Bits & Bytes: ‘Spring Awakening’ at the Egremont Barn; Pilobolus Dance Theater at Jacob’s Pillow; SEEDS at Sohn Fine Art; pain management workshop

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By Thursday, Jun 15 Arts & Entertainment
Ava G. Lindenmaier
The cast of 'Spring Awakening,' which will be staged at the Egremont Barn Wednesday, June 21, through Sunday, June 25.

The Egremont Barn to present ‘Spring Awakening’

South Egremont — Harrison Lang and the Egremont Barn will present the Berkshires’ premiere production of the Broadway smash hit musical “Spring Awakening” Wednesday, June 21, through Saturday, June 24, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 25, at 2 p.m.

The winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, “Spring Awakening” explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood through book and lyrics by Steven Sater and a score by Duncan Sheik. Based on the controversial 1891 seminal German play by Frank Wedekind, “Spring Awakening” is a blend of morality, sexuality and rock and roll that has been rousing audiences across the nation for years. The production marks the first time a musical has been staged at the Egremont Barn.

Tickets are $15. The show contains mature themes and is recommended for people age 13 and older. For tickets and information, see the Berkshire Edge calendar or contact the Egremont Barn at (413) 528-1570.


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Pilobolus Dance Theater to premiere site-specific work at Jacob’s Pillow

Members of Pilobolus Dance Theater rehearsing at Jacob's Pillow in May.

Members of Pilobolus Dance Theater rehearsing at Jacob’s Pillow in May.

Becket — In celebration of the power of Jacob’s Pillow’s natural setting, internationally acclaimed dance company Pilobolus Dance Theater will premiere a new work commissioned specifically for the Pillow’s outdoor Inside/Out performance space Wednesday, June 21, through Friday, June 23, from 6:15 to 7 p.m.

Founded in 1971 and making its Pillow debut just three years later, Pilobolus is known for its unique dance creations that break movement and visual boundaries, and reveal the graphic capabilities of the human body in surprising ways. The company has spent time at the Pillow to create and rehearse the work and will be in residence prior to performances. The new work deals with cycles of nature, and a series of vignettes will illuminate different tensions or transitions that are natural processes from stillness to motion, light to dark, frozen to liquid and from stark in the winter to full and lush in summer.

Also featured in the performance will be the 2014 work “On the Nature of Things” Performed by three dancers balanced on a two-foot-wide column rising above the stage, “On the Nature of Things” explores the power of bodies to tell a story about the birth of desire and its intertwined connection to shame. The piece is set to vocal music inspired by classical and Baroque and composed by Michelle DiBucci and Ed Bilous.

The performances are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jacob’s Pillow at (413) 243-9919.


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Sohn Fine Art hosts SEEDS group exhibition

Photo: Eric Korenman

Photo: Eric Korenman

Lenox — Sohn Fine Art Gallery hosts SEEDS, a group exhibition, through Sunday, July 9, featuring photography by John Atchley, Peter J. Baumgartner, Peggy Braun, Denise B. Chandler, John Clarke, Jenna Gazaille, Martin Greene, Katherine Gulla, Eric Korenman, Yvette Lucas, Cassandra Sohn and Kevin Sprague. A reception will be held Saturday, June 17, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Katherine Gulla’s three-dimensional photo sculptures investigate the experience of ephemeral visual phenomena. Peter J. Baumgartner’s work captures late New England winter and spring when the trees bud and begin to leaf out. Denise B. Chandler’s abstract macro florals use immense color to bend and twist into hyper-realistic images. Using multiple in-camera exposures of roots, Peggy Braun’s piece is a departure from her highly colored photographs. Kevin Sprague’s “Postmarks” represent the romantic side of florals. Martin Greene shows delicately detailed landscapes of trees, poppies and grasses. Cassandra Sohn presents photos from her “Botanophilia” series. Jenna Gazaille’s stark white-and-black images play with the concepts of negative and positive, and beauty and decay. John Clarke presents watercolor-like photographs that have been drawn on with pastel and pencil.

For more information, contact the gallery at (413) 551-7353 or


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Lee Library to offer chronic pain management workshop

Dave Halley at work.

Dave Halley at work.

Lee — On Tuesday, June 20, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., the Lee Library will welcome Dave Halley, MSW, of Healing Hands Bodywork in Stockbridge who will speak on strategies for managing chronic pain at home. He will discuss proper stretching, relaxation and meditation techniques; identify trigger points; and more to help individuals manage chronic pain without always needing to seek out a practitioner for help. A question-and-answer session will follow the program, which is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the library at (413) 243-0385 or


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