OCTOPUS HEART: an original work of physical theatre, dance and contemporary circus bridging the worlds of art and medicine.  image

OCTOPUS HEART: an original work of physical theatre, dance and contemporary circus bridging the worlds of art and medicine.

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MARCH 28, 29, 30, 31 at 7pm

We invite you to support our new performance, Octopus Heart, an original work of physical theatre, dance and contemporary circus bridging the worlds of art and medicine.

Your financial contribution directly supports our dedicated team of artists in bringing to life a unique investigation of the human heart. Through dance, aerial arts, live music, and video, we tell the story of a broken heart, and reveal connections between apparent opposites: patient and clinician, health and sickness, poetry and everyday life.

Our story follows a patient who enters the ER with chest pain and is ultimately diagnosed with takotsubo cardiomyopathy, or "broken heart syndrome" in which the heart muscle is damaged after a serious emotional shock. The syndrome was first diagnosed in Japan and named after the octopus pot (takotsubo), whose shape the heart mimics during this malady. Takotsubo can cause exactly the same symptoms as those of a heart attack, but the treatment is very different. We can "fix" a heart attack with powerful and effective medical treatments, but how do we fix a broken heart? Often, medical staff rise to this very occasion, using not the tools learned in school, but rather their innate human capacity to care for another.

Octopus Heart is not only a compelling kinesthetic performance, it is also an ode to the complex mix of beauty, tragedy, tedium, endurance, and survival demonstrated by both patients and staff in the hospital.

We need your help. Your donation will help pay for:

  • Providing a stipend to our locally, nationally, and internationally-recognized artists.
  • Composition and live performance of an original soundtrack by Golden Boots
  • A free preview performance for youth on Saturday, March 23rd
  • Creating specific set pieces, props, and costumes
  • Fabricating new aerial apparatus
  • Video installation
  • Lights and sound
  • Permits and insurance
  • Publicity and outreach

In appreciation of your anticipated donation, we would like to offer you one of the following:

SPONSORSHIP PACKAGES

$5000 and above:

($3000 level plus)

--We are open to donor requests for recognition at this level

--Golden Boots live plus aerial or fire performance at your private event

--up to 8 complimentary tickets to one performance of Octopus Heart, taking place March 28-31

$3000 level:

($1000 level plus)

--Golden Boots live at your private event

$1000 level:

($500 level plus)

--your name or logo on Octopus Heart poster and program

--4 complimentary tickets to one performance of Octopus Heart, taking place March 28-31

$500 level:

--verbal recognition of sponsorship at Octopus Heart performances

--link to your business on Octopus Heart facebook page

--2 complimentary tickets to one performance of Octopus Heart, taking place March 28-31

DONATION PERKS:

$150 level:

--link to downloadable original Octopus Heart music composed by Golden Boots

--set of Octopus Heart stickers

--Thank you post on Octopus Heart facebook page

$100 level:

--set of Octopus Heart stickers

--Thank you post on Octopus Heart facebook page

$50 level:

--Thank you post on Octopus Heart facebook page