Hello Kickstarter! Welcome to my new project, the world premiere of XXYY and Martha@20 at New York Live Arts, March 8 to 11, 2017, produced in association with fashion icon, Patricia Field. XXYY boldly and bravely tells the stories of the marginalized transgender and gender non- conforming humans of the LGBTQI community. Martha@20 is a 20th anniversary edition of my performance as Martha Graham. My performances have brought Graham, one of the most important artists of the 20th century, to new audiences.
I'm beyond grateful & excited we’ve surpassed our 20K goal! We're now reaching for a S-T-R-E-T-C-H Goal of 5K to fund a multi camera video shoot of the performances, making the work easily accessible to a broad audience. It will also help us implement a touring program to bring the project to colleges & universities in service to LGBTQI communities & to enhance Performing Arts programs. Art is political resistance & this project embodies our mutual belief in the equitable treatment of all people. Thank you for your support!
Call to Action!
Both dance-theater works challenge conventional binaries of male and female, the central theme of my creative work. Issues of gender identity are timelier than ever as the few existing rights and laws protecting these lives are under threat. As an artist on the gender spectrum, I believe we can give this important topic a strong, eloquent voice with your support!
About Richard Move and MoveOpolis! - Founded 2006
“His present is fascinating. His future would seem limitless.” - The New York Times
Our performance works have been presented by Dance Theatre Workshop, New York Live Arts, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and on tour internationally. My commissions include projects for Mikhail Baryshnikov, Martha Graham Dance Company, PARADIGM, Opera Ballet of Florence, New York City Ballet’s Helene Alexopoulos, Guggenheim Museum, Parrish Art Museum, European Cultural Capitol, Deborah Harry, Dame Shirley Bassey and Isaac Mizrahi. My award-winning films include: Bardo, BloodWork, Ghostlight and GIMP. Martha@... received two New York Dance and Performance Awards (Bessies), tours globally and was named “Best of 2011” by ARTFORUM International, Time Out and numerous other publications. Recent performances include MoMA – The Museum of Modern Art, Asian Civilizations Museum in Singapore and Ravello Festival/Italia.
We began conceiving this project nearly 2 years ago and began developing it in artist residencies at Dickinson College in PA, in New York at the Baryshnikov Arts Center and at MASS MoCA, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. We've received support from the Harkness Foundation for Dance, a CUNY Research Award and a commissioning grant from New York Live Arts. We are forever grateful for this support! Now, we need your help to raise the remainder of the production budget!
Your generous Kicks will go directly toward:
• Rehearsal and performance salaries for the dancers • Composer • Lighting Designer • Costume Designer • Stage Manager • Wardrobe, Hair & Make-Up Artist • Sound Engineer • Production Support Personnel • Costume and Production Materials • Equipment Rentals • Marketing and Publicity • Photo & Video Documentation • Travel Expenses • Rights & Royalties • Administrative Expenses • AND...The list goes on!
More About the Project & Our Collaborators
XXYY combines highly stylized choreography with Alba Clemente’s inventive costuming to create a provocative, alternative vision of the world. It incorporates text from the obscure Autobiography of an Androgyne, written at the turn of the 20th century by Ralph Werther a.k.a Jennie June. The original sound score by Martux_m includes the Vatican’s Last Castrato, Alessandro Moreschi (1858–1922), the only castrato to make solo recordings.
Martha@20 includes monologues I’ve written that illuminate Graham’s unparalleled career with re-stagings of Graham’s signature works. Martha@20 costumes are by Pilar Limosner. I perform in both pieces with my longtime collaborators Catherine Cabeen and Katherine Crockett. Our lighting designer is Donalee Katz.
We have every confidence that with your support we'll reach our goal! THANK YOU for helping us realize our vision and for your belief in adventurous art!
Rewards - We've created one of a kind rewards to express our gratitude! Check back frequently as we'll announce new rewards!
Special Thanks and Credits: Video by Andrew Keegan. Soundtrack by Martux_m. XXYY photographs by Janelle Jones. Still photographs in order of appearance by Julieta Cervantes, Miguel Anaya, Hibbard Nash and Miguel Anaya. Rehearsal footage by Tatyana Tenenbaum. Costume renderings by Alba Clemente. Martha@... footage by Gabriel Barcia- Columbo. Martha@... still photograph by Josef Astor. MoveOpolis! Project Manager, Ravenn Haynes.
Risks and challenges
Every new project is challenging to bring to life. While we forge ahead artistically, we pay careful attention to the project's budget. We are prepared to proceed with this performance at New York Live Arts in March. We’ve assembled a great team to address any challenges that arise and our successful record demonstrates our qualifications to do so. Over the last year, we've worked on an extremely limited budget, reliant on the generosity and dedication of the artists. Now is the time to reach our goal to fairly compensate all involved and bring our project to its most fully realized place. With your generosity we’ll achieve this together! THANK YOU!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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