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Update #10 - For backers only

Dancing in the desert!

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Update #9

For curious onlookers....

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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!


Update #8 - For backers only

Goal reached! Dances almost there!

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Update #7

The rehearsal process....

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Dear Backers,

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!

In Gratitude,

Brian Benington


Update #6 - For backers only

A good jump in pledges today!

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    AND you’ll receive: a personal “thank you” note-card -- PLUS a set of FIVE note--cards that depict danced moments from “Random Resonations” or “Angel’s Landing.”

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    AND you’ll receive: (a.) a set of TEN note-cards that depict danced moments from “Random Resonations” or “Angel’s Landing,” PLUS, (b.) ONE ticket to the November 18-19 Salt Lake Community College Dance Company production at the Grand Theatre, where I will perform “Angel’s Landing” as a faculty member.

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    AND you’ll receive: (a.) at your convenience, a half-hour of yoga “choreographed” to meet your physical/emotional needs, PLUS, (b.) TWO tickets to the November 18-19 Salt Lake Community College Dance Company production at the Grand Theatre, where I will perform “Angel’s Landing” as a faculty member, OR, (c.) if you are able to attend the Arizona Dance Festival at the Tempe Center for the Arts on October 7th and 8th where I’ll be performing both dances – you may receive TWO tickets for whichever day's performance you choose to attend there.

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    AND you’ll receive: (a.) a half-hour of yoga “choreographed” to meet your physical/emotional needs, AND, (b.) TWO tickets for the evening of your choice, to the November 18-19 Salt Lake Community College Dance Company production at the Grand Theatre, where I will perform “Angel’s Landing” as a faculty member. [If you’re able to attend the Arizona Dance Festival at the Tempe Center for the Arts on October 7th and 8th where I’ll be performing both dances – you may receive TWO tickets for whichever day's performance you choose to attend there.]

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    AND you’ll receive: (a.) ONE hour of yoga “choreographed” to meet your physical/emotional needs, OR (b.) an invitation to enjoy a wine-and-cheese affair at my home and the ambiance of our Japanese-style garden, PLUS c.) THREE tickets for the evening of your choice, to the November 18-19 Salt Lake Community College Dance Company production at the Grand Theatre, where I will perform “Angel’s Landing” as a faculty member. [If you’re able to attend the Arizona Dance Festival at the Tempe Center for the Arts on October 7th and 8th where I’ll be performing both dances – you may receive THREE tickets for whichever day's performance you choose to attend there.]

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    AND I'LL: (a.) prepare a delicious, home-cooked Indian meal – at your home, or mine (where you can enjoy the ambiance of a Japanese-style garden), PLUS, (b.) choreograph and perform a SITE-SPECIFIC DANCE for an event that you host at your home (or elsewhere), OR instead, you can receive FOUR tickets for the evening of your choice, to the November 18-19 Salt Lake Community College Dance Company production at the Grand Theatre, where I will perform “Angel’s Landing” as a faculty member. [If you’re able to attend the Arizona Dance Festival at the Tempe Center for the Arts on October 7th and 8th where I’ll be performing both dances – you may receive FOUR tickets for whichever day's performance you choose to attend there.]

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