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, January 14, 2015

Miwa Matreyek: This World Made Itself - Four Sundays in February Event #3

Miwa Matreyek: This World Made Itself

Co-Sponsored by The Daily Hampshire Gazette & Greenfield Savings Bank

Four Sundays in February Event #3
When: Sunday, February 15  – 2:00PM, Doors Open at 1:30PM

Where: Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main Street Northampton, MA 01060

How Much: 
Advance - $10 Adults/$8 Senior 65+ & Students/$5 Kids 12 & Under
Day of at door - $12 Adults/$10 Senior 65+ & Students/$7 Kids 12 & Under 

Ticket Outlet: 
Academy of Music Theatre Box Office -

1st Performance: In Myth & Infrastructure Matreyek performs in a multimedia production using projected animation she has created. Her silhouette becomes an integral part of a fantastical world. She traverses oceanscapes and cityscapes as she conjures magical domestic scenes with light and shadow. She becomes an island, walks among illuminated buildings, and ducks colored creatures dropping from the sky. What the viewer sees on the screen is a collapsed product of multiple layers of animation, objects and body, dissolving the barriers between the real and the illusory.

2nd Performance: This World Made Itself is Miwa Matreyek’s latest solo work merging cinematic vistas with theater and intricate shadow play. The fantastical kaleidoscopic experience is sophisticated yet full of child-like wonder. Its thematic journey takes you through the history of the earth, from the universe’s first spark of beginning to our complex, current world of humans redefining the earth. The performance unfolds as both a panorama referencing natural history and science (imagine flipping through a vividly illustrated children’s encyclopedia) and a dream-like spectacle of surrealistic metaphor and fantasy. 

Q&A with the artist will follow after the second performance.

This World Made Itself from Miwa Matreyek on Vimeo.

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