Tiit Helimets, San Francisco Ballet’s Princely Estonian Dancer, to Present Unique Performance Art Installation at De Young Museum

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Tiit Helimets, San Francisco Ballet’s golden-haired Estonian, most frequently associated with the ‘white tights’ roles of ballet royalty, has a new venture and it is a treasure trove of collaborative riches, full of familiar San Francisco Ballet dancer talent in very unfamiliar ways (many surprises in store for those that proudly consider themselves ‘San Francisco Balletomanes’, as we like to say in OdetteSpeak), and so chock full of varied artistic promise that the description “unique multi-media installation” barely scratches the surface. Yet these are the words I, myself, chose to write in the Kickstarter ad below, to support Mr. Helimets’s upcoming show at the De Young Museum.
When you’ve read about the one-time only evening of world premieres to be presented on October 12, 2012, from 6:30-8:30pm, my enthusiasm will likely spread like wildfire;  it is my hope that you will then click on the link that takes you directly to the ‘Kickstarter’ ad, at the bottom of this post, and join me in supporting this incredible event…and the ‘behind-the-scenes’ companion film that will be made to document the artistic process associated with the installation.
(If for no other reason than seeing the accompanying video trailer on the ‘Kickstarter’ site, which features a paint splattered Tiit talking about his project, a mysterious ballerina’s feet in pointe shoes, and a list of incredible ‘perks’ to those who support the project. you must go there and check it out.)
(Or you can just skip reading it below, and go straight to the Kickstarter ad here.)
Here it is-
‘What I Wrote and Why I Wrote It’:

Tiit Helimets and Co.- The de Young Project, Fall, 2012

On October 12, 2012, from 6:30-8:30 pm, Tiit Helimets, Principal Dancer with San Francisco Ballet and Artistic Director of Tiit Helimets and Co, will be presenting a unique multi-media installation at the prestigious M.H. de Young Memorial Museum in San Francisco, one of the most respected fine arts museums in the U.S.

This remarkable and unprecedented project is an homage to Mr. Helimets’s Estonian roots, with particular inspiration drawn from the colors of his homeland’s flag. Tiit is known for his generosity amongst his co-workers in the world of ballet and the ‘de Young Project’ is no exception; this fresh Tiit Helimets and Co. endeavor will, once again, be a collaborative effort which includes some of ballet’s finest dancers, as they explore their artistic talents beyond the world of classical ballet.

In addition to showcasing the previously unknown artistic talents of some of the San Francisco Ballet’s most familiar movers (normally seen on the stage of the War Memorial Opera House), the installation will include an extraordinary presentation of multiple world premieres, in a veritable bouquet of fine and performing arts:

Dancers: Dana Genshaft, Myles Thatcher, and Luke Willis
Narrators: Shannon Roberts and Molly Shaiken
Original specially commissioned musical composition: Jonah Kim
Singer: Shannon Roberts
Makeup: Melanie Birch                                                                                      Stage Manager: Jane Green
Costumes and Jewelry: Dores Andre and Jaime Garcia-Castilla
The world premiere poem that inspired the entire project: Abi Basch
Live painting performance of ‘Synesthesia’: Dustin Shane, who ‘sees’ music as it is played
Photography: Alexander Reneff-Olson
Screening of Eastern Odyssey: Quinn Wharton’s film of Tiit Helimets and Co.’s 2011 Summer Tour to Estonia


“Blue, Black, and White” a brand new film by Rapt Productions

In this brand new film, Tiit has given us yet another behind-the-scenes opportunity to watch the entire creative process of Tiit Helimets and Co. “Blue, Black and White” chronicles the de Young Project as it unfolds, leading right up to the actual performance installation. And this is where you can make a difference.

If you have said to yourself (even once!), “wow”, while reading about this sensational hand-selected group of artists that will be displaying their heretofore hidden talents, please make a donation to bring Tiit Helimets’s vision to life; the de Young Museum has provided the installation space, but the project and film cannot happen without your additional support to fund the costs of film production and materials.

Tiit Helimets and Co. continues to bring us closer to understanding the creative process of the artists we most respect and will once again give some fabulous exclusive perks in return for your support; to whet your appetite, take a look at the list of goodies attached to each level of donation.

And did we mention that there will be an ongoing series of film teasers, for donors only, unveiling the ongoing progress of the project leading up to the installation? Or that there might be those wonderful artist conversations and interviews for your viewing pleasure?

No donation is too small; remember-it is a collaborative effort of donors that will ultimately support this collaborative effort of artists.

Thanks for sharing the vision!

With Great Gratitude,

Tiit Helimets and Co.

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Please click here to go directly to the Kickstarter ad, so you can view the video and donate!
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See you at the de Young!!!

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2 Responses to Tiit Helimets, San Francisco Ballet’s Princely Estonian Dancer, to Present Unique Performance Art Installation at De Young Museum

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