Breaking all molds. We are The PULSE Project and this is Industrial Movement.
Fearless, raw, sensual… Industrial Movement explores the use of poles within the context of contemporary dance. This pioneering work is conceived by the woman behind The PULSE Project, Artistic Director Brook Notary.
"Brook Notary’s PULSE Project does what all art should: take the known materials, conventions, and notions of our world, and apply new vision. Her dancers seduce with strength.
Notary’s choreography offers intelligent, feminist commentary on the iconic pole-dancer image, but perhaps more importantly, does so with tremendous skill, heart, and beauty. There’s no question about it; this is art with a pulse."— Melissa Febos, Author of Whip Smart: A Memoir
About Brook Notary
Brook Notary is a revolutionary in the dance world. Her experience in different forms of movement - ballet, contemporary, gymnastics, and martial arts - has given her the opportunity to perform in cirque and aerialist groups such as Cirque Ingenieux, De La Guarda, and Aerialistic. As a choreographer, her work has spanned from critically-acclaimed theater productions (Elsewhere, dir. Robert Woodruff) to aerial feats for brand companies (Target, USHER).
She started the genre-bending powerhouse The PULSE Project in 2011 after a serendipitous invite to judge for the US Pole Dance Federation national competition. To better understand what she was to be judging, she took a pole dance class and was immediately enthralled. Pole dancing highlights the strength, power, and beauty of the female form and Brook saw its central theme as a great opportunity to discover new opportunities for movement and expression. Fueled with the curiosity of developing a new movement vocabulary with the use of pole dance and drawing inspiration from the energy of New York City, she has re-envisioning the performance art to create the newest genre in dance: Industrial Movement.
About The PULSE Project
Industrial Movement is the core of The PULSE Project. Contemporary dance, aerial theater, parkour, acrobatics, pole dancing – Industrial Movement melds all these genres into one dynamic, visceral theatrical experience. In each production, Brook aims to electrify audiences with the elemental power of movement based on pole dancing and to use that power to challenge preconceived notions about female sensuality. Her vision is for the company to be a platform for empowering the female voice by embodying the many facets of womanhood in her work.
Where The PULSE Project is Headed
Currently a non-profit dance company, The PULSE has had two shows and is currently working on a third production coming this May 1st and 2nd titled She IS. Two more shows are planned for October 2014 and February 2015. Upon completion of the show in February 2015, they hope to establish a contract with a venue in New York City where they would have a long-running show.
Fuerza Bruta, Traces, STREB, Blue Man Group, and STOMP are their inspirations and like these shows, The PULSE would have a truly unique signature. Poles are just the beginning in The PULSE Project's exploration of Industrial Movement. Brook sees many other objects as opportunities for theatrical props and platforms. Bungee, ropes, scaffolding, and skate ramps are some of the unconventional mediums and settings she has incorporated or hopes to incorporate in The PULE Project performances.
Aside from the long-running show, they hope to tour nationally and internationally, to hold classes and workshops around the world, and to enter into festivals to spread the reach of Industrial Movement.
The Dancers of The PULSE Project
Current Cast: Cat Cogliandro, Samantha Farrow, Jenn Freeman, Anna Grundstrom, Ayo Jackson, Love Muwwakkil, Allison Ulrich
Previous Dancers: Penelope J. Armstead-Williams, Ashley Browne, Mahalia Miner-Le Grand, Bill Mulholland, Jaclyn Walsh
Guest Performers: Kira Lamb, Michelle Stanek, Natasha Wang
Goals of This Kickstarter Campaign
For this Kickstarter, we aim to raise $21,000 in 21-days. All contributions will go toward the operation of the dance company. The costs are broken down as follows:
Talent/Dancers – The core of our company! Our dancers are paid for each performance. With additional funds, we would also be able to pay them for rehearsals.
Apparatus – We would not be able to perform without what inspired us in the first place: poles. Funds would go toward the purchase of 5 poles, plus shipping and storage.
Aerial Truss – In order for us to perform in different venues, we will always need truss to put up the poles. Funds would go toward the purchase of a customized truss, plus shipping and storage.
Venue – All performances need a venue and we are currently in love a place in Williamsburg, Brooklyn! Funds would go toward securing this space for future shows.
Insurance – There’s no denying that with pole dancing comes risk. Additional funds would provide insurance coverage for future shows.
Set Design & Props – We have a lot cooking in our minds for our future shows and you can catch a glimpse of it by watching our video! Funds would go toward stage-building and purchasing props for future shows.
Marketing – We need to extend the reach of The PULSE Project! Additional funding would give us the chance to get to a wider audience.
Technical Team & Equipment – This one’s a big one because we have big dreams! Funds would go toward the labor involved in putting together our pole and truss kit, plus the paying the team for lighting, sound, and production.
A Note from Brook
I have been working on, dreaming about and living for this company for four years now. What a journey it has been! I can’t wait to take this company to new heights! When I am in the studio with The PULSE Project dancers, I am blown away by what I see in each rehearsal! Each day with them makes me so proud to know that this project is exactly what I want to do with my life.
Your support of the The PULSE Project means everything to me and I thank you so much from the bottom of my gut for being a part of this Kickstarter.
Much love, respect, and gratefulness,
We would not come this far without the help of so many amazing and generous people.
Our support team who helped with the inception of the project and who continue to inspire us: Franz Aliquo, Freddy Bosche, Ashley Browne, Vibecke Dahle, Rick Joyce, David Korins, Justin Mabardi, Gilles Papain, Simon Sinek
Our dream team who would love to be part of future shows: Bill Mullholland (Aerial Coach), David Korins (Set Designer), Terry Notary (Stunt Coordinator)
People we have to thank because we love, love, love them for what they do!: Jazzmine Beaulieu (Photographer), Whitney Browne (Photographer), Amanda Boggs (Videographer), Daniel Case (Aerial Coach), Niyati Mehta (Graphic Designer), Leslie Sofia, Natasha Wang, Wendy Traskos at NY Pole Dancing, Kyra Johannesen and Lian Tal at Body + Pole
Composers and musicians who make beautiful music for us: Luke Notary and Dave Eggar
Donors to this Kickstarter: Jon Rothschild at Living Proof Fitness NYC, Dara Cole and Lauren Benson at Sacred Brooklyn, Gabrielle Valliere and Jillian Urrutia at Fly Fitness NYC, Brook Notary
Production Crew: David Pakenham (Rigging Designer), Dans Sheehan (Lighting Design), Adriano Valle (Technical Advisor), DeeDee Gomes (Costume Designer), Alyssa Northrop (Stage Manager), Alice K. Dugan (Producer)
Video Crew: Nicholas Clark (Director/Editor), Christopher Duff (Director of Photography), Khyber Jones (Additional Photography), Grace Barcenas (Production Assistant), Naomi Moser (Production Assistant), Juan Lindo (Assistant Editor), Jeremy Yaches at PUBLIC RECORD
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Creating a show of this magnitude has unique requirements, like high ceilings with adequate rigging attachments. Fortunately we have years of experience & many skilled colleagues & advisors to help us find creative solutions to our shows!
Those contributing $50 or more will receive a tax-deductible receipt from our non-profit fiscal sponsor, Unique Projects.