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The next phase in the development of the project
June 5, 2013
Having had a productive meeting in Delphi we have redesigned some aspects of the proposed tour and rewritten our financial projections. (To read about some of the background of the project leading to the meeting in Delphi visit Stories.)
We have been given a remarkable body of work by Rudolf Steiner, much of which is now experiencing its 100 year anniversary. The question is how we today as artists are able to make our own living relationship to what we were given from the past. This implies not only meeting professional standards of theater but also the imbuing in our work with a living relationship to the spiritual aspects of life. The esoteric dramas of Rudolf Steiner known as Mystery Dramas bring in artistic pictures an insight into the formative forces of destiny. The essence is bringing together the idea that Karma and Reincarnation are realities and how this works on a daily basis with the spiritual forces that surround and imbue humanity. This new drama is a pathway into a continued development of the soul/spiritual pictures needed in our time and in the future that our theater arts can offer the contemporary world.
The next step is to find the funding to make this project work. It is very large and very bold. In general culture we face a current climate of reduced support for artistic or non-profit activity. In recognition of this fact we have designed the tour with the idea that at the end we will have a surplus of cash. Performance art can be completed in a cash positive position, it is a reflection of the success of the marketing and the subsequent (in English terms) “bums on seats”.
The numbers we have developed are understood after many years of experience in touring productions. We now have to pursue the necessary level of funding to get to the opening. From that point if we have sufficient audiences, similar to what has been achieved in individual locations on previous tours must now be spread across the project as a whole. As an example we had 1600 individuals in the audience at City Center in Manhattan on a Wednesday night with the Dvorak New World Symphony.
In recognition of this we had to begin now to prepare our tour some 2 ½ years before it actually begins (4 years from inception of the initiative to the tour). In this phase we need to find support to keep the developmental process alive. We face the need for the major portion of our funding at the end of 2014 when the company starts to assemble. In the mean time we have our status as a 501(c)3 to offer tax deductions for US tax payers.
Our hope is that in this phase we can get support at an individual level from those who know about this effort to keep the fire burning as we continue the process to find the large funding. This search has begun in many different countries.
The key perspective is that the performing Arts that arise in Anthroposophy are in a deep crises that belongs to the times and our current culture. Our hope is that we can open new doors to the future through this project.
Thanks in advance if you are able to help us continue.
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Our thanks in advance.
Marke Levene, Producer
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Mahway, NJ 07495