Flyaway Productions is embarking on a new partnership with Bethany Arts Community in Ossining, NY and will be in residence at BAC September 16th – 22nd, 2019. During this residency, the dancers will be preparing for the East Coast premiere of The Wait Room, an outdoor dance program created by Flyaway Productions of San Francisco to honor the lives of women whose loved ones are incarcerated. They will use the facilities at Bethany Arts Community to immerse themselves in the Master Dance Class and create performce art that the community can experience and engage with through open rehearsals, community dialogues and public events.
March 4, 2019| Ossining, NY: Bethany Arts Community ( BAC ) announces
the opening of the application period for its Fall 2019 artist residency
session. Based in BAC’s 44,000 sq ft building on 25 verdant acres in Ossining,
New York, the residency program provides an environment where artists from many
different disciplines can work near each other, creating opportunities for
cross-pollination while also sharing their talents with the regional community.
The Fall 2019 session runs September 15 through October 26. The program will house approximately 28 artists, both individuals and small groups, for stays of 1 – 4 weeks each. There will be 12 artists on site at any given time representing a range of art forms including visual artists, writers, choreographers, musicians, composers, performance artists, filmmakers, and theater designers. All participating artists are required to offer a public program accessible to the outside community. This may include open studio visits, presentations, teaching classes or workshops, works-in-progress showings, exhibition, or other outreach or community engagement project.
The deadline to
submit applications for the Fall 2019 season is 11:59 PM EST April 30. For more
information and application, click here.
For more information on all Bethany
programs, including the residencies, visit www.bethanyarts.org
Bethany Arts Community
mission is to create a space and environment where the many forms of art can be
learned, produced and flourish. Artists of all ages and levels of experience
are welcome to explore and create. BAC
offers a number of important program tracks: short-term residencies where
artists live on-site and interact with the community; presenting performing
arts in our converted chapel performance space; rotating exhibitions in our
galleries; adult and children’s instructional programs; and offering affordable
rehearsal space and other programs at Bethany are made possible by the New York
State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the
New York State Legislature.
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Media Contact: David Lyons, Executive Director
Dear Diary LOL
Antigravity Performance Project is embarking on a new partnership with Bethany Arts Community in Ossining, NY and will be in residence at BAC July 8 – July 13, 2018. During this four-week residency, the company will be developing new work. Dear Diary LOL is an ensemble-driven comedic theatre work born verbatim from the real-life, tween-teen diaries of the show’s actual creators.
Dear Diary LOL explodes its source diaries with moments of direct address, music, dance, and physical comedy, colliding the style of melodrama with the inherent humor found in the earnestness of young girlhood musings (with all the benefits of hindsight). Antigravity’s devising ensemble invites you to cringe, laugh, and cry at their most earnest desires, deepest fears, secret shames, and terrible poetry written as coming-of-age girls in the late 90s/early 2000s.
First published by BWW News Desk via Broadway World on May. 10, 2018
Bethany Arts Community (BAC), a new space and environment located at 40 Somerstown Road, Ossining, NY, where the many forms of art can be learned, produced and flourish, is pleased to announce a four week residency, this May, with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, a world-class dance-theater company.
“The Bethany Arts Community has launched its first season with an eclectic mix of performances, exhibitions and classes aimed at showing that art, in its various forms, can be created, appreciated and enjoyed by everyone.” Michael McKinney, The Journal News – see The Journal News article here
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to launch our artist residency program with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane company,” states David Lyons, Founding Executive Director. “From the beginning, we wanted to provide a space that attracts and nurtures this caliber of international talent while also making these artists and their work accessible to our regional community.”
The entire Westchester Community is about to be blessed with access to these incredible artists, such as Dana Levenberg, Ossining Town Supervisor who, “couldn’t be more delighted to have Bethany Arts Community open its doors in Ossining. They have hit the ground running with exciting events, classes, fine art, music, large scale sculptures, poetry and performances. Next we look forward to welcoming world class talent, such as this month’s residency with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company. They are responsive to our community, and inspirational. We can’t wait to see what is next. They are true partners in our cultural engagement.” Victoria Gearity
Mayor, Village of Ossining adds, “Ossining is thrilled that the Bethany Arts Community is now open and contributing so much. They are inspiring creative expression in artists of all ages, while enriching our cultural calendars with exhibits and performances to please a diverse and delighted community.”
From May 7 until June 1, 2018, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company will be creating a new work and expanding existing work, in residence at BAC. They will use the opportunity to immerse themselves in the creative process, spending valuable time together and with the BAC community through open rehearsals, community dialogues and public events. The nature of a residency outside of the city, even if just a few short train stops away, allows the artists to truly leave mundane activities that can sometimes get in the way of process and focus on engaging in the art form and their colleagues.
Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Company is beginning a new work, currently titled The Deep Blue Sea, which they will continue to work on at BAC. Drawing inspiration from Melville’s evocative description of Pip, the young black “cabin boy”, floating alone in the sea, The Deep Blue Sea explores the relationship of solidarity as it pertains to, or contrasts to group identity. The work will begin with a solo figure that will be performed by Mr. Jones or a company member, evolving over time into an ensemble of ten (the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company), that further expands into a community of one hundred people. The Deep Blue Sea will be a meditation on the nature of community building in a confusing era.
Additional programming for the community will be offered during the residency, such as a rare opportunity for young dancers, a FREE 8-week dance Master class (Saturdays 10:00am-11:30m from April 7-May 26) with Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Company. Additional opportunities including being able to observe the entire Company in action during their month-long residency at Bethany and even participate in a developing new work.
There are many exciting activities happening at BAC, including an afterschool program which is currently in progress, a second large sculpture to be installed in the garden, readings from Westchester Collaborative Theatre, a summer camp from Theatre O called The Camp of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and many upcoming residencies to be announced in the near future.
First published by Michael P. McKinney via LOHUD on May 9, 2018
OSSINING – The Bethany Arts Community has launched its first season with an eclectic mix of performances, exhibitions and classes aimed at showing that art, in its various forms, can be created, appreciated and enjoyed by everyone.
For the remainder of the month, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, a presence on New York City and global stages, will be at the center’s Somerstown Road campus.
For a dance project it’s working on, the company will have members of the public who show up Saturday afternoons participate in the project — they don’t need dance experience. There is also a free master class on Saturday mornings where experienced dancers ages 16 to 22 can work with the company.
The center has been up and running since January. The 25-acre property, formerly used by missionaries for the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, was acquired in 2015.
“From the beginning, we wanted to provide a space that attracts and nurtures this caliber of international talent, while also making these artists and their work accessible to our regional community,” said David Lyons, founder and executive director.
On a recent afternoon, as the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company was using one space, 11 girls from an Ossining elementary school were in another space learning flamenco.
“I’m willing to put in 30 years of time, energy and money to have those flamenco dancers who are down there today change the world tomorrow,” Lyons said of the group.
Meanwhile, another area was set up for children participating in the Scribble Art summer program, and in yet another, an exhibition of works from various artists was being prepared for an opening.
The vision for Bethany Arts is a place where people can come to see the world through different perspectives and perceptions and learn “how to pass on the word of art,” said Lyons, who grew up in Croton-on-Hudson and has lived in Dobbs Ferry and Sleepy Hollow.
Plans are to eventually offer studio spaces for artists, given that such space can be difficult to find and expensive in Westchester, said Zak Shusterman, the attorney for Bethany Arts.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: Bethany Arts Community.
WHERE: 40 Somerstown Road, Ossining.
COST: Varies. For example, Cumbia for Kids and Spanish Art of Flamenco for Kids is $40 for eight weeks. Scholarships are available. There is no charge for the Saturday afternoon sessions with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, and no charge for the Saturday morning master classes. An exhibition of various visual artists, this Saturday starting at 6:30 p.m., is also free to the public.
A rare opportunity for young dancers!
FREE 8-week MASTERCLASS with the world-renowned Bill T Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Company at Bethany Arts Community. PLUS: Opportunities to observe the entire Company in action during their month-long residency at Bethany and even participate in a developing new work.
We are thrilled to be hosting the world famous Bill T Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Company for a month-long residency this Spring. As part of their work with us, they’ll be offering a FREE dance Masterclass for experienced dancers between the ages of 16-22 on Saturdays 10:00am-11:30m from April 7-May 26. Space will be limited for this outstanding opportunity. If you know of anyone who would be interested in this unique opportunity.
Dancer – Instructors
This dance class series, led by members of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, is rooted in the style of the Company as developed by Bill T. Jones and Janet Wong. Students will engage in somatic floor work, standing exercises, and technical and creative challenges that culminate in lush, expressive phrase work.
Carlo Antonio Villanueva
Dancer - Instructor
Dancer - Instructor
AGES : 16 – 22
DATES: 8 Saturdays- April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26
TIMES: 10 – 11:30 am
WHERE: Bethany Arts Community, 40 Somerstown Rd, Ossining, NY 10562
Space will be limited for this outstanding opportunity. Applicants can register for the class here.