One of the many things I learned from working with choreographer Rachel Cohen is that when it comes to composing for dance, anything goes and dancers feed on sound(s). One of my and Rachel's first collaborations, "Recidivistas," will be performed in Socrates Park (NYC) Aug 19 with 30 (!) dancers, all planted in flower pots. You can help realize this extraordinary event by visiting Racoco's Kickstarter campaign >> http://kck.st/2vklI77
Here's a little more about the upcoming performance and the campaign:
A one-of-a-kind happening, Busby Berkeley meets garden flash mob meets Alice in Wonderland! On Saturday, August 19, at 4pm, Racoco, an unusual dance-theater company, will perform the piece excerpted in the video above with 30 dancers, planted in soil in oversized flower pots, outdoors at Socrates Sculpture Park (invited by Julia Gleich and Jason Andrew of Norte Maar to participate in their amazing annual Dance at Socrates event - visit http://nortemaar.org/projects/dance-at-socrates-2017/). We'll also create a short edited film from the rehearsal, setup, and performance footage from Steven Speliotis's 2 cameras, a Go Pro attached to a dancer, and an overhead drone camera!
We're in rehearsals now, have ordered the pots and the soil, and are putting together the costumes. Racoco's longtime collaborator Chris Becker composed the wonderful music when we originally created the trio for chashama's Oasis Festival in 2006!
Your contributions will pay the 30 dancers what they deserve, the composer royalties, the videographers' fee, and cover the costs of the video editing, pots and soil, renting a van to get everything to Socrates--and doing the laundry after the show!
Meet our dancers:
Janet Aisawa, Jessica Burstein (www.jessicasueburstein.com), Destiny Cabrales, Marianne Camarda, Maryanne Chaney, Rachel Cohen (racoco.org), Megan Curet, Lily Davis, Rina Espiritu, Bianca Falco, Nicole Fuentes, Julia Gleich, Jenny Gram (www.thejgramproject.com), Eva Hansson, Holly Heidt (www.muliebrisdancetheatre.com), Delsa Heredia, Masumi Kishimoto, Nicole Lee, Mengying Lin, Dale Nathaniel, Kymberly Nolden, Zoe Padden, Dalma Sacasa, Meghan Schardt, Irene Siegel, Despina Stamos (tmdas.org), Mary Staub, Emily Winkler-Morey, and Rose Zingale
Racoco fuses absurdist visuals, quixotic choreography, and raw materials, frequently collaborating with visual artists and composers. Choreographer and performer Rachel Cohen founded Racoco in 2003. Visit our website: www.racoco.org
Risks and challenges
The only thing that could stop us now is a hurricane - we plan to perform rain or shine. It is very difficult to coordinate the schedules of 30 people but we've found wonderful dancers excited to do the project who have been willing to commit the time, and dance in dirt! Racoco's projects always have many moving parts, strange props, and complicated logistics, and we are always proud of the result.