2021 Spring Celebration
An annual fundraiser for the Tuition Assistance Program
Saturday & Sunday June 19 & 20 4PM & 6PM
(Rain dates Tuesday & Wednesday June 22 & 23)
The annual performance is our chance to celebrate our artistic community, particularly the youth and teens who have worked so hard throughout this very challenging year. It is also our primary fundraising event of the year, supporting our Tuition Assistance Program, which makes Pulse programs accessible to everyone regardless of their ability to pay. A full third of our students receive some tuition assistance.
Special thanks to our generous performance sponsors
Jen Daily, LICSW
Charlie Ferris & Melissa Mishcon (In honor of Ann & Weston Hicks, longtime supporters of Berkshire Pulse)
Alan & Benes Glackman
Claudia Gold/The Hello It’s Me Project
Bruce Humes/Tall Tree Productions
Wendy Adams McCain
Shana & Robert ParkeHarrison
Diane Pearlman & Jeff Diamond
Please note we are dividing our Spring Celebration into two performance groups in order to keep our attendance numbers COVID-compliant. *Make sure you are purchasing your tickets for the correct performance*
4PM Saturday and Sunday:
Foundations – ages 8-10
Ballet 3 – ages 14+
Jazz Fundamentals -ages 11+
Intermediate Tap – ages 11+
Flamenco – ages 9-12
Jazz 2 – ages 11+
Modern 2 -ages 11+
Modern 4 -ages 16+
Dance for Boys – ages 11+
Young Choreographers Workshop – ages 14+
Broadway Jazz – ages 13+
6PM Saturday and Sunday:
Modern 1 – ages 9-11
Modern 2 – ages 11+
Modern 3 -ages 13+
Dance for Boys – ages 11+
Advanced Tap -ages 11+
Ballet 3 -ages 14+
Modern 4 -ages 16+
Young Choreographers Workshop -ages 14+
Broadway Jazz -ages 13+
Young Choreographers Initiative
Access to the seating and performance area will be opened 30 minutes prior to each performance. There are many other beautiful areas for picnics on the Chesterwood grounds if you wish to attend earlier.
2021 Arts Alive! Kick Off for Chesterwood
Sunday, May 30 at 5pm.
Tickets available on the Chesterwood website.
Performance by: Berkshire Pulse Young Choreographers Initiative
Music by: Ronald Feldman, cello & Victoria Wolf Lewis, violin
Reading by: Owen Lewis, poet
A magical late afternoon gathering in the garden to celebrate the arts with original dance; Haydn’s String Duo in D major; and readings from a new collection of poetry inspired by Chesterwood and the cultural legacy of the Berkshires.
2021 In-studio Ballet Presentation
Saturday, June 12 at 2pm, 3pm & 4pm at Berkshire Pulse
Presenting work from the Beginner Ballet, Ballet 1, Ballet 2, and Ballet 4 performing youth classes.
Annual Performance Celebration & Fundraiser
Cancelled due to Covid
“Spirits of the Forest” Halloween Walk at Chesterwood
A Fundraiser for Berkshire Pulse’s Tuition Assistance Program
Join us for an artistically engaging, family-friendly and interactive Halloween walk through the woods and gardens of Chesterwood. Our own “spirits of the forest” will dance and guide you through the grounds to mysterious spaces where you’ll see dance pieces from the Berkshire Pulse community. The 45-minute event will end with safely packaged candy and a socially distanced Monster Mash dance party for everyone. Wear your costume and bring a container for your candy!
Four opportunities to join in the fun:
Friday, October 30 at 2:30pm and 4:30pm
Saturday, October 31 at 2:30pm and 4:30pm
$10 per person
Children up to age 2 are free
25 person limit per performance, one performance per person
You will be notified if your selected performance is moved to a rain date.
You can also book by going to the Chesterwood website.
