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Help us create and premiere our new 5-section work 'BODIES', plus two additional new works, for our Fall New York season.
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Thank you for visiting our Kickstarter page! We’re so excited to share our project with you and hope you will offer your support! 

This October 11-12, 2013 NDT will premiere THREE new works at The Actors Fund Arts Center theatre in downtown Brooklyn, including the long awaited five-section work BODIES

Throughout September, we will be HARD AT WORK in the studio choreographing, rehearsing, and getting together all the numerous production components including costumes, props, slide projections and promotional endeavors for this multi-media production.  Your support will help us achieve it! 

ABOUT THE WORK 

What an exciting time! Our Fall season at the new Actors Fund Arts Center theatre in downtown Brooklyn taking place October 11-12 will include the creation, premiere and presentation of the following works: 

BODIES – A full-length work three years in the making, NDT and commissioned guest artist Fayzah Fire will complete the final three sections of this five section work which explores the miraculous systems of the human body. Drawing from a diverse array of movement styles including ballet, street jazz and modern dance, plus vivid slide projections, BODIES is an enticing escapade into the highly synchronized dual hemispheres of the brain (Hemispheres), the rapid relays of the central nervous system (Nerve), the rhythmical beatings of the human heart (Heart), the pulsating flow of blood through the circulatory system (Pulse), and the myriad motions of our amazing muscles (Brawn). The first two sections, created in 2012 and winter 2013 respectively, have been called “compelling and courageous” by iDanz News and “intriguing” by Fit Engine, and were exceptionally well received during initial showings. 

'Hemispheres' - Section I from 'BODIES'. Photo by Peter Yesley
'Hemispheres' - Section I from 'BODIES'. Photo by Peter Yesley

ZEPHYR – We will be putting the final touches on this two year whirlwind work-in-progress which depicts the ebb and flow of atmospheric wind streams and employs large pedestal fans and billowing fabric installations currently being created by Production Manager/Artist Jack Lynch of Dance Theatre of Harlem. 

'Zephyr' studio run. Photo by Susie Ellis
'Zephyr' studio run. Photo by Susie Ellis

THREAD – This solo, meant as a showcase for the alluring artistry and daring diversity of company soloist Sarah Taylor, will layer dynamic, contemporary movements over a classical base of lines, extensions, and articulated footwork. 

HEADS-OR-TAILS – This repertory favorite is where the Matrix meets James Bond. This frolicking duet blends elements of ballet, tango and Irish soft-shoe into a sharp, synchronization of movements fueled by a constant interchanging of the dancers creating a sleek, driving, yet playful piece. 

'Heads-or-Tails'
'Heads-or-Tails'

WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP 

It’s daunting the amount of work, effort, personnel and COST it takes to bring artistic ideas to life and share them with others! While we’ve already raised over $4,000 thanks to some wonderful corporate sponsors including New York Life, F Squared PT, Art for Life and Education, and Freed of London, we are still in need of your help to raise additional funds to cover costs such as: 

• Studio and venue rental fees 

• Artist compensation (they are so talented, committed and work soooo hard!) 

• Production costs including costuming, fabric, drapings, and gels 

• Marketing and promotion (postcard and poster printing) 

ABOUT THE COMPANY 

NEVILLE Dance Theatre has been hailed as “compelling”, “imaginative” and a “pure delight” by critics and patrons alike. Our theatrical and culturally themed works are a colorful tapestry of movement woven from a diverse array of dance styles. Founded in 2005 and performing regularly at venues and festivals throughout the five New York boroughs, NDT promotes an appreciation for the similarities and differences of world culture and the beauty, value and significance of dance as a living art form. For more info, photos and video links visit www.nevilledance.com 

Artistic Director/Choreographer: Brenda R. Neville 

Guest Artist/Choreographer: Fayzah Fire (for Heart in BODIES). 

Show times: Friday, October 11th @8:00pm*, Saturday, October 12th @3:00pm and 7:30pm. *includes opening night pre-performance champagne reception to select ticket options and VIP guests. 

Running time: 70 minutes. 

Music: Phaelah, Mike Sheridan & Thelem, Swedish House Mafia, Professor Trance & The Energizers, Four Tet and Chemical Brothers. 

Costumes: Class In Dance and Angela Friedman (New York City Ballet).  

Production Manager/Lighting: Jack Lynch 

Dancers: Miku Kawamura (Prix de Lausanne semi-finalist, Brooklyn Ballet, Sapporo City Ballet); Jess Guerrero (In The Heights), Fayzah Fire (Dance Spiral, Neville Dance Theatre), Robert Graham (Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre), Jessica Higgins (Buglisi Dance Theatre, Philadanco, Dayton Ballet), Vincent Marra (Brooklyn Ballet), Ally Sacks (Karol Armitage, Radio City Spectacular, Metropolitan Opera Ballet), Michelle Siegel (Urban Dance Collective, Staten Island Ballet), Sarah Taylor (Nashville Ballet), Will Tomaskovic (Zvi Gotheiner), Oshi Wanigasekera (Dance Theatre of Harlem II, Francesca Harper and Jeremy McQueen) plus apprentice Nicole Buggé (Exit 12 Dance Company, Richmond Ballet)

Tickets: $15-$35 available at 212/868-4444 or www.smarttix.com 

HOW YOU CAN HELP 

Become a backer of our project! 100% of all funds go directly toward the funding of this project, for artist fees, studio rentals and production expenses, enabling us to bring this exciting production of BODIES and BEYOND to others.  Your help is greatly needed and appreciated but better, you will have become an integral, active and direct participant in making this unique artistic work a reality. Plus you become a true part of the growing Neville Dance Theatre family! A SINCERE THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF OUR PROJECT!

Risks and challenges

From conception to realization, every artistic endeavor has its myriad of challenges. In dance it includes getting the ideas out of the mind and into dancers' bodies; finding space and working and creating in it, transforming and performing in it; enrolling one's passion for an idea onto others and, of course, funding it! This is all part of a normal ‘day at the office’ for a choreographer and dance company director such as myself. I do it because ideas inspire me, as well as the people I get to share them with in the most priceless ways. It imbibes a deeper connection with the world in which we live and our shared human experience. I hope you will support this project and help us bring this latest artistic endeavor to fruition. Thank you!

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