Body Like Scripture

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Raised by 12 people in 19 days
Help Silen Wellington raise money for their first full-length solo show!

This performance weaves together electroacoustic music, spoken word, drag, dance, and ritual, exploring themes of legibility/illegibility, coherence/incoherence, survival/resistance, and the sacred/profane.

Over the years, I’ve developed a handful of solo pieces and now that I’ve graduated, I’ve decided it’s time to self-produce a full-length show and experiment with performing outside the concert halls of academia. The show ranges from dark, electronic expressions of gender dysphoria to gentle, reverent, pagan-inspired song. Music is intermixed with autobiographical spoken word poetry, describing my experience of being transgender, the collective trauma & escapism of queer culture, and the gifts and incoherence of queerness.

The overall show title Body like Scripture, is both a prayer and an assertion. Body like Scripture, as in my body is the sacred map I follow, all the guidance I need to lead me to the horizons I seek. Body like Scripture, as in, please let these worlds change, so we may value our trans bodies, please let these worlds change so we may listen more to the wisdom of our bones, these bones that have come from Earth and return, these bones that can call us forward into accountability, into dreams of sustainable futures. Body like Scripture, as in, maybe through witnessing this performance you can more deeply experience the ground of your being, let the reflection of my art echo-shine off some important place within you.


The show will have three performances:

*Saturday, September 14th, 10pm at the Mercury Cafe in Denver 
*Sunday, September 15th, 7:30pm at Wesley Chapel in Boulder 
*Monday, September 16, 7pm at Wolverine Farms in Fort Collins 


I’m excited to also be working with some visual artist friends on this project! Boulder-based artist Shruti Kaul will be doing videography and Fort Collins-based artist Saskia Becker will do installation art.


What is all this money for? Putting on a full-length solo show requires a lot of resources! Funds raised from this campaign will go towards paying venue fees, paying my wonderful visual-art collaborators, buying a few XLR cables, printing programs, advertising, documenting the performances, and travel expenses.


As a token of my appreciation, if you donate at the following giving levels, you can choose from one of the following gifts under that category:

***If you want a gift, please send me an email! I don't have access to view the emails of the people who donate.***

*Every contributor, regardless of the amount they contributed, has the option to get their name printed in the program if they wish! (Email me what name you'd like printed as a thank you!)


*$10 giving level
-When Dawn Meets New Colors: a collection of poems exploring gender, spirituality, and sexuality (Digital chapbook. *This chapbook contains sexually explicit content.*)
-Among the Things We Tried to Become: a collection of three short stories about how place holds memory (Digital chapbook)
-Body like Scripture: a collection of poems, songs, and spoken word you’ll hear at the show (Digital chapbook)

*$20 giving level
-2” by 3” advertisement in the program (*Email me first about what you want to advertise & I’ll approve it before you donate).
-30-minute 3-card Tarot reading (video call, phone, email, or in person).

*$40 giving level
-4” by 5” advertisement in the program (*Email me first about what you want to advertise & I’ll approve it before you donate)
-45-60 minute 5+ card Tarot reading (video call, phone, email, or in person).

*$50 giving level
-Hour-long piano lesson via video call or in person
-Hour-long composition lesson via video call or in person

*Highest contributor (Minimum $150 donation): I will write you a 3-5 minute song!
Choose 1-2 of the following: voice, piano, electronics
Optional, add one of the following: guitar, accordion, mandolin



Once you contribute, email me at swellingtoncomposer@gmail.com to request your gift(s)!


You can mix and match based on how much you pay (ex: if you give $40 and you don’t want a Tarot reading, you could request 3 chapbooks), or choose things from a lower giving level (ex: if you donate $50, you may choose to request a gift from the $50 giving level or an item from a lower giving level).



Ways to help without financially contributing to this campaign:

*SHARE THIS CAMPAIGN WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY!!!
*Advertise the show! Tell your knitting group, announce it in your LGBT studies class, repost my ads on Instagram, post the event to your Facebook
*Coming to one of the shows? Order tickets in advance! It really helps me to know how many audience member to expect!
*Have an office? Go to a university? Know a coffee shop that would post my flyer? Email me to tell me where or ask how to hang it up there yourself.
*Volunteer your time before or after one of the shows
*Duties could include: ushering, helping with at-the-door ticket sales, setting up, and taking down equipment.
*Help design the programs.







**Please note: because of the agreements I have with the venues splitting ticket sales, all sales must be through Eventbrite or purchased at the door. Find information about buying tickets on my website . Ticket prices will increase by $5 at the door.
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