The People Movers is a dance and production collaborative led by me: choreographer & producer Kate Ladenheim. We tell stories about urgent social, political, and cultural happenings. Our work is smart, meticulously designed, and full of heart — and asks careful questions about our culture and how we, as individuals, fit inside of it.
Our performances are not just for stages. We put dance inside of warehouses, offices, apartments, phones, social media, daily interactions, and more. Inspired by the implicit urgency of these environments, our work zooms in on the ways people perform their everyday lives and survive in culture.
In addition to our own artistic projects, The People Movers construct tightly curated, impossibly cool, and expertly produced events in unexpected environments. Our productions raise up the work of artists whose work is provocative, critical, conscientious, and wholly original.
The answer is simple: we’re here because it takes a lot of resources to make well-crafted art. We can’t make our work without four important things:
- TIME: We spend creative time researching and brainstorming ideas, creating and perfecting movement in rehearsal, training and taking care of our bodies, traveling, applying for funding and opportunities, marketing, communicating with community members and collaborators, and more.
- SPACE: We need safe, accessible spaces for rehearsals and production
- EQUIPMENT: We need the props, costuming, and equipment - both for artistic reasons and to make our productions look professional and complete
- And above all else, PEOPLE: We believe firmly that everyone deserves to be paid for their time, and that people do their best and most committed work when they are fairly compensated for their time and contributions - so we work to ensure that all of our staff and collaborators are paid for their time.
It's dishonest for me to tell you that we don't or can't make things without your financial support. I have been making things without your financial support for 6 years, and will probably continue to do so because I have a somewhat unreasonable and (probably unhealthy) love for The People Movers and for making dances. I've always gotten crafty, adjusted budgets, and found a way to make it work.
I'm asking your support because after 6 years, we're looking for growth. And that does NOT happen without your pledge.
My collaborators are amazing, and super talented, and without your support they move on to better, more consistent, higher-paying jobs (both in and outside of the arts).
Without your support, we have to turn down opportunities to show work in places and shorten our runs because we can't pay people to perform, or travel to get there.
Without your support, we have to work on obscenely long timelines because all of us have to work several jobs throughout our process.
We're on Patreon because we want to make more great stuff and show it more places and get paid for it (so we can focus and make better work and like, feed ourselves).
By giving us a monthly donation, you're making sure that we can approach all of our lofty goals for 2018 with less fear and greater ambition. Plus you get our super sweet perks! Every little bit that you contribute makes a **huge** difference for us.
The TL;DR version?
We’ve been scrappy and resourceful for years, but without your support, we'll be like these guys:
With a community of patrons contributing to our work, we can throw ourselves at work that looks like this:
Thank you for keeping the people moving!