Do Not Alight Here.

by Katy Pendlebury in Brighton, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 2nd August 2017 we successfully raised £930 with 31 supporters in 21 days

I am an artist raising funds to create a participatory performance about the experience of exile.

by Katy Pendlebury in Brighton, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

I'm delighted that we have reached the target!  ENORMOUS THANKS to everyone who has supported the project and helped raise £810!  

I am also very happy to announce that Do Not Alight Here has received an ARTS COUNCIL AWARD.  A condition of the grant is raising our target amount towards the project, so with your help, it can now go ahead!

Any further donations will be very warmly received and will go towards:

- filming and photographing the final sharing.  This will create longevity for the project as I will be able to present it in a professional manner to programmers and producers.

- the props and materials budget.  I would like to work with a glut / profusion / plethora of crockery and small items of household furniture,

- a RODE VIDEOMIC ME, which will mean I may be able to create the whole project with my telephone!  (I also shot the crowdfunder video with my phone).

About this fundraiser

I am asking for your support for the participants who will take part in my new project Do Not Alight Here.  This year, I will be creating a new performance and video work with two or three individuals who feel in a state of exile.  I would like to support the time that they give to the project by covering their per diems (sustenance) and travel expenses.

I have submitted a funding application to the Arts Council Grants for the Arts scheme, however, even if I'm successful, I need to raise a contribution of £750 to support the project.  This will cover the participants' costs.

About the project

For a while now, and in our 'hyper-connected' world, I've been interested in ideas about exile and community, about enforced or self-imposed exile and where we, as individuals, find community.  Having also lived in the Middle East, the exodus of people towards Europe has caused me to wonder how they feel about their reception here. 

The final vision for this project is to create a live choreographic ‘documentary’ with two or three individuals who feel they are experiencing exile.  Using simple social rituals such as tea ceremonies as choreographic tools, and working with the intimacy that the close up affords, I will explore ideas around home, exile and traditions of hospitality, creating personal portraits of the participants live, and to camera.

Who is involved?

I am delighted to be working with Kate Lodge, who will be a critical friend to the project.  Kate has been creating participatory performances and managing arts projects since 1991 with a range of diverse groups and people.

The Marlborough Pub and Theatre are supporting this project with rehearsal space at a reduced cost and Blast Theory are hosting the project in a residency in December.  At the end of the residency, the outcome of this research will be presented in a live performance broadcast simultaneously to the web from the Blast Theory studios.

As for myself, I am a film and performance maker with a background in contemporary and improvised dance.  Recently, I have created moving images through live performance.

I see both the body and the camera frame as landscapes, expressive of lived experience.  I like to create scenarios in which an interaction with objects or technology reveals something about their structure or operation, and comments on our relationship with them.,

Image from Snöplog by Katy Pendlebury

What the money will be used for?

If I am lucky and the Arts Council funding bid is successful, £750 will pay for 4 partcipants to take part in the project over the full 4 weeks.  This also covers the cost of making the final work-in-progress performance in December.

In the event that I'm less lucky, this sum would enable me to focus on the residency at Blast Theory: I would still be able to cover the costs of the participants for this shorter time period and pay Kate Lodge for her time.

Thank you!

All donations will be credited in all performances and screenings of the work.

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