WaxFactory tours to Argentina

Help us travel to the inaugural edition of I [heart] MZ festival in Mendoza, Argentina in fall 2013!
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Ivan Talijančić
Transmedia
New York, New York
United States
5 Team Members

As an independent, non-profit multidisciplinary art and performance group, WaxFactory has gained reputation -- both in its New York home base and internationally – for devising and producing works that seamlessly blend a variety of media and challenge the boundaries between art forms. (For more information, please visit our website.)

 

What is the project for which we need your support?

After touring with multiple productions across four continents for nearly 15 years, we are excited to have been invited to perform our acclaimed production, blind.ness, as part of the inaugural edition of I [heart] MZ festival in Mendoza, Argentina in December 2013! In more ways than one, this is an opportunity we simply cannot miss, filled with many "firsts"! It is the first time WaxFactory will travel to present work in Argentina; we will perform at the very first edition of I [heart] MZ festival; we will be the first company from the United States to perform there… Also, since we have been busy making a movie since 2011, (and our co-founder Erika Latta was busy being a mom since 2012,) this engagement will mark our first tour of the 2010’s and we could not be more thrilled!

blind.ness (love is a four-letter word) is a daring examination of what happens when love goes terribly wrong. Presented in WaxFactory's renowned interdisciplinary style, part multimedia installation, part dance-theater, blind.ness follows a powerhouse all-female cast on an emotional roller coaster ride across the dark and wildly humorous underbelly of love.

To quote a couple of reviews:

"If you're turned on by that infamous scene between Dennis Hopper and Isabella Rossellini in Blue Velvet, you'll go wild for this."  - Gothamist


"…like the recent films of David Lynch, [the show’s] layers of potent and enigmatic imagery aspire to be baffling, disturbing and intoxicating at once.”the Brooklyn Rail

For more information about blind.ness, visit the show's homepage on our website.

 

Why do we need your help?

Earlier this summer, WaxFactory was extremely honored and grateful to have been chosen for a prestigious international touring grant from Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation’s USArtists International program, with federal support from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and private funds from the Mellon Foundation.

However, touring across continents is a challenging feat – there are long distances (and many expenses) to cover, and the support we received covers only one-half of the costs of flying our international team to Argentina, shipping our set, and paying modest fees to all the performers and technicians.

But with your help, we are confident that we can do it! Why? Last year, in our very first crowdfunding campaign – created to gain support for the completion of our first feature film, 416 MINUTES – 40+ supporters from Europe, North and South America contributed over $13,000, nearly three times our original goal! We are humbled by your generosity – it is your help that makes our work possible, so we encourage you to support us again…or for the first time, if you haven’t already.

Please donate what you can! Whatever you give will not only be met with deep gratitude, but also with fun rewards listed in the sidebar. WaxFactory is an approved non-profit organization, and Indiegogo collects donation via FirstGiving – therefore all of your donations will be tax-deductible, and you will immediately receive your donation letter from them.

 

IMPORTANT UPDATE:

It has come to our attention that some donors have been having difficulty making contributions here on Indiegogo. If you are a non-US donor and experiencing this problem, we encourage you to make your contribution to WaxFactory (hq@waxfactory.org) via PayPal (www.paypal.com). Or, if you would rather send us a check, we are happy to accommodate that as well! Rest assured, your donation will be forwarded to this campaign, and you will receive the same benefits. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and generosity!


How will we use the funds raised during this campaign?

As we mentioned earlier, the grant support we have received to date only partially covers the expenses of touring to Argentina. $8,000 is the minimum amount we need to raise in order to be able to cover the expenses of airfares, shipping costs and performance fees to the traveling team. Unless we meet our funding goal, we will not be able to take this production on tour. Please note that this is the minimum amount we require -- we hope that we can exceed this amount, so that we can pay our hardworking team members beyond the modest stipend we have budgeted for the trip.

 

What next?

As you can imagine from what you’ve read so far, this project is an incredibly ambitious undertaking, spanning artistic disciplines, and continents. At this time we are focusing our efforts on raising the necessary funds to enable WaxFactory to travel to Argentina to perform blind.ness. Now that we are half-way there with the funds we secured, we need your support to make it to the finish line by September 20. Your donation – no matter how large or small – will help this exciting project possible!

