‘please come alone’ is a performance series in three chapters. Each work abstracts and reinvents epic forms found in literature.

The first chapter, ‘please come alone: a ballad,’ was a virtual premiere and collaboration with acclaimed vocalist and musician Ganavya, presented by The Foundry in West Stockbridge. The current installation of ‘please come alone: a canto’ at a Powerhouse Square storefront is the second chapter.

‘please come alone: a canto’

is a world premiere directed by choreographer Moscelyne ParkeHarrison and performed by Housatonic-based dance collective BODYSONNET with dramaturgy by Hannah Gellman. Unique solos created through structured improvisation scores culminate on the final evening in which all of the performers unite for the first time in the process to investigate the dynamic of what it means to be alone together.

Each performance runs approximately 30 minutes and is danced twice each evening from June 21-25th. In the return to live dance, these performances offer patrons the opportunity to be immersed in an intimate gallery setting. 

This project has been supported by a grant from the Martha Boschen Porter Fund, a Fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Berkshire Pulse, and Powerhouse Square / Benchmark Development.

‘please come alone: a ballad’ is a study of my solo work in progress ‘please come alone.’ 

The solo encompasses ideas of privacy and public, and the concept of translation, fragmentation and ballad as a form seen through the lens of stories/myths centered on women.

‘please come alone: a ballad’ is a microcosm of the durational work which will premiere June 2021 in downtown Great Barrington. The 10 minute solo is set to a performance by critically acclaimed vocalist Ganavya. By interpreting the quintessential ballad ‘Lilac Wine’ both dancer and musician interpret lyricism, narrative, and sensation through the lens of corporeal and sonic structures.

Supported by the Martha Boschen Porter Fund through the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.

This piece will be presented as a Premiere through The Foundry’s YouTube Channel and Facebook.