4 Performances to Mark on Your Calendar

We’re so looking forward to these four August performances of new (and one very old!) dance works from local choreographers and performers—featuring our very own teaching artists! 

Grab tickets and mark your calendars—these are not to be missed!

🗓️ Coming August 3rd & 4th… 

(poster artwork credit: Christopher Corr)

Arts Alive! presents: The Many Face of Love

a special staging of Isadora Duncan’s Brahms Waltzes

6:30pm on August 3rd & 4th at Chesterwood

Chesterwood Dancer-in-Residence and poet Ian Spencer Bell performs Lori Belilove’s staging of The Many Faces of Love—a 110 year old solo by the mother of modern dance, Isadora Duncan.

Pianist Lauren Aloia accompanies Bell in the Duncan work, playing Johannes Brahms’ 16 Waltzes, Opus 39. Also on the program is a new dance and poetry piece by Bell titled Rosing.    

An artist talk and champagne reception follows each performance.


🗓️ Coming August 10th & 11th… 

BODYSONNET presents: Blue Hour

an evening of contemporary dance

7pm on August 10th & 11th at The Foundry

This new work features a mixed bill of four world premieres—created and danced by four female artists: Mio Ishikawa (Japan), Moscelyne ParkeHarrison (USA), Sayer Mansfield (USA), and Sydney McManus (CA).

Exploring themes of intimacy, aloneness, and evolution as both individual and collective, Blue Hour leads both performers and audience on a bold, vulnerable, and beautiful odyssey.    


🗓️ Coming August 25th… 

Qualia Dance Collective presents: Chiaroscuro

a new dance work by Fiona Scruggs 

August 25th at Chesterwood

Come to the beautiful gardens of Chesterwood and enjoy the outdoor premiere of “Chiaroscuro,” choreographed by Fiona Scruggs. This new work draws on art, mannerisms, and narratives of the Baroque. Through a contemporary lens, this Baroque music and movement study juxtaposes le sacré et le profane, or the sacred and common, with the contrast of light and shadow as defined by chiaroscuro.  

“Chiaroscuro” is part of Chesterwood’s Arts Alive! lineup. All proceeds from the ticket sales will go directly towards supporting the artists!    


🗓️ Coming August 27th… 

TurnPark Art Space presents: CHASM

an evening of immersive dance & sound curated by Fern Katz

August 27th, 4-5pm at TurnPark Art Space

This evening-length performance will include two contemporary dance pieces, live violin, and post-performance Q+A with the artists. In this event, the artists explore grief, loss, reflection, reconciliation, and healing. To learn more, please check out… 

Want to support but can’t make the show? There’s a GoFundMe link below! This will go directly to compensating the collaborating artists with performance and travel stipends for all their hard work and dedication to this process. Keep an eye out for some fundraiser Pilates classes led by certified instructor, Fern Katz!

You’re Invited to Our Spring Celebration!

We’re pleased to announce that tickets for our annual Spring Celebration on May 28th & 29th are now available for purchase! All tickets are general admission and are available on a first come, first served basis.

100% of the proceeds from these performances will benefit the Pulse Tuition Assistance program.  

THANK YOU to our generous performance celebration sponsors! Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival; Berkshire Food Co-op; Tall Tree Productions; The UltraWellness Center – Dr. Mark Hyman; Alan & Benès Glackman, C.P.A., P.C.; Claudia & Joe Gold; Diane Pearlman & Jeff Diamond. 


And There’s Even More to Celebrate… 

We’d love for you to also join us for the closing celebration of Moving Life Stories at 5:30pm on June 1st at Chesterwood. It will be an evening rich in community, food, dance, storytelling, and more. All are welcome—and the event is free!   


And while you’re here…

Get to Know Our Amazing Summer Guest Artists

Our summer programs are right around the corner (exciting!), so we wanted to take a moment to introduce you to some of the truly incredible guest teaching artists that will be joining us…   

 King Charles — Chicago Footwork

(for the Hip Hop Intensive)

Sayer Mansfield — Ballet Technique

(for the Ballet Intensive)

Leighann Kowalsky — Dance & Film

(for the Contemporary Intensive)

Nkoula Badila — African Dance

(for Dance Discovery, Rhythm Alive & Contemporary Intensive)

Can’t wait to see you there!

 

Authentic Movement Workshop THIS Sunday!

Authentic Movement is a meditative, intuitive, improvisational movement practice involving a mover and a witness. It is a practice of listening, attunement; slowing and opening to a deeper sensing of body and psyche. 

Led by Paula Josa-Jones, the simple meditation of Authentic Movement will provide the container for this workshop—both for experienced movers and those who are new to this practice. With eyes closed, maintaining a focus on bodily sensation and the flow of consciousness, the mover attunes to the inner landscape of the body and allows herself to be moved by whatever impulses arise in the moment. The mover—in the presence of a compassionate witness—discovers the presence and containment of their own inner witness.    

