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“Stories That Move”
Boots on the Ground Theater
…in their own words.
The stage is my street corner. Stories are my signs. Words are my revolution.
Theater is a rehearsal for life, a vessel for social change. When a great story is coupled with compelling artistry, performer and audience become one: intellectually, visually, viscerally, and emotionally.
Together, we move past the here-and-now. Together we see what can be.
And, when we make all that part of the story, we also discover how we can get our world to where we want it to be.
Charlotte "Cha" Goldsmith
More and more, new ways to define success in the performing arts are driving artistic creativity. Audiences count on us to build these new conduits, and to empower artists to present their storytelling in compelling form, style and substance.
When that happens, it is empowering for artist and spectator alike. Artists immediately see and feel the impact of their achievements up close and personal. Audiences are rewarded with sound, light, and the physical narrative of stories they will always remember.
Art is a bonding agent, a language by which people working together excavate moments of truth — through abstracts of the human experience. It is somehow eternal yet ephemeral, personal and communal, catharsis and corruption
I have a feverish curiosity to explore the limits of the human body. The ways by which we move can heal us, tell a story, and move others. Life is movement on all scales.
We tend to focus on the “who” and “what” of art. Looking deeper at the “how” and “why”, art becomes a powerful tool for change.
…in NPAFE’s own words: why
BOTG Imagineers are in demand.
Boots On The Ground Theater is in demand. For its success in creativity, planning, and execution of visionary new works. And for its audacity, which has people asking: “How are they managing to get this far this fast?”
You’ll like the answer.
An especially inspired group of young professional performers, filmmakers, directors, dancers, writers, and people with business smarts, the principals at Boots On The Ground Theater decided while still in college in 2016, that, in their own way, they were going to change the world.
Unlike most people with that dream, they are actually pulling it off.
Testimony to BOTG creativity, persistence, and hard work, mental health professionals with the Veterans Administration partnered with Boots On The Ground Theater to present George Brant’s Grounded at several VA locations during 2017. In Grounded, Goetz solos for 90 minutes as a dangerously stressed grounded Air Force pilot now relegated to a windowless room controlling an in-theater combat drone thousands of miles away.
On the heels of that early BOTG success, the troupe traveled to Wisconsin to debut its original work, See Me For Who I Am, a stage adaptation of a book of the same title created in partnership with the original authors.
Next? The Piccolo Spoleto Festival, official companion piece to South Carolina’s annual Spoleto Festival, invited Boots On The Ground Theater to remount Grounded in a four-performance series, once again partnering with mental-health-in-combat specialists. Result? A large brand new audience of theater goers for the Spoleto Festival, people so moved by the performances that they all stayed for over an hour to discuss the show after it ended.
Less than a week later, led by Hedrick, the team moved into the Eau Gallie Arts District on Florida’s space coast, partnering performers, musicians, engineers, and astronauts in a month-long residency combining art, technology, and community. The surprising outcome: Darkside by Ken Jones, an immersive performance innovatively performed “in 360” with the actors revolving around the audience who were seated in the center of the room.
More was to come, and very quickly. Not a week later, BOTG premiered its original work Girls Aren’t Funny in Conway, South Carolina, an evening of female stand-up comedians to raise money for local women’s shelters, where BOTG musicians then performed live in those shelters.
Now there is more. Boots On The Ground Theater has secured initial 5-figure financial backing and film industry support for Aliyah, a new-format documentary about Ukrainian Jews chasing a better life despite the history of persecution and present-day discrimination in their native country.
A result of Goetz’s own on-the-ground winter 2017 interviews in Ukraine – including the war zone on the Russian border, Aliyah combines interview-style storytelling with movement and dance, putting the audience in the driver’s seat to navigate through an immersive experience full of surprises.
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