Our Alma Alone Fund Drive has begun!  In support of our 3 week creative residency organized in collaboration with House of Culture, Celje. 

The project culminates with a performance outreach at the renowned Cankarjev Dom

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WE'VE RAISED $14,000 to date!

American Dance Abroad:  Rapid Transit $1,000 (for artist travel)
RSFF: $1,000 (for artist travel)


kindly supported by the Embassy of Slovenian Republic in Washington

Kelly Family Foundation: $5000
Terence Kelly: $2000
Ursula and Howard Johnson: $2,000
Anonymous: $500
Nicholas Mannino: $250
Christiane Schulmberger: $500
Misa Kelly: $200
Jenny Bradford: $100
Susie Brandmeyer: $100
Weslie Ching: $100
The Doede Family: $100
Sheli Potmesil: $100
Albert Reid: $100
Susan Alexander: $50
Karl B.: $50
Hylla Fischer: $50
Kaita Lepore: $50
Julie McLeod: $50
Barbara Heinrich: $50
Dr. Irva Hertz-Picciotto: $50
Elizabeth Munsell: $50
Lissa Resnick: $40
David J.: $40
Valarie Mulberry: $25
Joanna Nobbe: $20
Celeste Pearlman: $20
Eve Konstantine: $10
Autumn Fawn: $10
Rosalina Mathies: $10
Marco Pinter: $10

IN-KIND Donations
Cecily Stewart, $2,000 value, frequent flier miles towards purchase of an artist ticket to and from Slovenia
Our collaborators, House of Culture, Celje is arranging:
Two weeks of free rehearsal space at IGEN Dance Theatre in Celje
Greatly reduced rates at MCC Hostel for housing
One week to create in the Cankarjev Dom
Promotion for a performance outreach

Research Residencies Completed
2013 - Dragon's Egg
2014 - La Combadura Residency

Research Residencies Scheduled
July 2014 - Dragon's Egg
November 2014 - Manhattan Ave Residency

June 2015 - Final Creative Residency and Performance Outreach
in collaboration with Celje, House of Culture
June 1-June 14th: Celje, Slovenia
June 18-22nd: Ljubjlana, Slovenia
Alma Alone
Alma Sama
Alma Allein

June 18th, June 22nd
World Premiere of evening length work at the Cankarjev Dom
June 18th, June 22nd
Cankarjev Dom

This project began in 2011 when Mojca Majcen traveled from Slovenia with Dance Theatre IGEN to participate in the inaugural international ADaPT Festival produced by Misa and Stephen Kelly.  The Festival won a prestigious "indy Award" for Artistic Direction, was produced in Austria in 2012 in collaboration with Regina Picker and RAW MATTERS, and returned to the US in 2013 as a tri-city festival with events in New York, Santa Barbara, and Pasadena.

Majcen came to know the Kellys quite well in the context of the first festival, and after viewing repertory on YouTube expressed an interest in collaborating.  

In 2012 the group merged sensibilities:  Misa with 18 years experience with SonneBlauma Danscz Theatre, Stephen with 25 years experience as Stephen Kelly Music, and Mojca with over a decade of professional dance experience touring the globe with Dance Theatre IGEN.  The organization formed shifted from a hierarchical structure to a lateral organizational style sharing roles and embracing a collaborative and co-creative style and ArtBark International was formed.

In 2012, while in residence in Slovenia generating a new work, the Kellys were introduced to dramaturgist Marijan Pušavec by Mojca.   The group decided to explore developing a project together with areas of interest being the life of Alma Karlin and the concept of Urban Legends.  Misa, whose maternal grandparents both immigrated from the region while it was Yugoslavia had opportunity to  meet relatives living in Celje, Logarska Dolina, and Koper. 

Beginning in 2012 we began to work towards developing an evening length work creating sections in the short form that we have performed on the East Coast in Connecticut and New York; on the West Coast in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles, and in Europe in Slovenia.  

Our intent is to weave together these sections with a through line inspired by the life of Alma Karlin and premiere the work in Slovenia in 2015.