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$4,364
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23
backers
8days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tue, July 30 2019 2:30 PM UTC +00:00.

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THE OFFER

After seven years, the NYC-based Tiffany Mills Company is returning to Russia! We are excited to be invited back. (It means they want more!) And, for us it opens the door to be US “dance ambassadors” and tour our latest work to Russia. We are thrilled to cross water, land, and language, to foster an exchange. We can’t wait to deepen connections with artists and an audience eager to share via the power of movement. 

Blue Room (NYC Premere 2018) Dancers: Mei Yamanaka, Nikolas Owens, Jordan Morley
Blue Room (NYC Premere 2018) Dancers: Mei Yamanaka, Nikolas Owens, Jordan Morley

THE GIG

With your support through this Kickstarter campaign, the Tiffany Mills Company will raise airfare for seven as we embark on our second Eurasian tour, reach new international audiences, and unleash our imagination. We will teach master classes and perform our latest evening-length-work, Blue Room, at the renowned International Festival of Modern Dance “Isadora” in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, on October 17-21, 2019. Our Company is thrilled to represent both the NYC dance community and the US as we take a bold step toward sharing with the world what we dance every day…connection.  

Blue Room (NYC Premiere 2018) Dancer: Kenneth Olguin
Blue Room (NYC Premiere 2018) Dancer: Kenneth Olguin

OUR DANCE

Blue Room is a visually enticing work with a message. Dance Enthusiast writes of the NYC-Premiere at The Flea: “Tiffany Mills and her company of compelling dancers explore the timely question, ‘How can characters moving to their own soundtracks function together in this wired world?'” This evening-length work is inhabited by six distinct personalities who edge up against physical and emotional boundaries. Blue tape delineates a room laid out like an architect’s floor plan. The dancers’ interactions bring dimensionality and dynamic interplay to this room as they explore how we connect, if we connect, the inner world that isolates, the outer world that is full of contradictions, and the consequences of our actions. Moments of isolation are attempts to leave the room, disappear, or transform. Moments of connection are built upon collision, invasion of personal space, or attempted cohabitation. Performing internationally, the tape as a prop brings new possible meaning. Can it be a metaphor for moving or removing boundaries across nations? Can our boundaries be porous? Can we truly connect with those around us? These questions will be discussed in Russia during the post-performance talk-back.

Blue Room (NYC Premiere 2018) Dancers: Nikolas Owens, Emily Pope, Jordan Morely, Mei Yamanaka
Blue Room (NYC Premiere 2018) Dancers: Nikolas Owens, Emily Pope, Jordan Morely, Mei Yamanaka

YOUR SUPPORT

Now we reach out to you — art enthusiasts, dance aficionados, fans, friends, believers. As our community we invite you to be a part of this journey by contributing in your own big or small way. Your donation will give us wings (literally) to fly to Russia. So we thank you in advance for helping transport us to the other side of the world! We thank you for understanding the importance of art as a mirror of, and commentary on, the times we live in and the people we are. And most importantly, we thank you for helping us share our belief that we are all more similar than different, that we are connected by the common experience of being human, and that to break the sense of separation created by distance and rhetoric, all we need to do is show up and open up.

Blue Room (NYC Premiere 2018) Dancers: Kenneth Olguin, Nikolas Owens, Emily Pope, Jordan Morley, Mei Yamanaka, Tiffany Mills
Blue Room (NYC Premiere 2018) Dancers: Kenneth Olguin, Nikolas Owens, Emily Pope, Jordan Morley, Mei Yamanaka, Tiffany Mills

THE COMPANY

Choreographer: Tiffany Mills with Company contributions
Dramaturge: Kay Cummings
Performers: Tiffany Mills, Jordan Morley, Kenneth Olguin, Nikolas Owens, Emily Pope, Mei Yamanaka
Costume Designer: Mary Kokie-McNaugher
Lighting Designer: Chris Hudacs
Sound Design: Max Giteck Duyker
Special Projects: Elizabeth Furman

Blue Room (NYC Premiere 2018) Dancers: Emily Pope, Jordan Morley, Mei Yamanaka
Blue Room (NYC Premiere 2018) Dancers: Emily Pope, Jordan Morley, Mei Yamanaka

Photographs © Robert Altman and Julie Lemberger 2019.

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge we might face after our Kickstarter project is raising additional funds for unforeseen tour costs as we complete this project. We will tackle this potential challenge by holding fundraising events (classes, open rehearsals, benefit) to help defray these costs. As a 19-year-old organization we are equipped to turn to loyal followers who can help raise additional funds in short periods of time.

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