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(Re)current Unrest Reparations Project

$5,400 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 99 people in 1 month
Created December 4, 2018
From today until December 31, I am trying to raise $5000 or more in funding support forThe (Re)current Unrest Reparations Initiative which is connected to my project (Re)current Unrest which will begin touring in Fall of 2019.  The Reparations Initiative is the platform through which Charles O. Anderson/dance theatre X will provide 50-100 free tickets to our performances at each site we tour and performance honoraria to the local artists/community docents we engage in the performances of our work as we tour and while we are in residence.  Why? 
1.  Because we want to ensure that this work is seen by young social justice warriors regardless of ticket prices.
2.  Because this project is not about getting rich or perpetuating elitism, however we want it to be shown in 'elite' communities- occupied by those typically not invited into those communities.
3.  Because in addition to the amazing company of dancers touring with the work it is essential that young dance artists in the communities we tour are a part of the performance experience and PAID to be a part of it.  We intend to hire 4-15 dancers (from university and performing arts high school dance programs as well as local professionals) to perform with us everywhere we tour.

Inspired by James Baldwin’s “The Fire Next Time” and Ta-Nehisi Coates’ “Between the World and Me”, the piece is performed by and in dialogue with millennials trying to make sense of blatant racial injustice and come to grips with their place in a world that refuses to guarantee for them the freedoms that so many others take for granted. This project is my open letter to the generation behind me. I think of (Re)current Unrest as a public-facing project and I am approaching community engagement as transmedia storytelling by drawing upon my dual roles as artist and educator.   I am asking for your support because this work is by, about and for young non-white America...It is essential that the audiences and dancers involved reflect the demographic for which this work is intended.  We have received generous support from The New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Production Grant and from the National Performance Network to tour the work.  We are not raising funds to make the work, but to populate it.  This isn't about money; it is about justice...but justice costs.  We hope we can count on your support once again.  As always-no amount is too small.  And to be clear- no amount is too large...I firmly this project is worth it and I hope you will agree.

Thank you for your consideration!

More info about (Re)current Unrest:
The production of (Re)current Unrest is an evening length immersive performance installation ‘ritual’ built upon the sonic foundation of Steve Reich’s three earliest works: “It’s Gonna Rain” (parts 1 and 2), “Come Out” and “Pendulum.” The piece is an investigation of legacy, authorship, and the history of black art and protest through the lens of the erasure of the Africanist presence inside of Reich’s compositions.


Reich spent a great deal of time studying African music forms, and “Come Out” samples interview tapes of Daniel Hamm, one of six black men (referred to as the Harlem Six) falsely accused of murder and brutalized by police in 1964. The work, which helped Reich rise to fame, was praised for its composition and political resonance. But Hamm’s voice, and the historical context of racial injustice, is often lost to the formal innovations of the composition. These facts are further obscured when the work is used as the score for Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s “Fase” and problematized further in Beyoncé’s use of De Keersmaeker’s choreography for her music video “Countdown.” Over the past two years, the piece has taken on larger dimensions than just these issues of cultural appropriation- it has become a meditation on the “American Dream” and Black nihilism, borne of the current racially charged moment. Choreographically, (Re)current Unrest explores the kinesthetic state of unrest–the condition of unease, discontent, and social disturbance. This physical state of agitation represents ‘staying woke.’ To stay woke refers to an intangible level of awareness about community issues and social justice.

I am exploring a new approach to my choreographic process of kinetic storytelling that is informed by the concept of reappropriation. This is the cultural process by which a group reclaims terms or artifacts that were previously used in a way that were disparaging of that group. My goal is to illuminate that Reich's timeliness as a composer was not merely musical. I’m building a way to make work that honors Reich, but speaks to the phenomena of cultural and historic erasure and the ignoral of Black America.
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Update 38
Posted by Charles Anderson
18 days ago
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Hello Everyone, Just another quick note of thanks to all who have supported us to date! Special shout out to those of you who celebrated pay day with donations yesterday! :-) We are now at 107% of our minimum fundraising goal! As I mentioned yesterday, we will leave the fundraiser open and be sending updates as the tour continues to take shape. In the meantime- your support and encouragement in all the forms it has taken during this fundraiser has been both inspiring and deeply moving. We could not do this without you so once again- THANK YOU! Happy 2019!
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Update 37
Posted by Charles Anderson
19 days ago
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Just wanted to wish everyone a Happy, Abundant and Fulfilling New Year! Thanks again for helping us to end the year with our fundraising goal met! The fundraiser is still up for those you who are also celebrating PAYDAY today! :-) See and be seen in 2019!
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Update 36
Posted by Charles Anderson
20 days ago
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Good morning and Happy New Year's Eve! With the support of 95 donors, we have met the minimum goal and have exceeded it! 106%!!!! Thank you to my current students. Thank you to my former students. Thank you to the parents of students I have taught. Thank you to my current and former colleagues at UT and Muhlenberg. Thank you to the family of friends. And a special shout out to my three anonymous guardian angels who went above and beyond! It really feels good to enter into this new year knowing that we are able to do the work and to compensate others we into the process. It feels good to go into this new year that 2018 brought so many of us together around shared values! THANK YOU!!! As I mentioned, the fundraiser will stay up for a while longer and I will occasionally bring it up as we start to set more tour dates to encourage local support. Once again- I am deeply humbled and sooooo grateful for all of you and for the support of the work!
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Update 35
Posted by Charles Anderson
21 days ago
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Good Morning! Thanks to 92 generous souls we are at 103% of our goal!!! Grateful doesn't begin to cover it! Thanks to you we now can confidently say we can pay the local artists we engage for our New York premiere, subsidize at least 10 tickets to the performance and have funding to hire apprentices to help us set the movement material performed by local artists...We have the funding to leverage our other presenting partners to start their own campaigns to pay local artists and fund community engagement opportunities around (Re)current Unrest including subsidized tickets! You did that!!! We are so inspired and motivated! I also received some messages from folks asking about donating after December 31: YES OF COURSE WE WILL HAPPILY TAKE A DONATION AFTER DECEMBER 31...in fact I plan to keep this campaign open for a while and will start focused campaigns targeted at the locations we will perform throughout the life of the tour so that we can challenge local communities to support their local artists engaging in work rooted in social justice... Like I have said before the $5000 goal was the minimum it takes to do what we are trying to accomplish. So start telling your communities to get ready and by all means don't hesitate to donate. THANK YOU AGAIN and here is to a powerful 2019!
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