The Premiere of FUEL will be performance production for highly skilled artists, and audience members interested in learning about clean energy. FUEL is a journey from the past into the future in our relationship with fuel / energy. Wilkins and Technical Director Jeff Sugg (jeffsugg.com - Obie and Bessie award winning technical director) will collaborate to present a motorized theater driven by forces such as wind, solar and biomass.
The first act will incorporate incandescent lights hanging from the pipes with the centerpiece being a Rube Goldberg Machine. The second act will reveal creatively engineered wind instruments along with a 30-foot colorful sail and a solar powered LED wheel as the backdrop.
These large pieces together become a metaphor for our relationship to emerging energy technologies while reminding us of our relationship with nature. The wheel and the sail, both elemental cornerstones of human development, return to the forefront of our imagination as their usefulness is discovered anew in emerging technologies. The dancers will function with an ease and fluidity that demonstrates a community driven by intelligent, clean energy. As the dances interact and propel these simple huge elements, we hope to reconnect to the awe, wonder, and potential of modern energy.
Clean Energy Institute, University of Washington will be a resource in the building of the stage set for FUEL. The talents of musicians, directed by Tigran Arakelyan - a graduate student in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Washington will extend the image of its community to bring direct awareness of these important global issues to the stage. DASS has worked with, and contributed a portion of its box office profits to, Non- Profit peer groups such as Survival International, Real Change, and Puget Soundkeeper Alliance.
Utilizing press coverage, interviews, publicity materials and announcements at events, DASSdance has shed light on important local and global social issues and in turn been introduced to a new community of people.
DASSdance needs to make its mark first on the artists by directly creating work intended to push the boundaries of dance, lighting design, music and related technical support. Paying artists to develop and push boundaries is important not only for artists but for deserving communities that desire topical social dialogue. The artistic director has a record of attracting high- level diverse artists and presenting choreography that utilizes important themes from current events in risk-taking presentations. This program pushes the artistic and technical range of the dancers and creative staff. It fulfills a huge need for freedom of expression for the director, dancers, artistic crew, and the audience. The problem we address is the need for an arts company to stimulate its artists and its audience, and still allow the project to complete with financial success.
FUEL will offer an inclusive, creative setting to spark further conversation about energy and its effect on our global community. Funds are sought to pay the highly skilled and talented Technical Director and technicians who fulfill the set design for stage.