10 Years Of Supporting Performance Art | Kickstarter

by Maceo Bastien

WIFE

WIFE

A whopping two million people have pledged over $100 million to the arts on Kickstarter, bringing to life 12,800 works to life. Projects include obvious crowd pleasers like public art and museum-led projects, but also dance and performance, an often overlooked niche inside the art world. On the occasion of Kickstarter’s tenth anniversary, we’re taking a look back at our favorite women-led, artist-run, and queer performances made possible through this alternative funding resource.

The Martha Graham Dance Company

The Martha Graham Dance Company

The LA-based artist collective WIFE, a trinity of illusory performance makers, raised over $15,000 for Enter the Cave, a live performance loosely based on Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, that went on to be performed at the Hammer Museum and Mark Sennett Studios. (WIFE has since disbanded.) The star dancer and choreographer Raja Feather Kelly, the 2019-20 Randjelovic/Stryker Resident Commissioned Artist at New York Live Arts, has raised funding for three performances on Kickstarter and returns to the platform this Friday for the third annual 24-hour tele-gala-dance-a-thon for Feath3r Theory.

House of Yes

House of Yes

In support of the next century of modern dance, The Martha Graham Dance Company raised over $30,000 to continue Graham’s legacy by commissioning brand new works from top choreographers Marie Chouinard, Mats Ek, and Pontus Lidberg, and restoring stage sets designed by the iconic sculptor Isamu Noguchi. The dance company Ballez (“Ballez is just what it sounds like... it’s lesbians doing ballet”), used Kickstarter to fund a series of online instructional videos for viewers to teach themselves their queered ballet techniques at home. Brooklyn’s House of Yes raised critical funds (over $90,000) to create a permanent 5,000 square foot theater and club for their community, which is now open and will host their annual Block Party with Soul Summit on June 2.