The Reading Theater Project and JCWK Dance Lab have announced In Nature’s Studio: Real Bodies, an outdoor performance event at the Reading Public Museum Arboretum, 500 Museum Road, Reading, Pennsylvania. The performance will take place on Sunday, July 10, 2022 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and admission is free. For more information see: readingtheaterproject.org/in-natures-studio-2022/
The landscape and walkways throughout the arboretum become micro-stages where actors, dancers and musicians perform simultaneously, some spanning the 90 minutes of the performance event and shorter pieces being performed multiple times. All performances use the park setting and the Real Bodies exhibit for inspiration and are suitable for all audiences. The public can explore the trail on their own or sign up for a guided tour.
This project was inspired by the Reading Public Museum’s Real Bodies exhibit. This stunning exhibition explores life by showing real, perfectly preserved human bodies and more than 200 anatomical specimens. More than a simple display of human specimens, Real Bodies gives audiences a deeper sense of what it means to be alive.
“In Nature’s Studio is a collaboration between three different Berks County organizations that come together to create a community through education and art making. I love the way the artists and REAL BODIES are exhibiting to create something unique for and for Berks County,” said Jessica Warchal-King, director of the JCWK Dance Lab.
Artists include Matt DeAngelis, Madison DJ Fields, Henrik Fotis, Jeanette Fotis, Brad Gale, Richie Maldonado, Kimberly Patterson, Jessica Pennington, Adam Richter, JCWK Dance Lab (Cady Monasmith, Arielle Ridley and Woosoon Kim) and the trio Jolie ( Crystal Jordan). , Robin Lilarose, Kirstin Meyers). Production is coordinated by Vicki Haller Graff and Jessica C. Warchal-King, with assistance from Kayla Laucks and Stacy Laucks.
The Reading Theater Project is a locally based, professional theater company based in Greater Reading/Berks County, PA. We value collaboration and creative challenge, and believe that theater is an inclusive experience that can reveal our shared human makeup. For more information, visit readingtheaterproject.org or call 484-706-9719.
The JCWK Dance Lab combines education/outreach, physical dance practice and performance to explore how dance can be a vehicle for nonviolent, positive social change. The JCWK Dance Lab works to create joy, connection and wellbeing through kinesthetic stories in Berks County and the surrounding communities. Visit jcwkdancelab.org for more information.
The Reading Public Museum is a dynamic center for lifelong learning and discovery that educates, enlightens and engages current and future generations through the collection, preservation and interpretation of objects of art, science and civilization. The museum is located at 500 Museum Road, Reading, PA 19611 and is normally open daily from 11am to 5pm. Admission to the museum is: $10 adults (18-64), $6 children/seniors/students (with ID) and free for members and children under three. Web: www.readingpublicmuseum.org.