Post Performance Update

First off, thank you to those who came out to see us and expandance at Oberon.  It was truly a delightful experience to share art with you (as well as with each other).  I believe that this kind of cross-cultural/geographical sharing needs to be done more often as it informs and enlivens the local scene.

We learned about each other a bit more than we already knew and got a glimpse of what makes the other tick.  Also, sharing a physical space was special too.  The open rehearsal/improvisation between the companies was very special indeed, just take a look here: Open Rehearsal on Vimeo

From a less positive perspective, we are still to fully fund this wonderful experience.  We need abut $1000 to cover costs including an additional $1600 to pay dancers.  I always find it a little insane when this happens.

We took over a year to create “LEFT”.  Rehearsal hours are almost endless.  There is the time spent creating the art and then, there is time spent marketing the art: videos, emails, photos, websites, postcards, posters, phone calls, networking.  That time is never factored in because, in the grand scheme of things, we are not viable as a company and it would be senseless at this point to pay for my time.  We would have to charge an arm and a leg if we only depended on ticket sales to meet costs.  That is why so many arts organizations have folded.  If the donations don’t come in, in a traditional non-profit corporation model, it doesn’t work.

But I guess we are crazy.  Crazy enough to still dance for you for less than nothing.  Crazy to put all of my effort into a company where the purpose is to create something, rather than to make profit.  Crazy to give up that 9-5 stable well-paying job and work at a place that I love in order to pay out of pocket to fund my art.  Absolutely insane!  But what choice do we have, really?  This is our calling and we are sharing it with whomever wants to experience it.  It’s giving on two different levels: On stage, in the moment and also with our “chosen” lifestyle (which for us isn’t really a choice anyway).

Please consider all of this and give what you can.  Every little bit helps.  I know people say it, but really it does!  $5 is not too little, $10 isn’t too little…Think about what you could spend it on instead and ask yourself is that  $3 coffee and $2 muffin going to buy you the same feeling as giving $5 to a dance company that will make you feel, think and breath differently?

Thank you,

Callie

Zoe performs at Oberon with Irish/NYC-based expandance!

Zoe Dance is excited to be performing alongside expandance, a dance company based in both NYC and Ireland! Save the date for January 22 (Sun.) and 23 (Mon.) at the hip venue Oberon! Please consider making your end of the year contribution in support of this fabulous production of over 2.5 hours of dance! See you there! \\\"LEFT\\\" is a dance-theatre work inspired by the events surrounding the 1973 coup in Chile. It was performed Sept. 9, 10 + 11, 2011. Although we ran a fundraising campaign before the show, we still are short of our goal to meet production costs.
$3,114.48Raised7,000Target

Zoe Dance and expandance perform at Oberon in January!

Zoe Dance and expandance perfrom at OberonThere’s going to be some fun times ahead!  expandance, both based in NYC and Ireland is coming to Boston to perform alongside Zoe January 22 (Sun.) and 23 (Mon.) at the very hip (and very exciting) venue Oberon.  Together, there will be over 2.5 hours of dance that will move you…around the space and hopefully, viscerally too.

In this fabulous line up Zoe will present “LEFT” in its second rendition with some changes and favorites.  And of course all of these exciting things cost money.  Relying on ticket sales is not realistic because all the work we do, costumes that are made, rehearsal space that is rented, sweat that is spent far surpasses the $20 you spend on your ticket to get in.  We want to make our work accessible so it’s not for the super rich…it’s for YOU!  But in order to make that happen we have to subsidize unfortunately.  The government is not doing it and even grant-giving organizations aren’t doing much of it any more, so that leaves YOU (well, and me…my own favorite donor).

So please consider giving to Zoe this holiday season as part of your end of the year contributions.  Please remember that it is also TAX DEDUCTIBLE as well.

We are anxious to show you what we are up to and will be posting rehearsal footage soon!  Can’t wait.

Zoe performs at Oberon with Irish/NYC-based expandance!

