SSDP New Trio of Video Promos: We are delighted to introduce our new trio of video promos created by our wonderful friend, photographer, videographer - and professional dancer - Hope Davis. The clips are punchy, bubbly and fun and feature our dancers and kids in various states of creating and playing.
New Photo Montage of the Second Story Dance Project with Images by Hope Davis and Original Music by Jonathan Riedel: Enjoy the dramatic play of light and shadow in these captivating photos. Davis' images simultaneously reveal and obscure the dancers’ personalities, emotional depth and complex performances. The photographs practically vibrate with emotional intensity and emanate an edgy, yet ethereal energy.
Second Story's First Fundraising Campaign is a Smashing Success!
An amazing group of friends, colleagues and family members put us way over the top! Your generous contributions left our goal of raising $5000 in the dust! Thanks to you all, we now have $9846 to:
-Create original work examining the dynamics permeating this stage of our lives.
-Share the details of our creating-while-caregiving model with our colleagues using online platforms.
-Orchestrate studio showings to integrate both students and patrons into our process.
You recognized the challenge: our society can't afford to lose the unique contributions of dancers and choreographers at the peak of their technical and artistic powers. Your financial support allows us to sustain an environment in which dance professionals nurture their creative selves while taking care of their children. You have given us a resounding vote of confidence in our efforts to change an outdated paradigm in the dance community. Together, we are showing the world that it CAN be done.
We are grateful to the following donors for making it all possible:
Our Colleagues: $1200 Contribution
Janice and Armand Paganelli
Our Partners: $1000 Contribution
Carolyn and Charlie Thornton
Our Sponsors: $500 Contribution
Bethany and Larry Kenney
Barbara and Stan Muroff
Tamara and Bill Pullman
Max Salva and Nate Salva
Our Patrons: $300 Contribution
Linda and Neil Kirschner
Lynn and Jules Kroll
Dr. Deborah Weisfuse and Dr. Robert Lipner
Suzanne and George Riedel
Cheryl and David Simon
Ann and Larry Yarbrough
Our Friends: $150+ Contribution
Jean Ann and Jim Alter
Dorothy and Robert Muroff
Our Supporters: $75+ Contribution
Dr. Raymond Chow
Beth and David Conley
Charlotte and Armand Harris
Hattie and Rick Katkow
Susan and Glenn Rones
Our $10 to $75 Club
Drs. Anita and Ed Dworkin
Cathy and Steven Riedel
Julie and Richard Troy
Carol and Scott Walker
Marie and Dante Lomibao
Second Story Seeks Funding for Second Phase: RDT is launching an Indiegogo campaign to support our pioneering initiative, Second Story Dance Project!
Knowing that the dance world loses a broad swath of talent when artists give up their careers to have children, we at Second Story are changing this paradigm. With your support, we are fashioning an open environment where dancers/choreographers work with their kids by their side, exploring unique themes of their "second chapter" of life. With your help, these dance professionals no longer have to choose between their art and their families! We have found a way to do both! And we're using blogs and social media to inspire our colleagues, spreading the word throughout the creative community: it CAN be done! Become part of this groundbreaking effort, Creating-While-Caregiving! Click here to check out our BRAND NEW VIDEO and DONATE NOW to our Indiegogo campaign, or DONATE HERE through PayPal! Be one of the first to “break all the rules”!
Announcing Second Story Dance Project: Riedel Dance Theater introduces Second Story Dance Project, a collective of artists who, after starting families, are reclaiming their creative selves and redefining their creative outlet. The dance world loses a broad swath of talent when artists give up their careers to have children. We are changing this paradigm. We are fashioning an open environment where dancers and choreographers work with their kids by their side, exploring unique themes from their "second chapter" of life. Click the tab above marked "Second Story Dance Project" for more information.
A New Solo is Brewing: Jonathan and Maggie Bradley are plugging away at a new, epic endeavor. A solo in three parts, this piece - the first piece he's made since the birth of his daughter and the death of his father - encapsulates a very personal journey for Jonathan. It may prove to be an importatant work in the Riedel repertory. You can follow its development at www.processinrealtime.com.
Announcing Process in Real Time: Jonathan and author Sherri Muroff Kalt have teamed up again, this time to create a new blog that chronicles the creative process. Process in Real Time is currently following Jonathan's rehearsals as he makes his latest piece, a solo for RDT dancer Maggie Bradley. The blog highlights not only salient choreographic details but the struggle of day to day dynamics that affect the piece and the emotional highs and lows of the process. Each stage of the work is documented with video and written observations by Sherri, Jonathan, and Maggie so viewers can experience the progress of the work over time and gleen insight into why and how it is evolving.
Come see for yourself: www.processinrealtime.com.
On Sale Now! Portrait of an Artistic Journey: The Creative Process in Real Life Context: Author Sherri Muroff Kalt documents an extraordinary
account of choreographer Jonathan Riedel's external challenges—from financial issues and rehearsal-derailing blizzards to the birth of his son—as well as his internal struggles with fear, insecurity,
anxiety, and grief. Jonathan candidly shares how these complexities helped shape his work. Plus, readers experience the creative (and sometimes frustrating) collaborative process through the dancers’
While the details of Jonathan’s process are unique to him, the underlying dynamics are familiar to all artists. By illuminating his journey—the good, the bad, and the ugly—fellow creators gain insight into their own artistic development. Buy the book here: www.processportraits.com
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