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.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

The Multiple (dance performance) by Aretha Aoki at A.P.E. Ltd. Gallery

Photo by Glynnis Eldridge
The Multiple (dance performance) by Aretha Aoki at A.P.E. Ltd. Gallery
May 31, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Reception following the performance

Aretha Aoki is known for contemplative, probing solos.

a dancer with an open, generous presence.
-The New York Times

Las Gravitas is a rare solo that feels personal to her body and aesthetic interest but also reaches beyond the soloist…a substantial achievement.
-Culturebot, from a review of Aoki’s solo, Las Gravitas (2013)

(Northampton, MA) The Multiple, a new interdisciplinary dance work by Aretha Aoki, will be performed at A.P.E. Gallery on Main St, Northampton, on Saturday May 31, 2014 at 8:00 pm.

Starting with the assumption that the dancer is a medium for the unknown, The Multiple explores the ghostly presence of actual and imagined beings, and invites the murmurings of past, present and future into the space of performance. A solo edges into a duet, into what is seen and unseen, and into the estrangements and intimacies within and between people and place.

The Multiple is performed by Aretha Aoki and Julia Gladstone with sound and video by Ryan MacDonald.

There is no late seating. Reception following the performance.
Seating is limited. Reservations are strongly suggested. To reserve tickets in advance email or call (413) 586-5553

Funding Support
The Multiple is supported by the Northampton Arts Council.

About the Artists

Aretha Aoki (Choreographer, Performer) is from Vancouver, BC. Her choreography has been performed at Danspace Project, the Academy of Music, Movement Research Festival, CPR, Catch, Exit Art Gallery (Culturebot’s “Ephemeral Evidence”), New York Live Arts (2011/12 Fresh Tracks artist), the Kitchen (Emily Roysdon’s A Gay Bar Called Everywhere), the Chen Dance Center (Newsteps Artist), the Firehall Arts Centre, the Powell Street Festival, AUNTS, the 92nd St. Y, Studio 303, the Blinding Light Cinema, and Video In. Aretha is currently making and performing Shore by Emily Johnson/Catalyst Dance and has danced for devynn emory, robbinschilds, Vanessa Anspaugh, Rebecca Serrell Cyr, Heather Kravas, Juliette Mapp, Daria Fain, Maura Donohue, Elizabeth Ward, Martin Lanz, Faye Driscoll, Lisa D’Amour & Katie Pearl, and others. She is the Editorial Associate at Contact Quarterly and a Contributing Editor for CQ Journal 39.1. Aretha holds a BFA from Simon Fraser University and a MFA from Smith College.

Julia Gladstone (Performer) is a dancer, choreographer, and videographer living in Northampton, MA. A graduate of Hampshire College, she has danced throughout the five colleges, collaborates in multiple disciplines, and has most recently performed in works at Amherst College, Bates Dance Festival, and the Church of the Little Green Man. In 2013 she attended Bates Dance Festival and was in residence with PlaceMaker Space at Earthdance. This summer Julia will be working and dancing at Ponderosa in Stolzenhagen, Germany.

Ryan MacDonald (Sound, Video) is from Kansas City, Missouri. He has constructed sound for choreographers Aretha Aoki, devynn emory and Vanessa Anspaugh. He holds the position of Lecturer at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he received an MFA in English and an MFA in Studio Art. He is the winner of the 2012 American Short(er) Fiction Award. His story collection The Observable Characteristics of Organisms will be released in September 2014 from FC2.

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