A Dreamlike Circus
Kickstarter of the Week
The Fox & Beggar Theater was founded in 2013 by Nat Allister in the beautiful southern mountain town of Asheville, North Carolina. Their mission is to “to weave unusual artistic mediums together – from puppetry to multimedia to Butoh – to tell fairy tales, folk tales, and other stories from the deeply fantastical worlds we typically only reach in dreams.” That is an amazing mission statement, if we’ve ever heard one, and their initial production looks to be ambitiously well worthy of it.
Tarocco will be be based on a 15th century Italian card game consisting of four suits (much like our modern playing cards) and twenty two trump cards, numbered 0-21. Modern Tarot evolved out of Renaissance decks such as this, and you see the same strange characters among its own trump cards; the Magician, the Lovers, Death, the Hanged Man, etc. The Fox & Beggar describe their story as follows:
“With Card 0 (the Fool) as our enigmatic guide, Tarocco will take its viewers through 21 dreamlike acts designed by some of Asheville’s most visionary performers, dancers, acrobats, puppeteers, artists, costumers, maskmakers, and builders.”
This three-part circus for the stage is set to debut in January, with part two due in March and the final chapter in May. As you can imagine, there are hundreds of expenses associated to making this a reality, but with your help is it surely possible. Starting now, they need to raise $4,825 by Thursday, August 8th. For full details and to help Nat and his team live their dreams, visit their Kickstarter campaign today.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Adam Leipzig is the founder and CEO of MediaU, online career acceleration. MediaU opens the doors of access for content creation, filmmaking and television. Adam, Cultural Daily’s founder and publisher, has worked with more than 10,000 creatives in film, theatre, television, music, dance, poetry, literature, performance, photography, and design. He has been a producer, distributor or supervising executive on more than 30 films that have disrupted expectations, including A Plastic Ocean, March of the Penguins, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Dead Poets Society, Titus and A Plastic Ocean. His movies have won or been nominated for 10 Academy Awards, 11 BAFTA Awards, 2 Golden Globes, 2 Emmys, 2 Directors Guild Awards, 4 Sundance Awards and 4 Independent Spirit Awards. Adam teaches at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business. Adam began his career in theatre; he was the first professional dramaturg in the United States outside of New York City, and he was one of the founders of the Los Angeles Theatre Center, where he produced more than 300 plays, music, dance, and other events. Adam is CEO of Entertainment Media Partners, a company that navigates creative entrepreneurs through the Hollywood system and beyond, and a keynote speaker. Adam is the former president of National Geographic Films and senior Walt Disney Studios executive. He has also served in senior capacities at CreativeFuture, a non-profit organization that advocates for the creative community. Adam is is the author of ‘Inside Track for Independent Filmmakers ’ and co-author of the all-in-one resource for college students and emerging filmmakers 'Filmmaking in Action: Your Guide to the Skills and Craft' (Macmillan). (Photo by Jordan Ancel)