"It is difficult to put into words the significance of what you have given to Broken Box Mime - both as individuals and as a company. You can imagine then too, how difficult it is to say 'thank you' in a way that can suffice. So I will note here that we are grateful in the grandest possible way: for the time and space, for the chance to evolve our work, for the personal encouragement, for the vision needed to operate White Pines and invest in ensemble work, for the gift of validation, and for the generosity of yourself and your team that led us here. But seeing as this can't nearly express the impact you've made on our lives and our art, please take every performance, every idea, every messy process that leads to brilliant product, every enriching relationship we make, every step forward for Broken Box as a Thank You - one that it ongoing."
Wow. We're blushing . . . and little misty eyed too. What else to say except: you're welcome.
Here's their video of their residency:
And a slide show:
RealLivePeople Fund Raising video featuring footage from their WP Summer residency:
RLP in residence at MOC
Groundswell in residence at MOC:
Feedback from the 2013 Resident Ensembles
The White Pines residency was pivotal for NEW NOISE. As a young ensemble, we have always struggled with how to balance the demands of a creative process against the stresses of production. At the Mohican Outdoor Center, these outside stresses disappeared. We were free to be artists; free to create our own work at our own pace, to stretch and test ourselves; to experiment and fail and try again. This experience is what so many ensembles need. Our infinite gratitude goes out to White Pines Productions for giving us this time and space, and with such grace and ease.
- Phil Cramer, Co-Artistic Director of NEW NOISE, New Orleans, LA
Banana Peel Dance is forever grateful to White Pines for a transformative week in the beauty of the Mohican Outdoor Center. Never have we been so productive as an ensemble without trying to be productive! The experience was a peaceful retreat as well as a time of momentous creative growth. The fruits of our “labor” have given us much to build on as we resume dance-making in New York City! The residency at MOC exceeded our expectations on so many levels. It strengthened our relationships as friends and collaborators and reminded us how much making dance together means to our lives. It was a week we will all remember fondly for the rest of our lives.
- Kim Almquist, Co-Director of Banana Peel Dance, New York City
Our time at the White Pines residency proved to be important to NPL and our upcoming work in unforeseen ways. There was nothing that could have prepared us for the profound effect that the quiet, the natural elements, and the contemplative atmosphere had upon our spirits and creative energy.
We were very well taken care of. The food was wonderful, the environment secure and sequestered. The White Pines organization held us in warm and caring hands. Nothing was asked of us except that we move, create, and communicate.
The beautiful Mohican geography, the friendliness, the accommodations, and the solitude now infuse our work. We are beginning to create future work situations for the company and for our students that use the White Pines residency as a model.
We feel that our time in the White Pines residency has been restorative and exactly what we need. It was a blessing to be there.
- Whit MacLaughlin, New Paradise Laboratories, Philadelphia