ri’flekSHens in 6

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Funded on December 06, 2014
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ri’flekSHens in 6, my first evening-length work, is an introspective exploration of the relationship between fathers and daughters. The work will explore the effects absent fathers, either physically and emotionally, can have on their daughters and expressed through virtuosic Afro-Contemporary movement. The environment will be complemented with with projected moving images captured by fellow 2013 3Arts awardee Marta Garcia. A musical score intersects beautiful classical melodies with powerful African drumming to bridge complex choreographic motifs between dancers. 

A project of this magnitude requires a great deal of time, planning and resources. Your generous support will allow us to bring this career-changing work to Chicago audiences. Specific expenses that need to be covered are: dancer fees, collaborator fees, technical crew, theater rental, costuming, purchasing mini-projectors, and building two-6 ft moving mirror “reflectors," as part of the set design.  We thank you in advance for your support of this groundbreaking work.

About This Project

"He loved me first, he loved me best." The bond between a father and daughter is a sacred one. A girl’s father is one of the most influential people in her life. A father’s presence or absence shapes her self-esteem, self-image, confidence and opinions of men. As the eldest daughter in my family, a mother of a growing young man, and now, a new wife, I reflect often on the relationship with my own father and how his character helped shape who I am becoming as a woman, how I raise my son and what I looked for in a life partner. Was my dad perfect? Of course not.....but what father/daughter relationship doesn’t have its challenges and strains? Was he present...to that I offer a resounding YES!!! 

ri’flekSHens in 6 is the first ever artistic collaboration between three 3Arts awardees, which is a true testament to the spirit of 3Arts, bringing the work of Chicago artists together to share the rich arts and culture that exists in this great city!

We would also like to thank 3Arts for their support of this project thus far and for providing a platform for us to raise the much-needed resources to bring this dynamic work to the stage.

Thank yous

Contribute any amount or choose from the levels below.

  • $25
    Personal thank you from the “ri’flekSHens in 6” artistic team. ($0.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $50
    Personal thank you from the “ri’flekSHens in 6” artistic team and a Red Clay Dance signature t-shirt. ($0.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $100
    One ticket to the Friday night premiere of “ri’flekSHens in 6” in May 2015. ($0.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $250
    Two tickets to the Friday night premiere of “ri’flekSHens in 6” in May 2015, as well as recognition in the performance program. ($0.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $500
    Two VIP tickets to the Saturday night premiere of “ri’flekSHens in 6” which includes entry into the post-show “Paint the Town Red” party as well as recognition in the performance program. ($0.00 is tax deductible.)
  • $1000
    Two VIP tickets to the Saturday night premiere of “ri’flekSHens in 6” which includes entry into the exclusive post show “Paint the Town Red” party, recognition in our pre-show announcement, and a backstage pre-show champagne toast with creator Vershawn ($0.00 is tax deductible.)

Vershawn Sanders-Ward

Southwest Airlines Awardee

Vershawn Sanders-Ward is a movement artivist, and Founder and Artistic Director of Red Clay Dance Company based in Chicago, IL. A native of Chicago, Sanders-Ward holds a MFA in Dance from New York University and a BFA in Dance from Columbia …

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  • Update 1: 3Arts Award Documentation
    Posted on October 20, 2014

    Here's a 5 minute excerpt from Red Clay's performance at the 2014 3Arts Awards at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. We're so excited to continue our work. With your help, we'll make this program a reality!

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