 

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Creative team of blind.ness

 

director | Ivan Talijancic

text | Simona Semenic, Ivan Talijancic in collaboration with the cast

cast | Melody Bates, Gillian Chadsey, Erika Latta, and Breeda Wool

set | Minimart (Slovenia)

video | Antonio Giacomin (Italy/Slovenia)

surround sound | Random Logic (Slovenia)

costumes | Haans Nicholas Mott

lights | Solomon Weisbard

 

executive producers | Ivan Talijancic for WaxFactory (New York) and Simona Semenič for Integrali cultural association (Ljubljana)

 

co-production | PS122 / Performance Space 122 (New York, USA) + Cankarjev dom (Ljubljana, Slovenia) + KD Integrali (Ljubljana, Slovenia)

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  • $10USD
    LOVER

    The I [heart] MZ festival is producing a limited set of postcards for our engagement in Argentina. You give us $10, and we’ll send you one of these beautiful cards upon our return. You’ll also get a personal shout out on our social media channels...so please make sure we have your handles!

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  • $25USD
    DREAMER

    If you saw WaxFactory’s gorgeous production of blind.ness in the US or Europe, you know it was a feast for the senses. For those who give at this level, we’ll send you a visually stunning 4” x 6” production still, shot by renowned photographer Tasja Keetman and autographed by the performers. Choose your favorite character -- or let us choose for you! You’ll also get a personal shout out on our social media channels.

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  • $40USD
    CONNOISSEUR

    ¡Que delicioso! Most of us (present company included) love our morning cup of coffee, and we’re looking forward to sampling the best Argentina has to offer. We'll bring back a delicious cargo of granos de café argentinos for those of you give at this level. The brand our eyes are set on cannot be found +anywhere+ in the United States! You’ll also get a personal shout out on our social media channels.

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  • $75USD
    STARLET

    WaxFactory is designing its first ever tote bag. We will custom print a limited number, and the fashion-forward donors who give at this level will get to rock the stylish prototype. You’ll also get a personal thank you on our social media channels.

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  • $100USD
    ICON

    Hang a signed custom print of one of renowned photographer Tasja Keetman’s iconic images of blind.ness on your wall! You will receive a beautiful 8” x 10” production photo of your choice, shot during a live performance, then custom-printed and signed by the photographer. Once you’ve chosen from the images posted in the Media Gallery of our Indiegogo campaign page, we will lovingly pack it and ship it directly to you. You’ll also get a personal shout out on our social media channels.

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  • $250USD
    HIGH ROLLER

    For our High Rollers, we’ll bring home a special hand-picked souvenir from Argentina. Now, there are only so many things we can bring back with our luggage without raising suspicion but...Mendoza wine? Alfajores cookies? Artisanal olive oil? If you give at this level we will check in with you personally and give you options. Then we’ll bring your gift home with us and ship it to you on our return. You’ll also get a personal shout out on our social media channels.

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  • $500USD
    SUPERSTAR

    We brought home 4 large posters -- the only ones ever made -- from our first European tour of blind.ness in Slovenia. These beauties, each featuring a single cast member, are one of a kind. So hurry up and snag Punk Geisha... Million Dollah... Sweet Thang... or 2046... before someone else does. Images of the four posters will be posted in the Media Gallery of our Indiegogo campaign page. PLUS, a shout out on our social media channels (as always).

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  • $1,000USD
    SUPERHERO

    The luminaries who give at this level will receive a personal invitation to an exclusive "unplugged" dress rehearsal of blind.ness in New York City, followed by a dinner hosted by the cast and director. You’ll also receive a personal thank you in WaxFactory’s festival program, and all of the rewards that come with the Connoisseur, Dreamer, and Lover levels.

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  • $2,500USD
    PARAGON

    Paragon Donors will be recognized by name in all marketing materials in conjunction with this engagement. You’ll also receive all of the rewards that come with the Superhero, Starlet, Connoisseur and Dreamer levels -- clearly, you are all of the above...and so much more!

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  • $5,000USD
    SUPERNOVA

    Benefactors who give at this level will receive an Executive Producer credit, including top billing in all the marketing materials produced for this engagement ("YOUR NAME presents blind.ness by WaxFactory"). You’ll receive all of the rewards that come with our Paragon, Superhero, Icon, Starlet, Connoisseur, Dreamer, and Lover levels, plus a hand-picked High Roller souvenir from Argentina!

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