Give for HOPE
Not located in Pittsburgh? Not a problem!
If you feel passionately about communicating through dance and the arts, help spreading awareness about Alzheimer's Disease, suicide/depression, and highlighting the struggles that pertain to self-identity, any amount donated contributes towards production costs, dancer fees, and will help make The Missing Peace a full realizaiton on stage!
One of our goals is to create a video documentary showcasing the creative process as well as highlighting the outside organizations we are working with over the next 6 months. This video documentary will take approximately $18,000 to create and will be a vital tool to show on regional, national, and international scales through Film Festivals! Even if you are not directly IN Pittsburgh, you can help make a difference through this campaign.
CURRENT PROJECT: THE MISSING PEACE
The Missing Peace is a performance event highlighting three Pittsburgh choreographers: Brady Sanders, Jamie Erin Murphy, and Shana Simmons. Each choreographer will develop an already existing short work into a twenty minute piece individually surrounding issues of Alzheimer's Disease, suicide/depression, and self-identity struggles. Through this production and incorporating outside organizations to take part in the event, we hope to bring encouragement and support to those struggling with any of these issues, spreading awareness about them, and demonstrating how powerful and necessary the arts and dance are to make an impact in our community.
The inspiration for this project came from the trio presenting these works in New York City in January 2017 as part of the Internationally renowned APAP Conference. Sanders, Murphy and Simmons feel very strongly that outreach towards these causes is necessary at this time due to the emotional dynamics in our society and the change in political power that has created uncertainty within our communities. Each piece will be created by the choreographer in their own style, voice and strategies, starting with the seed idea from the previously performed work.
Organizations with potential involvement are as follows: The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Pittsburgh Chapter, The Alzheimer's Association, and local therapists that support people struggling with their identities. The goal is to have each team of dancers/choreographer incorporate hands-on interaction with these organizations, which could culminate in a volunteer process, an interactive workshop, or consistent meetings with experts in these categories. The goal is to learn as much as we can about these causes, whether it's disease or low self esteem, and the pieces should reflect the cause as well as the hope that can come afterward. We have invited these organizations to represent themselves at the performances, potentially having volunteers or counselors in the lobby and they may be represented through the video portion of the program.
This project is made possible through the Heinz Small Arts Initiative.
SHANA SIMMONS DANCE:
The mission of Shana Simmons Dance is to create performance and dance work that takes inspiration from the immediate world in which we are living, providing audiences with a unique perspective on society and relationships. Shana Simmons Dance (SSD) was founded in 2009 by Artistic Director Shana Simmons to create unique and engaging contemporary dance. Since its founding, Simmons has used dance as a means to express other people's opinions as well as her own: to interpret and create. She takes inspiration from the immediate world in which we are living, and her choreographic expressions are created from the ways in which our society is changing, the need for intimate connections to people and objects, and providing the viewer a unique perspective, if not participatory action. The result for the viewer is an emotional reaction or a thought process about the work.
SSD projects aim to draw audiences into modern dance in new and creative ways and highlight current societal topics for project based work. These projects forward communities by creating thoughtful performances and inspiring lives through dance and artistic vision. SSD firmly believes in supporting artistic growth within its company members by encouraged development of their own voices. SSD strives to maintain excellence in choreographic quality, create experiences for audiences highlighting current topics, and views performance as an exchange between audience member and performer.
Shana Simmons Dance officially received their non-profit status in February of 2017.
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