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A highly immersive, always shifting journey that invites the audience to navigate the terrain of a dance from the inside.
A highly immersive, always shifting journey that invites the audience to navigate the terrain of a dance from the inside.
145 backers pledged $10,095 to help bring this project to life.

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You're given a headset. You enter the designed maze as yourself, and then you're given a role within the dance. As if reading a novel, you step to the center of the experience, but here, unlike reading, your choices affect the chemistry of your interactions and the trajectory of your journey. Inspired by Italo Calvino’s “Invisible Cities,” and Luis Borges’ short story “The Garden of Forking Paths,” The Garden is about the power of your perspective.

In 2011 the Knight Foundation awarded Nichole Canuso Dance Company an Arts Challenge Grant to make The Garden, and we couldn't be more grateful. Out of the 71 grants made by Knight to art projects in Philadelphia over the past two years, ours remains one of the few original dance projects to be awarded. We're proud, but we're not quite finished...

The Knight Art Challenge is a matching grant and we need your help to receive their funding.

Help us transform this:

SMOKE, a cavernous space in the heart of Old City
SMOKE, a cavernous space in the heart of Old City

...into a maze of bodies and images for you to explore.

We're designing an event to be experienced, not a performance to be watched.

The Creative Team:

  • Choreographer & Director, Nichole Canuso
  • Composition & Sound Design, Michael Kiley and James Sugg
  • Writer, Anna McDonald
  • Set Design, Anna Kiraly
  • Costume Design, Tara Webb
  • Production Manager, Megan Thibodeaux
  • Performers: Nichole Canuso, Eun Jung Choi, Scott McPheeters, John Luna, Les Rivera, Annie Wilson
Early rehearsal at Millay Colony for the Arts
Early rehearsal at Millay Colony for the Arts
Mike and Nichole at Millay Colony
Mike and Nichole at Millay Colony

The Garden premieres November 1-23, 2013 with sneak peek previews scheduled for April, August and September. A limited number of people can enter this experience each evening, so it is our goal to extend our performance run for as many weeks as our budget allows.

Risks and challenges

We are very grateful that The Garden has found a few key supporters over the past year, one of which is The Knight Foundation. The Knight Arts Challenge Grant awards us $50,000, as long as we're able to match those funds from other sources. That's where you come in! We're almost there, but we just need to raise $10,000 more to fully match the Knight grant so we can make The Garden a reality.

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    A hand-written note from Nichole plus our immense gratitude and thanks!

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    Supporters will receive: a postcard with image of a performance photograph. and a note from Nichole.

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    Supporters will receive: A limited-edition NCDC Magnet featuring the shining visage of one of The Garden collaborators.

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    Supporters will receive: Advanced notice of ticket sales for The Garden premiere...and SOCKS! NCDC knee socks to keep you warm and snuggly.

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    Supporters will receive: A full-set, limited edition series of 7 NCDC magnets, an NCDC T-Shirt (tell us your size and we'll make sure it fits you well and feels fabulous) and advanced notice of ticket sales for The Garden premiere.

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    Supporters will receive: All of the above (t-shirt, socks, magnets, advanced notice) + Special Access and Invitations to development-stage and in-progress showings of The Garden.

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    Supporters will receive: All of the above (t-shirt, socks, magnets, advanced notice, Invitations to showings) plus 2 VIP tickets to NCDC's Annual Benefit Cabaret (May 2013).

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    Supporters will receive: All rewards listed above, + 2 Tickets to The Garden premiere (November 2013) and a CD of the original sound score from The Garden.

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