Our 2014 summer residencies at Mohican Outdoor Center have come to an end, with amazing work created there from Groundswell Theater, RealLivePeople, and Broken Box Mime Theater. Please see the picture galleries and videos posted here to see these ensembles in action. And we received an extraordinary thank you letter from one, which we just had to share:


"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:

 

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RealLivePeople Fund Raising video featuring footage from their WP Summer residency:

 

RLP in residence at MOC

 

 

 

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Groundswell in residence at MOC:

What else is happening at White Pines?
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Presenting the 2014 White Pines Resident Ensembles

White Pines is thrilled to present
our 2014 summer resident ensembles!

Assisted by a panel composed of former Resident Ensemble members, White Pines Productions has selected the 2014 Resident Ensembles, chosen from a nation-wide applicant pool. This year we return to our original ratio of supporting two Philadelphia ensembles and one from out of town.. Each group will receive one week at the beautiful and secluded Mohican Outdoor Center to work on their projects and grow together.
 
Watch for presentations of the Resident Ensembles at the White Pines Place in Elkins Park this summer!

The Resident Ensemble Program is made possible through the support of the Wyncote Foundation.
 

Groundswell Theatre Company (Philadelphia) 
July 14 - July 20

Founded in 2010 Groundswell Theatre Company has quickly become one of Philadelphia’s most raucous and innovative devised theatre organizations. With artistic roots in the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training, Headlong Performance Institute, SITI Company, Double Edge Theatre, and The Atlantic Theatre Company, their work engages a highly physical, collaborative approach. Performers, writers, and artists excavate complex topics, from contentious historical movements to intractable philosophical questions, via performance research. At White Pines Residency, Groundswell will engage a process of self-reflection on company structure and artistic mission. The residency will culminate with a strategic plan for re-defining and re-branding the company so that the ensemble is poised to meet their ambitious artistic and financial development goals.
 

RealLivePeople(in)Motion (Philadelphia)
July 21 - 27

RealLivePeople(in)Motion explores human experiences through firsthand stories and unspoken gestures; we focus on the spaces between, the quick look away and the light tap on the shoulder. Our work strives to balance inventive, athletic movement with poignant and provocative interactions that resonate with an audience. We tackle our subject matter from multiple perspectives, bringing in composers, artists and filmmakers to collaborate and even incorporating our audience’s opinions and stories into the work in real time. For us the work is about being human onstage—part performance, part real-life. This year RLPiM is thrilled to have the opportunity to develop their new work, tentatively titled "Under Lies," this summer at the White Pines Residency in Northern New Jersey. Not only will the company have an entire week to focus solely on the creation of the piece, but there will also be opportunities to share the work with local audiences!
 

Broken Box Mime (New York City)

July 28 - August 3

A couple sentences about BKBX:

Broken Box Mime Theater is an NYC-based ensemble of collaborative artists who tell original stories through mime technique. Our aim is three-fold: to ignite the imaginations of our audiences, contemporize the art of mime, and remind us all of the power of simple storytelling. We believe that great theater requires little ornamentation, only great vision!

A couple sentences about excitement:

Broken Box Mime Theater is incredibly grateful and wildly excited to spend our summer with White Pines. With our most extensive mainstage show to date coming up in the fall, we are all eager to get to work on some innovative new pieces, all the while reconnecting with our mission and digging ever-deeper into our development process in the beautiful woods of Blairstown. 

 
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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