To celebrate the NYC-based Tiffany Mills Company’s successful journey, unwavering perseverance, and 15th Anniversary Season, the historic East Village theater La MaMa will present the world premiere of our new evening-length work, After the Feast (May 12-15, 2016), in their acclaimed La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival. We are thrilled to partner with this storied venue.
“La MaMa has such a generous spirit, such history and importance in terms of dance [lineage], that it feels right to come home there.”
– Tiffany Mills, Artistic Director
Our company has evolved this multi-layered project for three years, a long and fruitful creative process. We now enter the final stages of development and production. As we approach our landmark season – celebrating a new phase of artistic and professional maturity – we must raise final funds to support all artists involved. Read on!
After the Feast is an evening-length dance project that fuses movement by Tiffany Mills, dramaturgy by Kay Cummings, music by Jonathan Melville Pratt, visual design by Dennis O’Leary, lighting by Chris Hudacs, costumes by Mary Kokie McNaugher, and performance by six ferocious dancers (Kyle Marshall, Tiffany Mills, Jordan Morley, Kenneth Olguin (replacing Kevin Ho), Emily Pope-Blackman, and Mei Yamanaka).
This new work imagines an urban dystopia caused by vanishing resources. Mills’ highly physical movement and daring partnering propel the performers into this dire situation – the next phase of human existence. In the work collaborators ask: Can a community emerge from an urban wasteland? What will remain after the final feast?
After the Feast turns an unflinching eye toward a possible future, theatrically creating the next phase of human existence when everything known has crumbled or become depleted, inviting catastrophe. Though a fusion of movement, music, and visuals, the piece questions what remains in a post-apocalyptic world and explores what shape new communities might take.
Images of possession, disembodiment, and dissection haunt the project. Yet, the performers eventually do find light.
After the Feast is pivotal for the company.
Not only is the content deeply personal and highly relevant (drawing upon natural, man-made, and personal disaster), but throughout its three years of development it has opened up new concerns for Tiffany and the company and initiated a profound shift in vantage point. While the company’s previous dance/theater works have focused more on the individual rather than the communal or collective, the shaping of character and fractured narrative unique to this work has a new, social-mindedness: an examination of the personal in order to comment on the social.
Moreover, After the Feast depicts a future world whereas prior company works are mostly reflective. This fresh, bold, and clearly articulated work is transforming the company’s perspective on performance: now it is a catalyst for re-imagining how we might live our future.
We feel incredibly lucky. You, as our generous Kickstarter family, have supported three projects to date. We relish the opportunity to create our work in partnership with a community of art lovers and supporters, whose interest in the form makes it possible. Without you we could not fully realize our vision.
This Kickstarter campaign helps actualize a landmark season and represents a huge step for the company, providing us a new level of visibility. We are thrilled to perform at La MaMa, but have a long road ahead of us to get to (and through!) opening night.
“The real magic…is the creation of putting all the pieces together in the space. And the space becomes – I don’t want to say sacred – but it does change the feeling of the piece. It has a home all of a sudden.”
– Emily Pope-Blackman, Company Dancer and Rehearsal Assistant
The costs of mounting a project of this scale are immense. Over three years we spent more than $100,000 in development. So we turn to you for your help and support as we raise the final $5,000. Your contribution ensures the success of our ambitious season and directly supports and celebrates the artists involved in the production of After the Feast.
We are fortunate to be working with a group of talented artists who share a deep passion for exploratory work. It takes a generous spirit to dedicate years to a multi-faceted creative process. Each artist contributes a unique and necessary piece to our puzzle. Below is a quick sketch of these phenomenal people.
At the core of our artistic family are six ferocious dancers: Kyle Marshall, Tiffany Mills, Jordan Morley, Kenneth Olguin (replacing Kevin Ho), Emily Pope-Blackman, and Mei Yamanaka. We rehearse weekly (you can find us Tuesdays and Thursdays at DANY Studios in Manhattan), continuously improvising, scoring, and setting material. This group of fearless movers feed the dynamic, living, breathing heart of the work. Their presence and contributions are endless.
"It’s great to have my debut [at La Mama with Tiffany Mills Company] be in such a diverse company that is full of not just beautiful dancers, but open people, great actors, and just a fun band of crazies.”
– Jordan Morley, Company Dancer
Kay Cummings is a dramaturge with deep insight. In between teaching at Tisch School for the Arts in the dance department, she visits rehearsals and honestly discusses and edits our work. Her questions are penetrating and she eloquently homes in on our emotional, psychological, and conceptual process.
Jonathan Melville Pratt absorbs our vibrations in the studio and brings complex sound to our world. He magnifies our intentions, pulling from personal experience, past and current events, and his vast background of composing music across forms (dance, theater, film, etc).
Dennis O’Leary is new to our team. He listens to our elaborate dreams and finds ways to make them real. He couples his densely packed tech schedule at Brooklyn College and “Sleep No More” (the well-known immersive theater production), with brainstorming for our project. He will create a movable and transformable wall in performance.
“I’ve never performed with such a set before and I’m so curious to see what it’s actually going to be like…I think it will be really engaging to watch and a lot of fun to play around with.”
– Kyle Marshall, Company Dancer
Mary Kokie McNaugher is always positive. With this new project, she frequently visits rehearsals and engages in rich dialogue. Between her work at Juilliard and freelancing, she finds time to actively connect with all artists involved.
Chris Hudacs is insightful, steadfast, and loyal. Lighting our work for 15+ years, while also working for numerous internationally renowned dance companies, he finds new entry points for illuminating each work. We smile each time he walks into the theater, as it means we’re in final production and together we can fly to the finish line.
"I can see the piece with beautiful lights – warm. It’s going to be amazing. [The space is] huge with high ceilings [at La MaMa]….I can fly. We can fly!"
– Mei Yamanaka, Company Dancer
OUR THANKS AND YOUR REWARDS
Your support and connection to our work motivates us to stretch further. We would not be us without you. Plus, we believe that art enriches people's lives and your support will help us continue to inspire people through dance.
Our $5,000 Kickstarter goal will allow us to meet final development and production costs for After the Feast. Support every need as we head towards our season at La MaMa. Here’s what your dollars can buy:
- $10 = Studio rental for 1 hour.
- $25 = Dancer rehearsal fee for 2 hours.
- $50 = Knee pads for 2 dancers.
- $75 = Cab rides for 2 collaborators carrying supplies to theater during tech week.
- $100 = 1 food item for our opening night gala – a fundraiser to continue supporting all artists involved.
- $250 = Truck rental for designer to transport set to and from theater.
- $500 = Stamps to mail performance postcard.
- $1,000 = Costume supplies.
- $2,000 = Partial fees for collaborators.
- $2,500 = Dancers’ performance fees.
Photography by Julie Lemberger © 2015 (www.julielemberger.com)
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge we might face after our Kickstarter project is raising additional funds for unforeseen development and production costs as we complete and premiere this project. We will tackle this potential challenge by holding fundraising events (classes, open rehearsals, opening night gala) to help defray these costs. As a fifteen-year-old organization we are equipped to turn to loyal followers who can help raise additional funds in short periods of time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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