The Picnic Sisters are comprised of Molly Hess and Eliza Malecki who met in 2016 as Resident Artists at Bearnstow in Mt. Vernon, ME. They immediately found a kinship in their choreographic practice and the following summer created their first duet, 4k Dash. Together they create witty, upbeat, dances with a touch of tenderness. Their works have been shown as part of TRACKS//Boston (MA), Bearnstow Artist showcases (ME), 3 Spice Presents (MA), A Walking Birthday(MA), Modern Movements Festival (RI), and The Acadia Dance Festival (ME).
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Eliza Malecki is a Boston based dancer, arts administrator, and choreographer from central Massachusetts. She graduated magna cum laude from Goucher College with a BA in Dance. In 2016 Eliza served as a Young Artist in Residence at Bearnstow in Mt. Vernon, ME and went on to be a founding member of 3 Spice Dance, which fosters dance collaboration between Bearnstow alumni in the Boston area. In 2019 she co-produced Laugh Track, which featured her own work alongside local Boston comedians.
Her most recent project is a dance film called Almost Normal which will debut in the Fall of 2021. This year she will serve as an Artist in Residence in the City of Lawrence, MA. She also works for Dunamis, a Boston nonprofit serving emerging artists and arts managers of color. Eliza's choreographic works-which display strong inventive movement, pedestrian gestures, and an undeniably unique sense of humor- have been presented in Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Rhode Island, and Italy. When Eliza isn't dancing she is avidly crafting, designing jewelry, and eating peanut butter based products.
Learn more at elizamalecki.com and follow @elizamalecki.
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Molly Hess is Western MA based choreographer known for her humorous, tender, and whimsical creations. Her performances are interdisciplinary and often interactive. In 2018 she presented “A Walking Birthday”, an evening of dance and music. She was also commissioned to create a performance for Fitzhugh Caroll’s sculpture in Prospect Park. Molly has been an artist in residence at The Living Room (ME), Betonest (Germany), and Earth Dance (MA). She was the 2015 ARC Dance Research Laboratory emerging artist. She has presented her work nationally and internationally both independently and as a member of the GRUNT (Grass Roots US National Tour) Network.
Besides her choreographic practice, Molly is a dance teaching artist with a focus on creative process and wears an administrative hat as the Associate Director of Bearnstow, a summer art retreat on Parker Pond in Mt. Vernon, ME. Learn more at mollyhess.com and follow her @thefloatingbear.
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