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E-V-E-R-Y-O-N-E with The Commons Choir

by daria fain


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com•mons  A commons is a resource that belongs to everyone. Fresh air, clean water, parks, sidewalks, public services, biodiversity and language are clear examples of commons. More arguably, scientific knowledge, the internet, airwaves and the economy itself are also examples of the commons.

pho•neme  The smallest sound unit of language.

pros•o•dy  Prosody is the expressive, musical aspect of language (tone, pause, rhythm, stress, emphasis, etc.). Prosody is the aspect of language that communicates more than words can say.


Dear Friends,

We need your help to fund our upcoming performance of E-V-E-R-Y-O-N-E at New York Live Arts this fall (October 31- November 3)!

In development since 2009, E-V-E-R-Y-O-N-E is an epic, town hall musical proposing, with Thomas Paine and Martin Luther King, money as public property. Created by choreographer Daria Faïn and poet Robert Kocik, in collaboration with composer Katherine Young, vocalist Samita Sinha and The Commons Choir, E-V-E-R-Y-O-N-E was developed by researching the sonic and connotative power of language (especially phonemes, the smallest sound units of language). 27 dancers, singers and actors treat our current inequity crisis with reparative tones and intentions with the body as horn of plenty.

The performers of The Commons Choir oscillate between solo performance and choral responses either choreographed in formal geometry or in compelling and high-energy group movements. At other moments, simple standing postures of the performers allow the audience to be absorbed in the harmony of the singing.

Our upcoming performance at the prestigious and historic New York Live Arts (formerly Dance Theater Workshop) marks the culmination of four years of intense research, craft, and radical embodiment. What makes this performance modality so unique is that the cast of 27 singers, actors and dancers are the primary producers of the work. The Commons Choir holds weekly intensive, research-based rehearsals-- improvising, building, and layering. The Choir has attracted performers from Japan, Greece, Mexico, Taiwan, France, Portugal, Africa and the United States, creating an expansive panorama of different cultures and languages.

In this economy (especially in New York City) producing a performance of this magnitude is an immense feat, requiring focused energy and vision. The performers volunteer 4-8 hours per week of their time to full-cast rehearsals. We have raised almost half of our budget, but still have a ways to go towards compensating our dedicated performers. By helping us reach our goal of $10,000, you will be enabling us to pay our amazing cast, to support the performers who are the essence of this work.  We hope to exceed our goal of $10,000 by $2,500 in order to pay for rehearsal space in the intense rehearsal period leading up to our show.  This is only possible with YOUR support!

Thanks for collaborating with us! We see your generous contribution as a way of becoming involved with the work, and we are excited to include you as part of our family of supporters! If you'd rather make a tax-deductible donation that's fine too! 

Thank you,

The Commons Choir


*E-V-E-R-Y-O-N-E is produced by the Prosodic Body and the members of the Commons Choir.  Development support was provided by series of residencies including Movement Research AIR supported by The Jerome Foundation, The Leonard and Sophie Davis Fund and The New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency (2008-2010), LMCC SWING SPACE (2009-2010), The Field Artist Residency program supported by Lambent Foundation (2011). Funds have also been provided by the James Robison Foundation. 

Pre-production support has been provided by Dance New Amsterdam (2012) with and Artist In Residence Program including rehearsal, office space and a technical residency in the theater.

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