Dear beloved supporters of Arc Iris,
After four full-length albums and an EP, we’re extremely excited to announce iTMRW, our latest and most ambitious project yet.
iTMRW is a 75-minute theater piece set to a live performance of Arc Iris' upcoming futuristic concept album of the same name. It’s premiering through the The American Repertory Theatre (A.R.T) on January 25th and 26th at Oberon in Harvard Square and features contemporary ballet and performance art by Island Moving Company.
The year is 2080. iTMRW, the love story of Robert and his android partner, Jenny, unfolds against the backdrop of a world where advanced technology is both a source of and a “cure” for human alienation: advertisements come in the form of “pop-up thoughts,” entire cities float on islands of trash, female forms are purchased and discarded at will, and aristocrats live in a state of debauchery and despair. The piece takes its title from iTMRW, the mega-corporation that produces and sells every single product known to man. Despite societal chaos, the human spirit persists in its quest for love.
This is a BIG one. For years, we've wanted to create a project of this scale and, incredibly, we're moving forward with this dream. Obviously, a grand project like this requires a large sum of money which is why we're looking for your help. Believe it or not, this show has 22 people involved, all of whom need to be compensated for their hard work. We have a number of budgets laid out, which allow for different levels of creative freedom, and while in our wildest dreams we are able to reach $40,000, we are starting with an ask for the minimum needed for this show to go on: $23,300. That’s still a lofty number to reach, but nothing is impossible. If you’re curious where all of this money is going, have a look at the budget.
Three different ways you can help bring iTMRW to life:
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Patreon: If you don’t already know, Patreon is a monthly billing service that helps independent artists like us get paid for our hard work in exchange for exclusive bonus content. We chose Patreon over a regular crowdfunding service because it provides us with a platform to interact with those of you who are interested in staying involved with the evolution of the project. If you’re hoping to donate $150 to the project, choose the $50 per month tier and stay active for three billing cycles. If you want to donate one lump sum, just choose the amount you'd like to donate, and then cancel your subscription. After the performance in January has concluded, we'll send you a reminder to cancel your Patreon subscription. You can of course remain a patron or change your donation status if you’d like to continue following us via Patreon.
If you have any questions, comments, concerns, feel free to contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts.
Jocie, Zach & Ray
Arc Iris (Music and Story): Providence, RI art pop trio Arc Iris fuses story-based songs with dense electronic and orchestral arrangements. The group, which began as the solo project of Jocie Adams, formerly of The Low Anthem, includes keyboardist and sample artist Zach Tenorio-Miller and drummer Ray Belli. Arc Iris released its acclaimed self-titled debut in 2014 on ANTI/Bella Union. Subsequently, the band toured with artists such as St. Vincent, Jeff Tweedy, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. In late 2017, Arc Iris teamed up with Guster’s lead singer, Ryan Miller to form the offshoot band, Bwahaha, and in early 2018, Arc Iris joined Kimbra on her North American tour. Later that year, the trio released back to back records, “Icon of Ego,” on Brooklyn label Ba Da Bing Records, and “Foggy Lullaby”, their re-imagination of Joni Mitchell’s ‘Blue.’ In mid 2019, Arc Iris completed the composition of their futuristic, dystopian concept record, iTMRW set in the year 2080 that is center piece of the production at Oberon.
Island Moving Company (Dance Company) : Island Moving Company is a classically trained contemporary ballet company based in Newport, RI, which produces new dance works through collaborative exchanges. The Company also works extensively in the community, interacting with students K-12 in curriculum based movement residencies throughout RI and Massachusetts. Through creative movement programs that link subjectivity to embodiment, the Company’s dancers work with over 5000 children annually. The IMC received the Arts & Business Council’s Jabez Gorham Award for artistic and organizational excellence.
PRODUCTION STAFF AND CREW
Mustafa Samdani (Director) : Mustafa Samdani is a poet, conceptual artist, and dramaturg/researcher from Lahore, Pakistan. Most recently, he completed his first manuscript of poems entitled ‘blood-letting’, and is currently working on his debut novel. He has acted as assistant director for the international multi-media performance art collective Compagnie Faim de Seicle (New York-Paris) in their large-scale productions at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (2006) and the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (2005). He adapted, designed, and directed Oscar Wilde’s Salome at Brown University’s Production Workshop. He has conducted research at Rumi's shrine in Konya, Turkey, comparing the “sema” (sacred audition; trance movement) rituals of the contemporary Mevlevi order with Sufi rituals practiced in Pakistan. He has translated Samuel Beckett’s Endgame into Urdu, titled Akhirat (2005) and directed himself in Samuel Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape at the Falaki Theatre in Cairo, Egypt (2003). Prior to coming to the United States, he performed in Eugene Ionesco’s The Chairs done as a roof-top performance in downtown Lahore, and a season feature at the Alliance Francaise, Lahore (2000). He performed in Jean Paul Sartre’s Men Without Shadows (Urdu) at the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (1999), and directed Yasmina Reza’s ART at the Rafi Peer International Theatre Festival in Lahore, Pakistan (1999).
Dana Tarr (Costumes and Sets) : Dana Tarr is an internationally published celebrity photographer and creative director based out of Providence, RI. He has published for brands including Nike, Addias, Bacardi, and photographed Macklemore, Ludacris, Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj and Drake.