Questions: Call Berkshire Pulse at 413-274-6624
Two Performances and a Masterclass with BodySonnet
Presented by Chesterwood Garden and Berkshire Pulse
Performances September 4th and 5th, 6:30-7:30pm
Masterclass September 3rd, 6-7:30pm
Rain date September 7th, 6-7:30pm
Chesterwood Gardens | Chesterwood Estate | 4 Williamsville Rd, Stockbridge, MA
Performance Information and Ticketing: https://www.chesterwood.org
Class Registration at https://berkshirepulse.org/forms-info/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
An Evening at Chesterwood Garden | A contemporary dance collective prioritizing site-specific work, BodySonnet’s performance is directly inspired by the Chesterwood estate and the nature of the titular artist’s work as a sculptor. Through the impermanent and fleeting nature of dance, we aim to accentuate Daniel Chester French’s distillations of the human form and explore the inherent intersectionality of dance and sculpture.
The performance created by the four BodySonnet dancers runs 25-30 minutes. The work is accompanied by local violist and composer Bram Fisher. Directly following there will be a post-performance discussion and Q & A (20mins) led by Donna Hassler, Executive Director of Chesterwood.
Tickets: $20 Adult, $5 for children 13 and under. Reservation required at https://www.chesterwood.org
Take Space | BodySonnet artists offer two masterclasses and a chance to join in exploring dance in the outdoors. Through improvisation and classical, modern and jazz structures, participants will have an opportunity to explore their individual movement. The dancers will be encouraged to embrace this unconventional class setting and shed a new light on their movement. Class will conclude with a choreographed movement phrase sourced directly from the collective’s upcoming performance: An Evening at Chesterwood Garden.
ABOUT | BodySonnet is a collective of young contemporary dance makers and performers Co-Founded in 2019 by recent graduates of The Juilliard School. Their work is to initiate projects in various communities in order to provide locals with unique performance experiences. As a collective, they thrive in unconventional spaces and have made site-specific performance a central part of their creative process. Especially in light of COVID-19, the collective aims to bring art to communities through unconventional methods in which neither the art nor the audience’s safety is compromised. BodySonnet is a recipient of the inaugural Anthony Quinn Foundation Fellowship and fiscally sponsored by Satellite Collective.
PERFORMANCES FALL 2019
Create Dance + Art at Chesterwood!
Oct. 12th & 19th 3:15-5:45pm
Oct. 26 4:30-5:30pm
Please join the Berkshire Pulse community in a unique dance workshop event that will happen on the grounds of Chesterwood in Stockbridge.
The project is inspired and informed by the sculptures of Rick and Laura Brown that are installed throughout the woods and grounds of Chesterwood. In it, site-specific dances will be created in two Saturday afternoon rehearsals with participants on October 12th and 19th from 3:15-5:45pm. Those creations will then be performed on Saturday Oct 26 from 4:30-5:30pm.
The dances will be easy to learn and fit for anyone of any age and experience level. So bring your kids, your parents, your neighbors or just yourself and be part this amazing opportunity to create art at Chesterwood.
Call Berkshire Pulse at 413.274.6624 with questions — and to let us know you’ll be joining us!
Chesterwood is the former summer home and studio of Daniel Chester French (1850-1931), sculptor of the Minute Man and Lincoln Memorial Abraham Lincoln statues and a leading artist of his era. The site, located in idyllic Stockbridge, Massachusetts, includes: French’s home and studio; museum collections of objects owned or created by him; an archive of historic documents and photographs (The Chesterwood Archives are located at the Chapin Library at Williams College); outbuildings; and 122 acres of designed and wooded landscape.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation maintains the historic buildings, collections, and landscape as a museum for the public. A contemporary sculpture exhibition has been guest-curated and sited throughout the core of the property for four decades and a year-round artist-in-residence program is in development.
PERFORMANCES SPRING 2019
2019 Performance celebration and fundraiser
May 25 and 26
Saturday and Sunday 3 PM
At the Daniel Arts Center, Great Barrington Bard College at Simons Rock
Tickets available online at Mahaiwe box office or in person at Mahaiwe Theatre Box Office: 14 Castle Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230 (413)528-0100
An inspiring and joyful performance for the whole family!
The annual performance is our chance to celebrate our artistic community, particularly the youth and teens who have worked so hard throughout the year. It is also our primary fundraising event of the year, supporting our Tuition Assistance Program, which makes Pulse programs accessible to everyone regardless of their ability to pay. A full third of our students receive some tuition assistance!
“The performance was a delight! Young students capture the rhythm and grace of everyday movement and transform it into emotional communication. This results in gripping, intense, funny and surprising dances with performers as young as six.”
– Audience Member, 2018