Announcing 2021 Season Opener:
Dear Flutter Supporters and Performers,
According to psychologist, Charles R. Snyder, "Hope has been shown to make people happy, broaden and build minds, improve social relationships, strengthen immune systems, relieve stress, and motivates positive reactions that will lead to positive results." The idea of hope has been an inspiration to many artists. Maya Angelou shared the idea of hope in her famous line, "But still, like dust, I'll rise," and Emily Dickinson described hope as, "the thing with feathers." 400 years ago William Shakespeare wrote one of the most relevant lines for 2020 with, "The miserable have no other medicine but only hope."
In 2020 Flutter had to cancel our planned season out of concern for the safety for those that we support, our performers, staff, volunteers, and audience members. We have always been hopeful that the future would bring positive opportunities, and that we would learn new ways to take on challenges. With a vaccine upon the horizon the embers of hope glow brighter. We recently facilitated several short, filmed performance pieces for a talk at the SD State Arts Conference, and the annual Black Hills Works Recognition Gala. We had a limited number of socially distanced, health screened, and masked performers in our rehearsal facilities in individually scheduled rehearsal and filming sessions. All performances were shared digitally without a live audience. It was through this experience that we learned how to overcome some of the new challenges associated with the arts and Covid-19. We are taking our new found knowledge and creatively moving forward with contingency plans to safely produce a partially digital season in 2021.
The season will begin with, "Variations on H.O.P.E." This unique project will be created in part by YOU and will be digitally broadcast in the spring of 2021. To be a part of it, fill out and submit the application below by Friday, December 18. The goal is to create positive expectations for the future of our lives and world. If you love to sing, dance, play an instrument, compose, paint, write, design, or act here is your chance to create and share your idea of hope.
We are looking for 6 - 8 people to propose and create original, socially distanced, all-ability performance moments, using no more than three people, based on the idea or instinct of hope. It can be an original musical composition, poem, dance, fashion piece, live painting, or recitation to name a few. These pieces will be individually rehearsed and filmed at various times during the months of January, February, and March in our converted rehearsal studios. These pieces will be put together for a digital release in the spring of 2021. Individuals age 9 and up, of all abilities are encouraged to submit a proposal. If your proposal is chosen, you will work with Flutter to bring that piece to fruition. Part of our mission at Flutter is to create original, all-ability performance opportunities in which individuals with and without disabilities come together to create new creative connections. Our goal is to change the social fabric and perceptions of the community in which we reside. In casting the pieces, community members will be partnered with individuals served by Black Hills Works (BHW) to collaborate together to bring the pieces to life. Flutter will provide sets, props, and costumes for each moment within a give budget that also fit into an overall arching esthetic for the evening.
Click on, download, print, and fill out the attached application (PDF).
Return it by Friday, December 18.
Fill out and submit an application whether you're interested in creating and/or possibly performing in, "Variations on H.O.P.E" If you wish to create a piece, please provide photos, text, video clips, recordings, or sketched examples with your application. Read the top of each page, you do not necessarily have to fill out every page of the application packet - only those that are applicable.
All rehearsals, meetings, and filming sessions will be required to be socially distanced, with masks - no exceptions.
All individuals entering the Flutter facility will have to submit to a temperature check, and be required to use hand sanitizer throughout the rehearsals, meetings, and filming sessions.