Akhil Bhatt (Animations) : Akhil Bhatt is an art director and motion designer based in the San Francisco Bay Area specializing in audiovisual performance. He is an active VJ and has collaborated on multiple live performances and music videos with Arc Iris since 2014
Emily Baker (Ensemble, choreography) started her training at Inland Pacific Ballet Academy at the age of 8. She also had the privilege of training at many prestigious schools such as School of American Ballet, San Francisco Ballet School, Boston Ballet School, and Atlanta Ballet Centre For Dance Education. Emily first received an apprenticeship with Inland Pacific Ballet and while there had the opportunity to dance many soloist roles. She then went on to dance with Atlanta Ballet, Ballet Tucson, Impact Dance, Colorado Ballet, Missouri Contemporary Ballet, and The Big Muddy Dance Company.
Lauren Difede (Ensemble, choreography) was born in St. Croix of the U.S. Virgin Islands but has primarily grown up in Houston, TX. She began dancing at 8 years old at North Harris Performing Arts in Spring, TX and is grateful for her versatile training in ballet, contemporary, jazz, and tap. Lauren graduated from the dance department at the High School for Performing and Visual Arts in Houston and was awarded Honorable Mention in modern dance from the National Arts Competition during her senior year. She then received her Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Psychology, with a minor in philosophy from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX. Lauren has danced for Revolve Dance Company (Houston, TX), Dominic Walsh Dance Theater (Houston, TX), Untitled Collective (NYC, NY), and Infinite Movement Ever Evolving (Miami, FL). In 2012 and 2014 she had the privilege to participate in The Nederlands Dans Theater’s Summer Intensive, amongst numerous workshops and classes throughout Europe. She has also had the privilege to work and train with notable choreographers from all over the world including Paul Lightfoot, Sol Leon, Marco Goecke, Natalia Horecna, Maurice Causey, Priscilla Nathan Murphy, and Fred Strobel.
Timur Kan (David) joined the IMC company roster at the end of its 35th season, making his debut in the Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff dancing the role of Soldier Doll, Candy Cane, and Chinese. He met Miki and the company performing at the World Expo 2017 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Timur Kan began his professional training at the Russian Academy of Ballet in Almaty at age 11 in 2009. His ballet training is based on Vaganova Method. Besides ballet, he studied character and traditional folk dances as well. He has won 1st place in the Ak-kuu International Ballet Competition in Bishkek, Kyrgystan & 3rd in the Orleu International Ballet Competition in Almaty, where he performed classical variations from ballets Le Corsaire, Flame of Paris and Harlequinade. During the last two years in the ballet academy, Timur joined the Abay State Opera & Ballet Theatre in Almaty, where he has performed many classical ballets. After graduating from the ballet academy in 2017 he has worked as a guest dancer with The Samruk Contemporary Dance Theatre in Almaty, and Joburg Ballet in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Rhea Keller (Ensemble) received her formal ballet training at Cornerstone Academy for Performing Arts and Peoria Ballet, both under the direction of Rebekah von Rathonyi. As a member of Rochester City Ballet from 2012-2014, she performed many roles in The Nutcracker, as well as roles in George Balanchine’s Serenade, Bill Evans’ For Tim: Remembering Beloved Mentors, Jamey Leverett’s Cinderella, CityScapes, and Bravo! Colorado performed on Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out stage. In 2015, Rhea joined Central Illinois Ballet for it’s inaugural season and since has performed various principal and soloist roles in Dracula, The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Beauty and the Beast, and Firebird. She has enjoyed gaining teaching experience with her alma mater, CAPA, and participating in community outreach. Rhea had the wonderful opportunity to join Bellydance Evolution in their 2016 production of Le Voyage de Scheherazade in Morocco as part of the ballet ensemble.
Katie Moorhead (Ensemble) trained at Oxford Center for Dance and began to choreograph from age 9. She credits this early introduction of her knowledge and creativity in music and story to her Director and first ballet teacher, Dina Gazzero. Her dance career extends from age 15, performing with Russian Ballet Theater, DE in Robert LaFosse “Nutcracker Suite.” She placed a Silver Metal in Ballet and Contemporary junior division at the Youth American Grand Prix. Graduating with honors from the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington DC, she joined Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida and received an Honorable Merit Diploma from the Tersiphora Foundation of St. Petersburg, Russia. She has worked with numerous Ballet and Contemporary companies such as American Repertory Ballet, Staten Island Ballet, Bradley Shelver Contemporary Dance Theatre, and Collective Body Dance Lab to name a few. Katie has enjoyed performing in many beautiful countries such as Denmark, Poland, Italy, Australia and Kazakhstan. In NYC, she was Rehearsal Director for Untitled-Collective (based NYC and Australia) where she re-staged company work for various festivals. U-C was the first dance company to perform at the United Nations in NYC and Washington, DC. Katie performed in the Dumbo Festival, in Central Park for Summer Stage Festival and at City Center for Career Transition for Dancers Fundraiser.
Gregory Tyndall (Robert) began his formal dance training at the age of fourteen. Tyndall was accepted to the Cobb County Centre for Performing Arts at Pebblebrook High School where his Instructor Denise Reeves encouraged him to broaden his horizons in classical, contemporary, and modern dance. Tyndall then began to train with various different schools across the country including The Atlanta Ballet, The Kirov Academy in Washington D.C., The Rock School for Dance Education, Nashville Ballet, and The Cincinnati Ballet. In 2009 Gregory was accepted in the the prestigious Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Ballet Theatre where he would spend the next four years performing various repertoire by choreographers such as, George Balanchine, Dwight Rhoden, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp Joshua Bergasse. Tyndall has spent the last five years dancing professionally with The Saint Louis Ballet under the direction of New York City Ballet legend Gen Horiuchi. During his tenure with the company Tyndall has performed principal roles such as Prince Desire in “The Sleeping Beauty,” Sugar Plum Fairy Cavalier in “The Nutcracker,” and the lonesome cowboy in George Balanchine’s “Western Symphony.”