My first round of fundraising completed yesterday with a total of $2,000 raised. I am amazed and humbled by the many contributors and audience members who have expressed interest in this project and who have invested in the work with their time and their funds. Fundraising is never an easy task for me, especially when the entire world is in a period of crisis. But I believe that the arts are important, that they elevate us humans, and that they must continue, especially now. And clearly I am not the only one who feels that way.
I am continuing to raise funds as my budget for the film has not shifted. We have enough to start the filming but we still have some artists to pay and much work to be done in post-production that includes hours of editing and film festival submissions. $2,000 raised, $4,500 to go. Keeping dance alive is and will be hard work. But it always pays off.
The costumes have all arrived, the piano is being mended, the choreography is complete (well...there will always be edits until the filming has completed), the structured feedback has occurred, the artists have met one last time at the gathering table, figuratively speaking because #Pandemic--we are ready to rumble. Let's create a dance film!
What is "Embodying Emily?"
Ellie de Waal
Ellie de Waal is a dancer and chroeographer primarily based in Virginia and NYC. Her works have been adjudicated and selected for several festivals including the Richmond Dance Festival in 2016. Her skill set as a choreographer has been sought out by universities, studios, and companies for both concert dance and musical productions, including "Beauty and the Beast" and "Shrek the Musical". She also choreographed an opera “Still More/More Still” in collaboration with composer Anna Heflin and coloratura soprano Melissa McCann as part of a song cycle reawakening. She was a primary choreographer in concorDance Contemporary for two major projects and has presented choreography in 12 shows put on by the Harrisonburg Dance Cooperative, where she continues to present work.