Zoe Dance is excited to be performing alongside expandance, a dance company based in both NYC and Ireland! Save the date for January 22 (Sun.) and 23 (Mon.) at the hip venue Oberon! Please consider making your end of the year contribution in support of this fabulous production of over 2.5 hours of dance! See you there! \\\"LEFT\\\" is a dance-theatre work inspired by the events surrounding the 1973 coup in Chile. It was performed Sept. 9, 10 + 11, 2011. Although we ran a fundraising campaign before the show, we still are short of our goal to meet production costs.
$3,114.48Raised7,000Target

Movement Installation During Occupy Boston

we are the 99 percent

feet photo: Kristophe Diaz

Tuesday, October 11
5pm – 7pm
at Occupy Boston
(in Dewey Square, South Station, Boston)

Still looking for dancers and musicians to participate!

It will go something like this:

Segment 1: Dancers/movers surround Dewey Sq. like pillars. For one hour they simply move.

Segment 2: Attention is directed toward one dancer in the circle/semi-circle and everyone in the group (including protesters) repeats that dancers movement until he/she passes along to the next ‘pillar’ until the circle in complete.

We also need musicians with non-amplified instruments (per City permitting laws)…If we have enough, one could be at each ‘pillar’? That would be really striking!

We will meet by the Arts and Culture tent at 4:30 for everyone to have the opportunity to be familiar with the score.  We will perform at the end of Dewey Sq. (where there is a large open space, rather than amongst tents and people).  This will give us more visibility!

You should plan on wearing RED.  Preferably a solid color, but a print could be OK.

Anyone in? Respond here or on Facebook.  I will be checking both.

[email protected]

http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=256163634424814
http://www.zoedance.org//2011/10/02/occupyboston/

FREE ticket to the first 5 people to comment on this post!

leftSept. 9, 10 + 11 at The Dance Complex as part of their 20th Anniversary Celebration (536 Mass. Ave., Central Sq., Cambridge)
a Journey of the Dreams and Realities of CHILE at the Onset of the Dictatorship from the perspective of a North American Choreographer.

Performers:
Sarah Turner, Naoko Brown, Kate Neal, Sarah Mae Gibbons, Sam Szabo, Alexandra Botti, and 2 Chilean artists , Ivan Korn and Arnulf Becker.

Choreography: Callie Chapman Korn
Set/VJ: Katya Popova
Original Music: Rachel Arnold and Ivan Korn
Lighting Design: Paul Marr
Stage Manager: Jayne Murphy

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How can art stimulate conversation that leads to change?

“LEFT” is inspired by events that surrounded the 1973 coup in Chile.  It is not a documentary, but rather a comment upon the place, time and people it affected.  It was created through the eyes of, well, myself.  I was born in the Boston area in 1979, six years after these events “went down”.  Why should I care?  Why did I pick such a topic?  What is supposed to come out of this ‘dance performance’?

The answers to these questions are quite complex.  But rather than giving you all of the answers I will just say that I believe all human history is doomed to repeat itself cyclically.  I believe we can reduce the number of unjust, inhumane and negatively charged instances in the future if we are simply just aware of what happened in the past.  Learn from not only from our own embarrassing mistakes, but also (and most importantly) from those of distant lands or cultures and realize that as a community of the world, we are all one and are connected whether we like to see it that way or not.

I wanted to start a discussion that revolves around “LEFT” and its theme because I have received emails from fans of Zoe Dance that tell personal stories about this time and place from different perspectives.  I’m interested in finding out more.  More about what experiences people have had and importantly, what comes out of such terrible circumstances.  What is involved in healing after such things happened?  Does one refuse to talk about it?  Is that helpful to clear the daemons?  Will the daemons ever really go away?  As a society, as individuals and as a world community, how can we try to avoid crimes against humanity to happen repeatedly?  Can art help inform and provoke people to care enough to make even a small change?

These are the questions that have been floating around in my head and I would like to open this space up to you.  Help me answer them, or ask some of your own.

“LEFT” is more than a “dance piece”.  It’s a reawakening of a time and place so we can learn from it and remember those who were/are affected by it.

Write.