"Camino Al Alma" NYC Dance Th. Choreography Debut



I’m pleased to announce my first NYC full length evening dance theater choreographic premiere Camino al Alma.

The Project:

For my debut dance theater choreographic work, I chose to explore a work that embodies aspects of the trajectory of Hispanic culture in the US. This work presents the core of overcoming assimilation, financial hardship, and discrimination, while regaining the triumph of community courageously confronting societal norms and stereotypes. My evening work will encompass Spanish and Mexican contemporary influenced aesthetic, and theatricality of Latin Jazz, Modern dance accompanied by a live musical score that I will compose. The creative process will empower artists interested in capturing story driven work combining spoken word, dialoguing about the Politics of representation, developing a relationship with musicians while questioning our expectation of social and cultural marginalization and linguistic terrorism as defined by Gloria Anzaldua. My work will also discuss aspects of NYC contemporary dance legend Jose Limon and the trials he faced as a Mexican American that are still relevant today. The work includes dialogues of identity and race encouraging visceral movement for artists to reclaim their uniqueness.

My Inspiration:

Throughout my career, I have been inspired by Mexican and Spanish cultures and Hispanic identity in the US. Because of my admiration and deep connection to my ancestral background I take deep honor in bringing this work to life in such a curious and artistically vibrant community.

Influencers:

When I was introduced to Gloria Anzaldua just three years ago, I knew I would continue evolving ideas she wrote about with my own research and further explore creation of a new dance theater choreographic work questioning borders living between cultures. I will incorporate her points throughout the work and explicitly display the work in both Spanish and English as a way to relate to individuals dealing with translation realities and complexities.

Mexican choreographer José Limón is just one example of many immigrants who came and continue to come from Spanish speaking countries feeling isolated between two cultures. I will include some written language from his unfinished memoir that speak of specific circumstances in his life when he was faced with these difficulties. I chose to speak of his experience because this is a part of his life that has not been explored to the level of its importance.

Collaborators:

Donald McKayle was my choreographic mentor in the beginning stages of creating this work and I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to present this work in his home city. 

I am excited to present my first full length evening theatrical work with my dear friends, musicians and dancers that I have established working relationships with in NYC.

I share a passion and curiosity between connecting dance, music and theater in cross cultural vocabularies in the universal language of performing arts, through message driven work. I will be collaborating with artists who have studied and pursued their art professionally who are stimulated to delve into creative approaches to reach audiences. I celebrate the opportunity to establish a team with such a gifted group of artists for this project who look forward to connecting energies.

THANK YOU! Presenting my choreographic dance theater work with live original music at a top venue in NYC has been a long and awaited dream of mine. Thank you for your support. I am looking forward to sharing this special project with you.

Risks and Challenges:

Your help will cover costs for:

- Studio Rehearsal Costs
- Artist Fee and Arrangements
- Sound Technician
- Lighting Designer
- Graphics/Design and Image for PR and Program
- Transportation to and from rehearsals
- Promotion and Distribution
- Publicity
- Theater Rental
- Costumes
- Marketing
- Video Documentation and Editing
- Photo Documentation and Editing
- Other Incidental Costs (make up-hair)


Pledge US $5 or more 

Thank You!
Thank you for your support on my NYC choreographic premiere Program “Camino al Alma”


Pledge US $15 or more

Downloadable Album of “Arranca” 
A Thank you and a Downloadable Album with music from the concert


Pledge US $50 or more 

Signed Physical CD/Album and Program by full cast Sent to You

You will receive: 
1. Signed Album/Program Copy,
 

Pledge US $100 or more

5 tickets to our NYC concert + CD + Below

Two tickets to one of our performance in NYC at Gibney dance, plus the following perks: 
1. Signed Album Copy, signed program
2. Downloadable Album
3. A Big Thank You. 



Pledge US $150 or more

Personalized Dance Theater Experience (Guide you through the process of finding movement expression through a personal story
Lesson + (for dancers and/or non dancers) personalized dance theater experience– inspire inner creativity 

Dance Lesson (in person in the NYC area, otherwise, via Skype). 
Also includes: 
1. A Signed Copy of the Album,
2. Downloadable Album, 
3. A big Thank You.


Pledge $250 or more

Group Dance Theater Creative Experience OR Tickets - inspire inner creativity

You can choose from a group dance class for all levels and ages offered in the NYC area, OR 10 Tickets to one of the NYC shows. 
Also includes: 
1. A Signed Copy of the Album,

2. Downloadable Album, 

3. A Big Thank You. 


Pledge US $1,500 or more

Lecture Demonstration with an in studio or performance in NYC 


Pledge US $2,500 or more 

Lecture Demonstration with performance outside of Tri-State 


Pledge $3,500 or more 

Creative Event Empowerment 
Host creative event empowering artists to collaborate through dance, music, jam session 
Do you want to host an event where creative artists intersect in a community that stimulates collaborative spirit celebrating diverse cultures, unique creative expression, through exciting conversation that unites the community? Life, soulful expression, Led by renowned guest artists, local artists, dancers, musicians, and vocalists, 


Pledge US $5,000 

Sponsor an organization of your choice of 100 individuals to attend a performance. i.e. (High School/College Students, Senior Citizen Center, Arts education organizations etc).

- Provides transportation, tickets, post show talk back Q & A Lobby Discussion and Presentation
- Beverage and Light Snacks Provided
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 30 mos
  • Jerry Olsher 
    • $100 
    • 30 mos
  • Bill & Mary Gonzalez  
    • $30 
    • 30 mos
  • Kathy Perez 
    • $25 
    • 30 mos
  • Aida Anderson 
    • $50 
    • 30 mos
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Organizer

Celeste Lanuza 
Organizer
New York, NY
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