New interdisciplinary theatre work using New Yorkers' daily interactions with its homeless population as a means to investigate the financial crisis. Read more
This project was successfully funded on July 27, 2010.
About this project
We are . . . Sponsored By Nobody
"ATM or this is [not] new york" is a new play for interdisciplinary theatre that uses New Yorkers' interactions with our city's homeless population as a means to investigate shifting demographics and values under the financial crisis. It is presented in an installation art set design that simulates the automated teller sections of banks. For years, the city's homeless have masqueraded as "doormen" for bank patrons in return for change. A mixed cast of ten actors/dancers recreate a ritualistic routine of entrances, transactions, interactions and exits. Live cameras capture both spoken dialogue and a stylized physicality of pedestrian gestures. Words and movement are transmitted via close circuit television and multiple monitors/projectors, utilized during performance within a functional video design.
As native New Yorkers, we have observed the pattern of shifting demographics as gentrification transforms both commercial and public space in the city. The daily interaction with (or avoidance of) the city’s homeless population has remained a single constant one must negotiate regardless of class, race or income. This constant may serve as a means to examine two phenomena simultaneously. The first being what kind of city we have become in 2010, compared to the one we came of age in during the 1990s; second, being what kind of city we may devolve into as economic conditions from the financial crisis continue unabated.
We received a $10,000 "challenge grant" this month to support our new production and are using KICKSTARTER to raise the matching funds. We have been working hard in 2010 developing our new large-scale work called "ATM or this is [not] new york" -- and when we say large-scale, we mean it. It involves 9 actor/dancers, a lot of live cameras on stage, multiple projectors, live music -- and if that is not enough, we are using a great deal of movement, stylized physicality and modern dance.
The work has been going pretty well so far. We received residency support from The Watermill Center for the month of March 2010 out on the East End of Long Island:
You can view photos from our Watermill rehearsals here:
We received additional residency support from the NYC-based organizations CHASHAMA and the Mabou Mines/Suite Resident Artist program, as well as financial support from The Puffin Foundation. Our artistic director was awarded a residency this year at YADDO to continue writing the text and edit hours of film footage and interviews to incorporate into the final video design.
Our company will be working at University Settlement to work directly with homeless New Yorkers who have been displaced due to issues arising from gentrification in New York City. To learn more about the outreach programs at University Settlement, please visit:
However, this support is not enough to cover the costs of developing such a large-scale, interdisciplinary theatre project that requires months of hands-on research and rehearsals. Thankfully, this June we received a $10,000 "challenge grant" from a private donor, who is willing to match any funds we raise up to $10,000 to support our work on "ATM or this is [not] new york." So we are using KICKSTARTER as a means to raise the matching funds and hope you will consider offering your support to the project.
Here is a description of how we plan to use the funds raised through this 10k matching grant program on KICKSTARTER:
Starting in June 2010, Sponsored By Nobody will be in residence at The Performance Project at University Settlement in Manhattan’s Lower East Side neighborhood. Continuing the collaborative research process employed in our previous works "W.M.D. (just the low points)" (2008/09) and "Behind The Bullseye" (2009/10) -- the company will be working closely with the diverse populations University Settlement services in its outreach programs. We plan to investigate converging issues of gentrification, homelessness, the financial crisis and what it means to be from New York or [not] from New York.
The production has a cast of 9 actor/dancers -- 3 video and set designers -- 1 playwright/director -- 2 production/stage managers -- 1 choreographer -- 4 high definition cameras employed live on stage -- 3 high definition projectors -- 3 surveillance cameras employed live on stage -- a complex video and audio mixer system to switch between cameras and microphones on stage -- and 1 Mac Pro Quad-Core computer to run the entire system flawlessly. Our goal is to incorporate our interviews and outreach work into the video design, giving greater voice to a segment of the New York City population that is rarely seen or heard.
"ATM or this is [not] new york" will receive its world premiere at The Monty Arts Center in Antwerp, Belgium from November 10-13, 2010. The American premiere will take place in New York City during January 2011.
