Mark Your Calendars: 16 Kickstarter-Funded Performances to Watch in NYC This Fall

Davalois Fearon performing at The Met Breuer. Photo by Andrew Imaging.
Davalois Fearon performing at The Met Breuer. Photo by Andrew Imaging.

Every fall, the performance world experiences its own back-to-school moment as artists prepare to premiere and tour their works. Starting this September, dozens of Kickstarter-funded shows will be hitting stages across the country.

In New York City alone, 16 Kickstarter-funded productions will premiere in the coming months. The creators of these works represent some of the most exciting voices in performance today, and each is helping to forge a new vision of how performance can tell important stories and engage audiences.

Here are a few of the performances I’m especially looking forward to:

Siren by Pontus Lidberg. Photo by Sarah Melchiori.
Siren by Pontus Lidberg. Photo by Sarah Melchiori.

Siren

October 23–25 
Presented by The Joyce

Ballet has found a refreshing new voice in choreographer/filmmaker Pontus Lidberg. His Kickstarter campaign in May 2018 raised funds for his forthcoming feature-length dance film, Written on Water, but audiences will get a chance to see the performance at the heart of the film live on stage this fall.

90 backers pledged $ 30,835 to bring Written on Water to life.

Cherie Dre by Sacha Yanow. Photo by Maria Baranova.
Cherie Dre by Sacha Yanow. Photo by Maria Baranova.

Cherie Dre

October 25–27 
Presented by Danspace Project

An intimate history of the Jewish Borscht Belt intertwines with a dramatic romance between a showgirl and Sacha Yanow’s own grandmother in Cherie Dre. Yanow’s background in dance, theater, and comedy will be on full display in this world premiere, which is directed, choreographed, and designed by an all-female, non-binary, and genderqueer team of lauded artists.

The project is live on Kickstarter until September 28—support it here.

Falling Out by Phantom Limb Company. Photo by Sierra Urich.
Falling Out by Phantom Limb Company. Photo by Sierra Urich.

Falling Out

November 7–9 
Presented by BAM

Puppetry meets butoh and flex to examine the earthquake, tsunami, and subsequent nuclear meltdown that ravaged the Fukushima region of Japan in 2011. This highly anticipated premiere from Phantom Limb Company brings together artists from across the globe, including Dai Matsuoka of the legendary butoh dance troupe Sankai Juku and flex master Klassic Carella.

This project is live on Kickstarter until September 12—support it here.

What to Send up When It Goes Down by Aleshea Harris. Photo by Sam Joseph.
What to Send up When It Goes Down by Aleshea Harris. Photo by Sam Joseph.

What to Send Up When It Goes Down

November 13–December 9 
Presented by The Movement Theatre Company at A.R.T./New York

Playwright Aleshea Harris floored audiences this spring with her award-winning, sold-out run of Is God Is at Soho Rep. Her new work, produced by The Movement Theatre Company, uses her searing and poetic language to honor those lost to racialized violence and celebrate the strength, beauty, and resilience of Black people throughout history.

The project is live on Kickstarter until September 20—support it here.

Mark your calendars 

More Kickstarter-funded performances premiering in NYC this fall:

September
Sept. 5–9: Ugly by Raja Feather Kelly (The Bushwick Starr)
Sept. 11: The Table of Silence Project by Buglisi Dance Theatre (Live streamed from Lincoln Center)
Sept. 13–29: Soundstage by Rob Roth (HERE)
Sept. 27–Oct. 13: Rated Black: An American Requiem by Kareem Lucas (Next Door at NYTW)

October
Oct. 5: On the Floor by The Dance Cartel (Public Arts)
Oct. 10–Nov. 3: The Things That Were There by David Greenspan (The Bushwick Starr)
Oct. 15–21: The Muse Project by Jocelyn Kuritsky (The Flea Theater)
Oct. 18–Nov. 18: Inside the Wild Heart by Group.BR (Aich Studios)
Oct. 20: The For C.J. Initiative by Davalois Fearon Dance (RestorationART)
Oct. 23–25: Siren by Pontus Lidberg Dance (The Joyce)
Oct. 24–27: Everywhere All the Time by Seán Curran Company (BAM)
Oct. 25–27: Cherie Dre by Sacha Yanow (Danspace Project)
Oct. 31–Nov. 3: I Hunger for You by Kimberly Bartosik / daela (BAM)

November
Nov. 7–10: Falling Out by Phantom Limb Company (BAM)
Nov. 13–Dec. 8: What to Send Up When It Goes Down by Aleshea Harris (The Movement Theatre Company at A.R.T./New York)
Nov. 28–Dec. 1: The White Album by Lars Jan / Early Morning Opera (BAM)

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