Thank you for making this a great year for Day Eight

Dear Friends,

This has been a great year for Day Eight.

In January of 2012, the dance company premiered our new evening length work – Quis Custodiet. Quis (as I call it) explores the issue of security, and the work is ongoing. I’m humbled and grateful for everyone’s faith in the work, and by the effort bourgeon_cover_supportof the dancers, media team (Pasternak Media), and our administrative volunteers, including our interns.

Now, at the end of 2012, we are about to celebrate the publication of the Bourgeon book. The Bourgeon book includes fifty essays by fifty different artists and for those of us who believe in the arts, and study the arts, and appreciate the arts, the book is a thought-provoking and enjoyable window into the field, and the design, by Innosanto Nagaro and Design Action, is lovely.

I think of producing art, and making art, as a trust. Holding that trust is a commitment that I make to something beyond myself, but I can’t do it alone. We need your support to keep our programming going. Please join me in making an end of year donation to Day Eight. Any amount will help, and your contributions are tax deductible.

You can donate with your credit card right here, or mail a check to Day Eight at 1366 Sheridan Street NW, Washington DC 20011.

On behalf of the Board of Directors and all of the folks involved in our projects, thank you for your support!


Robert Bettmann

P.s. – If you donate $100 dollars or more I’ll send you an autographed copy of the new book as a personalized thank you. It makes a great conversation piece, or gift for the artists in your life.

Bettmann Dances in the Washington Post

On Friday August 26th The Washington Post published an article about a few of the projects included in the Smith Farm Center for the Healing Arts’ 9/11 Arts Project, including Bettmann Dances’ Quis Custodiet.

At Woolly Mammoth Theatre on Friday, Robert Bettmann, artistic director of Bettmann Dances, presents a powerful performance he choreographed and calls “Quis Custodiet,” which refers to the Latin phrase “Quis Custodiet Ipsus Custodet,” meaning “Who Shall Watch the Watchers Themselves?” Bettmann hopes to create a conversation about “what security means to us and how we pursue it.”

The dance, in three sections, starts with a retelling of the Adam and Eve story, comparing Eve to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, and examining the question of too much information made public can be dangerous.

At a rehearsal in Takoma Park, Bettmann watched as dancers practiced — soaring, twirling and trying to translate into dance the fragile concept of security.

“I want the audience to leave feeling empowered,” Bettman says. “I am not trying to moralize one way or the other. I don’t understand how terrible things happen. As an artist, it’s easy to describe a problem. It is harder to suggest a solution.”

To read the entire story, click here.

Image in the article of the company and in this post by Katherine Frey/The Washington Post.

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