Quicksilver has just been awarded its biggest grant yet: a $5,000 matching grant from the East Bay Community Foundation’s Fund for Artists! But there's a catch... we only receive this support if we also raise $5,000 from supporters like you before August 15, 2017!
Thus, we hope you will take advantage of this unique opportunity for your generosity to be doubled and make a tremendous impact on Quicksilver this year! You can donate online by visiting our page on Fractured Atlas.
Assuming we make the match, Quicksilver will put all $10,000 towards the creation of our newest dance, Children of Hobbes, which will premiere at Shawl-Anderson Dance Center in Berkeley, CA on November 17-19, 2017. Children of Hobbes is an intimate dystopia exploring the 'ugly, brutish and short' side of human relationships as revealed in the 2016 election. Aesthetically inspired by the understated style and subtlety found in Japanese artwork, this dance investigates finding complex composition within pared-down movement, while examining the dark social truths and rays of hope in a dog-eat-dog world.
As only the second “evening-length” 60-minute dance in Quicksilver's repertoire, the year-long process crafting this ambitious work is proving to be a tremendous learning and growing experience for our company. Throughout the process, we will be updating this site with blogs from Mariah and the company detailing our creative process and the progress of the piece. We hope you'll check back frequently and join us on this journey! If you'd like to receive updates by e-mail, please join our mailing list; and don't forget to follow us on Facebook!
We sincerely hope you will support us in creating this ambitious new work, and look forward to sharing it with you in November. Plus: if you donate $100 or more, we will thank you with two free tickets to the premiere!
As always, Quicksilver remains committed to paying our dancers a living wage: we respect their commitment to our work and value their skill and professionalism. Most dancers work several part-time jobs in order to make time to perform and hone their skills as dancers. Paying them for rehearsals allows them to invest more fully in their craft, resulting in higher quality performances and more adept artists.
Of course, living this value doesn't come cheap. With paying four dancers $12/hour and studio space rentals costing $16/hour, a single rehearsal costs Quicksilver nearly $200. Compound this number over a year of rehearsals, and you can imagine how quickly costs add up! And then there's the show: renting the theater for the performances alone costs over $2,000, hiring a lighting designer another $1,000, plus costumes, print advertisements and documenting the work in video and photographs, which are vital for winning new grants.
As you can see, your donation has a huge impact on our creative process, and donating even $12 is a great way to show that you value dance in your local community.
We are proud that the East Bay Community Foundation’s support firmly establishes Quicksilver within the arts ecosystem of our new home. Quicksilver is excited to use EBCF’s recognition to reach new audiences, making high-caliber dance more accessible within the East Bay. Thus, we hope you will donate today and help us claim this matching grant! Your support will lift Quicksilver to new heights as we leap into our new community.
Quicksilver Dance is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Quicksilver Dance must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.