The Yonis Make Their Debut Album

by The Yonis in London, England, United Kingdom

£2,655

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Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by September 1st 2019 at 6:10pm

The Yonis need your support to bring their debut album to life and take the next exciting step on their girl band journey.

by The Yonis in London, England, United Kingdom

Hello! 

We’re The Yonis: a girl band that dances. We take up space and make noise performing tracks in which we use our bodies as instruments, whilst celebrating and empowering female creativity and the possibilities of our bodies as powerful vehicles for expression.

Inspired by gig culture, we recreate through dance the shared feelings of joy one experiences watching live music. 

Our performances facilitate audiences- many of whom would not necessarily choose to watch contemporary dance- to become more than a witness, to abandon inhibitions and join us in the moment, enabling us to share the euphoria we feel when performing.  

We have been bringing this chaotic, collective, colourful take on dance around the country for two and a half years. This summer, we embark on our most ambitious project yet.  

‘They are a mixture of noisy RiotGrrrls and a comedic chorus’ – Josephine Leask at Womxn SRSLY'

Photos by Alex Gent, Nina Robinson at Womxn SRSLY, The Yard

Our Debut Album

Since our conception we have aspired to make an album. This year The Place, as part of Choreodrome, has given us a two-week residency. For the first time The Yonis will have space and time to work together for an extended period. A perfect opportunity to bring our debut album to life. 

Our album, like most, will be made up of individual tracks. These tracks will range in length from two to twenty minutes; have the potential to be performed by any iteration of Yonis; be able to fit different venues and events through ‘remixing’ and ‘sampling’; and allow The Yonis to function as a headline act, support band or anything in between. 

An album will allow us to articulate our work differently; challenging us to make work as a band rather than dance company. Pushing The Yonis into occupying gig and live music spaces, bringing us into contact with new and diverse audiences.

This album is part of a plan to develop the longevity and sustainability of The Yonis project. At the end of this residency we will have something concrete that we can take to promoters, venues, platforms and events. Something to act as a powerful springboard to enable future touring and revenue. A catalogue of tracks means that we are able to take on more gigs, especially those that come at short notice or with limited rehearsal time.

Photo by Alex Gent at Womxn SRSLY

Open Band Practice

Alongside creating new tracks, we will be developing the other strand of our work; Open Band Practice. This is a practice in which The Yonis facilitate a safe space for anyone – with or without dance training – who has the desire to dance, move and make noise without judgement. We do this through encouraging a joyful, supportive and self-celebratory atmosphere. 

At Brainchild Festival this year the artistic director, Marina Blake said of Open Band Practice that ‘The Yonis bringing the entire crowd out to dance in the field like a murmuration’ was one of her highlights. We created a space that day for over 50 people to find an uninhibited playfulness in moving their bodies and sharing space with strangers.    

We want to build on this experience. We want to be able to share Open Band Practice across spaces and communities. The Yonis aren’t just here to show you what a good time dancing looks like but to encourage you to act on inspiration and dance with us.

‘so many people have said it was their highlight to see you flocking across the field in the golden hour…Magical!’ – India Crawford (senior producer at Brainchild)

Photo by Chris O'Donovan at Stratford Innereast Festival

Our Work So Far:

The Yonis is collectively run by ten women who facilitate the involvement of over 40 other performers and collaborators. We are proud that The Yonis are made up of trained dancers, new dancers, childhood dancers, ex-dancers and ‘for-the-joy-of-it’ dancers. These changing formations of Yonis challenge us and our work to constantly shift, evolve and grow.

It is impossible to express enough gratitude for the input of each and every Yoni that has shaped our journey until now. 

In our work so far The Yonis have accepted commissions and invitations to perform at V&A Friday Lates, Brainchild Festival, Edinburgh Fringe, Lips Ball at DIY Space, Peckham Festival, a private party at Electrowerkz club, Brainchild Festival, Set Space Dalston, Yellow Days Festival, Secret Circus and London Science Gallery amongst many more. 

We have been Girl Band in Residence at Woman SRSLY, a platform for female identified and socialised artists, since their inception in 2017. This collaboration has given us the space to play and experiment with ideas at both The Yard Theatre and The Place, which has been instrumental in establishing how we want to work and be seen.   

We have achieved all this across continents and time-zones; on tight budgets in time pressured situations; juggling other work and day jobs with our determination to create spaces for a girl band that dances. 

