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a tender spectacle of skateboarding, music, & dance
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softboarding: medium shred 

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is a skateboarding ballet in two parts.

This project is a tender spectacle combining skateboarding, music, and dance to build community, lift each other up, and to offer a queer alternative* to mainstream skate culture. 


Part One: "the big show" 

We are creating an evening length performance at Roulette Intermedium on June 25th. 10 performers will be singing, dancing, taking experimental approaches to being on a skateboard and, you guessed it, softboarding

softboarding is when you take a skateboard deck, put it in a custom made felt case so that it doesn't scratch the floors, and then figure out how to move on it since it doesn't have wheels. Skateboarding and softboarding alike are a lot like existing in the world as a trans, gender nonconforming, or queer person, where the normal way of doing things isn't available to you, so in order to thrive, you have to get creative and come up with totally new ways of existing. 




Part Two: "shredding the community gnar"

A very important part of softboarding: medium shred is a series of open outdoor public performances at playgrounds, skateparks, during protests and rallies - anywhere that there is a good stretch of relatively smooth concrete. We will take the community building aspects of what we're learning in rehearsals to create a whole new way to approach skateboarding that is centered around doing things together. This performance is as much about sharing, learning, and growing together as a community as it is about sharing these experiences with you.


Altogether, softboarding: medium shred will take a huge amount of work from the dedicated crew of collaborators. All of the money raised in this campaign will go directly to the collaborators, as well as toward rehearsal space, and documentation. This is why we need your support, via pledging or sharing, to raise skate-thousand-dollars!



Collaborators:

- Eddie Post-Guiterrez

- Jecenya Tapia Cabrera

- Kirsten Michelle Schnittker

- Liliana Dirks-Goodman

- Liz Charky

- Lucie Vítková

- Lydia Mokdessi

- Nadia Tykulsker

- Stevie May

- Syd Island



* to be clear, this project is in no ways a dismissal of traditional "skate-and-destroy" skateboarding. that way of skating has been, and continues to be an essential, life giving avenue for queer and non-queer people alike to do something affirming and creative when dealing with bullying, social anxiety, and all kinds of patriarchal nonsense.  it is something to do that you can turn to when you don't feel like there's anyone else in the world who understands you, and it is a vital, extremely important culture. softboarding: medium shred is not a project about replacing or undermining anything about existing skate culture; it is about adding on to it, and contributing something back to our queer skateboarding peers and community. 

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenges of softboarding: medium shred are the extensive scope and scale. Each collaborator is coming from a different background and perspective - dancers, musicians, skateboarders, artists, and more. It is a dream team and I am so excited to have everyone "on board!" Everyone is fully bringing the expertise they have into the work, and fearlessly learning brand new skills as well. This requires a huge investment in rehearsal time and studio space, which is where you come in. With you support via pledging and sharing - we can do this, together!

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    sk8 dollars

    Miss May is impressed!

    - Miss May and the whole softboarding crew thank you from the bottom of their hearts

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    sk8teen dollars

    Miss May is taken back with awe and admiration!

    - Your name included in a highly creative genre-bending video of gratitude posted on social media

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    never 2 old 2 sk8!

    Miss May is so grateful, she lets you in on her current age!

    - A copy of "softboarding: the zine"

    - The group sings your name in a beautiful harmony of gratitude posted on social medie

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    Miss May meets you half-way with the miracle of group learning!

    - An invitation to attend a very fancy softboarding workshop

    - A copy of softboarding: the zine

    - Your name broken down into syllables and sung in an interlocking rhythm of thanks by the cast on social media

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    one hundred and sk8 dollars

    Miss May goes ahead and carves out time just for you!

    - One-on-one lesson with Miss May in one of the following areas:
    vocalizing
    dancing softly
    knitting
    skateboarding
    guitar, bass guitar, drums, or piano

    - An invitation to attend a very fancy softboarding workshop

    - A copy of softboarding: the zine

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    a quarter-pipe of a thousand dollars!

    This one is admittedly a stretch - then again we had to stretch in order to appropriately thank you for this incredibly generous pledge!

    - A custom painted skateboard deck

    - A ticket to the show at Roulette Intermedium on June 25th

    - One-on-one lesson with Miss May in one of the following areas:
    vocalizing
    dancing softly
    knitting
    skateboarding
    guitar, bass guitar, drums, or piano

    - An invitation to attend a very fancy softboarding workshop

    - A copy of softboarding: the zine

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    • softboarding: the zine
    • custom painted skateboard deck
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    frontside 540!

    Miss May freaks out completely and embarrasses herself in a gratuitous display of appreciation!

    - Lunch and an afternoon of thrift shopping with Miss May and members of the cast in New York City

    - A softboard with a custom painted skateboard deck inside

    - Two tickets to the show at Roulette Intermedium on June 25th

    - One-on-one lesson with Miss May in one of the following areas:
    vocalizing
    dancing softly
    knitting
    skateboarding
    guitar, bass guitar, drums, or piano

    - An invitation to attend a very fancy softboarding workshop

    - A copy of softboarding: the zine

    Includes:
    • softboarding: the zine
    • softboard with custom painted deck inside
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    frontside 1080 over a volcano!

    Miss May faints. You walk over to her and as she regains consciousness, she looks into your eyes and slowly smiles and nods while tears roll down her face.

    - A custom made entire outfit, just for you

    - Lunch and an afternoon of thrift shopping with Miss May and members of the cast in New York City

    - A softboard with a custom painted skateboard deck inside

    - Two tickets to the show at Roulette Intermedium on June 25th

    - One-on-one lesson with Miss May in one of the following areas:
    vocalizing
    dancing softly
    knitting
    skateboarding
    guitar, bass guitar, drums, or piano

    - An invitation to attend a very fancy softboarding workshop

    - A copy of softboarding: the zine

    Includes:
    • softboarding: the zine
    • custom outfit just for you
    • softboard with custom painted deck inside
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