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The international movement and entertainment company, Pilobolus(Executive Producer, Itamar Kubovy; Renée Jaworski and Matt Kent, artistic directors), headquartered in Washington Depot, Connecticut, is thrilled to announce the Pilobolus Five Senses Festival, a multi-arts and ideas festival convening the company's vast network of creative, world-renowned collaborators in its own backyard over three weekends from July 27 - August 11.

The Pilobolus Five Senses Festival was begun to answer the growing need for sensory connection and community connection during these fragmented, frenetic times. Attendees will have the rare opportunity to participate and engage in an intimate and informal setting with artists, speakers, writers, musicians, foodies, performers, scientists and more as they come together to create, inspire, eat and drink in the middle of the woods. Low-cost or free tickets are required for most of these events and can be arranged online at www.FiveSensesFestival.com.

Pilobolus Five Senses Ball, a gala raising funds to help subsidize ticket prices to Festival events, making them all low-cost, if not free, kicks-off Festival on July 21. For more information about The Ball, including tickets and programming, please visit www.FiveSensesFestival.com/Ball.

The Ball and Festival will take place at Spring Hill Farm, 292 Bee Brook Road, Washington, CT. Owned byStephanie Ingrassia, Vice Chair of the Brooklyn Museum, and Tim Ingrassia, admission to Spring Hill Farm during the Festival hours is free and open to the public.

Highlights of the festival site at Spring Hill Farminclude:

  • A converted grain silo serves as a box office.
  • A refreshed vintage airstream trailer serves as a bar.
  • A 1929 boxcar on rails has been recast as a bathroom.
  • A fire-pit serves as a gathering spot in the field after dark.
  • A 60-ft tall grain silo serves as the hub of an outdoor piazza, with shade sails draping off it to provide sun cover during the day.
  • Video art installations by notable artists William Kentridgeand Marilyn Minterare projected on the silo at night.
  • Neon sculptures by artist Lauren Boothglow throughout the surrounding woods.
  • Beloved local chef Cassandra Purdyserves farm-to-table food and drink throughout the day and evening.
  • Decorated guest chefs, Joel Viehland(Swyft and Ore Hill)and Michelin starred Gabe McMackin(The Finch) design special experiential eating events.
  • Spring Hill Farm, in addition to being a cultural space, is also a fully operational vineyard, and a stone cave cut into the hill will offer wine tastings.

The property houses two performance spaces:

An outdoor granite amphitheater in the woods overlooking the field from the adjoining hill. Designed by artist Mark Menninwith 120 tons of pink Connecticut granite, the amphitheater seats 300 and looks down on a stage made from white granite sourced in Massachusetts.

A pristine white 82ft long tent rising up like a castle will be the main site for our headlining concerts and Tent Talk lectures. Guests are welcome to enjoy the space not only for a specific event, but can wander the site to relax on the lawn and to take in the sunshine with good food, drink, art, and company.

For more information and to purchase tickets to The Pilobolus Five Senses Festivaland the Five Senses Ball, please visit www.FiveSensesFestival.com.


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Prolific conversations and discussions

Dani Shapiro, author of best-selling memoirs Slow Motionand Devotion.

Sylvia Boorstein, co-founding teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California.

Alexandra Styron, author of the soon to be published, Steal This Country: A Handbook for Resistance, Persistence, and Fixing Almost Everything.

Laurie Santos, teacher of the most popular class at Yale-The Psychology of Happiness-and author of the recent New York Magazinecover story about the subject.

Charlie Melcher, founder of the media and tech conference Future of Storytelling.

Abigail Pogrebin, author and journalist.

Marcia Desanctis, travel writer.

Musical concerts and performances

Multiple Grammy Award-winner banjo master Béla Fleck.

Celebrated classical pianist Jeremy Denk.

Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning composer Tom Kitt, who will be joined by two surprise Broadway stars.

East Village cabaret royalty Julian Fleisherand Lady Rizo.

The renowned cellist, composer, singer and activist Ben Sollee.

A night of Bossa Nova featuring the glorious NYC-based Brazilian band ALua Alicia, led by Washington's own Chrissy Armstrong and backed by first rate NYC musicians.

Soul singers Joshua Campbelland Eden Girma.

Group activities

Pilobolus Yoga: downward dogs and sun salutations with the dancers.

Connecting with Balance: a one-hour workshop aimed at helping seniors reconnect with their bodies and environment.

Sunrise Meditations: silent, still 5:30am meditations meant to awaken and enlighten your senses).

Lake and Field Athletics - Pilobolus dancers and local fitness gurus lead early morning creative "boot camps" held in spectacular locations on lake Waramaug and on Festival Field - open to all ages and level of fitness.

Kid Programming: site-specific visual, movement, and musical arts, free and fun for the whole family


Finally, what's a festival produced by a company known for its inventive stage shows without some inventive stage shows? There will be sporadic and surprise Pilobolusperformances at every turn, and the festival will conclude with Come to your senses, Pilobolus's new evening-length program of premiere works and audience favorites.


Pilobolus began at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire in 1971. In the nearly five decades since, Pilobolus has performed live in over 60 countries for more than 4 million people, including, on Broadway, at the Oscars, at 3 Olympic games, and has appeared on television, in movies, in advertisements seen by more than a billion viewers. Pilobolus teaches its methods to schools and to businesses, and has over 120 dance works in its repertory. The company continues to propel the seeds of expression via human movement to every corner of the world, collaborating with leading artists and scientists to make innovative movement work on stage and on recorded media. The company's ability to keep growing and changing each year while reaching new audiences and exploring new visual and musical planes has been critical to its sustained popularity..

The Five Senses Festival, multi-arts cultural festival presented and produced by Pilobolus, will be held over three weekends from July 27-August 11on the Washington, CT farm of Stephanie and Tim Ingrassialocated at 292 Bee Brook Road. The festival will launch with the Five Senses Ballon July 21. For more information and to purchase tickets to the Ball and the Festival, please visit www.FiveSensesFestival.com or www.Pilobolus.org.

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