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I am excited to introduce you to AUTUMN ECKMAN DANCE, a new project-based organization I have launched to produce, create and educate within the context of contemporary dance choreography, training and performance.
Over the past twenty years (and counting!) of my professional career, I have been afforded countless invaluable performance, choreographic and educational experiences. These experiences not only continue to ignite my passion for dance, but also enrich my artistic values and inquiries. In many ways, they have served as a streamline that feeds a continual fresh perspective in regards to knowledge and innovation within the field of dance. Being so, I am thrilled to be taking this new step into artistic production as a way to synthesize my years of experience with dance-based knowledge and artistic inquiry— not only for innovative/cutting-edge productions, but forging new pathways for next-generation artists.
Recently joining the University of Arizona’s renowned dance program as a faculty member has certainly given me even greater motivation to continue forging new pathways of creativity. Performance, choreographic exploration and training in an ever-broader range of dance languages has always been my first love, and now I get to share it all with a new generation of dancers. At the same time, I also am thoroughly committed to continue creative activity in the professional realm. AUTUMN ECKMAN DANCE has steadily gained national and international attention since debuting at the Bates Dance Festival ‘Difference Voices’ program in 2015. Since then, we have been presented at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Detroit City Dance Festival and starting in March we will perform in Puebla (Mexico), Charlotte (North Carolina), Plovdiv (Bulgaria) and as a finalist for the Pina Bausch Mature Artist Award (Mexico City). Not a bad start!
Starting in May of 2018, I am taking on a new and unique project that I also want to let you know about…
BODY AS MATERIAL: THE MUSIC THAT MAKES US
It is a dance-theater piece made up of story-telling, dance, live music and photography. With two additional collaborators- Ed Flores, a Tucson-based photographer and graphic designer and world-renowned musician/composer Rob Flax- I am building a one-woman-show (with guest performers!) based on the ways music informs, shapes, breaks and rebuilds our lives. I am working closely with Ed and Rob to build a photo gallery and live music-infused dance performance that illuminates the ways music is ‘physicalized’ in the body throughout our everyday lives. In other words, this projects explores the actual ‘soundtracks’ of our own lives. If you love music, then I’m sure you can relate! Like my other works, this project aims to draw a deeper understanding of the social, cultural and political fabrics of dance choreography as well as the ways in which dance unites us all. Differently, this project is crafted to be performed in diverse settings. Its debut (Fall of 2019) will happen in Ed’s historic Tucson photography studio, but we can also come to a theater, gallery or living room near you. And, at the end of each show, a portion of ticket sales will be donated to a charity/arts organization of the audience’s choice.
Here is where you come in…
This is a pivotal stage for AUTUMN ECKMAN DANCE and our projects. Because of the ongoing nature of our work that includes frequent travel expenses, rehearsal/stage fees, artist compensation, lighting, costumes, advertising, etc., donor support and contribution is essential at this juncture. So far, $1,000 towards the goal of $10,000 has been raised. I am reaching out to ask you to consider making a donation that will help support these active endeavors that cannot happen without financial help. Although there is no deadline, performances and projects are launching as soon as mid-March. Any amount helps. Not able to donate at this time? That is okay, just spreading the word helps!
Your support means the world to me, and I am grateful for your consideration. You can donate by credit card online at the link below:
I am sponsored by Fractured Atlas, a non‐profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of AUTUMN ECKMAN (just my name only) must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” and are tax‐deductible to the extent permitted by law.
Questions? Please don’t hesitate to contact me! Thank you in advance for your generous support.