The Assemblyis creating dances
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Thank you! This monthly tier helps our dancers buy gas to get to rehearsal and some trail mix to help them through it. You'll receive a handwritten card on some awesome stationery, signed by us all. And an Internet thank you, obviously.
You beautiful soul! This level of commitment helps us cover performance expenses, including costumes, collaborator fees, and more. You'll receive a handwritten card, regular rehearsal updates, and a performance discount code or a private live-feed link.
Seriously bursting with gratitude. Your support at this level helps us travel to new cities to perform, covering flights, lodging, and some meals. You'll receive all of the above plus a limited edition 8"x10" fine art print (ships late Sept. 2019).
The Assembly collaborates to create live events and dance-based works.Guided by an unshakeable belief in the expressive potential of movement, I came together with a group of choreographers and dancers in 2014. We produced a show and packed the house—a banquet hall in a church in Laguna Beach. That evening, we recognized a need in our audience that we also shared among ourselves: a desire to connect on a human level, through dance. In the years since, we have assembled over and over again, in warehouses, yoga studios, galleries, on stages, in a park, and among 1,000 bodies in a performance art piece on the beach.
In 2016, I had the opportunity as director of the company to merge The Assembly with my own choreographic voice (in the works since my sophomore year of high school, back in '02) and a developing vision for collaborative performance. We make dances that attempt to push ourselves and the art form forward by challenging traditional formats and venues, choosing personally- and socially-relevant subjects, all while exploring new methods of collaborating. We perform my work and the work of other choreographers: Lauren Edson, Marissa Brown, Andrea Gise, Jobel Medina, Megan Guise, and Chris Emile have all contributed to our repertory.
Our creative process is shared traditionally, working together in a studio, and remotely, using video conferencing and other digital tools. We collaborate with each other and with artists of other disciplines, including photographers, videographers, fashion designers, musicians, lighting designers, visual artists, and other creatives. We have catalyzed and produced movement in many forms, through choreographed and improvised dances, as well as through other mediums, such as video works and a dance magazine.
This year, while in residence at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton, CA, we are experimenting with a dancer-owned business model—dancers will receive a percentage of income, rather than set fees—in the interest of greater sustainability across the board (see this post to go deep). We have six performances booked in 2019 of our work-in-progress, "How to Draw an Outline," a dance about boundaries, including a tour to Atlanta. Please consider supporting us as we continue to investigate possibilities for vibrant creative exchange.
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