Fundingworks

    The Bipeds

    The Bipeds combine movement, music and lyrics to create a compelling hybrid of dance and song.

    The Bipeds present "54 Strange Words"

    The Bipeds’ hallucinatory, evening-length dance and music experience makes it's world premiere this June in Durham, NC

     Durham, NC, United States
    This is a Fiscally-Sponsored Project

    Fiscally Sponsored by Fractured Atlas

    Longleaf Film Festival!


    We are thrilled to announce that The Bipeds' film, Dressful of Dreams, directed by Jim Haverkamp of Durham's Shadowbox Studio has been chosen as an official selection in the 2018 Longleaf Film festival!

    Check out the official selections HERE

    You can watch it on YouTube now: https://youtu.be/xFYdSW7GbOA

    Congratulations to Jim and the Shadowbox crew!

    The Bipeds "Dressful of Dreams" (video)


    The Bipeds present "Dressful of Dreams": a psychedelic, arson film from our upcoming show, 54 Strange Wrods.. The video was directed Jim Haverkamp of Durham's Shadowbox Studio, and recorded by Joseph Dejarnette or Studio 808A.

    Curtis Eller : banjo & lead vocal
    Stacy Wolfson: harmony vocal
    Jack Fleishman : drums and bass VI
    Joseph Dejarnette : bass & psychedelic 78 loops

    If you like it, share it!
    https://youtu.be/xFYdSW7GbOA

    The BIpeds "A Ragged Sayonara" (video)


    The Bipeds are thrilled to present our first video, "A Rgged Sayonara". The video was filmed and edited by Alex Maness of Durham's Shadowbox Studio, and recorded by Joseph Dejarnette or Studio 808A.

    Featuring Jessi Knight, William Commander, Dana Marks, Stacy Wolfson and Curtis Eller

    Curtis Eller : banjo & lead vocal
    Stacy Wolfson: harmony vocal
    Dana Marks: harmony vocal & operatic aria
    Jack Fleishman : twang guitar
    Joseph Dejarnette : bass & baritone guitar
    Gabriel Anderson : drums

    If you like it, share it!
    https://youtu.be/QkeddDdSEjc

    The Bipeds Tiny Desk Contest Video


    The Bipeds Band "Dressful of Dreams" Tiny Desk Video

    Dear Friends & Gentle Hearts,
    The Bipeds' band gathered in a moldy garage on a cold, rainy day with a banjo, a broken Victroloa and a strange, oversized guitar to shoot a DIY video of their tune "Dressful of Dreams" for NPR's Tiny Desk Contest.

    Watch it on YouTube HERE 

    Curtis Eller: banjo & lead vocal
    Stacy Wolfson: harmony vocal & desk
    Joseph Dejarnette: giant bass guitar & Victrola
    Jack Fleishman: drums & piano guts

    We'll be posting more videos soon. Thanks for contributing to our campaign. Help us spread the word. We can use all the help we can get!
    Gratefully Yours,
    The Bipeds
    Donate to The Bipeds HERE

    The Bipeds Dance Company presents “54 Strange Words"

    The Task Before Us: Welcome to the official fundraising headquarters of The Bipeds Dance Theatre Company! We are here to finance the production of the ambitious, cross-disciplinary performance that will be the highlight of our 2018 season! “54 Strange Words” will be make its world premiere at The Durham Fruit & Produce Company from June 21-24.

    Who We Are: The Bipeds is a dance-theater company under the artistic direction of choreographer/dancer Stacy Wolfson and banjo-player/songwriter Curtis Eller. Wolfson and Eller have devised a unique compositional approach that seamlessly combines movement, music and lyrics to create a peculiar and compelling hybrid of dance and song. They cast the finished pieces with dancers and musicians possessing the curiosity, technical proficiency and requisite disdain for boundaries to delve into one another's mediums. Musicians become dancers, dancers become singers, and unhinged howls of wild abandon give way to moments of harmony and grace. thebipedsdance.weebly.com

    The Expanding Bipeds: Wolfson and Eller have spent a year developing a series of music/dance duets which they have showcased in a variety of theaters, festivals and music venues in North Carolina, Virginia and New York. The performative vocabulary generated during the development of these pieces serves as the basis for “54 Strange Words”, for which the company has grown to include a scorching rock & roll band and  a cast of viscerally expressive dancers.

