what is it?
This project is a performance which invites small audiences to unusual, often private, sites.
The experience for you as an audience member is not just about watching a performance – it is also about discovering a new space, and getting the chance to cross the boundary between a public performance and a private experience.
But what actually happens, and why is it unique?
We invite you into unusual spaces – homes, schools out of hours, private galleries or studios – and immerse you in a performance which is as much about the light, sound and architecture as it is about the dance.
We create an experience which sweeps you up, spirits you in a personal world of sound and visual adventure, and welcomes you into a place which you have not previously glimpsed. You get mystery, exploration and art!
You get to be nosy; to see a place you might not normally see – and the way you see it is out of the ordinary, so you might glimpse things which you would not normally.
The performance is about looking at the whole room as the art object, rather than just a dancer on a stage.
“I thought it turned the whole environment into the artistic event – I had to look at everything, which was rewarding – it was the total mixed media concept.” Audience Member Dec 2011
“…it was like slowly lowering into a warm bath…” Audience Member Dec 2011
“I loved it! The combination of the light and movement, the voice, the shadows and the music was completely captivating.” Audience Member Dec 2011
what have we achieved so far?
We recently spent 10 weeks realising an early version of the piece, and performed informally to an audience over two nights. The piece evolves with each further performance, because we rehearse and re-create the performance to fit different indoor spaces.
Audiences gave anonymous feedback, and reported a rich, emotive experience:
“Leaves me with a sense of wonder at the human body, the dynamics of relationships and the light we shed on them…”
“Beautiful. Formed. Cohesive. Sound wrapped around me and I was captured by the light… I loved the synchronicity of light and sound.”
“an adventure… the first light had a personality of its own – almost breathing...”
“I was completely mesmerised… it made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up”
We want to have a chance to perform it in more spaces, and show it to more people, but we need your help.
About the creative team
The creative team, directed by Hannah, is made up of:
• Performers Sophie Arstall, Luke Ganz and Sam Lawrence
• Composer Jonathan Eato
• Actor and voiceover Dan Starkey
If you want to read more info, including biographies of the creative team, you can have a look here:http://hannahbruce.org/Look_of_Thing_intro.html
How can you help?
There are three ways you can help us.
1. Financial support
One way is by providing financial support. You can help make this project happen by donating as little as £10 towards its development. Our target of £1000 is the minimum we need for one set of performances. We hope to exceed this target in order to plan more performances in 2012. So, even if you can see we have reached £1000, please don't let that stop you supporting "The Look of the Thing"!
You can donate any amount, by purchasing different combinations of rewards below. Of course, you don't HAVE to use your reward, so don't be fearful that you will be forced to come and meet for coffee if you don't want to! Once you have donated, you will have a chance to speak to us about what suits you best.
• If you donate £10, we could rent one hour in a rehearsal studio
• If you donate £15, we could pay for an MP3 player and headphones for one audience member.
• If you donate £25, we could pay for a dancer’s travel for one week of rehearsal.
• If you donate £50 we could pay for a performer’s costume.
• If you donate £100 we could pay for additional lights
• If you donate £200, we could pay for professional photographs of the performance, which will make it easier for us to pitch the project to professional venues and other funding streams.
2. Inviting us to perform in your space
Another way is by inviting us to work in unusual or beautiful spaces, where we can rehearse and perform to a small audience.
Are you interested in hosting a metamorphosed version of this piece of work? Please contact us for more information.
3. Spreading the word
If you cannot offer any financial contribution, but want to support this work in some way, you can help by passing this link on to your friends and contacts.
How do you know that you won’t be throwing away your money?
• We have already received incredibly positive anonymous feedback from audiences. They believe in the potential of the work.
• All the creative team members on this project are professional artists. They have chosen to support “The Look of the Thing” by giving their time for free during the development period. They believe in its potential.
• As a team, we are professional, experienced and confident that this is a strong product. We have the combined skills and knowledge to successfully develop this piece, with your support.
• By contributing funds through WeDidThis, you will help our snowball effect – the more we are able to perform the piece, the more word of mouth and publicity will spread. You will be able to say that you were with us at the start!
Link to my own website: http://hannahbruce.org/Look_of_Thing_intro