Live promenade performance with a custom iPhone app
Jacob Niedzwiecki
Toronto, Ontario
1 Team Member

Jacqueries Is An iPhone App-Based Live Performance, & It's Going To Be Awesome

Jacqueries is a really different kind of show. Inspired by promenade theatre and parkour's co-opting of urban space, we're telling a political heist story through movement using a custom iPhone app. Performers lead the audience through scenes in urban locations, accompanied by a synchronized score and 3D video overlays delivered via iPhone.

The title comes from a failed peasant uprising in medieval France, which became a French term for any unsuccessful insurrection by the lower classes. As one of my dancers said, "The French are stubborn, they just kept trying until eventually they made a revolution." 

Jacqueries is led by me: Jacob Niedzwiecki. I started dancing at age 5 and programming at age 7 and started working professionally in both worlds not long after. I've made a number of live works, and a few short films. I'm lucky to be working with the amazing John Gzowski, who is designing the score and the sound world that we want to bring our audience into.

The show features Catherine Larocque, Luke Garwood, Anisa Tejpar, Anastasia Shivrina, and Mateo Galindo Torres, and guest performances by some of Toronto's best parkour traceurs and street dancers. We've been supported by the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council, but we need your help to realize the full potential of this show.

With your help, we're going to launch the world's first app-based dance show.

This Campaign = Front Row Seats

We want to keep our base ticket price cheap at $20 (not to get mushy, but we think art should be available to everyone), so we decided to treat this as our 'front-row seat' sale, offering tickets plus cool extras for prices that (for a lot of people) are not out of reach. So any donation of $35 or over includes show tickets as indicated, plus cool stuff like:

  • Augmented reality thank-you cards
  • Classic one-inch pins
  • Drinks
  • Rehearsal invitations
  • Custom phone cases with images from the show
  • iPod touches signed by the cast

We've also got a couple of rewards that don't include tickets for out-of-towners or people who want to contribute but can't make it to a show.

We Need Your Help

If you can't make a donation, there are other ways you can help! Get in touch through our website.

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  • $20CAD
    Jacqueries Button

    A classic one-inch button, so you can prove you liked app-based performances before they were cool (because they're going to be bigger than animated GIFs, you know).

    0 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $20CAD
    Augmented Reality Card

    It's like a regular thank-you card, except if you aim the Jacqueries app at it using your phone, you'll see a secret thank-you message from us.

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $35CAD
    Ticket + Drink

    We're not doing tiered ticket pricing — we want to keep the show available to everyone. So let's say you've reached a point where you have a little bit of spending money: you upgrade from bar-rail to shelf liquor, you get the extra legroom on your flight. Well, $35 gets you a ticket to the show, a drink, a nifty one-inch button, and the clear, glowing complexion with which Nature rewards the virtuous.

    4 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $100CAD
    Tickets + Rehearsal + Credit

    Jacqueries is a really different kind of show, and as with basically all art ever, we need the help of generous believers to make it happen. We'd like you to see all the aspects of what you're helping bring to life, so we're offering you an invitation to watch a rehearsal, a pair of tickets, and a thank-you in our program (which is part of the show's iPhone app).

    1 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $100CAD
    Custom phone wrap

    We wanted to find a way to thank supporters who might not be able to make it to the show, and we're really excited about this one. We'll make a custom phone wrap for you with your choice of images from the show. You can let us know your phone model and we'll make sure it will fit. We'll also thank you in the program section of the app.

    0 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $500CAD
    Signed iPod touch

    We'd like to make sure people without iPhones can experience the show, and we want to do that by having iPod touches available for loan. If you sponsor one of these devices, you'll enable ten people to see the show who couldn't otherwise, and we'll deliver the iPod to you after the show closes, signed by the cast.

    0 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $500CAD
    Producer credit

    We're looking for three patrons who really believe in this crazy endeavour. We'll take you all the way behind the scenes with intimate involvement with the production: rehearsal visits, dinner with the cast, a producer credit, and two show tickets.

    0 out of 3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
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