Sponsored By Nobody is a Brooklyn-based theatre company that develops and presents original work in New York City and Europe since 2005. Our previous works have included -- THE POSITION (2005) -- NOT FROM CANADA (2007) -- FOX(y) FRIENDS (2006/07) -- BEHIND THE BULLSEYE (2009/10) -- and "W.M.D. (just the low points)" which received its world premiere at The Game Is Up! festival at the Vooruit Arts Centre in Ghent, Belgium on March 4-5, 2009.
Sponsored By Nobody is Michael Carlsen, Mayra Castro, Patrick Clancy, Keith Jamal Downing, Kevin Doyle, Josh Edelmann, Sauda Jackson, Véronique Jalbert, Natalie Kim, Wilson McGrory, Scott Miller, Kate Moran, Paul Newport, Sean O'Hagan, Hannah Louise Poston, Brendan Regimbal, Garret Savage, Sarah Stephens, Vicki Thomson and Peter Mills Weiss.
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Pledge $10 or more
We will print your name in our programs in both Belgium and New York City, then mail you an autographed copy for your records. You also earn our eternal gratitude.
Pledge $25 or more
A pin featuring our trademark "SBN" logo to display your cultural savvy on your lapel, backpack or hat. Also includes program acknowledgment and our eternal gratitude.
Pledge $50 or more
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We will mail you an 80-minute CD mix of new music selected by our Artistic Director, Kevin Doyle. With secret contacts in Brooklyn, Montreal, Göteborg, Paris, Berlin and Ghent -- Doyle has a reputation for being tapped in to the new music scene, discovering bands months and years before you have heard of them. Each individual mix CD will have its own unique playlist. Plus, you receive the SBN pin, the transcontinental programs and the eternal good karma.
Pledge $75 or more
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You receive a signed, full color poster from our first work as a company -- THE POSITION -- from the world premiere production at the 2005 ICE FACTORY festival at the Ohio Theatre in New York's trendy Soho district. Plus, you receive the mix CD, the SBN pin, the intercontinental program thanks and the eternal gratitude (good for redemption in the afterlife).
Pledge $100 or more
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You will receive the original, published play text of THE POSITION, signed by original cast members. It is a pretty good play and has since been translated into Romanian and Swedish. PLUS, you receive the signed poster; the mix CD; the SBN pin; the printed transcontinental "thanks" and more eternal gratitude than you can handle in one eternity.
Pledge $150 or more
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A special offer for emerging performing artists and ensembles ONLY. We are pleased to offer a two-hour Public Relations and Development consultation with our Artistic Director, Kevin Doyle. A former manager at a major New York art gallery, with nearly eight years of professional Public Relations and Development experience in the New York and international performing arts landscape. Mr. Doyle will offer real, practical advice with actionable goals for your emerging artistic career or your emerging arts organization -- without all the condescending nonsense. A recipient of a 2009 Future Leadership Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, Mr. Doyle has a five year track record of successful grantwriting and public relations work in the performing arts. This reward is for emerging artists or arts organizations -- and does NOT contain any of the rewards from lower brackets, except the program mention.
Pledge $250 or more
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We will give you a DVD of "W.M.D. (just the low points)" from the last leg of its world premiere tour in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. PLUS two free tickets to the New York premiere of "ATM or this is [not] new york" in January 2011. The DVD is a gorgeous 2-camera professional shoot filmed live during the final performance at the De Balie Centre for Culture & Politics in downtown Amsterdam. The final version of "W.M.D." has never been seen in the United States (so it is kind of a big deal). It features Sponsored By Nobody and the acclaimed Iraqi actor/director, Mokhallad Rasem. PLUS the two signed items from THE POSITION; the mix CD; the SBN pin; the printed program "thanks" and eternal gratitude.
Pledge $500 or more
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Pre-show dinner (on us) at a downtown NYC restaurant -- PLUS your choice of an authentic SBN baseball jersey or SBN baseball cap; each featuring our trademark "Sponsored By Nobody" logo -- PLUS post-show drinks with the cast and crew. Of course, you still get the two free tickets and all of the other aforementioned items at the lower donation brackets are also included.
