Thank you for your support of Flyaway Productions!
“How we are oppressed does not have to be the same in order to qualify as real.”
- Barbara Smith, Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Relationships between Black and Jewish Women, 1984
Please support Flyaway as we create MEET US QUICKLY WITH YOUR MERCY (October 2020) - a layered public art performance that links the caging of black bodies with a specifically Jewish dehumanization that flourished in the 20th century and is becoming bolder today.
In 2020, Flyaway is working to facilitate an opportunity for greater reconciliation between Black and Jewish communities in partnership with Museum for African Diaspora, Prison Renaissance, and Bend the Arc, an organization for Jewish action.
Your donation gives direct support to public art that tackles hard issues and gives voice to women living in the margins. Thank you!
The role of the project manager is to recruit teen girls ages 14-19 for Flyaway’s GIRLFLY Summer Artist as Activist Training Program. Recruiting will be done at San Francisco high schools, in classrooms and other community centers. Duties include outreach presentation, tracking applicants, multi-step interview organizing, and contract followup. The job is part time, project-based, and contracted: February through June 2020. The Fee is $4000 for approximately 25-30 hours per month.
Thank you for your support of Flyaway Productions!
Trailer of The Wait Room dance film, Produced by: Jo Kreiter and Austin Forbord.
Dear Friend of Flyaway,
We are in an unprecedented American moment, with white nationalism on the rise. Inside this moment, I’ve been contemplating the shared pain of Jewish and African-American histories of race and capture. Acknowledging the complicated, problematic, and honorable history of solidarity between Black and Jewish movements for social change, we are posing the question, “How can Black and Jewish voices work together to amplify the call for racial justice via an end to mass incarceration?”
To explore this question I’ve pulled together a formidable coalition…the Museum of the African Diaspora; Bend the Arc, and to keep the conversation timely, effective, and genuine, I am including the perspective of incarcerated people with the artists of Prison Renaissance, who are behind bars at San Quentin, CA.
Introducing: MEET US QUICKLY WITH YOUR MERCY Part 2 of The Decarceration Trilogy (2019-2021)
A layered public art performance that links the caging of black bodies with a specifically Jewish dehumanization that flourished in the 20th century and is becoming bolder today.
In 2020, I’m working to facilitate an opportunity for greater reconciliation between Black and Jewish communities.
The project title is drawn from World English Bible PSALM 79: 8: “Don't hold the iniquities of our forefathers against us. Let your tender mercies speedily meet us, for we are in desperate need.”
In the words of my creative partner Rahsaan Thomas: “Mass incarceration is rooted in white supremacy. So, the 'us' is all of us. Jewish and Black. Incarcerated and free. Most of us are guilty of our crimes and want mercy from the sentence. Even though factors much bigger than choice landed us in prison, there is no excuse for harming others. So, we need Mercy, which should be granted, due to the totality of circumstances.”
Please help us reframe the conversation. Your support will be used to pay for the artists’ fees, the rigging, the insurance and all the magic that goes on behind the scenes, so we can deliver inspired art in public space, for free. Please show your support by making a secure donation HERE.
Thank you, in advance, for your contribution towards this ambitious project. We can’t do it without you!
BANDALOOPers Jessica Swanson & Courtney Moreno | photo courtesy Save The Redwoods League
#GivingTuesday: Facebook Matching Donations
While it has been a banner year for BANDALOOP artistically, it has also been a financially bumpy road taking #danceonwalls across the globe. Performing in Budapest, dancing in a tree in Golden Gate park, mountain work in the Rockies, and bringing dynamic art to the everyday lives of everyday people in Singapore were a few of our highlights. The year is closing with an incredible residency with world class Haitian American composer/violinist, Daniel Bernard Roumain in our studio in a new collaboration.
Help us carry these projects into their next evolution! Support our student scholarship fund to train the next generation of dancers!
We need your help.
Our goal is to raise $5,000 to support this vertical art form that began as a thought experiment while founder Amelia Rudolph was climbing in the Sierra in 1990. Would it be art, if she danced high on a cliff where no one but the lizards, swallows and peregrines could see it? Little did she know this experiment would grow into a robust community of dancers, riggers, students and audiences that span the globe from Oakland to Hyderabad, and whose hub is a cozy studio in West Oakland buzzing with students of all ages.
Help to advance our work and our school at this crux.
Our students want more BANDALOOPing; our audiences are ready for more performance. Please help us make that happen. The Facebook campaign is here — donations are being matched today by Facebook while funds last — or you can donate directly through our site.
Thank you for continuing to make our vision of cultural diplomacy and celebration of the human spirit possible.
Warmly, The BANDALOOP Family December 2019, Oakland, CA USA