Erbeste. Mad about pleasing
We are currently producing the play Erbeste and we seek your collaboration in seeing this project through in the best way possible.
Erbeste is a contemporary multidisciplinary play based on the investigative and creative works surrounding one's sense of belonging. The creative process has relied on three directors of different backgrounds, each using different methods of scenic creation -some based on text, others emotional and corporeal, and others still a mix of visual and sensual- each exploring separately, using the same biographical material and one common theme: the reflection of one's self onto another. The scenic material produced by each one of the three gave shape to the playwriting efforts which we are now producing.
The opening of Erbeste has just taken place on the 27th of October in La Fundición, located in the city of Bilbao, under the auspices of the International Contemporary Theatre Dance Festival known by its' acronym BAD. We are very happy with the outcome. New opportunities and gigs have appear from this opening. Although much work lies ahead of us and we need your support to achieve our goals.
Erbeste is the name of our protagonist. Her main vocation is that of an actress who travels through multiple destinations, goes through multiple occupations, changes from one language to the next, one texture to the next, one context after another, in her efforts to find where she belongs. She grows so accustomed to adapting and trying to fit in that she begins to forget who she is. Erbeste wants to one day become capable of being what everyone asks of her, as somebody once told her that this was, at least in part, what it takes to be an artist. That person also told her that she could only achieve success by being genuine... but how does anyone go about reaching genuine success?
Two theatre companies known as Errateke and l'Especifica, begin a coproduction of a play titled Erbeste. Later on, the International Theatre and Dance Festival of Bilbao (BAD) comes on board as co-producer and hosts the grand opening of the play.
Errateke theatre company was founded in the Basque city of Gasteiz in the year 2014 with the goal of creating and producing new works from a theatrical, musical and movement based (dance) perspective. The Plataforma l'Especifica is a Barcelona-based association involving more than thirty professional actors, dedicated to supporting those projects borne out of its' members' own inspiration and/or initiative. In its' seven year history, l'Especifica has (co) produced fourteen theatre plays, six theme-shows and two street performances, among other events.
Erbeste was created midway between Barcelona and the city of Gasteiz by one actor, three directors (one Basque, the other two Italian and Catalan), one singer/songwriter and one consultant; between sociology essays, experimentation and fun activities; half-way between an academic thesis and the need to survive due to job scarcity.
Erbeste: Rakel Ezpeleta
Bestea: Hèctor Boada
Texts & dramaturgy: Rakel Ezpeleta
Created with the help from the following directors: Simona Quartucci, Neus Suñé & Iñaki Rikarte.
Dramaturgy & director's assistant: Esther Belvís
Original music: Daniel Higiénico & Rakel Ezpeleta
Choreography "Waiting": Elisenda Moya
Acting coach: Blanca Martínez
Light design: Hèctor Boada
Graphic design: Marta Extramiana
Photos: Beatriz Marahver, Carlos Torrico, Sandra Sousa, Josep Tobella.
Production: Errateke - Plataforma l’Específica - BAD
With support from: Laboratori Tisner & Baratza Aretoa
How the budget will be spent:
The IDEAL budget for the production of Erbeste is 19.735€
The CURRENT budget we are subsisting on is 9.660€
Most of the current budget is being covered by the promotional entity attached to this project. The BAD Festival, as coproducer, has financed a part of this budget so as to obtain some technical tools which have proven to be indispensable to the initial creative and investigative phase, as well as to pay members of the art department who have collaborated throughout the initial creative phases.
These days, we still lack the funding to record the original score in a real studio which will otherwise be sung live. We also lack funding for the following: the creation of some props; the purchase of a cordless microphone for performances; the filming and editing of opening night so as to promote and put the show on the road; to pay all of the professionals who worked on this project in some capacity...
If you help us meet the goal of this promotional campaign, all funds will go to paying the studio and the musicians who will be recording the original soundtrack, to paying the costs associated with set design and props in addition to the recording and editing of promotional videos of the show, and, you will also be helping us with providing a salary to those professionals involved in the creative process. If, by chance, we exceed our expectations in terms of fundraising, we would then be able to pay them a decent salary as opposed to just a symbolic amount, as well as actually purchasing the microphone we'll be needing for our upcoming performances.
