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.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Summer 2016 News: Award and National Tour begins!

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photo credit: video projection still; bottom left and right Kelly Fletcher photography, Margaret Paek dancing in Dianich Gallery during Vermont Performance Lab Progressive Performance Festival September 2015. 
Dear Friends:

As summer roars into fall, we are excited to share recent and upcoming news.

This past June, Dahlia was honored to receive the 2016 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship award for Choreography.  Next month, the New Art Center in Newton, Massachusetts will be featuring works of MCC artists.  Click here for more information.  

This fall, we begin our 2125 Stanley Street tour, supported by the National Dance Project Touring AwardTickets are available for our performances at Links Hall in Chicago as part of the A-Squared Asian American Performing Arts Festival, featuring four evenings of contemporary dance, music, performance art, puppetry, sound art, spoken word, and theatre. Come see us on Thursday, October 20th  or Friday, October 21st  or purchase a pass to the entire four day festival.

Prior to the performances Dahlia will be speaking on a panel for the Chicago Dancemakers Forum symposium on "Artist-Presenter Collaborations for Dance" hosted by High Concept Laboratories.  Dahlia is delighted to connect with the dancemaking community in Chicago.

Stay tuned for more tour dates across the country over the next year.  The NDP Touring Award enables us to continue to adapt the project to new spaces and reach new audiences, as we plant seeds for developing new work.  Our tour includes performances in a variety of spaces, and residency activities including master classes/workshops with dance/art/film/music departments, conversations on themes of diaspora and cultural hybridity, and opportunities for audiences to "play the space", interacting with the electronic soundscape designed by composer Loren Kiyoshi Dempster.

To inquire about bringing this work to your campus, institution or venue with National Dance Project funding, please contact our Touring Coordinator, Jane Forde. Wishing you a wonderful end of summer.

With gratitude,

About the work:
2125 Stanley Street is a contemporary dance performance exploring deeply personal notions of home. Dancers/co-creators Dahlia Nayar, Margaret Sunghe Paek and cellist/composer Loren Kiyoshi Dempster (see bios below) adapt the work as it migrates to various spaces: a studio, a theater, a gallery, a community grange, a buddhist church. We excavate the everyday and the mundane in search of a poetic consciousness, infusing basic tasks with virtuosity and nostalgia, summoning fragmented multilingual memories and lullabies from our childhoods.  Ultimately, 2125 Stanley Street aims to invite the audience into a home that unfolds through movement, sound and intimate exchange, a home that is is both familiar and yet cannot exactly be located. Named "Best of Stage and Screen" 2015 by Downeast Magazine, Stanley Street is a recipient of the National Dance Project Touring Award for 2016-17 . See a video link for the work here.

Special Thanks:  2125 Stanley Street has thus far been supported through residencies with the Vermont Performance Lab,  Bates Dance Festival and is also funded in part by the New England Foundation of the Arts' National Dance Project Special Projects Grant and the National Dance Project Touring Award with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment of the Arts.  Donations to further support this project can be made here.  For more information, please visit
About the Artists: 
Dahlia Nayar's works have recently been selected for the Venice Biennale/Danza Venezia Showcase for Emerging Choreographers, Dance Place in Washington DC, the 2012 Next Stage Dance Residency at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in Pittsburgh, and the Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn, NY. In addition, her site specific projects have been performed at the National Botanical Gardens, the Kennedy Center and the Complejo Cultural, in Puebla, Mexico. She was a National Dance Project Regional Dance Lab artist and Jacob Davits Fellowship recipient.  She holds an MFA in Dance/Choreography from Hollins University and has been a guest artist at Salem State College, College of the Holy Cross, Long Island University in Brooklyn, Marymount Manhattan College, Duke University and Smith College among others. She is a 2016 recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in Choreography and recently relocated to the Los Angeles area.

Margaret Sunghe Paek is dedicated to collaboration and sees dance as a life practice. She is a Lower Left collective artist ( and is deeply influenced by her relationships with contact improvisation, Ensemble Thinking, Alexander Technique, Barbara Dilley, Nina Martin, Shelley Senter, Dahlia Nayar, Loren Dempster and their daughter. In NYC, Margaret teaches for Movement Research and Manhattanville College, and her work has been presented at the Whitney Museum Biennial 2012, Judson Church, Danspace at St. Mark’s Church, and Joyce Soho
The practice of teaching is integral to her creative process, and Margaret has been a movement educator for over twenty years. In 2015, Margaret accepted a position teaching dance in the Conservatory of Music at Lawrence University.

Loren Kiyoshi Dempster uses a combination of computer, electronics, cello and extended techniques to create and perform music. An active chamber musician, composer, and improviser he performs with the Dan Joseph Ensemble, Trio Triticali, and Left Hand Path among many others. Ever interested in the relationship of movement and sound, he has recently performed for choreographers and collaborators Harrison Atelier, Jonah Bokaer, Merce Cunningham, Chris Ferris, Dahlia Nayar, Margaret Paek, and projectLIMB.
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