Telephone Dance Project

The Telephone Dance Project is a long-distance collaboration between 4 Dance Artists in different states, based on the Telephone Game.
Barbara Tait
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
4 Team Members

What is the Telephone Dance Project?

The Telephone Dance Project turns the classic game of "telephone" (also known as "whisper down the alley") into a long-distance dance collaboration tool. Katie Drake (DC), Eliza Larson (MA), Rachel Rugh (VA) and Barbara Tait (PA) send dances through the mail, interpret them from writing into movement, write them down again, and pass their version on to the next person. These phrases are used to create an improvisational score, directed by each participant in their own home state. The dance will change with each performance and each new location.

Why does the Telephone Dance Project rock?

The Telephone Dance Project is awesome because it is cheaper than your average dance company tour, but yields similar results - each participating artist gets their name and work out there in a faraway community, and each city gets to be delighted by artists from other cities. 

Why do we need your money?

In order to make this happen, we need your financial support for things like travel, food, production costs, and rehearsal space. To bring 4 talented artists on tour to 4 different cities is a huge deal. $5,000 is a steal.

We appreciate your tax-deductible donation in any amount - even $1! 

Breakdown of costs:

Travel budget for 4 dancers to 3 locations each - $225 each x 3 dancers x 4 locations = $2700

Rehearsal space - $15/hour x 6 hours x 4 locations = $360

Performance space - already been sponsored

Production costs - $175 x 4 locations = $700

Photographer - $100

Promotional materials - $100

Artist stipend - $250 per artist = $1000

Total = $4960

Other ways you can help:

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Come to our shows!
Northampton, MA -
January 18 and 19, 2014
Asheville, NC -
April 5, 2014
Philadelphia, PA -
May 10, 2014 
Washington, D.C. -

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Thank you for your donation in any amount, and for taking the time to learn more about the Telephone Dance Project!

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  • $10USD
    Postcards from faraway places

    We’ll send you a postcard from the road!

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  • $25USD
    Dance in a letter

    You will receive a hand-written dance phrase, made especially for you, in the mail!

    8 out of 200 claimed

  • $50USD
    Tickets to the show

    You will receive 2 tickets to the show of your choice

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  • $100USD
    Terpsichore's Deck

    Receive a free set of 52 choreographic cards to use in dance-making and composition. Learn more here:

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  • $250USD

    You will get all of the above - a postcard from the road, a dance in a letter, 2 tickets to the show, and Terpsichore's Deck!

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