Specializing in teaching play and vulnerability, B4 The Other Creations was co-founded by Christopher Beaulieu and Malia’Kekia Nicolini in 2018. B4 is rooted in the Berkshires of Massachusetts and we honor the ancestral land of the Mohican and Wabanaki Confederacy land that we reside on.
B4 travels across the United States, Europe, and Asia for educational residencies, professional development, and original performances. In 2019 B4 traveled to Indonesia, Taiwan, London, Massachusetts, Texas, Florida, Vermont, Oklahoma City, Rhode Island, Baltimore and Utah to teach, create and perform.
Covid19 has halted our business as we once knew it. When the shutdown started happening in March we had over fifteen contract cancellations within the first couple weeks. After the first month of the pandemic we had lost all future contracts for 2020.
Primarily our art practice allowed us to travel throughout the USA and internationally teaching play, embodied leadership through vulnerability, devised theatre, and choreographing educational performances. Now, even the educational institutes that have the resources to reopen have shelved the entirety of their theater seasons. Fortunately, as devised theater educators we believe our process is our product. This is empowering us to begin offering online classes where B4's process can inspire creativity and play-mindset by being fully present in our daily lives.
We see B4TheOther's core mission of building stronger communities by holding space for the common experience through play, vulnerability, and generosity are more important now than ever before.
That first week of layoffs, shutdowns, and contract cancellations back in March was devastating for us. From complete loss of income to losing loved ones. To our surprise what inspired us was witnessing our neighbors, who were less affected, leave groceries at our door with notes of faith. Our landlord offered lower rent. Toilet paper and baked treats (carefully wrapped) being shared between floors. All of a sudden the strangers we were living next to were truly embodying our company's mission and being for us!
Reinforcing the goodness of others feels extremely important these days. Our community did that for us by offering the security that we were all going to survive this, together. Although we might not be in a theater performing, the necessity to stay creative, build community, and play is our priority.
There is no path that is already carved out for us, we are paving our own.
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B4 The Other Creations strives to build stronger communities by holding space for the common experience through education and performance. Changing the language to change the story to one of abundance by deep diving into the core values of effort, risk, buoyancy, generosity, and vulnerability. Paving a path of Vibrational Activism in our everyday world.