Thursday, March 11, 2010

Please support the creation of ''stifle'

Pictured (fore to aft) Allie Hankins, Spencer Moody, Marissa Rae Niederhauser. Photo by Tim Summers

Josephine's Echopraxia (Marissa Rae Niederhauser) is honored to be participating in the NW New Works Festival this year at On the Boards. I have been joined by four other dancers (Allison Hankins, Meredith Horiuchi, Meredith Sallee, and Rosa Vissers), three musicians (Spencer Moody, Cameron Elliott, and Ryan Crase) and lighting designer Dave Proscia to bring 'stifle' to the mainstage this coming June 5th and 6th.

This is a tremendous opportunity to bring 20 minutes of my choreography to a large and involved arts audience. This is my first time working with a bigger group of performers and it is deeply satisfying for me to see my work translate through others' minds and bodies.

'stifle' is a dance contemplating survival and the grace required of each of us in persevering through difficult and sometimes hopeless times. Although a timeless theme it is particularly apt for a nation at war and in the the midst of deep economic hardships.

I am so excited to be able to work with these amazing artists and to bring the fruits of our labor to the beautiful On the Boards Mainstage. We have the beginnings of something really lovely and I hope that you will find yourself able to help launch this work.

Please consider aiding in the creation of this dance by helping to cover the cost of studio rent, the performers' stipends, costuming and video documentation. A gift of any size is greatly appreciated and is tax deductible and can be easily made online through Shunpike at:

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