My name is Kyle Sorensen. I am a dancer, choreographer, educator, and filmmaker. Together with my wife, Gina Bolles Sorensen, I co-direct somebodies dance theater, an award-winning contemporary modern dance company.
I am seeking your support today for a project born out of my love for dance, my commitment to progressing research in dance, and my sincere belief that dance, as a cultural institution, can be used to promote tolerance and understanding throughout the world
Over 60 years ago, Senator J. William Fulbright initiated the Fulbright Scholarship program to promote leadership, learning, and empathy between cultures. This year, I am honored to represent the United States as a Fulbright Fellow to Israel. I am writing to you today to seek your support as I endeavor to study, share, and contribute to the field of contemporary dance to further its function of increasing mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of Israel.
In October 2013, I will begin a 9-month residency based in Tel Aviv, Israel. The primary thrust of my project is to engage in and explore the creative processes of both established and emerging Israeli choreographers in two ways: 1) experientially, by immersing myself in the philosophies of the body, theories of movement, and creative methods of Israeli choreographers as taught in their classes, and 2) theoretically, by interviewing these contemporary dance choreographers about their methodologies, influences, and intentions when creating dance works. Through my research, I hope to gain knowledge of the impact of Israeli culture and politics on dance-making. Ultimately, I will synthesize and then disseminate this information in a publicly available blog and through documentary films that feature interviews with Israeli choreographers, footage from their rehearsals and performances that demonstrate the aesthetic distinction of their work, and snapshots of Israeli culture.
For years I have been enamored of Israeli companies and artists such as Batsheva, Kibbutz Contemporary Dance, Emanuel Gat, Barak Marshall, Danielle Agami, and many more. This tiny country in the Middle East is producing a lion’s share of innovative, cutting-edge dance artists. Israel is providing a fertile place for these artists to develop. I want to know the contributing factors to this phenomenon. It is imperative for me as a dance educator and artist to both gather Israeli choreographer’s accounts of what animates the Israeli dance culture, and to experience it first hand. By doing this, I will be better prepared to serve as a cultural ambassador and create important and sustainable artistic opportunities for American artists when I return.
The Fulbright award provides financial resources to live abroad for 9 months, but the funds are not enough to live on and conduct this vital research. In fact, the Fulbright program encourages Fellows to seek supplementary support to mitigate the additional costs of research. It is with this aim that I seek your sponsorship.
The cost of living in Tel Aviv for 9 months, combined with the costs of researching, shooting, and producing the documentary adds up to approximately $35,000. By saving money over the last year, and earning the financial help from the Fulbright award, I have been able to garner close to $25,000 for this project. But that means I still need $10,000 more. I am asking you to help me raise at least $5500 of that goal. With your contribution I will be able to pay for:
- a professional video camera
- a fluid-head tripod
- dance classes and workshops
- dance performances
- a laptop with editing software
- international health insurance
- travel within the country
- and much more.
I am working hard to defray these costs through in-kind donations, savvy shopping, and my own personal funds, but even with all the work I am doing to create this documentary, I still need your financial support to help make this project a reality.
As tokens of my deepest gratitude for your generosity, you have the possibility of receiving perks like:
- hand crafted t-shirts
- free dance lessons
- your name included in the credits of the documentary
- exclusive behind-the-scene footage that is not included in the DVD
- a copy of the documentary (digital download or DVD)
- and many more!
Claim your perks by contributing to this campaign today!
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Photo Credits: Jenny Theobald, www.deepgreenphoto.com
Ron Shoshani, http://ron-shoshani.fineartamerica.com
Used with permission.