Hello! My name is Tess Dworman and this is my first Kickstarter campaign
I am a Brooklyn-based dancer and choreographer and this fall, I will premiere a new dance work presented by The Chocolate Factory Theater in Long Island City. This new work entitled "A Child Retires" will be my first evening-length show to premiere in New York. I am using this opportunity to show a piece I made eight years ago that significantly changed the way I choreograph and perform. Remounting an older work as an "emerging" artist might seem like a strange choice, especially if you and I don't know each other. Looking back and reflecting is something I constantly do as I make new work, and for this piece I want the audience to feel that they are looking back as well. Long story short: nostalgia compels me.
Last summer, I got the opportunity to get back to this work at the Snug Harbor residency in Staten Island.
The original version of "A Child Retires" is a completely improvised solo. For this remount, I am expanding the world in which the solo exists and will be joined by three brilliant performers - Tingying Ma, Doug LeCours, and Alex Rodabaugh.
I am also working with LD DeArmon who is the lighting designer, and Sarah Rosner who is the project consultant. The majority of funds raised from this campaign will go toward my collaborators' salaries. As an artist and an employer, I am committed to providing fair wages to all of my collaborators! Funds will also go toward other aspects of my project including:
- Rehearsal space rentals
- load-in crew and strike crew (meaning the folks who install and take down equipment for the show)
- Stage manager fee
- Dance floor rental for the theater
- Lighting materials
- Costume materials
- fiscal sponsorship
As many fellow artists know, producing one's work can be a huge financial investment. While I am very grateful for the residency and commissioning fees I have received to create this work, they unfortunately do not cover my entire budget. I've raised about 70% of what I need and I'm asking you to help me raise the last portion to get this show up and running!
No donation is too small! Whether or not you are able to contribute, I hope you can make it to see this show in the fall!!
Risks and challenges
Dance, much like life itself, always finds a way. I'm confident it will again this time, too.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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