedies leave us feeling hopeless and empty. Let GYAAN show you how you can heal from such losses and come out stronger. Join us in this journey to find your truth through the knowledge of our experience.
This show is pushing our boundaries of physical, technological and musical capabilities beyond anything we have ever done before. To bring the vision of GYAAN to reality we will require a lot of resources. The following are a few of the larger expenses we are anticipating:
- Auditorium Rental ($20K)
- Aerial Dancing- rigging, studio practice time & on-site support ($10K)
- Musicians ($10K)
- Costumes, jewelry and make-up ($15K)
- Audio-Visual miscellaneous expenses ($5K)
We hope to sustain some of our expenses with ticket sales, summer performances and workshops, but will need your financial support to bring this important message of Gyaan to our audience.
Our people are at the heart of our studio and the root of our success. We have built an organization that not only retains and nurtures talent, but also one that is home to a very passionate and loving dance family. Starting with our production team:
Namita Khanna Nariani, the founder and creative director of Mudra Dance Studio, has over 40 years of dance experience and over 20 years of creative direction experience. She has implemented over 17 original productions with Mudra Dance Studio. As a professional architect by day, Namita has the skills to systematically breakdown and implement projects of any scale.
Shawn Herbet, our Art Director, brings to the table over 10 years of artistic and technical expertise. Experienced in web, video and graphic development, Shawn is venturing into the exciting world of video mapping to push the boundaries of his skills.
Our Music Director, Aaron Templer, is a western drummer that has mastered the rhythms of the Indian dhol by simply using his expert ear and knack for music composition. He is also a professional marketing and brand consultant with a phenomenal network in both the music and business world.
Managing the business and marketing end of the studio is Shefali Shah. She combines a longstanding history with the studio as a dancer and teacher, as well as her experience as a business professional. Her passion and hard work towards managing the studio is taking Gyaan to a whole new level.
As one of the head gurus and choreographers for the studio, Eishita Nariani, has been dancing since she was in diapers! She is also an expert at editing & mixing music and will be managing all the pre-recorded music for the second half of the production.
All the Mudra-Gyaaners! We have lovingly coined every dancer, musician & production team member involved with the show as “Gyaaners”. There are a total of 50 Gyaaners making this production possible. These individuals dedicate not only hundreds of hours of practice time, but also their hearts and souls into making this show a success. We would be remiss if we didn’t credit these individuals to the success of our show.
Risks and challenges
Every production comes with its set of challenges. The first half of our show is based completely on live music, something we have never attempted before. In order to schedule the needed hours to sync well with our musicians, we hope raise enough money to compensate them for their time. This summer the Lakewood auditorium is going through major construction, we have kept a cushion of 2 months between the completed construction date, and our opening show date to allow for construction delays. Finally, since our show is heavily dependent on our Gyaaners, we want to make sure each dancer remains healthy and in shape for show day. There is a risk that one or more of our dancers can injure themselves, but Namita’s excellent creative direction is fully capable of re-designing choreography if there is a need. At the end of it all, our sole motivation to do this show is to help our audience heal from their personal losses. If we touch even one life with our art, we will consider GYAAN a roaring success!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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