SPINDALS – You may not currently be able to attend a personal performance at the Foundation Performing Arts and Conference Center, but your cardboard twin can.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the foundation is unable to host live performances. Instead, she has launched an initiative to create a “virtual audience” that can participate in a virtual performance recording. Participants in the “Virtual You” Fund Drive can view their cardboard likenesses and performers online after the shows are recorded and published.

The first performance will be hosted by the Ballet Nepantla Dance Company of New York, NY. It will be shot on Saturday February 13th and will be released later. Patrons who donate will have a custom cardboard cutout made of themselves and placed in the theater for this performance and any other virtual concert recordings that will take place later this spring.

The cutout can show anyone, even a pet! The deadline for a seat cutout for the first virtual performance ends on Monday, February 8th. When the foundation reopens to the public, the clippings will be given to each donor.

The foundation will publish details of how donors can access these and future benefits at a later date. Donors have early access to the viewing.

There are four different donor levels:

  • The Friend Level is a $ 50 donation and the donor will have a virtual “you” seat in the audience.
  • The Patron level is a $ 75 donation. The donor will receive a virtual “you” seat and confirmation on the foundation’s website.
  • The “Director” level is a donation of $ 150. The donor will receive two virtual “you” seats, a confirmation on the foundation’s website and a confirmation on the event video.
  • The Producer level is a $ 500 donation. The donor will receive up to eight virtual “you” seats, a confirmation on the foundation’s website, a confirmation on the event video and a ticket for a vehicle to attend a donor’s event for the foundation’s drive-in concert series.

According to its website, “Ballet Nepantla combines contemporary dance with Mexican folklorico in order to explore new interpretations for the exploration of cultural and historical” spaces in between “(https://www.balletnepantla.com/).