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Diverse dance styles, lush costumes and a slamming soundtrack: Bring the wilderness indoors and let your inner beast out to play.

Seattle's Sapience Dance Collective presents Species at the Vancouver Fringe Festival in September 2011 and in a vacant Seattle storefront in March 2012

We need your help today to raise the funds to produce these two shows.  Your money will fund the creation of original costumes, lighting designers, original musical compositions and arrangements, time in the theaters, travel costs to/from Vancouver, the dancers, the choreographers - the art. 

We will use the money we make in ticket sales to fund future Sapience Dance Collective works, but as these are our biggest ventures to date, we need your financial support to cover our pre-show costs.

Sapience Dance Collective is a Partner Artist of Shunpike. Your donation is tax-deductible and eligible for matching donations from your workplace.

Species Timeline:

July 2010 - work begun on Species

October 22-24, 2010 - work-in-progress showing of Species | SDC's "duets+"

July 5, 2011 - SDC receives partial funding for Species from 4culture's Group Arts Project Grant

July 15, 2011 - Kickstarter campaign launched

July 16, 2011 - excerpt performance from Species | "Threads" at Fremont Abbey

September 8-18, 2011 - full-length Species | Vancouver Fringe Festival

March 9-10, 16-17, 2012 - full-length site-specific Species | Seattle Storefront

What Is Species?

Do you ever feel like an animal - in the wildest sense of the word?

Have your emotions of rage, fear, longing, lust ever overtaken you?

Are the walls of your office building or the pressures of modern life sometimes like a cage? 

Do you put on "masks" to hide your deepest fears?

As modern humans we are adept at logical, compartmental thinking, in straight lines, to create amazing feats of architecture and society. Yet, deep within we also still hold our animal nature, ever-present in our daily lives. We are most in touch with our animal within through our bodies that breathe, lust, and cry.

In Species five dancers express this dichotomy between modern roles and the animal within through deep character development both as modern humans and as five different archetypal and inventive nature characters. There is a CEO character that is also a hurricane force wind, an artist that is also a crafty and emotional black crow, a vagrant that is also a worm tied to the dirt, there is an eccentric nervous human that is also a moth, and a high society trophy wife that is also a pigeon.

Over the length of the piece situational pressures force the performers to transform between the human role and the wildness of their animal character out of sadness, lust, fear, hunger, love, and more. These undercurrents lead to rich inventive, high-energy dance that is the best medium to express this theme of the animal nature within human life that resides primarily in our bodies.

The setting for the piece is an abandoned storefront in Seattle. Just as our modern human roles often degrade into a more natural animal state, the structures we create decompose and delapidate. Set-pieces and costumes are composed of remnants of modern-life, recycled and re-made into natural forms. There is a giant dirt skirt of old brown clothes woven together to cover the entire floor, a nest of white plastic bags, wings of old shower curtains, newspaper feathers, and more. The audience integrates into the free performance and wears costume pieces showing we are all in this together, modern and wild at once.

Sapience Dance Collective is an Associated Program of Shunpike.  Portions of your gift to Sapience Dance Collective may be tax-deductible.

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    Sapience Dance Collective will perform an excerpt from Species or from our repertory at your event within 20 miles of Seattle. We will list you as Executive Producer on our website and programs for our 2011-2012 season. Plus, receive 4 VIP tickets to Species in Vancouver or Seattle (or a 2-minute custom YouTube dance about you if you can't make it), a beautiful photo of one the characters of Species, signed by the entire Species cast, and a Dancer poetry-collage card from Calico Cards.

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    Sapience Dance Collective will perform an excerpt from Species or from our repertory at your event anywhere within 100 miles of Seattle. We will list you as Executive Producer on our website and programs for our 2011-2012 season. Plus, receive a warm and fashionable Sapience Dance Collective sweatshirt, 4 VIP tickets to Species in Vancouver or Seattle (or a custom 2-minute YouTube dance about you if you can't make it), a beautiful photo of one the characters of Species, signed by the entire Species cast, and a Dancer poetry-collage card from Calico Cards.

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    Sapience Dance Collective will choreograph a one-of-a-kind custom dance with your input at your event within 100 miles of Seattle. We will list you as Executive Producer on our website and programs for our 2011-2012 season, and put your name/logo on our fliers. Plus, receive a warm and fashionable Sapience Dance Collective sweatshirt, a beautiful photo of one the characters of Species, signed by the entire Species cast, and a Dancer poetry-collage card from Calico Cards.

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