2020 - 2021
In 2020, when Covid-19 hit, Agile Rascal scrapped our plans to remount an old play, and began devising over zoom, as ideas from before this time suddenly seemed less relevant, and new ideas were begging for a creative container to hold them.
From July 2020 -May 2021, we met twice a month on zoom to share creative offerings. Staring with the prompt, "What have you been thinking about?" our work touched on many topics and themes, before circling in on world right outside and underneath our feet.
A compilation of our "zoom" work
Miguel Alejandro Castillo
John Paul Olsen
In June 2021, twelve Rascals from all over the United States and beyond, made their way to Great Barrington, MA. Some of us were old friends, while others had never met in real life before.
After getting our bicycles set up, swapping stories and bungee cords, and debating the exact right number of socks to bring, we took off for a week long bike ride up to Stockbridge, VT.
For three weeks we created in near isolation at The Sable Project, an off the grid farm and Artist's Residency.
Our residency culminated in a small sharing of our work-in-progress, at Sable's Food and Art Friday event.
After, we got back on our bicycles and
made our way back down to Great Barrington
The play that began emerging moved the spotlight from the human world and zoomed in on the natural world and the structures that coexist alongside our fragile and breaking systems. Incorporating puppetry, masks, movement and music, we aimed to understand what could be learned from exploring the vast microcosms around us.
Unfortunately, due to scheduling conflicts, it is unlikely that the original iteration of this project will ever be completed and toured. However, it is very likely that many of the ideas that were germinated in this time will live on in future Agile Rascal projects.
In addition, this project was an opportunity to revisit and revise the ways that we bicycle tour, share space and care for one another. On the road, it's imperative that everyone is safe—their equipment well-maintained, their load manageable, and their bodies well-rested. As collaborators who share close quarters for weeks at a time, it's so important that we divide up the labor, create a clear division between work and leisure time, and respect each other's personal boundaries. And as a company, we are constantly examining the ways we create our community culture— how to create trust and intimacy, give and receive feedback, and discuss issues of privilege and equity through a spectrum of lenses.
14 days on bicycle
327 miles roundtrip
15,089 feet of climbing
21 days of artist residency
2 suspected bouts of Lyme disease (treated with anti-biotics!)