Dancer and choreographer Peter Kyle transforms our space into an immersive performance experience.
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of poet Rainer Maria Rilke’s The Sonnets to Orpheus, Hartford-area-based choreographer Peter Kyle has conceived an immersive experience in two parts. Part 1 invites audiences to take their own journey through a series of connected hallways and rooms on the “other side” of Real Art Ways’ newly purchased building. In each space, guests will be immersed in a different environmental, sensory-rich experience incorporating references to Rilke’s poetic imagery. In Part 2 audiences convene in the Main Gallery at Real Art Ways for a culminating sit-down performance. Designed as a monument to listening, the work draws on the intersection of personal and shared memory, kinetic experience of quotidian gesture and rarified physicality, all inspired by Rilke’s cycle of sonnets, including his line, “you built a temple deep inside their hearing.”
The project showcases an intergenerational cast ranging in age from 15-68, including four soloists and a supporting trio of local youth. Original music for the project is by James Bigbee Garver, visual art/set design by Christine Sciulli, lighting design by RJ Larussa, and costumes by Elinor Watts. Performers include: Yueh-Ching Chung, Marielis Garcia, Holley Farmer, Raechel Manga, Kamryn DeAngelis, Alexis Delisle, Grace Zommer, and readers Ciaran Berry, Scott Giguere, and Clare Rossini.
And all things hushed is made possible in part by a Creation of New Work grant from the Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts foundation, faculty research funds from Trinity College, through contributions from many individual donors.
Ciaran Berry is the author of the poetry collections Liner Notes, The Dead Zoo, and The Sphere of Birds, all published by The Gallery Press. His work has been featured in The Gettysburg Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, and The Threepenny Review. Originally from the west of Ireland, he co-directs the Creative Writing Program at Trinity College and lives with his family in West Hartford.
CHUNG, YUEH-CHING 鍾悅卿 is the Founder-Director of Heights of Wellness (HOW), a state-of-the art movement and wellness studio in Hartford, CT, since 2005. Educated in Taiwan and the United States, Ching has studied extensively with some of the finest master teachers of Dance, Qìgōng, Tàijíquán, Stott Pilates, and Massage Therapy. She began her performance career as a dancer with Works Contemporary Dance, and later Works/Laura Glenn Dance. She was a member of the dance and choreography faculties at the University of Hartford Hartt School of Music, Dance, and Theater, the Greater Hartford Academy of Performing Arts high school, and at the School of the Hartford Ballet. Central to her approach to wellness and movement is Ching’s work in Qìgōng and Tàijíquán. She is a longtime student of world-renowned Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, a master in martial and healing arts. Ching continues to study and draw from these rich traditions that resonate with her philosophy of how to best support the mind and body on the path to wellness. Ching enthusiastically instills in her students a sense of strength and empowerment. It is her mission to encourage awareness of the mind and body connection inherent in a healthy lifestyle. Ching is the author of One Body, One Life Within Your Control (Balboa Press, 2021). www.heightsofwellness.com
Marielis Garcia is the Dance Artist in Residence within the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of Maryland. She is a Dominican American dance artist who has performed and toured with Brian Brooks (NY), Helen Simoneau (Winston-Salem, NC), and Peter Kyle Dance (NY), among others. She received her MFA
in Digital and Interdisciplinary Art Practice from City College of New York. Marielis’ work has been presented both nationally and internationally. She was recently named Ballet Hispánico’s Instituto Coreográfico Resident, and an Alvin Ailey New Directions Choreography Lab recipient. Photo Credit: Whitney Browne
Jimmy Garver has over 17 years of experience creating sound designs and composing music for live performance, films, & art installations. He works primarily with composed sound and the spoken word, often mixing the timbres of acoustic instruments and human voices with synthetic audio to sculpt imagined textures and environments. In addition to this work, Jimmy has also consulted on large, AI-powered, synthetic voice projects for Microsoft Research and Descript.
Some previous collaborators include Kimberly Bartosik/daela, Diane Coburn Bruning/Chamber Dance Project, Shana Cooper, Katie Pearl & Lisa D’Amour, Michael Garces, Derek Goldman, Elizabeth Klob/UMO, Peter Kyle, Duncan Macmillan, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Mary Stuart Masterson, linn meyers, David Muse, Christopher Petit, Aaron Posner, Kameron Steele, Matthew Torney, Eric Tucker, Yury Urnov.
