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Residencies at Bethany

About BAC Residencies

BAC offers residencies attracting artists at different stages of their careers from around the world. During their time on site, these artists will develop new works while engaging with local artists and the public. The spirit of the program is to provide a collective environment for artists of all disciplines where they can engage in meaningful interaction and stimulating discussions, while pursuing individual or group projects. It is an ideal setting for the exchange of ideas, the inspiration for new work, and the harmonious cross-fertilization of disciplines.

2019 Residencies at Bethany Arts

Molly Anders

Anders will share an array of tactics and writing exercises to help “get the juices flowing” and teach a recurring creative writing workshop utilizing the news as a source of inspiration.

Linda Rey

Linda Rey is an early stage writer. She will be sharing an excerpted reading of the memoir she will be completing
while in Residence at Bethany Arts community.

Suzanne E. Takahashi

Takahashi and Marting are developing “The Story Box”, which uses a traditional Japanese storytelling to compare the lives a Japanese American today to girl living in a 1943 internment camp.

Kristin Marting

Audience members of “The Story Box” will select an image from which they will be invited to share a story about their own American experience with a small group of other audience members.

Anne Finger

Anne will be working on an essay for “Perhaps in Lhasa” which  explores the influence of disability on the life and work of the great Italian political theorist Antonio Gramsci.

Thu Kim Vu

Drawing from local landscape, architecture and personal stories Vu will collaborate with the public in creating a miniature city made out of paper and light sculpture where viewers walk through.

Julia Forrest

Julia will be using her own compact, self-built darkroom to print photographs on quality fiber-based paper, glass plates, wood slices, and cyanotype paper.

Faye Chiao

Faye Chiao is working on a chamber musical called “Fountain of You”. It’s an irreverent and fantastical satire of the societal values of youth and beauty.

Tasha Gordon-Solmon

Tasha will present selections from the musical “Fountain of You”  followed by discussions about the gender dynamics and power differentials in society that their musical explores.

Viktoria Lange

Viktoria invites 3-6 year olds & grown-ups to drama workshop and explore the processing of emotions, creative movements, funny sounds, silly games, helping generate a secret language.

Lavinia Roberts

Multi-talented educator, installation artist and puppet designer Lavinia Roberts will facilitate a mask making workshop for partcipants while at Bethany Arts Community.

Ashtyn Barbaree

This internationally touring Indie-Americana singer/ songwriter from Fayetteville, AK, joins the featured line-up for an evening of music in Bethany’s chapel performance space.

Janine Joseph

Janine Joseph will be working on her new poetry collection Vulnerability Roadshow. The evening will include a readings from her work and an audience Q&A.

Kyle Marshall

ith the support of DanceForce, Kyle Marshall and 5 of his collaborators will be in residence working on a new piece that will be premiering later this Winter at BAM.

Christopher K. Morgan

Morgan will work with his music and movement collaborators continue to develop a new work, Native Intelligence/Innate Intelligence, a two-part dance performance.

Kong Ho

Ho plans to draw rich artistic inspiration from Bethany’s grounds as he explores how detachment from familiar dwelling affect his floral-spiral paintings.

Alyssa Songsiridej

Alyssa shares a behind-the-scenes look at the relationship between life and fiction? This is an eternally perplexing question for fiction writers.

Sari Wilson

Sari shares behind-the-scenes look at making fiction from life. Her talk is an intimate look at one writer’s relationship with the material life gives you.

Thomas Cummins

Cummins will be shooting large-format panoramic nocturnal photographs at Bethany focusing on how the exterior environment necessarily shapes our interior.

Bruna Amaro

Bruna’s installation project entitled Maneater will reinterpretate European paintings showing women staging victorious scenes in the face of male violence.

Christopher Wiliams

Christopher is developing choreography for a featured pas de deux in his work “Narcissus” that re-imagine’s Fokine’s historic ballet through a contemporary queer lens. 

Emily Joy Weiner

Emily will immerse herself in her newest project “Shared Sentences” via storytelling, spoken word, movement and dialogue relative to individuals with an incarcerated loved one.

Hope Mohr

Hope will be developing movement material for a work called “Passages” which honors our history: the human body in conversation with the Earth, sound and gravity.

Featured Residency

Flyaway Productions

Flyaway Productions embarked on a new partnership with Bethany Arts Community in Ossining, NY and was in residence at BAC September 14th – 22nd, 2019. During this residency, the dancers prepared 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 used the facilities at Bethany Arts Community to immerse themselves and create performance art that the community can experience and engage with through their Master Dance Classopen rehearsals, community dialogues and public events.

Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Company residency at Bethany Arts Community

BAC resident artists work together in spaces designed to accommodate their artistic form.

The artist living spaces are inviting and comfortable with expansive views of our scenic property. Residents have full access to our facilities and 25 acre grounds offering a fruit orchard and meditation trail. At the heart of the campus is our commercial kitchen and dining area where artists in residence and visitors of BAC’s can gather for daily meals. These gatherings encourage the exchange of ideas and the development of collaborative relationships within the community. BAC encourages artists to engage in studio visits, group commentary, and presentations of works-in-progress. This allows the artists to gain familiarity with each other’s’ work and establish a vigorous, engaging dialogue that supports collaboration and connection.

BAC resident artists will participate in events that are open to the public.

This will include the opportunity for the public to witness the innovative and diverse examples of the artist’s work in progress. Informal studio visits, lectures given about their work and career and hold exhibits at the end of the residency.

Previous Residencies at Bethany Arts

The Village of Vale

Composer/Musician John McGrew and actors from the company presented a new work-in-progress. Their presentation began with a brand new opening for the production, followed by a re imagined version of the show’s first fairy tale, “The Keeper of the Book.”

The Village of Vale was in residence at Bethany Arts Community July 21-25, 2018

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Antigravity Performance Project

This ensemble-driven comedic theater 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, 

Antigravity Performance Project was in residence at Bethany Arts Community July 8-13, 2018

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Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company

During this four-week residency, the company created a new work and expanding existing work. They used the  facilities at BAC to immerse themselves in the creative process, spending valuable time together and with the BAC community through open rehearsals, community dialogues and public events.

Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company was in residence at Bethany Arts Community May 1 -31, 2018

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