For those of you who've been emotionally supportive, but could not donate because of limited finances -- I thank you! For a while it seemed so touch and go there, that I wasn't sure that this would pull through -- and now I've exceeded my goal!!
I'm so amazed at how this all worked out. Kickstarter was new to me until a dancer friend of mine in New York city introduced me to their web site (thank you, Greg!). I'm grateful, too, to the Kickstarter crew for their innovative site.
I fly to Arizona on Thursday morning, Both dances are almost ready for performance, but I'll be looking for rehearsal space and taking the time to perfect each dance on Thursday and Friday. The stage crew will work with me on setting lights on Friday morning; the rest of the day is mine to rehearse. In the evening, there'll be an opportunity to see the dances of the other participants. Also, I can't wait to see people I've danced with before, faculty and friends from A.S.U. -- and my son, Nathan, whom I haven't seen in 2 years!
I dance "Random Resonations" (my 9 min solo) on Saturday afternoon, and then "Angel's Landing" (Kelly Roth's choreography - a 6 min solo) on Saturday evening.
What more can I say than: I'm excited!
Yesterday, I showed my one dance, "Angel's Landing," to the students of a fellow teacher's jazz dance class. Not all of them are familiar with modern dance, yet all of them seemed to immediately grab that the dance, although somewhat abstract, says something deep about longing, loss, and all the emotions that arise when we are brought to the "edge" by the circumstances that sometimes destabilize our lives.
I realized, too, that because I have not danced (actively) for a while, that I am having to relearn how to bring meaning to what I'm dancing -- rather than just dancing the choreography. This is always a bit of a challenge when a dance is more abstract, as this one is.
So I'll be showing the work again to others, getting some input from outside eyes, in order to be up to full performance level by the time the weekend of October 8 & 9 arrive.
Your faith in this venture, and me, is very much appreciated.
I haven't quite yet reached my goal yet, so will each of you do a little "missionary" work in encouraging others to back me -- even to the smallest amount!