Pledge $750 or more
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You receive your choice of either -- 1) a private Argentine tango lesson for two with SBN company member and ATM cast member, Hannah Louise Poston -- or -- 2) a private modern dance lesson for one with SBN company member and ATM cast member, Véronique Jalbert. Ms. Poston is an experienced tango dancer, nationally recognized poet, a recipient of a writing fellowship at The MacDowell Colony, and cast member of "W.M.D. (just the low points)" on its European tour. Jalbert is a professional dancer and native of Quebec City, where she has worked with many of Canada's top choreographers since 2006. PLUS you still receive the authentic SBN jersey or cap; the post-show drinks with cast crew; the two free tickets in NYC and all the other aforementioned rewards (except the pre-show dinner).
Pledge $1,000 or more
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An actual date with a single member of Sponsored By Nobody at the gorgeous and highly rated Stonehome Wine Bar in Fort Greene, Brooklyn -- arguably the best wine bar in New York City. SBN picks up the tab for the night. We have several very attractive, intelligent, talented -- and single -- company members in Sponsored By Nobody. [There is a reason why we get invited back to Europe.] We suggest you bid early on this one -- since we have lost several members in the last year to marriage. If the selected individual does not bat for your team, try and get them to switch teams -- make things interesting. Everything from the lower pledge brackets is also included -- except the pre-show dinner, the post-show drinks and the dance lessons. We figure if we're offering you a date at the Stonehome Wine Bar . . . . well, you get the picture. [We reserve the right to decide who is eligible and available within SBN.]
Pledge $2,500 or more
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A starring role in the next music video scheduled to be filmed in 2010 by Artistic Director, Kevin Doyle and SBN Company Member, Mayra Castro. You have your choice from three different bands -- one each from New York City, Sweden or France -- where Mr. Doyle works as a music video director. Winning bidder must be available to shoot in the NYC area during the second half of 2010. Travel to/from the NYC area is not provided. PLUS you still get the pre-show dinner (on us) at a downtown NYC restaurant -- your choice of an authentic SBN baseball jersey or SBN baseball cap -- PLUS post-show drinks with the cast and crew. Of course, you still get the two free tickets and all of the other items at the lower donation brackets are also included -- except the SBN date and the dance lessons. This reward is pretty "win-win" all around -- but sorry, no dates or dances included.
Pledge $5,000 or more
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We fly you to Belgium. That's right. We. Fly. You. To. Belgium. The world premiere of "ATM or this is [not] new york" is scheduled for November 10-13, 2010 in the Flemish city of Antwerp. SBN pays your round-trip economy class airfare between New York City and Brussels, Belgium. If you live outside of the New York City area, travel to/from NYC is at your own expense. You must be a United States citizen and possess a legal U.S. passport valid until June 2011. In Antwerp, you stay for two nights at an "Artist Bed & Breakfast" to attend the premiere. You will eat a grand meal with Sponsored By Nobody at the Monty Arts Center, which is known for their great cuisine (just ask Ivo van Hove). Antwerp is one of the fashion capitals of Europe, ranks in the top five harbors in the world and has many cultural attractions. Room, board and meals beyond the two nights and any additional inter-city travel within Belgium is at your own expense. You will receive a complimentary ticket to the world premiere. After the premiere, you will receive a guided tour of the finest Belgian beers (the ones only locals know). Everything from the lower pledge brackets is also included -- excluding the pre-show NYC dinner, the music video gig, the date and the dance lessons. We figure if we're bringing you to Belgium and showing you a good time . . . . that should do it.
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We still fly you to Belgium (with the same terms & conditions at the $5,000 level) -- but when we get back to New York City -- we throw you an authentic, no holds barred, old-fashioned Brooklyn loft party -- in your honor. The kind that made Soho famous in the '70s. If the name "Mighty Robot" means anything to you, then you comprehend the scale and scope of what we're offering here. Our company has a reputation for this sort of thing -- we take great pride in it -- and we are not joking. One of our parties nearly killed our Artistic Director back in 2005. We estimate the party will last two days, plus an indeterminate recovery period. You will be listed as a co-Producer on "ATM or this is [not] new york" and receive a seat on our company's Advisory Board of Trustees with full voting privileges for our fiscal year (July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2011).
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