Photo by Nancy Wong.
Project: In Habit: Living Patterns
Deadline: Sunday, April 15
Why it’s good: Northern Spark, the dynamic all-night arts festival taking place throughout Minneapolis and St. Paul, has already raised enough funds via Kickstarter to return for its second year this June 9. The festival’s organizers are still encouraging individual artists and project leaders to use the site, though–”to engage our own communities in our art-making journey,” says Pramila Vasudevan, creator of In Habit: Living Patterns. Vasudevan is the artistic director of performing arts company Aniccha Arts, and this project is a free performance that will take place under the Central Avenue Bridge overpass during Northern Spark. Aniccha uses dance and electronic media to, Vasudevan says, “create immersive performance environments,” or, according to the company’s website, “interrupt public space and invoke mass response.”
“Arriving at the idea,” Vasudevan says, “was an organic process that began in January of 2011, inspired by an ephemeral drawing practice with rice powder in front of the homes in South India. These drawings dissolve over the course of the day as people walk over them. It is a practice that describes a manner of inhabiting on a large scale.” In 16 vignettes, repeated continuously over nine hours, the performers will explore the idea of collectively learned behaviors in daily life through movement, video, and electronic music. That specific concept and the artists’ conviction in it should make for a compelling spectacle.
Rewards: Many Kickstarter campaigns offer personal interactions with the projects’ creators for higher donation levels, but giving just $25 to this one will earn you a free dance class with Pramila Vasudevan. Other rewards include the In Habit: Living Patterns poster and soundtrack, as well as an invitation to the performance’s work-in-progress showing on May 5.
Why Kickstarter: Funds raised for the project will go toward rehearsal space, equipment, and supplies. Vasudevan says she’s appreciated being able to see just who is supporting the project, including people from different parts of the country and the world. “It is an honor and a great process to discover the community that backs our work,” she says. “It binds the group of collaborators and validates our labor as artists searching to create important and moving work.”
Last word: ”I create kinetic paths that interrupt the public. I shake up and re-situate crowds by generating an epicenter of sudden action. I displace bodies with shaking, loud footfalls and airborne thrusts. The space between my dance and the viewer is both beautiful and dangerous. The audience slowly shifts to give attention. I leave a mark. I cast a long shadow.” For the rest of Vasudevan’s artistic statement, visit Aniccha Arts’ website.