    Nightmare Imagery: The show's imagery is drawn from a series of nightmares and the failure of language to adequately express the unsettling visions. Events unfold in a hallucinatory landscape of biomorphic abstraction and linguistic confusion. Movement, music and lyrics emerge as the only effective methods of illuminating the mysterious world in which the performers find themselves. The theme of the work has proven well suited to the company's collaborative approach, and The Bipeds have assembled an ensemble of performers, designers and filmmakers who will be crucial to bringing this production to the stage.

    The Movie and the Record: In the year leading up to the show's premiere, The Bipeds have produced a soundtrack album and several short companion videos. The videos were shot and directed by award-winning filmmakers Jim Haverkamp and Alex Maness of Shadowbox Studio, and the album was recorded by acclaimed producer Joseph Dejarnette of Studio 808A

    Performers & Designers:
    Jessi Knight (dance, vocals) 
    Bill Commander (dance, vocals)
    Stacy Wolfson (dance, vocals)
    Curtis Eller (banjo, vocals, dance)
    Dana Marks (vocals, movement, stilt-walking)
    Jack Fleishman (drums, bass VI, guitar)
    Joseph Dejarnette (bass, recording engineer, producer)
    Alex Manness (lighting designer, videographer, film director) 
    Jim Haverkamp (videographer, film director)
    Gabriel Anderson (drums)

    The Rewards: Rewards for project backers range from tickets to the show, digital and physical copies of the soundtrack album and Bipeds t-shirts. You can even hire The Bipeds to perform at your festival, venue or event!

    Thank You!

    The Bipeds is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of The Bipeds must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

    Rewards

    Thank you

    Donate $10.00 or more

    Amount over $1.00 is tax-deductible.

    You'll receive a heartfelt "thank you" from The Bipeds on social media and a Bipeds sticker!

    Bipeds Album Download

    Donate $20.00 or more

    Amount over $10.00 is tax-deductible.

    You will receive a digital download of the "54 Strange Words" soundtrack album by The Bipeds!

    Bipeds T-Shirt

    Donate $25.00 or more

    Amount over $11.00 is tax-deductible.

    You will receive a t-shirt with the Bipeds logo printed by Durham Short Run Shirts!

    Bipeds Album CD

    Donate $25.00 or more

    Amount over $12.00 is tax-deductible.

    You will receive a hi-fidelity, CD copy of the "54 Strange Words" soundtrack album by The Bipeds!

    Bipeds T-Shirt and Album Download

    Donate $50.00 or more

    Amount over $25.00 is tax-deductible.

    You will receive a Bipeds t-shirt AND a digital download of the "54 Strange Words" soundtrack album!

    Show Ticket, T-Shirt & Album Download

    Donate $100.00 or more

    Amount over $50.00 is tax-deductible.

    You will receive a ticket to the June premiere of "54 Strange Words" + a Biped's t-shirt + digital download of the soundtrack album!

    Showtime (duo performance)

    Donate $200.00 or more

    Amount over $100.00 is tax-deductible.

    The Bipeds duo (Curtis Eller & Stacy Wolfson) will perform in the venue or location of your choosing!
    *Additional travel expenses may be required. Please contact us before choosing this reward

    The Big Show (full ensemble performace)

    Donate $500.00 or more

    Amount over $200.00 is tax-deductible.

    The expanded Bipeds ensemble, including musicians and dancers will perform in a venue or location of your choosing!
    *Additional travel expenses may be required. Please contact us before choosing this reward.