Cynthia Berkshire

VEIL: Two Sisters, by Cynthia Berkshire

VEIL: Two Sisters, a multimedia performance two years in development, including travel to India, reveals two sisters lured into a link between the earthly and heavenly realms. As one sister calls forth the other from death, a poignant vision of our emotional and psychic lives is revealed.

Berkshire’s work is distinctive, with a blending of realistic and abstract gesture and phrasing. Progressing with a sense of both unraveling and holding back, a simplicity expands into motion and emotion as circles, white flowing fabric, falling marigolds and a mysterious chorus of spirits accompany the reunion of two sisters and their process of forgiveness.

A gifted team of collaborators reunite in VEIL. Cynthia has previously worked in the studio with each of the five performers in a variety of projects, including studying Shorin Ryu Karate. The performers are joined by visual designers Shaun Irons and Lauren Petty, with whom Cynthia performed in their Why Why Always production at Abrons Art Center, 2017. This is her first project with lighting designer Philip Sandstrom and musician Skip LaPlante.

performed by: Adriane Erdos, Krista Jansen, Victoria Murphy, Yumiko Niimi, Nicole Touzien

Performance Workshops

Accompanying the performance is a series of four creative movement workshops, free and open to the public. Group material will be incorporated into the piece, and some participants will join the performance. Lani Miller, NY Insight meditation teacher, will co-lead one session.

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Cynthia Berkshire is a Manhattan-based choreographer, director, graphic designer and performer. Her work has been generously supported through residencies including White Oak Plantation and Palenville Interarts Colony. She has shown her work at PS122, Performance Mix, Dixon Place, Chashama, Theatre for the New City, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, Sanctuary Theatre, Glen Echo Park, and Washington Theatre Festival where she was nominated for Best Director. Celebrated director Anne Bogart called Cynthia: “smart, adventurous, talented and innovative”; while Vallejo Ganter, former PS 122 Artistic Director, described Cynthia’s VEIL: Two Sisters as “fascinating.”

As a performer, Cynthia was a member of Kei Takei’s company for over two years, and has appeared in projects by Sally Silvers, Noemie LaFrance, Shaun Irons & Lauren Petty. She’s performed at venues including Wave Hill, Judson Church, LaMama, Abron Arts Center, Walker Art Center, Atlantic Center for the Arts and Cripa Center, India. Her eclectic arts background includes studying ballet with Zvi Gotheiner; creating several digital films; graphic design for a number of prestigious firms; and serving as a movement coach and choreographer for theatre productions.

“the piece is so beautiful, I feel enriched having watched it.” — Andrea S., designer, former dancer




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