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3rd Annual FIVE SENSES FESTIVAL Scheduled For Summer 2020

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3rd Annual FIVE SENSES FESTIVAL Scheduled For Summer 2020

In a landscape of cancellations and postponements across the cultural calendar, the third annual Five Senses Festival will return to Litchfield County, Connecticut this Summer (July 31 - August 2, 2020).

In an effort to think creatively, expansively, and above all, safely within the stringent guidelines of life during pandemic reality, Washington Depot-based dance company Pilobolus, together with Spring Hill Vineyards and a group of strong community supporters, has reimagined the possibilities of this beloved festival while continuing to serve its community and provide families with creative exposure and interactivity while immersed in nature.

Previous years, the Festival served as a celebration of world-class dance, immersive and participatory art installation, multidisciplinary performances and concerts, talks, interactive workshops, recreational activities, a full calendar of wellness classes and locally-sourced food offerings. This year, the Five Senses Festival will reposition ticketed events as a series of performative solos that attendees can enjoy primarily by car, foot or picnicking six feet apart on the sprawling field. Evening programs will be likened to that of a drive-in movie theater where guests can experience culture from the secluded safety of their own vehicles.

The lens and theme of the 2020 event has long been "Crossing Borders," initially contemplating physical, metaphysical, drawn or imaginary borders, and also the title of Pilobolus's newest full-company piece intended to be created and performed along the US/Mexican border in 2021 during their 50-th anniversary year. As COVID-era reality deepens within the collective psyche, interpretation of the theme grows with significance.

"Our goal for this re-envisioned Festival is to create a more connected community under these stressful and unprecedented times, leading to a more connected world," said Renée Jaworski, Artistic Director, Pilobolus. "We are under new direction and leadership, and while simultaneously launching our 'Big 5-Oh!' season, celebrating Pilobolus' 50th anniversary and providing spirit and gratitude for our community through this event, we are mindful of and will follow all guidance from the State of Connecticut, CDC and WHO to offer a safe, healthy and enjoyable environment for our guests."

"Spring Hill Vineyards has been such an incredible partner and believer in bringing this new iteration of the Festival to life, with their property providing a vast landscape for structured gathering and collaboration that has allowed us to move forward with everyone's safety and wellbeing in mind," added Matt Kent, Artistic Director, Pilobolus. "While we are usually traveling the globe sharing our belief that the human form links all of humanity, we have always felt that a 'home season' in our own Connecticut backyard helps connect our neighbors more deeply to one another. Living in the time of this health crisis suggests that now, more than ever, communities all around the world need engagement, because in engagement, there is hope."

While the 2020 annual Pilobolus Ball initially scheduled for July 25 to kick off the Festival has been canceled, the company is currently planning an opening experience on Friday, July 31 that will serve to replace the Gala event in a safe and respectful way, while continuing to serve as Plobolus' major fundraiser for the year.

"As we are continuing to reconfigure this year's programming, reimagining how to present shared experiences in ways that delight our community without stress, while within the boundaries of this new environment, we're looking forward to sharing our confirmed schedule and appearances by creatives from many disciplines in the coming weeks," said Emily Kent, Pilobolus Education and Community Outreach Manager. "Imagine a hike through the woods discovering hidden art installations, then stumbling upon a modern dancer performing through the trees. Picture driving through a scenic loop, windows down, being serenaded by world-class musicians. Think classic Americana, enjoying films and performances from the comfort of your own vehicle."

The program site at Spring Hill Vineyards (292 Bee Brook Road in New Preston, Connecticut) houses a sprawling, grassy field, an outdoor granite amphitheater designed by artist Mark Mennin using 120 tons of pink Connecticut granite; a silo housing a mirrored grotto raised 60 feet in the air created by artist Randy Polumbo; a wine cave; and other visual delights for visitors.

The full programming line-up and tickets will be available on the Company's website in the coming weeks (www.pilobolus.org). Rain dates are being held for the following weekend on the chance of inclement weather (August 7 - 9, 2020).


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