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Indoors Out! Dance on North

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. will present Indoors Out! Dance on North on Saturday, Sept. 25, 5-7 pm, at Persip Park, 175 North Street.
 
Indoors Out! Dance on North features work by RAWDance, Fiona Scruggs, Fern Katz, Danielle Galietti, and Molly Hess.   
 
RAWDance co-artistic directors Wendy Rein and Ryan Smith will perform "A Dance on North," a duet that explores the dynamics of sharing personal space in public. RAWDance is based out of Hudson, NY and San Francisco, Calif. 
 
Dancers of The Berkshires, a local dance collective made up of emerging choreographers and dancers, will be performing two works. The first, "Qualia," is choreographed by Fiona Scruggs and performed by Veronica Bone and Gillian Ebersole. Qualia is inspired by one's individual experience of consciousness. 
 
The second, "Remnants," is choreographed by Anna Gishan and performed by Fran Katz, and explores the questions: What remains? How do we remember?  
 
Molly Hess, a Berkshires based choreographer and dancer, creates playful and tender work meant to be enjoyed by audiences of all ages. For this event, she will be joined by Mary Teusche in a work entitled "Out-of-House" Plants.  
 
Danielle Galienti, a North Adams based dancer and choreographer, will present "Material Imagination: the birth of a black hole." In this piece, Danielle uses a mylar box dress to explore expansion and collapse. 
 
Performances will loop over the course of the two-hour event, with each performer dancing twice, so there is plenty of time to catch the action.  
 
Indoors Out! Dance on North is presented by Downtown Pittsfield, Inc. and funding has been provided by the Commonwealth Places Program created by MassDevelopment. The event is presented in partnership with ArtWeek Berkshires. For more information, visit downtownpittsfield.com. Masks are recommended.   
 
The rain date for Indoors Out! Dance on North is Sunday, September 26 at 5 pm. Notice will be made on downtownpittsfield.com and on Facebook (@DowntownPittsfield) by noon on Saturday, September 25 if the event is moved to the rain date. 

 


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