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, November 21, 2016

The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought presents HUT VI

The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought


An evening of contemporary sound, movement and performance.
3 artists – 3 disciplines- 3 short sets

Saturday Dec 3, 8PM

SCDT Studios, 25 Main Street 4th floor, Northampton MA (across from Strong Ave)

$10 -

no reservations

SCDT’s director Jennifer Polins collaborates with local sound artist Jake Meginsky to curate a new performance series that combines local and international artists of different genres in a performance event. This month HUT V features Katie Martin- Choreography, Jacob Fried- Experimental Animation, Chris Corsano- Solo Percussion. Join HUT for an afterparty with DJ at sevenstrong. This season is funded by the Northampton Arts Council.

Chris Corsano is a drummer who has been at the vanguards of free improvisation, avant-rock, and noise musics since the late 1990's. He's worked with saxophonists like Paul Flaherty, Joe McPhee, and Evan Parker; guitarists Sir Richard Bishop, Heather Leigh Murray, and Jim O'Rourke; and one-of-a-kind artists like Björk, Ghédalia Tazartès, Merzbow, and Jandek. Constantly seeking to expand his sound beyond conventional notions of what drums can and can't do, he attacks his kit with everything from cello strings stretched across a snare drum to contact microphones to a slew of extended techniques of his own creation. “Corsano, despite being arguably the most riotously energetic and creative drummer in contemporary free jazz, does far more than merely bash his kit into submission. Playing loud does not mean abandoning subtlety, and Corsano’s sudden shifts of texture and dynamics are a wonder to behold” - The Wire

Jake Fried began his artistic career as a painter, but as he went through the process of layering and modifying images, he realized what truly interested him was the way the images metamorphosed in the course of making a painting and he changed tracks to become an animator. In recent years his films have been widely shown internationally, including at the Tate Modern, Sundance Film Festival and on Adult Swim. Fried works with ink and white-out, sometimes adding gouache, collage and even coffee to generate hallucinatory vistas, modifying and shooting the images over and over to create mind-bending animations that evolve at a frenzied pace. He currently teaches at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Katie Martin will present new work with renowned dancers Paul Matteson, Jennifer Nugent and Kate Seethaler. Martin is a choreographer, performer, teacher, and recipient of the national Jacob K. Javits Fellowship in Dance. Katie has presented and performed her choreography nationally, including Joyce SoHo, New York Live Arts, Danspace Project, Symphony Space, the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (NY), The Neurosciences Institute (CA), the New England Complex Systems Institute (MA), the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts (VT) and A.P.E. Gallery (MA), as well as at numerous college and university performance venues. Her work has been supported by such organizations as the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Vermont Arts Council, Northampton Arts Council, and the Bumper Foundation and has been honored at the American College Dance Association’s Gala Concert and selected for the National College Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center (DC). Katie lives in Northampton, Massachusetts where she is a guest artist and on the dance faculty throughout the Five College Dance Department.

The School of Contemporary Dance and Thought (SCDT) is comprised of independent and internationally experienced performance artists/movement practitioners who are also innovative teachers. The goal of SCDT is to serve as a hub for performance art of the highest quality by connecting communities on an international scale. SCDT showcases contemporary movement training and performance practices that embrace multiplicity, arouse curiosity, and emphasize personal choice. Central to the school’s mission is an abiding respect for the tradition and history of re invention and a directive to continue challenging established ideals.

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