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, conceived of by Tom Truss and co-created with Matthew Cumbie explores American literature, radical acts of imagination, and Queer history through the often-silenced and overlooked intimate relationship between authors Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville.
Through movement, music, visual art, projection, text, and community engagement, ReWritten dissects a queer love story to shed light on where we are, how we got here, and what we value.
At its heart ReWritten is about questions, such as: When we look between the lines of what we read, can we see ourselves? How does making art make space for us, especially when the world doesn’t? What really happened between Hawthorne and Melville, and what can that teach us today? How important is expression and putting words down on paper?
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.
What we’ve done in the past year:
• Held four creative development residencies, online and in-person (when possible) and had three separate works-in-progress showings all at PULSE
• Cultivated partnerships including the Berkshire Historical Society at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead, the Melville Society, and the Berkshire Athenaeum
• Held our first-ever successful fundraiser
What to expect in 2021:
• This spring, our creative research gets woven into “Staging Hawthorne and Melville”, a new Humanities lab course at Colby College that will result in students creating their own short performance interpretations.
• A creative Residency at Dance Complex in Boston
• In the summer, construction will begin on design and set elements and we will be partnering with the Berkshire Historical Society at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead to share parts of ReWritten while developing community engagement programs.
• Other creative development residencies and partnership opportunities with University of Texas at El Paso, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Dance Complex in Boston and Dance Place in Washington DC to name a few, are in the works!