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"Sore Bones" is Sage Horsey & Co.'s premiering body of work. The piece will tour throughout Massachusetts, New York, and Vermont.
34 backers pledged $2,754 to help bring this project to life.

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The "Sore Bones" National Tour is my first full length creation | It is comprised of my two newest works, Laundry and Tiny Kingdom. This tour is the debut of my dance company, Sage Horsey & Co. and a huge step towards establishing myself as an emerging artist.

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Our Kickstarter Campaign has been successfully funded! This means that we get to set our first stretch goal amount, and if we reach it everyone will receive a custom designed Sore Bones tote bag! Whether you pledge $5 or $50, anyone who helps us get to $3K - including those of you who have already made a contribution - will get one of our beautifully crafted canvas totes!


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Less than a year ago, I shared "Sore Bones" for the first time in an abandoned bank in Winooski, Vermont. We toured the piece throughout the state over the course of five months, selling out every show. After our last performance this past December, people started reaching out to bring the tour to their state. I immediately got to work to deliver on that request and assembled an incredible team of artists. Six months later, my company and I are packing our bags to share this work beyond Vermont. Sage Horsey & Co. is comprised of myself, and fellow artists Chloë Clark and Nicole Stapleton. 

The "Tiny Kingdom" sticker
The "Tiny Kingdom" sticker
The "Bunny Ears Cactus" sticker
The "Bunny Ears Cactus" sticker

We are bringing "Sore Bones" to seven different venues over the course of one month. The tour will kick off in Massachusetts where we'll perform in Holyoke at the Brick Co-workshop and in New Bedford at the Co-Creative Center. We'll then travel to New York for two more shows both in Brooklyn at the Center for Performance Research in Greenpoint and at Gallim Dance Co. in Clinton Hill. Following our local tour this past year, we received an overwhelming number of requests for more shows in Vermont so we're ending the tour in Burlington at the Karma Birdhouse Gallery.

The "Sore Bones" poster | all illustrations by Sage Horsey
The "Sore Bones" poster | all illustrations by Sage Horsey
The "Rose of Sharon" print
The "Rose of Sharon" print

Laundry explores the subtle intricacies between the sacredness of the everyday and relationships. Heavy undertones of grief and romance are juxtaposed against fluid yet intricate movements. The piece is undeniably drenched in nostalgic tenderness and plays with the boundaries between control and surrender.

"Laundry"
"Laundry"
"Laundry"
"Laundry"

Tiny Kingdom, my most recent collaboration with visionary director Kayhl Cooper, returns to the stage. The work was created as a tool to navigate humanity's relationship to our environment, and the struggle to see oneself as synonymous with nature. Tiny Kingdom transports the audience to another universe; one that gently begs the viewer to look inward.

"Tiny Kingdom"
"Tiny Kingdom"

By backing this Kickstarter, you are becoming a vital part of the tour's life force. In essence, your support helps us to change the structure of arts funding from the inside out and make it possible for work like "Sore Bones" to exist.

The donations for this project will be covering two main goals:

  • Providing our dancers and director with fair wages for a year long creation process, as well as performance time, and traveling. 

  • Once the tour has ended, the remainder will make it possible for us to get right back in the studio and begin new work - woo!

Our first tour date is July 12th and ends August 11th. Once we return and the campaign is over, the plan is to have all the rewards completed by October 2019 at the latest. This should give us more than enough time to send in orders for the stickers, prints, and totes. I'll oversee this process myself, and will even help to screen print the posters. 

Each and every one one of our contributors will be updated throughout the tour, and I hope to see many of you at a show! Even if you can't make it, we're releasing a new dance film of the "Sore Bones" choreography with behind the scenes footage from the making of our Kickstarter video in the coming weeks - all contributors will get first access to see it. 

You've been with us since the very first show almost a year ago, and I can't thank you enough for the support we've received thus far. This tour is essentially my whole dang heart and lungs and soul hanging out to dry, and it blows my mind that you've met it with such love. I am dumbfounded with gratitude for every single one of you, and I want you to know that bringing this work national is an actual dream come true. Ten year old me would be screaming with joy right now. Also I'm screaming with joy right now.

Sending the biggest Love,

-S

All "Sore Bones" images by Lillian Seibert
All "Sore Bones" images by Lillian Seibert

A percentage of our ticket sales will be donated to the American Cancer Society. The tour is dedicated to the incredible life of Sue Horsey, my aunt, who passed away last May from lung cancer.

Risks and challenges

The tour itself has been funded either from small arts grants or out-of-pocket contributions. The illustrations are complete and ready to go into production. Creating the mini dance films for donors will take some time to shoot and edit, but is being done by a local videographer and should go fairly quickly once the material is created.

Honestly the biggest obstacle I'm facing is that this is my first national tour. The local tour last year was incredibly successful and met with really positive feedback - so I feel confident in the work, in my dancers, and in my management crew to execute our upcoming shows professionally + without any set backs. I've been dancing for over 20 years and have gained so much insight around what it takes to make collaboration not only productive but artistically dynamic. I can undoubtedly say that I am working with my dream team on this project and wouldn't have required anything less for an undertaking of this size.

The printers I chose for the rewards are amazing, and have worked with me on other projects for the past two years. They are based locally and are very responsive to any updates I might need to make on orders, as well as having quick turn around periods. All in all, I have complete faith in every person who has a hand in this project.

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    Showing Some Love

    Just showing some love, I feel it!

    Every amount donated to this tour gets us that much closer to our goal | All contributors will receive exclusive access to the "Sore Bones" dance film before its public release.

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    Sticker Pack

    This trio includes one brand new "Sore Bones" design, one signature "Tiny Kingdom" illustration, and a "Bunny Ears Cactus" botanical drawing on locally made stickers

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    Limited Edition Poster

    This 8x10" one of a kind "Sore Bones" poster has been designed exclusively for our donors. Illustrated by Sage Horsey and hand printed locally | Each poster comes signed and numbered.

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    Botanical Print

    A Sage Horsey classic, the "Rose of Sharon" illustration comes matted
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    "Sore Bones" Tote

    Get the custom "Sore Bones" illustration on a double sided canvas tote bag | PLUS the Sticker Pack.

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    The Laundry Tier

    This Tier Includes:
    + sticker pack trio
    + "Sore Bones" tote bag

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    Custom Dance Film

    Collaborate with "Sore Bones" director, Sage Horsey, to create your very own mini dance film! We'll brainstorm together around a theme you're excited about, and I'll choreograph a short video that's just for you :]

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    Virtual Private Lesson

    Work with Sage one on one
    to get into your body through various movement techniques
    and styles.

    You'll receive a digital write up afterwards so you can continue your practice no matter where you are | available for ALL
    levels of experience.

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    The Tiny Kingdom Tier

    This Tier Includes:
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    + "Rose of Sharon" botanical print
    + "Sore Bones" tote bag
    + Custom Dance Film
    + 2 Virtual Private Lessons

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