Jimmy’s work has been heard at and/or commissioned by Pushkin Industries, Ballet Hispanico/Apollo Theatre, Lincoln Center’s Dance On Camera festival, the Smithsonian Institute, Microsoft Research, Descript Inc., UMO Ensemble, BAM, PS-122, Joyce SoHo, 92nd St. Y Harkness Dance, Bearnstow, Atlantic Theatre Company, Chamber Dance Project, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Signature Theatre (DC), Folger Theatre Company, Studio Theatre Company (DC), A Contemporary Theatre, Whitman College, Georgetown University, Bowdoin College.
RJ LaRussa is a Director of Photography and Interdisciplinary Artist working locally in Hartford and New York City. As a Cinematographer, he specializes in story-forward projects across narrative, music video, and commercial work. RJ strives to bring naturalism and experimental techniques together to create visuals that serve the story of each individual project. His visual arts work focuses on interrogating the relationship between imperialism and cultural memory, mixing photography techniques with video, sculpture, and collage.
The relationship between people and the world around them is integral to his work as a storyteller. On set he considers experimentation and improvisation after careful planning as central to the artistic process. His recent work includes Cinematography for the upcoming web series Beige, the short film The Mundanes, and the digital collage series Through The Clear Blue Skies published in the Funnybone Record’s journal Import Sky.
Raechel Manga is a Hartford resident that is a freelance artist and special education teaching assistant in the West Hartford school district. She received years of training at The Hartt School Community Division as well as Connecticut Concert Ballet for a brief period. She has been dancing since the age of two years old, her versatile training spanning from classical ballet, Horton technique, tap, jazz, and graham technique in her arsenal. Raechel has attended the Royal Ballet school in London, England, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Joffrey New York, Los Angeles and Dance Theater of Harlem. From the age of nine until eighteen she was a part of the Figments Youth Dance Ensemble being introduced to experimenting with choreographing. She also went to Greater Hartford Academy of The Arts as a dance major in high school. Aside from being a professional dancer she has branched out towards acting. She was an extra for Sneaky Pete season two, which can be seen on Amazon Prime, also featuring in the film The After Party that is on Netflix, and was an extra on season four of FBI that is seen on CBS . As of now Raechel is diving back into school in pursuit of being a forensic pathologist assistant. But never forgetting her lifelong passion of dance.
Kyleigh Olivier began dancing at the age of three in Massachusetts and trained in a variety of styles, including ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, modern, hip hop, and pointe. She graduated summa cum laude from The Hartt School in May of 2021 with a BFA in Dance and a concentration in Ballet Pedagogy, along with a Business Management minor. While she was training at The Hartt School, Kyleigh was delighted to perform repertory by multiple prominent choreographers, including Martha Graham, José Limón, Merce Cunningham, Jules Perrot, Gabrielle Lamb, and Lar Lubovitch. During her senior year, she had the opportunity to take on the role of stage manager in a main stage production, initiating her experience in the production side of the dance world. Kyleigh is also honored to have received the 2019 Elena Delvecchio Rusnak Dance Education Scholarship and the Hartt Dance Division Senior Outstanding Achievement Award while pursuing her BFA degree. In her time at The Hartt School, Kyleigh discovered her passion for teaching dance and community outreach as she worked with diverse groups of students in her internships. She is also grateful for her opportunity to serve as Dance Director of the Prism Project in 2020, leading movement activities for children with exceptionalities. Kyleigh has been teaching at Connecticut Dance Academy since 2019 and has greatly enjoyed helping the talented and ambitious students to continue to grow in their technique and artistry.
Clare Rossini has published three books of poems. Her poems and essays have appeared widely and are collected in numerous anthologies, including Best American Poetry 2020. She co-edited The Poetry of Capital, published by the University of Wisconsin Press in 2020. Clare is Artist-in-Residence at Trinity College in Hartford, where she teaches classes in creative writing and oversees a program that places students in Hartford public school arts classrooms. Clare lives in West Hartford with her husband and son.
