The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Tarry Four- an evening of new dances

A.P.E. Performance Gallery presents: Tarry Four, An evening of new dances with Paul Matteson, Aretha Aoki, Terese Freeman and Jim Coleman.

Performances: Thursday May 21, Friday May 22 and Saturday May 23 at 8 PM

at A.P.E. Performance Gallery, 126 Main Street, Northampton, MA.

Tickets: $15 general, $10 students and seniors.

Reservations: 413-586-5553 or lisathompson@apearts.org

More info: http://www.apearts.org/upcoming.html
Four nationally renowned local choreographers will present an evening of new dances featuring performances from some of the most illustrious professional dancers in the region. Paul Matteson, Aretha Aoki, Jim Coleman and Terese Freeman. Paul Matteson, a Bessie award winner and recipient of this year’s prestigious Massachusetts Cultural Council Choreography Fellowship, will premiere slow slip down. With live music by Ian Stahl and Ben Muller, this septet explores “now time” connection, sparse melody, and the sensual edge of mutually recognized touch. Acclaimed NYC choreographer/performer Aretha Aoki - who currently splits her life between NYC and Noho – will present zero, a collaboration with artist Ryan MacDonald and a re-imagining of their 2014 piece The Multiple, in which ghosts appear and the murmurings of past, present and future leak into the space of performance. Zero reflects Aoki's commitment to a rigorously intuitive process of making and the juxtaposition of seemingly unrelated elements. Acclaimed veteran Valley choreographers Terese Freedman and Jim Coleman will premiere their new duet under, a collage of image and action exploring aging intimacy, exhausted routines and taken-for-granted communions, with video and sound to orient and sharpen the dislocations.



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