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CDP Celebrates First Decade In LA

ship%20window%20jpeg%20small.jpgAfter a year in hiatus, unable to settle for average lifestyles and in love with the inherent stress involved in all productions, CDP proudly announces its  tenth anniversary event coming your way October 25th, 2008.

Location secured but not revealed yet. You know, for the usual legal reasons.

What do we have up our sleeve? Well, like with all good circus endeavors, we’re trying to create a bit of anticipation by not revealing a whole lot since the picture isn’t complete until we’ve gotten your input.  

This event, which commemorates our first decade in LA will be full of the things you love & associate with CDP: an underground locality, poetry & magic in the atmosphere, circus characters in the house and fire in the air.

As usual, we’ll attempt to challenge our audience in their most vulnerable spot: their comfort zone. We hope you’ll leave our event more aware than dazzled, hopefully highly entertained but also ‘in the loop’.

What will be the event’s theme?

We’re still exploring all avenues and will meet CDP’s most loyal supporters soon to consult with them about the alternatives. Given the vast amount of work that went into Psychonauts, it makes sense for us to feature some of the most prominent works in this event that couldn’t be presented at that time.

After the anniversary event is over, we intend to produce two more events during the following 12 months on April 25th and October 25th 2009 respectively. These additional events would help us save more money in the addition to the funds derived from the anniversary event.

Our overall goal with announcing these three small events aimed at a crowd of 200 paying participants each and with a production team of no more than 20 is to generate money toward a fund for future CDP’s events. More specifically: in the past, Circo de Poesia has depended completely on the financial and artistic resources of some of its main supporters in order to carry out events. We believe that if we generate money from three small events and save the money earned at the door we should be able to have a production fund available to CDP for future productions. This offers many advantages since CDP no longer needs to rely on the financial well-being of a few supporters. Having this fund available would let us concentrate in the next event knowing that CDP already has the budget needed already from the start.

At the end of these three events, by October 25, 2009, Circo de Poesia’s production fund would potentially have about 9000 dollars from the profits derived from the three previous events. This 9000 dollar fund would constitute the total of the Production Fund for CDP’s future events. Because CDP would no longer need money from anyone to finance its next event, all the proceeds collected at the door would go back to the fund again.

It is time that CDP’s endeavors are not directly linked to the financial well-being of its principals. For the many for whom we hope Circo de Poesia means something, it will also guarantee future CDP productions without financially stressing anyone involved.  

We can’t imagine Circo de Poesia without your presence & contributions so we hope you’ll join us during the production of, or during the actual events.

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