Christine Sciulli is a visual artist whose primary medium is projected light. Her immersive installations have been shown in museums, galleries and festivals in the US and Europe. Her work has been included in the American Academy of Arts and Letters 2014 Invitational, Guild Hall Museum, Parrish Art Museum, and Cologne’s MAKK as part of the 2018 Collumina Light Festival. Sciulli’s work will be part of the ZFIL Center for International Light Art’s Fall 2022 show HYPERsculptures in Unna, Germany. She was the recipient of a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Grant and commissioned by Dalhousie Art Gallery to create Breath of the Sea with funding from the Canada Council for the Arts. Sciulli was the recipient of an IALD Award for the Rodin Pavilion in Seoul and a Lumen Citation from the Illuminating Engineering Society for her Smack Mellon installation of ROIL. She was the recipient of a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Grant for her public art project Intercepting Planes X. Christine was commissioned by the Global Poverty Project to create Expanding Circles, for the first Global Citizen Festival and was the recipient of an International Association of Lighting Designers Award of Merit for the Rodin Pavilion in Seoul.
Sciulli’s theatrical credits include light-video artist for the Mabou Mines waterfront production of,SongforNewYork:WhatWomenDoWhileMenSitKnitting directedbyRuthMaleczech(“…a distinctly urban feel, magnified by a glittering lighting design by Christine Sciulli, a video installation artist.” Melana Ryzik, New York Times) developed at the Sundance Institute Theatre
Lab Residency at White Oak. She has worked with Phantom Limb in residence at Dartmouth College’s Hopkins Center and Mass MoCA. Her video-electroacoustic collaborations with composer Doug Geers have been shown widely at European and American festivals.
Christine Sciulli holds an Architectural Engineering degree from Penn State University, graduating as a Besal Scholar, as well as BFA and MFA degrees from Hunter College. “Her work consists of intersections of the geometry and an intuitive sense of how to use everyday materials to give a sense of “spatialisation” – she plays with how we perceive the world around us in a way that leaves you with a kind of eerie sense of timelessness.”(Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky)
Her websites are http://www.christinesciulli.net and http://www.vimeo.com/xine.
Holley Farmer is originally from Fresno, CA. She would most likely be a cook if she wasn’t a dancer. She loves to engage with ingredients and technique; the what and how of making things, she’s enjoying a lengthy international and varied career as a dancer, and educator. She started casual dance training for her fifteenth birthday, and regular weekly classes at sixteen. Holley first worked in ballet companies and musical theater: The Theatre Ballet of Canada, Oakland Ballet, and Phantom of the Opera, Toronto cast, 785 performances. She earned her BFA in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts, and MFA in Dance from The University of Washington, focusing on critical theory. She then moved to NYC and performed with Merce Cunningham Dance Company from 1997-2009, receiving the New York Dance and Performance Bessie Award for Sustained Achievement. Her performances with MCDC include a repertory of over fifty dances, and thirteen original roles created for her by Cunningham, with multiple seasons at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Paris Opera, Théâtre de la Ville, the Barbican, and venues in 23 countries. After Cunningham’s passing in 2009, in 2010, she danced on Broadway originating the principal role of Babe in Twyla Tharp’s Come Fly Away, for which she received an Astaire Award Nomination. In 2011, she began staging the work of Cunningham, and creating her own choreographies. Her solo work has appeared at New York Live Arts, the Museum of Arts and Design, LaMama, the Joyce Theater, and Jacob’s Pillow. For the last eight years, In higher education, she has taught theory andpractice courses, and has served on the faculty at Mills College, Hunter College, Sarah Lawrence College, Nassau Community College, and CSU Long Beach, among national guest teaching and lecture engagements including Stanford University, and SouthernCalifornia Institute of Architecture, focusing on technology and the body. She dances with Molissa Fenley and Dancers, and continues to teach at City Center Studios in NY for the Cunningham Trust. Currently, she is heading the BFA in Dance Program at CalArts and serving on the faculty there.
Brit Watts is a Connecticut based Costume Designer/Coordinator and First Hand. Over the years she has designed multiple productions for Trinity College. These include most recently The Pillowman, Fall Dance and Spring Dance. During her career in theatre she has worked at Goodspeed Musicals and Hartford Stage in various capacities. She currently works at John Cowles Studio as Assistant Manager and First Hand. As a First Hand she has built for many Broadway and Regional Theaters. A selection of these shows include Moulin Rouge! (Broadway and National Tour), My Fair Lady (Lincoln Center and London), Beautiful, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and South Pacific.
Grace Zommer is an upcoming senior at the Greater
Hartford Academy of the Arts and Farmington High
School. She has been dancing for 13 years and plans on
majoring in dance in college. She loves contemporary
ballet and the Horton technique.