Denman Theatre & Dance Co’s annual fundraising effort to support our new works in development.
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Hoofing Our Way to the Stage
The Forty Deuce is a gritty and sexy play adaptation of the 1931 novel Forty Second Street melded with a capella tap dancing. Through text and dance, The Forty Deuce explores how women navigated the Depression, the cultural appropriation of black dance choreography by white choreographers and offers raw, three-dimensional depictions of characters like Peggy Sawyer, Dorothy Brock and Julian Marsh.
Hoofing is used in The Forty Deuce in completely new and original ways: as the sound of New York City, as underscoring to the scene-work and for the authentic sound/feel of a 1930s Broadway rehearsal. Themes of the play include the nascent Feminist movement of Depression-era New York City, the cultural appropriation of African American Tap choreography by white artists and the desperate lengths people are willing to go to survive the Depression.
The Forty Deuce is exactly the type of hybrid theatrical work that is part of DTDC’s mission. It is a play and a dance event melded together to tell the story in a way that neither medium could tell on their own.
DTDC produced a Choreographic Investigation of The Forty Deuce in March 2019.
Artistic Director, Jeffry Denman alongside DTDC Literary Associate, Brittany Martel, Associate Choreographer, Drew Humphrey, and a cast of 10 dancer/actors worked on six different Movement Moments in the piece to investigate, discover and solidify how the a capella tap dancing would be used in the storytelling. It was incredibly useful and successful from a development standpoint.
DTDC is now putting together a creative team and reaching out to regional theaters across the country to co-produce this innovative hybrid theatrical work.
Blazing a Trail
How Did We Get Here? The Story of The Donner Party is a dance theatre piece that tells the story of the ill-fated pioneers of 1846 through dance, text and music. With its themes of men in power greedily and devastatingly manipulating naive, earnest pioneers only seeking to better their own lives, it is a piece that resonates as strongly today as it did when the tragic events occurred.
How Did We Get Here? The Story of the Donner Party is DTDC’s inaugural work - the piece that got it all started. And this year we saw one of the most exciting developments start to take shape. David Lamoureux joined the team officially as Composer and began working on the score to this challenging, emotional piece. Working with Director and Co-author, Jeffry Denman and Co-author, Joy Tomasko, How Did We Get Here? is growing into a beautifully expressive piece. You can listen to one of the pieces, “Family” below.
From creative development in the studio, to securing talent and creative, to the necessary legal and financial fees, to DTDC’s overhead expenditures for production development and company growth - DTDC is making moves and we want you to be a part of it!
From the inception of DTDC, we have set our sights on creating new theatrical works that move. Your support will help us take the necessary steps forward, together.
Dance With Us:
There are numerous ways for you to lend a helping hand and bring these new works to life.
- Become a generous donor of DTDC, joining a community of art enthusiasts dedicated to making new theatrical works that move.**
- Share our campaign with friends and colleagues, via social, email or word of mouth channels.
- Know of a grant or other funding opportunity that may align with our goals? Share away.
Every effort to support DTDC will help us:
- Fund legal and financial assistance needed to prepare the new works for production.
- Fund rehearsal space for development.
- Compensate creative and talent for efforts in development.
- Travel, accommodation and additional expenditures for development.
** Whether donating $1 or $1,000 - every penny has a major ripple effect. Denman Theatre & Dance Co is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. All donations are tax deductible.
Together, we can create new works that move.
DanceGiving 2018 Donors
Alison Aldrich, Maureen Allen, David Armstrong, David Arsenault, Selma Avdic, Victoria Bell, Ali Skye Bennet, Scott Anthony Brennan, Abby Boe, Donna Lynne Champlin, Annastasia Mercedes Confrey, Jessica Crilley, Sandipa Das, Annette Een, James Gallegro, Xetava Gardens, Ashley Griffin, Andrea Hearden, Rick Hearden, William James, Paul Jeromack, Garyon Judon, Glenn Kane, Ian Knauer, Randall Kramer, Andrew Levine, Emilia Martin, Neal Mayer, Michael Minarik, Kristia Oney, Emily Jane Price, Fredi Pomerance, Michael Ruth, Fred and Teresa Schmidt, Charles Smeester, Jessica Sporn, Dennis Stowe, Anne Tolpegin, Victoria Weinberg, Ian Weinberger, Nicholas Walker, Breann Williams, Melissa Yanchack