About this project
ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN
As an independent, non-profit multidisciplinary art and performance group, WaxFactory has gained a reputation -- both in its New York home base and internationally – for devising and producing works that seamlessly blend a variety of media and challenge the boundaries between art forms. We have recently created our most compact touring work, #aspellforfainting, which has received a great deal of attention from adventuresome presenters in the US and around the world!
Earlier this year, we were offered our very first opportunity to perform our work in two major cities in California – San Francisco and Los Angeles. We are thrilled to have a chance to share our work with West Coast audiences for the first time in WaxFactory’s history! As an independent company, we are self-producing this engagement, and we need your support to close our budget gap.
We are thrilled to be hosted by the Fury Factory festival in San Francisco (July 16-19) and SOS theatre in Los Angeles (July 26-29), but the touring of #aspellforfainting is self-produced by WaxFactory. We are asking for your support to raise the +minimum+ amount necessary we need to cover cross-country airfares for the touring artists, housing, and local transportation costs. We are setting a modest goal, in deference to everyone's budget, but we do hope to exceed more than our minimum goal: in that event, any additional income will go towards the artist fees.
We have set up several giving levels and rewards we hope you enjoy. However, you are also welcome to donate any amount you choose, regardless of the rewards structure. No amount is too small (or too large!)
If you have any questions whatsoever about our project, or this campaign, please do not hesitate to contact us here.
ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE
Using Charcot’s Tuesday night lectures at the Salpêtrière and his instigation of hysterical performance as a leaping-off point, WaxFactory traces the lines of fainting, hallucination, delusion, and love letters that run through the source material. #aspellforfainting vividly celebrates the live, raw neurosis of being a performer: the crippling of an artistic block, unforeseen circumstances, nightmares, getting out of one’s own way... and what happens when one confronts the reality of what was created, exposed, capsized, deconstructed, demolished, and uprooted.
A brand new ensemble work for a solo performer/PJ, a sound artist/DJ and a video artist/VJ, #aspellforfainting is an improvisational piece, created anew for each performance by using disparate textual sources (The Seagull, Macbeth, Hamlet, Streetcar Named Desire, American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, YouTube, etc), an array of musical selections and sounds, and a multitude of objects as an investigation in the chaos of creation.
WHO ARE WE?
Founded in 1998, WaxFactory is an ensemble of interdisciplinary artists dedicated to exploring a multiplicity of theatrical visions. The company focuses on original works devised by its founders, along with innovative adaptations of literary and cinematic works. WaxFactory’s productions are characterized by unconventional narrative styles, visual and physical rigor, integrated use of new media and technologies, and site-specific work. The company is committed to ensemble work and international exchange through co-productions, educational projects, and touring. WaxFactory’s founders and current artistic co-directors are Ivan Talijancic and Erika Latta.
WaxFactory has established itself as one of the most internationally active performing arts groups to emerge from the New York downtown community, creating new theatre, installation, and film/video works. Producing both in unconventional sites and experimental venues in NYC (PS122, Soho Rep, Segal Center, NY Theatre Workshop, Incubator Arts Project, PRELUDE festival, etc), WaxFactory also presented worldwide at ICA/Institute of Contemporary Arts (London, UK), Gulbenkian Museum (Lisbon, Portugal), SommerSzene (Salzburg, Austria), Centre Pompidou (Paris, France), FIT/International Theatre Festival (Caracas, Venezuela), I LOVE MZ festival (Mendoza, Argentina), MES festival (Sarajevo, Bosnia), Cankarjev Dom (Ljubljana, Slovenia), Zürcher Theaterspektakel (Switzerland), Sonar (Barcelona, Spain), Adelaide festival (Australia) and many others.
Gillian Chadsey is a performer, author, producer, and teacher. Her work has run the gamut from Butoh dance to Tennessee Williams from Michlowice, Poland to Middle America Repertory Theater. As an artistic associate of two international theater companies, WaxFactory and The South Wing, she has danced through Barcelona, Brussels, Perugia, Ljubljana, and New York and has been a resident artist at The Watermill Center, Nacl, and HERE Arts Center.
Ivan Talijancic is a multidisciplinary artist: director, choreographer, visual and graphic designer, video- and film-maker, curator and journalist. As a co-founder of WaxFactory, his directing credits include BLIND.NESS, ...SHE SAID, QUARTET v4.0, X, and LADYFROMTHESEA, among others. Currently, he is working on 416 MINUTES, a cross-platform developed as a feature film and a live performance. He is a 2013-2015 artist in residence at the Hermitage Artist Retreat (Florida) and a 2014 fellow at the Bogliasco Foundation (Italy).
Shige Moriya is a Japanese-born video and installation artist. He studied architecture at Kinki University in Osaka. In 1996 he co-founded CAVE as a space for the development of experimental and interdisciplinary art in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. His solo work has been presented in Japan, Finland, Vietnam, Spain, Germany, France, Netherlands, Colombia, Mexico and the US. Shige received the 2009 Armani Design Award through the Robert Wilson Watermill Center. He has received fellowships, grants and residencies from the Ford Foundation, the Puffin Foundation, the Watermill Center, HERE Art Center and the Hanoi Contemporary Art Center.
Risks and challenges
Our venues in San Francisco (http://foolsfury.org/fury/festival/#wax) and Los Angeles (http://www.sonofsemele.org/2013/shows/waxfactory.html) will provide all the necessary technical, marketing, logistical support as well as the venue and equipment we require to perform #aspellforfainting. Our Kickstarter goal ($2,200) is the +minimum+ amount necessary we need to cover cross-country airfares for the touring artists, housing, and local transportation costs.
We know many of you, like us, are on a tight budget, so in wishing to be responsible and respectful towards you as well, we set out to raise this modest amount as a matter of our first priority. We do hope that we will be able to collect more than our bare minimum – any funds raised above our goal will be used towards paying artist fees.
Last but not least: as you can see from our rewards structure, the top-level gifts ($500 - $5,000) are specifically geared to those of you who may be interested in becoming a major stakeholder / producer in the creation of the next iteration of #aspellforfainting, which will involve transposing the live performance into a multichannel video installation to be presented in museum and galleries around the world. Donations at that level will directly support the creation of this project – and we will contact you to give you complete information if you elect this type of sponsorship.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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