Review of Trillium J:
"I fail to describe my feelings having never experienced anything like this before. Perhaps one could compare Trillium J
to Richard Foremans plays in the way it captures the absurd, the unexpectedness and ambiguity of the contemporary world. Weave in the voices of 12 vocalists and the sounds of 12 instrumental soloists with full orchestra, excellent acting, pseudo-philosophical digressions, visual projections, young skipping-rope Jazzy Jumpers and two of New Yorks best contemporary dance improvisers Rachel Bernsen and Melanie Maar, and you get the mix.
(Erlena Dlu, Avant Music News
)Read the full review
Hear a podcast of a panel discussion about improvisation in the performing arts and in everyday life on the WNPR's Where We Live
, Feb 8, 2012. Panelists: trumpeter Stephen Haynes, Rachel Bernsen, actor and scholar Kate Sidley, and executive chef Julie Carrion.The New Haven Independent
profiled the December 2011 Take Your Time
SeriesNew Haven Register
The Register profiled the May 2011 Take Your Time
Check out the SoundRat review
of Waver from the Hartford New Music Festival on Feb 18, and read the footnotes that very articulately describe my process of working with musicians.
"I have been inspired by the do-it-yourself presenters who often double up in their roles Brian Rogers, Ben Pryor, Sara Coffey, Ron Berry, Rachel Bernsen. I tend to see the programmers of tomorrow moving forward, putting things together based on their interests, their relationships, the spaces that they have available to them."
-Cathy Edwards, Coast to Coast Curator
, CulturebotTake Your Time
series profiled in the New York Times
, Oct, 2010
Feature in the New Haven Arts Paper
I've always been intrigued by Rachel's ability to make even the most simple things completely fascinating. She is an amazing performer and a compelling person on and off stage.
Curator of Brink at Dixon Place
There was one moment in a piece
the last piece of the night where Rachel Bernsen was unraveling a roll of black duct tape and sort of constructing the unraveled duct tape into a sculpture, while also creating this sparse soundscape, and moving in this incredibly precise but also very violent manner. It was just astonishing and I cant imagine being able to capture that other than in that moment.
Co-Curator 2008 Movement Research Spring Festival, Somewhere out There.
From the curator daily podcast
Movement Research Festival 08
Indeed the most successful work was Rachel Bernsens modestly titled experiment in progress, in which, without props or even music, the choreographer, wearing a simple white dress
performed an intelligent and charming short dance
-Robert Ayers for ArtInfo
photo by Peter Gannushkin