The Northampton Arts Council is a city board and a non-profit organization whose goal is to support and promote the arts in Northampton. Originally created as a Local Arts Lottery Council, it began its work by administering a grants program in which proceeds from a state lottery are distributed to local artists, arts groups, and public schools.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Dance Generators Shake It Up At Spring Concert

The Dance Generators present their annual concert of new works on Thursday and Friday, March 26 and 27 at 7pm and Saturday, March 28 at 2pm in partnership with the Northampton Center for the Arts. The shows take place at the Arts Trust Building, 33 Hawley Street in Northampton. This year’s Dance Generators program is the first concert under the direction of Maureen Shea, who rejoined the company as its Artistic Director in August 2014, bringing many new performing members into the group.
Dance Generators is a multi-generational performance company consisting of dancers in their mid-twenties to age 90. Company members come together through a shared love of dancing and commitment to making innovative performance. Their work challenges audiences’ ideas about dance and shakes up stereotypes about aging. This year's concert is a window into the growing artistry of these movers and shakers.
'Legacy' is explored in Shea's most recent dance work. Audiences witness three solos, a taste of a concert of solos to be presented in this fall. And choreographer Fritha Pengelly previews her latest work-in-progress, to be performed in its entirety locally on May 31.
Founded in 1997 by Amie Dowling, and then directed by Kristin Horrigan from 2006 to 2014, the Dance Generators tour widely throughout New England, including regular performances and community classes for all ages at local theaters, schools, senior residences, and community centers.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors, and $10 for children under 12. They are available online at and will be sold at the door (cash or check only) one hour in advance of each performance.
Photo by Peter Raper