If you want to know more about us, about the project or about its funding, feel welcome to contact us with your enquiries. We'll be happy to answer you.
About our rewards policy:
Thank you very much for entering into a collaborative effort with our project. All contributions, be they large or small, are important to us just the same. Every little bit counts!!
There are some practical points we'd like to share with you regarding conditions to be taken into account when enjoying your rewards:
The Free Tickets to the shows will be good only in those venues where Erbeste is playing. Transportation costs are to be covered by the ticket holder. For the time being, in addition to the city of Bilbao, we also have shows scheduled for Barcelona (December, 2015), Gasteiz, Lekeitio and Madrid. All performance dates are pending confirmation and we will inform ticket holders in advance of said dates.
Shipping and handling costs of CD's and DVD's are included in the package. If you prefer picking up your order when coming to see the show, this is also an option.
The dinners scheduled with the artistic crew are scheduled to be held in Barcelona city and/or in Vitoria-Gasteiz. Exact dates will be organized ahead of schedule. Transportation costs of our sponsors will not be covered by production. If, on the other hand, a given sponsor decides to wait until Erbeste comes to their neck of the woods in order to enjoy dinner with us, then production will take note of this and will do everything in its' power to organize a show there.
The Workshops (Voice and Singing, or Speech and Diction in Spanish, or Creativity through theatre , or Artistic research …) should be scheduled by the sponsor themselves. Rakel Ezpeleta offers her time and her experience as a teacher/facilitator/coach on the aforementioned subjects, and she can give you advise on how to schedule the workshop.
Rakel will also put the syllabus together for each course -both content and methodology- according to the potential students' individual needs, the number of participants and the duration of the individual workshops as well as any other agreed upon set of conditions between teacher and student. The ideal number of participants will be established by Rakel according to the exact needs and goals of a given workshop, while always taking into account the needs and/or goals of the sponsor(s) themselves. The dates and times will be established under mutual accord. Transportation costs and related travel stipends of the workshop instructor are included when classes are held in the provinces of Barcelona or Araba. Classes held in all other locations will be subject to prior arrangement.
Available languages for most workshops are either Spanish, Catalan, Euskera (Basque) and English. Spanish diction classes will only be held in Spanish.
Are you a member of an association and/or theatrical organization? Do you feel that these workshops might be an asset for your creative efforts? Contact us now! Your association may yet be a sponsor of Erbeste!
Private shows of *Erbeste, or excerpts of *Erbeste will be held on mutually agreed upon dates between both parties. Transportation costs for both the technical and artistic crew -a total of 2 people – are included for shows held in Barcelona or in Vitoria-Gasteiz. They are not included anywhere else.
Image rights for the actress will be given by signed permission as a gratuity for being a sponsor supporting our project for a period of up to a year, beginning on the date said written agreement is signed. The geographical restrictions with regard to advertising and/or television commercial will be regional. A looser geographical restriction may be agreed upon in exchange for a shorter period of time. If a given commercial campaign is held over the internet, then no geographical restriction will be imposed. The costs of creation, organization and production of any commercial campaign with our image, along with any associated costs derived thereof, with the exception of the rights to the actress Rakel Ezpeleta's image, are the sole responsibility of the advertising entity.
Sponsors who are based abroad: you are more than welcome to come collaborate with our project, despite the fact that we cannot guarantee we will ever be in a position to come do a show in your country or offer you any in person perks outside of Spain, we can nonetheless give you a quick preview of the places we hope to take Erbeste. These potential future destinations include the United States (specifically New York, Nevada, San Francisco and Los Angeles in the summer of 2016), Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires, the city of Warwick in the United Kingdom and possibly more!! Become a sponsor and together we'll come up with an alternative reward to thank you for your support; they could easily include the songsheets used in the show or copies of the script with real notes written by the directors.
All rewards will be processed and distributed after the campaign ends.