Known for their playful and unexpected choreography, Monica Bill Barnes and Company is a contemporary American dance company based in New York City. Two of its key members had the opportunity to participate in a week-long residency at The Pocantico Center in July 2013. In this video, the dancers talk about their creative process and how the time and setting helped to shape their pieces.
In 2013, staff initiated a project to assess the outcomes and impact of program-related conferences held at the Fund’s Pocantico Center during the period 1994–2012. Pocantico hosted a total of 1,015 conference, retreats, or meetings in those 18 years.
Ballet Hispanico explores the diversity of Latino culture through dance. In May 2013, six dancers and artistic director Eduardo Vilaro spent a week at the Rockefeller Brother Fund's Pocantico Center during a residency to advance Ballet Hispanico's creative growth and develop new work. In this video, Mr. Vilaro and the dancers reflect on the value of the retreat and the impact their surroundings have on their pieces.
The Monica Bill Barnes and Company and Ballet Hispanico of New York will partake in the Rockefeller Brothers Fund's first dance residencies as part of the Pocantico Arts Collaborative this spring. Earlier this month, grants were awarded to each organization to develop new works as part of their residencies at The Pocantico Center. Both groups of will then return in the summer to perform their works in progress as part of Pocantico's summer performance season.
The Pocantico Center was one of 10 sites to be newly accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Accreditation recognizes museums that have met and exceeded standards of excellence developed by the Alliance to ensure that their public trust continues to be upheld.