Photo by Zbigniew Kotkiewicz at Chisenhale Dance Space

Photo by Alex Gent at Womxn SRSLY

Your Support: 

We really care about artists being paid for the work that they do and are always questioning how we can make The Yonis a sustainable project that is able to pay those involved. Choreodrome, and the time it gives us to reflect and redirect as an organisation, will be a pivotal moment towards achieving this goal. 

Until this point every penny that we have earned has been reinvested into the project – to pay for travel, buy costumes, hire rehearsal space and equipment, and pay for marketing materials. In order to make this two-week residency as effective as possible, allowing us to make our debut album and invest time into the longevity and sustainability of The Yonis, we need to pay each other. If we are successful in reaching our target, the 10 of us will each receive £500 towards traveling to the studio each day, feeding and accommodating ourselves, and getting paid for the work.

As part of Choreodrome, The Place has given us a commission to cover some costs and for the first time have decided to use our income to pay ourselves. As you can imagine with ten people that doesn’t stretch all that far, and it would be a massive shame if some of us had to miss out on this opportunity for financial reasons. 

Any support that you might be able to give to get the first major Yonis project off the ground would really mean the world to us. 

Photo by Alex Gent at Womxn SRSLY

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£50 or more

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An Entire Track for You

You choose the track, we'll do a cover. To say a massive thank you we'll create a track just for you - you get to choose a song by any female identified or non-binary artist, a location and the colours - and we'll do the rest!

£5 or more

Big Yonis Love

We did a little thank you jig for you! Your donation gets us one step closer to our debut album.

£10 or more

Yonis Shout About You

We'll give you a shout out to our followers to say thank you for your donation. Watch out for our instagram and facebook stories on the day you donate.

£20 or more

Yoni Gif for You

To say THANK YOU, you will get a personalised Yoni gif straight to your inbox to brighten your day. Post it, share it, send it or just enjoy it.

£25 or more

Handmade Fimo Yoni

Our multi-talented Áine has been getting crafty - as a thank you for your donation you'll receive a unique Yoni sculpted from Fimo clay.

£25 or more

Limited Edition Yonis Zine

We'll be making a zine of all things Yoni during our residency expect poems, drawings, collage, lyrics, ideas and thoughts. You'll receive one of these spectacular zines as a memento of our gratitude. (Printed copy only available in UK. Digital copy available worldwide)

£25 or more

Special Yoni 'for...' Film

We will make a Yoni video dedicated to you, it will even have your name in the title! Expect some wild shapes thrown to say a big thank you for your donation. (Available worldwide)

£40 or more

Hand Printed Yoni Merch

A unique hand printed t-shirt (in small med or large) or tote bag featuring our colourful logo designed by Lucy Caster.

£50 or more

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Womxn SRLSY Ticket

You only get to come and watch The Yonis do our thing live on 3rd October at The Yard Theatre (London) as part of Womxn SRSLY. You'll also get to take in all the other fantastic acts and we'll make your evening even more special by joining you for a drink in the interval! Only two available so act fast.

£75 or more

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Behind The Scenes Yonis Access

You're really helping us get this show on the road so to say thank you we're giving you behind the scenes access. You are invited to sit in on a Yoni rehearsal (or have access to a livestream if you are outside London) AND we'll send you a preview of our debut music video.

£100 or more

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Yoni Pack 1.0

We're so grateful you get multiple rewards! Not only will we give you a shout out to our followers with a personalised gif but we will also create an entire track just for you. You choose the song, we'll do a cover.

£100 or more

Yoni Pack 2.0

We're so grateful you get multiple rewards! We'll send you a hand sculpted Fimo Yoni, a limited edition Yoni Zine, and a Yoni 'for...' film dedicated to you.

£500 or more

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A Yoni Set

You must really love The Yonis and we will love you right back with a ten minute set of tracks from our debut album at an event of your choosing. Whether it's a big birthday party or small gathering, wedding or dinner party, family BBQ or local festival, we'll be there! (We will cover our own travel within 100 mile radius of London, any further travel can be discussed.)

£1,000 or more

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Specially Curated Evening of Yonis

You've really pulled out all the stops so to say THANK YOU will we too! The Yonis will provide an evening (or day) of specially curated entertainment at an event of your choosing. We will bring a combination of installations, interactive performances, full length sets, mini vignettes and open band practice. You can work with us to make your event really special.


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