Another successful summer of contemporary music has come and gone with the 12th annual Bang on a Can residency. Each year the faculty and fellows sweep into town, filling our museum and North Adams with music that is sometimes just minutes old.
One of the most remarkable parts of this residency is the opportunity for us to observe the musicians at work â€“ stopping, starting over, asking questions, and uttering one of our favorite phrases, â€śLetâ€™s try something differentâ€¦â€ť. Itâ€™s one thing to be surrounded by new art; itâ€™s another to see art as it is being made.
Operating in spaces that have been manufacturing since the colonial period, MASS MoCA continues the long-standing North Adams tradition of innovation and production with our performing arts residency program. For over a decade, weâ€™ve opened our spaces and fostered the work of over 50 artists-in-residence such as Robert Wilson, Philip Glass, Liz Lerman, David Byrne, and Shirin Neshat.
In the following video Lee Sher and Saar Harari, founders of LeeSaar the Company and the choreographers behind grass and jackals, speak about their residency at MASS MoCA this past February. Grass and jackals premiered earlier this month at the American Dance Festival in Durham, North Carolina.