Thanks to all who came out last weekend to our fundraising party for our new dance film, Fünf ‘n’ Twist in conjunction with Sasha Welsh for her new intermedia performance piece Trace Decay. We had a good turn out of friends and supporters who raised a cup to our art-making and helped spur us on!
Here are some photos from the party.
I screened two completed sections of Fünf ‘n’ Twist, and had the pleasure of introducing my leading man, Matt Sweeney, who braved bad trains and a bad cold to come down and celebrate. It was his first time seeing the footage on a big screen in front of people, and he still blushes when he watches the “tree-humping” scene. Most people would call it the “deflowering scene”, but for Matt it is memorable as one of the weirdest things he’s ever had to do for a choreographer/director. A typical direction from me (without a trace of irony in my voice): “Ok Matt, go climb that tree and hump the branch when I say action!”
I also unveiled a new interactive performance piece at the party, “Purification Ritual for a Shamed Politician.” We used it as part of a raffle in which ticket buyers were able to nominate dirty politicians or other nefarious public figures for spiritual cleansing. We had two separate drawings and each winner was asked Madlib-type questions, which turned into the text for the purification ritual. One of my oldest friends, Carly Gladstone-Strobel, a wonderfully talented actress, played the role of the High Priestess, while I was her dancer/disciple. I introduced the characters with a dance and then Carly recited the verse while scrubbing a plastic object (chosen by the raffle winner) in a glass jar with a toilet bowl scrubby. Here’s a quote of text from the second ritual we did [text in italics was given by the raffle winner]:
“Oh John Stewart, please bless this feisty panda bear, Bill O’Reilly. May he be purified in the smelly waters of Lake Michigan and appear before the people of everywhere on his pinky, ready to atone for his hate-mongering…”
I hope to continue to do these purification rituals, which seem to still be desparately needed despite the regime change in Washington. If you have a party that could use some ritual elements, let me know! We’re super cheap!
All in all, the party was great fun, but we still have a long way to go with our fundraising goals. There is one more section to shoot for Fünf ‘n’ Twist. A middle scene that is a flash forward of the two main characters holed up in a dingy tenement where a power play ensues between them over the eagle belt buckle. The scene will culminate with both of them crashing through a paper wall. Ambitious? Yes! But with a little luck, and the support of a whole lot of generous folks like you, we’ll be able to pull it off and finish our film this spring!
Please let us count you among our supporters. A $30 contribution underwrites the cost of three hours of tape stock, $50 helps us build a paper room set for the last section of our film, and $100 pays for a kick-ass crew member who knows how to make magic happen with just one light, a gel, and some gaffers tape.
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