ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE
What does this mean? When Pulse has an artist in residence, we offer studio space to the artists for rehearsals and choreographic development. In exchange, the artists offer discounted teaching rates and help with the facilitation of programs, performances, studio care and upkeep.
At its core, BODYSONNET is a collective of young contemporary dance makers and performers. Their foremost mission is to initiate projects in an array of communities that provide locals with unique and inclusive performance experiences. While they are a collective of artists fluent in dance, they aim to make work which highlights the intersectionality of many mediums. Founded in 2019, the collective has explored performance in both traditional and non-traditional spaces. These include found spaces of racquetball courts in a local athletic center, a large open field on a boarding school campus, a sculpture garden in the Berkshires, as well as thrust and proscenium theater spaces. A principle effort in BODYSONNET’s mission is to create with zero waste in an entire process and share dance with communities that feel they lack certain accessibility to the arts.
BODYSONNET is fiscally sponsored by Satellite Collective, a member of the CreativePeacebuilder’s program established by The Peace Studio, and inaugural recipients of the Anthony Quinn Foundation Fellowship and Walnut Hill School for the Arts Artistic Fellowship Program.
“Pulse is the creative spark,” says Moscelyne ParkeHarrison, co-founder of BODYSONNET. “This extraordinary organization continues to teach me the dedication and commitment necessary to hone this spark into a fire that ignites fearless artistry, and the tools to create with warmth and a collective spirit.
“From an early age Pulse gave me permission to discover why I dance — since that moment I have worked to create such contexts in my own work, in the classroom and the rehearsal room. Returning to Pulse feels more like a revolution than a home coming. I am excited by the ways in which we can learn from each other in order to build an embodied community and a collective which celebrates the individual, process, and performance.”
Photo credit: Monica Hamilton for ARENA
ReWritten explores the often silenced intimate relationship between authors Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville. Moving between their lives, work, and remaining letters, ReWritten uses an intergenerational queer love story that helped shape American literature as a portal to reflect on friendship, writing, social morés, letters and notions of queerness. Conceived of by Tom Truss and co-created with Matthew Cumbie, ReWritten lives on stage and in the communities we engage with. With our creative team and community partners we ask questions like, what can you write that you can’t say? When we look between the lines of what we read, where can we see ourselves? And when was the last time you wrote of love?
The first staged performance of ReWritten will take place as a site-specific immersive performance tour of Arrowhead at 7pm, August 13-15, with additional community engagements happening in the weeks leading up to the performance. To purchase your ticket, and learn more about this performance and safety protocols, visit www.berkshirehistory.org
$15, General Public
$10, Berkshire County Historical Society members
50% off tickets when you use your EBT card
Free, Kids 12 and under
ReWritten’s creative team:
• Jake Blount composer – Grammy-nominated banjoist, fiddler and singer
• Larry Burke Documentarian – Faculty emeritus from Bard’s College at Simon’s Rock and filmmaker
• Matthew Cumbie Co-creator, performer – Dancer, educator, community based artist CRP certified
• Roma Flowers Projection – Bessie-award winning lighting and projection designer
• Rudy Ramirez Director – Celebrated director, devisor and performer
• Diane Samuels Art consultant – Internationally-renown visual artist
• Katherine Stubbs Dramaturg – Colby College faculty and queer scholar
• Tom Truss Co-creator, performer – Pulse Faculty
• Jeremy Winchester Set/lighting designer – Chair Fine and Performing Arts Department at the Massachusetts College for Liberal Arts.
ReWritten is funded in part by the the following Local Cultural Councils: Alford/Egremont, Great Barrington, Lee, New Marlborough, Sandisfield, Sheffield, Stockbridge, as well as the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, which is made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.