PITTSFIELD — Dancers and performers aged 12 and older are being sought for a site-specific performance presented by choreographers Tom Truss and Matthew Cumbie at Arrowhead August 13–15. Performance experience is not required, but welcome.

Through “ReWritten,” Truss and Cumbie bring to life Arrowhead and Melville’s often-silenced, intimate relationship with Nathanial Hawthorne in an evening-length multimedia work. Performers will learn a sea shanty with Grammy-nominated composer Jake Blount, dance with books in a field of goldenrod, and create and perform in movement sections that address the piece’s themes of social morés, letters, love, Berkshire history, and saying “no” to dreams when you want to say “yes.”

Performers need to be available for the following rehearsals and performances at Arrowhead:

  • 5 out of 6 rehearsals, Tuesdays, July 6–August 10, 6:30–8 p.m.
  • Dress rehearsal, Thursday, Aug. 12, 6–9 p.m.
  • All 3 performances Friday–Sunday, Aug. 13–15, 7 p.m., arriving at 6 p.m.

Tom Truss and Matthew Cumbie have been community-based artists for decades, creating work with people in halfway houses, children, older adults, the LGBTQ community, professional dancers, college students, firefighters, and CEOs, among others. Some of the locations for which they have created site-specific work are: rivers and parks, Mt. Everett High School, The Kennedy Center, the streets of Washington, D.C., and in the old Governor’s Mansion in Georgia. Truss lives in Great Barrington and teaches at Berkshire Pulse; Cumbie lives in Washington, D.C. and has taught Curriculum in Motion at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.

For questions, more information, and to sign up, contact Tom Truss at Melvillehawthorne@gmail.com

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