It is certain to be a very special, meditative, and valuable experience for all bodies.   

Join us Sunday May 1st

1-4:30 pm at Pulse Studios

All ages & levels are welcome 

Meet Paula Josa-Jones

“Attention – because the body is precise

Listening – because the body is subtle

Kindness – because the body is tender”

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Paula is a dance and movement artist who has taught Authentic Movement, somatic movement studies, composition, and improvisation for the past 40 years at universities, colleges, and dance festivals nationally and internationally. Her work includes choreography for humans, inter-species work with horses, dancers and riders, film and video. She is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst (CLMA), a Registered Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist (RSMET), a Tellington TTouch Practitioner I, and a Somatic Experiencing ®, trauma-informed practitioner (SEP). She maintains a private practice in Kent, CT. Her work with clients (virtual and in person) integrates the principles of Somatic Experiencing ®, polyvagal theory, somatic movement practices and touch skills.


Last Chance to Get Your Big Y Community Bags!

Support Pulse by bringing home your groceries in Community Bags from the Big Y in GB! Saturday is the last day that Berkshire Pulse will receive a $1 donation for each bag purchased. Please spread the word!


Join the Pulse Team!

We are seeking an experienced administrator to lead the administrative functions and daily operations for Pulse. The Administrator assumes the front desk responsibility for phone, email, and registration systems. They will be tasked with facilities maintenance, announcements and communications with staff and clients, assisting with special events, as well as daily interaction with clients and studio artists.  

And a big thank you and best wishes to our current administrator, Jaimee Christinat, who will be starting her Masters in Social Work at Smith College this summer!  

Our Program Won a National Award!

The National Endowment for the Arts awards $10k to Moving Life Stories!

Berkshire Pulse has been approved for a $10,000 Challenge America Award from the National Endowment for the Arts! This award will support our program, Moving Life Stories—which offers movement and community-building activities to people of diverse ages, cultures, and communities, including recent immigrant families to the Berkshires.

To receive the Challenge America Award, we must raise matching funds. Please consider supporting this incredible program and help us meet our $10,000 goal!

HELP US MEET THE MATCH

Spotlight: Moving Life Stories

Moving Life Stories is a free workshop series led by teaching artist Tom Truss, held both in Pittsfield and at our studios here in Housatonic. Through partner organizations including Berkshire Immigrant Center, LitNet, and Volunteers in Medicine, Moving Life Stories serves recent immigrants and refugees—with Spanish translation provided—but is also open to residents of all ages and backgrounds. The workshops introduce participants to modern dance techniques, improvisation, storytelling, and dance-making. Through the process, participants find connections to one another and learn about the diverse cultures that make up our community.

SUPPORT MOVING LIFE STORIES

We Love Our Staff!

In celebration of our shiny new website, we wanted to take a moment to appreciate our incredible, talented, hardworking staff. These are the wonderful people who keep Pulse going (and growing)! Get to know them with a few fun facts… 

Bettina Montano

Founder/Artistic Director

* Swims, knits, gardens, jumps on a trampoline, cooks, walks her dog, and dreams dances.

Benjamin Court

Operations Manager

* A member of Creation Global, a Chicago Footwork dance crew.

* Plays the guitar and also produces dance music!

Susan Ingersoll

Finance Director

* Loves everything ocean—being on it, in it, and eating anything that comes out of it!

*Also loves running, thrifting, and exploring. 

Veronica Bone

Program Coordinator

* Loves exploring New England by foot, car, ski lift, and bike.

* Craving to learn more about dance film and dance theatre!

Jaimee Christinat

Administrator

* Bilingual and loves to sing (only in the car), dance, and cook!

Kim Waterman

In-School Program Coordinator

* Loves science fiction (everything from The Blob to Blade Runner to Rocky Horror) & show tunes (can be heard singing Godspell, Lil Abner & more as she cruises down rt.7).

Maxwell Chase

Front Desk Staff

* Loves to read books about history + always has the coolest socks!

Madeline Despres-Chen 

Front Desk Staff

* Recently graduated from the SomaSoul®: Somatic Therapy program at The Leven Institute for Expressive Movement! 

Alicia Ortwein

Front Desk Staff

* Been in the Pulse family for 3 years

* A homeschool teacher who loves to paint!

Andy Reynolds

Grant Writer

* The youngest of 8 children and writes plays for fun!

Moscelyne ParkeHarrison

Social Media Manager

* Grew up dancing at Pulse!

* Always trying to learn something new—by making art and diving deep into collaboration.

Jordyn Cormier

Marketing + Wordsmithery   

* Recently directed her first short film.

* Makes phenomenal gluten-free cider doughnuts!

Thank you to each and every one of you! 

Berkshire Pulse