Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Deborah Hay Solo Performance Commissioning Project

Dear friends, artists, yogis extraordinaires,

I have a fabulous proposition for you. You can be an integral part of the creation of a new solo piece and a unique, community-supported act of radical art-making.

Or, to put it another, less glamorous way: I NEED YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT!

About two months ago, an artistic event changed my life. I saw, for the first time, the work of choreographer Deborah Hay.

I was absolutely blown away and I immediately set about researching how I could learn from and work with her.

I discovered the "Solo Performance Commissioning Project." The way this project works is that a group of performers commission a solo dance from Deborah Hay. She guides and coaches them in the creation of the solo during an 11-day period in a residency setting. At the conclusion of the residency, each participant signs a contractual agreement to do a daily solo practice of the new piece, for a minimum of three months before their first public performance.

An exceptional aspect of this project is that the dancers must raise the commissioning fee from within their own communities. Community members
-- family, friends, other artists, granting agencies, small businesses, corporations, etc. -- become the patrons for each dance. All patrons receive program acknowledgment every time the solo is performed.

That's where you come in.

I've been invited to participate in the Solo Performance Commissioning Project this summer in Scotland.

In order to go, I need to raise $1800 to cover the cost of the commission itself, as well as my own travel and accommodation expenses. My goal is to have raised all the necessary funds by June 8th, 2008.

Anything you can offer to this end -- be it $1000, $100, $10, a frequent flier ticket to get me to and from Europe, friends in Findhorn who might host me for the duration of the residency -- would be invaluable to me.

I've set up a PayPal account to make things as convenient as possible
for you. Donate safely and securely online anytime at: If you would prefer to make a tax deductible donation, I am also part of The Field's Sponsored Artist Program. As a result, any donation you make to me via The Field is tax deductible. If you are interested in this option, please contact me before making your donation.

I'm honored to have the opportunity to work on this project and it
would mean a great deal to me to have your support. Please contact me with any questions you may have.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart,


Blogger phylljim said...

Hi Davina,

Jim and I are not able to come see you perform in the city, our friends had a great time at the preview. However we'd love to help with this endevor. we have friends in Scotland but i am not sure how close to findhorn they are.Besides trying to get you accomodations. we'd like to contribute via the The Field's Sponsored Artist Program you mentioned. Just e mail us where to send the check and how to make sure it gets to you. Sorry to post here but i do not think I have a working e mail for you. All the best to you, Phyllis and Jim ,e mail

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