Call for Dancers!
First meeting/rehearsal: Saturday, March 24 at 4:00 PM
Dancers are needed for a structured improvisational modern dance supporting the West Stockbridge Historic Society.
Award winning choreographer Rozann Kraus is creating a work for an outdoor event in a fundraiser for the West Stockbridge Historical Society. The piece will be a combination of modern choreography and sophisticated improvisation, to be performed on Friday, 8 June, 2018, 5:00pm at Turn Park, a 14-acre piece of heaven in West Stockbridge. She’s looking for diverse dancers with solid modern technique, varied performance experience, an openness to experimentation and a sense of humor. There will be at most 4 rehearsals, to be arranged based on availabilities, during April and May.
Questions to: Rozann@Rozann.net
FREE! Family Show at Berkshire Pulse ,”TOP BANANAS!”
Bring the kids! Nutshell Playhouse kicks up its heels at Berkshire Pulse!
Sunday, March 25 at 1:00 PM
TOP BANANAS! is a fantasy filled performance of visual and musical delights, with special guests Annie Anaconda the singing snake, Engelburt, the morphing storyteller, Zesty with her melodious saw, tap dancing by Nemonee, a motley crew of instruments played by Donut, brand spanking new songs, and of course, our usual abundance of frolicsome shenanigans. Performed by Berkshire County Actors Stefanie Lynx Weber, Maizy Broderick Scarpa and Mark Hohlstein with live music by Don Jordan. Supported by the Great Barrington Cultural Council.
Nutshell Playhouse is committed to bringing imaginative live theater to diverse audiences. If cost is a concern, please reach out to us. Together we can develop a plan to fund a performance for your community. Let’s encourage each other and keep these unique offerings on the map and available for all. www.nutshellplayhouse.org
YOGA – BEGINNERS WORKSHOP (4-Week Series)
Four Saturdays, March 24, 31, April 7 & 14, 2-3:30 PM
Past Workshops & Events
ZUMBATHON! ZUMBA FUNDRAISER FOR DRUMS
Saturday, March 3rd, 2-4:00 PM
Live Drumming 4-4:30 PM
Adults: $25, students 18 years and under: $15
Pre-Register by calling or emailing email@example.com
Zumba with special guest instructor, Tuan Nguyen, and your favorite Pulse teachers Lindsey Berkowitz, Erin Naylor, Kim Waterman!
Plus boogie to live drumming 4:00-4:30 PM with Rick Shrum and Pulse drummers!
Whether you dance for the entire time, or just drop in and out of the studio, join us for refreshments and fun.
All proceeds go to buying new drums for Pulse’s World Music and Dance Program and In-School Programs!
If you can’t join us, you can still support our drum fundraiser by clicking here!
DISTILLING DANCE: A workshop investigating the embodiment of movement and the choreographic process
With Moscelyne ParkeHarrison and Sean Lammer
For Teens & Adults ages 14+, Intermediate Level
March 9, 2018, 3:45-6:45PM
COST: An additional $10 fee for the teens that are already part of the level 3 ballet class on that afternoon. All other students pay $20.
Moscelyne ParkeHarrison (Berkshire Pulse Alum) and Sean Lammer will lead a workshop influenced by their shared experiences in the dance world. Throughout their training and experience working with choreographers they have learned about the importance of embodying movement, and supplying one’s own creative voice in a choreographic process. Their objective is to expand the minds and bodies of young dancers through the exploration of his/her own range of motion. They aim to instill a sense of the inquisitive nature required of making dance as well as a new sensitivity to art and the creative process. With a loose frame in place, each dancer/thinker will be free explore how he/she fits into the workshop as an individual.
The three-part workshop includes a guided improvisation warm up focused on giving new sensory meaning to familiar technical ideas; a base phrase for a duet which they performed at Juilliard, and plan to dance in the Emerging choreographers Gala at Berkshire Pulse in May, for the participants to feel confident in their execution and individual interpretation of the phrase; and with coaching students will develop their own version of the phrase, and share their discoveries via movement.
MOSCELYNE PARKEHARRISON & SEAN LAMMER
Distilling Dance: A workshop investigating the embodiment of movement and the choreographic process
March 9, 2018
Moscelyne began her dance training in the thriving artistic atmosphere of the Berkshires. She attended Walnut Hill School for the Arts where she received a broad dance education, as well as the opportunity to choreograph works for the student choreography showcases. She is now a rising third year at the Juilliard School where she has had the pleasure of performing new works by Helen Simoneau, Katatzyna Skarpetowska, and Roy Assaf, as well as the repertoire of José Limón, and Nacho Duato. In addition to main stage performances she partakes in outreach programs, student choreography workshops, and collaborative processes with composers. She is a Gluck Community Fellow, a volunteer for Dance for Parkinson’s Disease, and a past member of the PEPS Ensemble. Last year she served as a Residence Life Assistant in the Meredith Rose Wilson Residence Hall.
