Bring Night Garden to the stage
Please note: we can also accept donations via E-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org (this will not incur any fees for us) and we will add them to the GoFundMe total as an "offline donation" so you can still see how your donation helps us reach our goal!
Our goal of $4,500 will mean all of our base expenses will be covered and all dancers will receive a fair honorarium for their performance. We would be very happy to reach this goal!
Our dream goal of $15,000 would mean paying our dancers properly for all of their expenses and hard work: creating, choreographing, rehearsing and traveling to create this show. With this budget we could create the full lighting and projection design we originally envisioned, as well as a more workable costuming budget for our amazing local designers. It would also mean being able to pay our local stage manager, videographer and photographer their full rate. Reaching this goal would mean our ambitious vision for this show would become a reality!
Please read below for our story.
Also, this is all to bring this show to you, our amazing community! The best way you can take part in this project is to come see the show! https://alderneylanding.ticketpro.ca/?lang=en&alt#def_1312188057
As many of you know, we have been working together for well over a year on Night Garden, our most exciting project yet. (March 30 and 31 at Alderney Landing Theatre!) Monique and Laura were honoured to receive a grant from Arts Nova Scotia, and Nawal from ArtsNB, to help create some of the choreographic works for this show.
However we are sad to say that our multiple applications for funding for the production phase have not been successful. Bellydance is still gaining recognition in the local arts community, and as this is our first attempt at a production of this level, this is not completely unexpected. However, we are hoping that the work we create for this show will build a case for funding in the future!
Although our budget is modest, there are many expenses in a stage production such as this. We have passionately worked for over a year, designing this show from the ground up - including the overall structure, choreographies, costumes, and lighting. Sacha and Nawal have been driving for hours nearly every month to rehearse with us here in Halifax. With all this work, we are hoping that this will be the first in long road of high-level theatrical bellydance productions in the Maritimes, and with your support, it will be possible!
We are looking for donors who would like to contribute directly our goal of taking the art of bellydance to the next level in the Maritimes, paving the road for future opportunities for bellydance artists in our region. You will also be supporting us each as growing, evolving artists who want to bring the best to our audience!
Over the last two decades we have each contributed countless hours to study, practice, teaching, and performances; producing events, providing learning opportunities from world renowned artists, and collaborating with other professionals. We have spent years actively engaging in our communities to raise the knowledge of professional bellydance; and the project is the culmination of that work.
Please visit http://www.serpentinestudios.com/night-garden-production.html for details, or visit our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pg/nightgardenbellydance
Additionally, we are looking for companies to partner with as sponsors; complete with social media exposure for their brand and multiple advertising opportunities and benefits. If your company (or one you know of) might benefit from partnering with us, please let us know. We’d be thrilled to email our sponsorship package and/or meet up and chat about how we can benefit each other and the community.
Laura Selenzi, Monique Ryan, Tina Afsana, Sacha Begg, and Nawal Doucette
We are creeping closer to our goal, we are over half way there! The show date is nearly here and everything is coming together beautifully. The lighting design is nearly finalized, the music has been edited meticulously, and our costumes from Haleigh Sheehan have arrived and are gorgeous! We've been spending our weekends rhinestoning them by hand.
We just wrapped up a 3-day rehearsal marathon with the full cast at Serpentine Studios and it is so exciting to see the whole show from beginning to end! You can see a sneak peek here: https://www.facebook.com/nightgardenbellydance/videos/2310162869271181/
All of this work, while artistically rewarding, means taking significant time away from our "day jobs". We are passionate about creating this body of work to elevate the art of bellydance here in the Maritimes, but the costs do pile up - which is one of the reasons why we still need your help! We are so grateful for each one of your generous donations, and if you could share our fundraiser with family and friends we would be so thankful.
Also, if you haven't bought your tickets yet, don't delay! Sales are definitely picking up as opening night approaches: https://secure.ticketpro.ca/?lang=en#def_1312188057
Lots of love and gratitude,
The Night Garden cast