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A meditation on symbiosis, substitution and "self" as it applies to the human experience.
A meditation on symbiosis, substitution and "self" as it applies to the human experience.
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V I N N I C O M B E / W I N K L E R’s multimedia presentation of Deconstructing the Surrogate will be performed at ODC Theater in San Francisco on August 17th at 9pm and August 18th at 2pm as one of eight selected Bay Area artists to present for Summer Performance Festival 6. Funding goes directly toward the making of this project.

What the project is about

The multimedia presentation of DECONSTRUCTING THE SURROGATE is the collaborative effort of husband and wife, Daniel James and Bryce Vinnicombe Winkler. The piece was conceived as an elaborate interplay of film, dance, and music centered around, though not exclusively, the duet at its core.

Born out of a series of discussions on the interdependency of human relationships, and how easily these relationships can be suborned and distorted (i.e. your relationship to your parents and/or siblings, informs your subsequent relationships to other people, and in turn how the fragility of these relationships can be a corruptive influence when an imbalance occurs), DECONSTRUCTING THE SURROGATE stands as an attempt to physically articulate these concepts.

Performers Harold Burns and Bryce Vinnicombe Winkler PHOTO: Josh Nece
Performers Harold Burns and Bryce Vinnicombe Winkler PHOTO: Josh Nece

Although primarily envisioned as a meditation on, and an analysis of, the surrogate roles we both inhabit and perform for others, ultimately, the presented material is designed to be a genuinely personal experience for each viewer, and intended to function as a non-narrative expression of these subjective, though complex interactions.

This subjectivity is further explored and fostered in the archetypal nature of the costuming, which though sex specific in nature, is aimed at creating a dialogue more emblematic of binary opposition rather than simply an embodiment of perceived gender roles.  Admittedly, that, too is an element of the performance. 

Accompanied by an original soundtrack, comprised of over one thousand individual tracks, and a richly kaleidoscopic film projected over both performer and stage, DECONSTRUCTING THE SURROGATE is intended to be a fully immersive experience, drawing the viewers eye into a world of light, color, sound, shadow, and silhouette.

Bryce Vinnicombe Winkler PHOTO: Josh Nece
Bryce Vinnicombe Winkler PHOTO: Josh Nece

How the project has been funded so far and why

Until now we have been funding this project out of pocket believing it best to take the risk on our own while the project was still just an idea. Now that we have successfully turned these ideas into a full evening length show, there is no risk to you and we are confident in asking for your support. 

What you're supporting

Your funding goes directly toward the making of this project, and ensures all hired people and organizations will be paid in a timely fashion. Furthermore, you will be guaranteeing  a future for this project. 


Transparency of Cost 
Sum cost concluding with August performance dates. Does not include any future endeavors for this project.

Paid Persons:  $3,075  pay per individual will remain private     
-Artist Fees
-Photographer
-Videographer for live documentation
-Post Production Music Engineering
-Tech Consultation

Rehearsal Space: $1,122
Equipment: $1,407
Promotional Materials: $390
Costumes: $138

Total: $6,132

Bryce Vinnicombe Winkler, Harold Burns PHOTO: Josh Nece
Bryce Vinnicombe Winkler, Harold Burns PHOTO: Josh Nece

Why the kickstarter is happening now

Above all, it is most important that we have an audience at these performances. Therefore, we decided to bombard you with all the information at once and use the kickstarter to jumpstart the ticket sales and vise versa. Don't forget: tickets are rewarded for pledges of $35 and up!

Risks and challenges

The August performances will happen regardless of external funding. The project has already been created and the show must go on! The biggest risk at this point is the same that most contemporary dance performances face: the sum of a year's investment of hard work and energy, amounts only to a brief run of shows. Funding for this project will guarantee its expansion to more audiences.

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