During her summers Moscelyne has studied in a variety of programs including: Peridance BLUEPRINT, Ballet Austin, Saratoga Summer Dance Intensive, Vail Valley Dance Intensive, River North Dance Chicago, Movement Invention Project, Northwest Dance Project, The Graham Workshop, Doug Varone and Dancers, Stephen Petronio Company at the Skidmore Summer Workshops. At these programs she has had the opportunity to perform works by Jiří Kylián, Martha Graham, Sidra Bell, George Balanchine, Frank Chavez, Igal Perry, Ihsan Rustem, Elijah Labay. In addition to performing Moscelyne enjoys choreographing and collaborating with other artists. She has choreographed two main stage pieces for Walnut Hill’s New Works program. A piece of her choreography was recently performed at Juilliard’s Choreographic Honors concert, as well as ChoreoComp. This past year she had the opportunity to perform the solo “Pitch Pause Please” by Robert Dekkers, to the score of Samuel Carl Adams. She performed this solo along with the percussionist Tyler Cunningham. Most recently Moscelyne had the opportunity to attend the Jacob’s Pillow Contemporary Ensemble Program. She performed original works by Marguerite Donlon, and Jae Man Joo, and performed an excerpt of Bill T. Jone’s D-Man in the Waters on the Inside/Out stage.
Sean began dancing at the age five in his hometown of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. In 2012, with the pursuit of concentrating his studies, he transferred to Walnut Hill School for the Arts. He graduated in 2015. He has spent summers studying at Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet (2010-2012), Alonzo King LINES Ballet (2013), Pacific Northwest Ballet (2014), Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (2015), and Arts Umbrella (2016). Currently, Sean is in his third year at The Juilliard School in New York City where he’s worked closely with choreographers Zack Winokur, Helen Simoneau, Katarzyna Skarpetowska, and Roy Assaf. He has also performed repertoire by José Limón and Nacho Duato. While at Juilliard, Sean has discovered an interest in outreach and teaching. Sean is currently a Gluck Community Fellow.
In the past he took part in the 10th Juilliard/New Orleans exchange where he accompanied a small group of Juilliard artists to New Orleans, Louisiana to teach, perform, and work closely with the Habitat for Humanity organization. Sean also joined another group of Juilliard artists in Osceola County, Florida, where he spent two weeks teaching dance at a program called stART. Both programs share a mission of creating positive change through art.
REPERTORY – MODERN 3 – Advanced
Ze’eva Cohen, Bettina Montano and Laurie Freedman, Saturdays 1:00-3:30 PM
Adult participants may purchase a 10-class or 20-class Community Class Pass to participate.
Introductory rehearsal, Saturday, Jan 13, 1-3:00 PM
Intergenerational, Age 14+
“Sharing of the Water” Choreographed by Dancer/Choreographer/Educator Ze’eva Cohen
Repertory Workshop, Spring 2018
This repertory workshop will encompass the restaging of Ze’eva Cohen’s piece “Sharing of the Water.” The cast will be comprised of 10 or more dancers including intermediate/advanced level 3 Pulse students ages 14+ and adult women performers of mixed ages.
The subject of “Sharing of the Water” is migration and the yearning for a land that is a safe home. The choreography suggests peace making and reconciliation between a tight-knit community and a lone figure, representing a foreigner, a refugee, and “the other.” As danced to an Israeli/Middle Eastern song sung by Ofra Haza, the piece depicts a unified community of women that is shattered due to a man-made or a natural calamity from which a bond, for survival’s sake, is made between remnants of that group and the stranger. The piece is performed by women. The movement material is derived from Middle Eastern and Modern Dance traditions, unique to Ze’eva’s heritage and style.
In addition to learning a new movement style and artistic sensibility, students will have the opportunity to experience and understand that dance can represent a human situation and bring about new thinking and change.
Rehearsals and performances will take place as follows:
Saturday, Jan 13: Introductory rehearsal 1-3:00 PM with Ze’eva
Saturdays, Jan 27-May 19: 1-3:30 PM Warm up class/rehearsal with Bettina Montano and Laurie Freedman
Rehearsals with Ze’eva:
Jan 20, Feb 3 and 17, March 3 and 17, April 7, 1:30-3:30 PM
Wed, Thurs, and Fri April 18, 19, 20, 5:30-7:30 PM
Sat, April 21, May 12, 1:30-3:30 PM
Tech Rehearsals and Performances:
Thurs, May 24: Tech rehearsal at theater (evening time TBD)
Fri, May 25: Dress rehearsal (evening time TBD)
Sat and Sun May 26-27: Matinee performances 2 PM at Simon’s Rock Daniel Arts Center.
Saturday June 9, Community Day at Jacobs Pillow (Time TBD)
When Ze’eva is not in residence Bettina will offer weekly warm-up/class on Saturdays from 1-2:15 (optional for adult participants) and Laurie Freedman will conduct rehearsals from 2:15-3:30PM. When Ze’eva is in residence, there will be a warm up from 1:00-1:30 and then Ze’eva will conduct rehearsal until 3:30 PM.
Friday, December 22nd
Hip Hop class for teens and adults
all levels ages 12+ $20 or included in your community class pass if you have one.
Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 2 pm
Please join us for a very special presentation of work created by our YCI under the guidance of dance making teacher Susan Quinn.
Berkshire Pulse, 420 Park Street, Housatonic, MA
Open Studio Week
December 13-21, 2017
December 13-21 is our annual Performing Arts Program OPEN STUDIO period. This is a time to observe your child in class and also a wonderful opportunity for students and friends to observe each other’s classes. Interested prospective students may also visit to observe at this time. New community class members get the added bonus of trying 1 FREE class
Berkshire Pulse | 420 Park Street, Housatonic, MA | 413.274.6624