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 25, 2017

WIP- Works in Progress at SCDT WIP #3

WIP- Works in Progress at SCDT WIP #3 | March 19

Northampton, MA. February 5, 2016- Independent choreographers Barbara Diewald, Leah Fournier, Madison Palffy and Jennifer Polins curate an informal performance series presented in partnership with the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought in downtown Northampton. WIP was launched in Fall 2016 and continues to support the work of both local and visiting movement-based artists.

WIP is a new works-in-progress performance series curated by Barbara Diewald, Leah Fournier, Madison Palffy and Jennifer Polins, out of a shared priority to open dialogue between local and visiting artists, and to share dance works in the early stages of the creative process. Outside of the vibrant Five College Dance Department, there is little local support for choreographic inquiry, and this program supports the development of a vital performance art community for the valley and beyond. WIP was established in partnership with the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought, centrally located in the heart of downtown Northampton. The informal Sunday afternoon series provides a low-tech forum for movement- based work by emerging and mid-career choreographers.

WIP choreographers were selected by a rotating committee of peer artists and the 2017 roster includes award-winning dance makers from New York City, Cape Cod, Rhode Island, Portland, Maine, and the Pioneer Valley. WIP pulls back the curtain on the choreographic process for the audience, sharing an embodied response to our increasingly chaotic, digital and sedentary world. WIP unites local and visiting artists, providing a forum to investigate ideas without the pressures or financial strains of production. Sharing developing work shifts emphasis to the creative act before the final product. The program is an incubator- a safe space where people come to work and share feedback with one another. WIP's vitality lies in its efforts to create an ethos of generosity, vulnerability and unknowing.

Artists presenting their work in WIP in March 2017 are:

Katherine Adler
Emily Craver/The Little Streams Mariam Dingilian
Kristen Stake & Id M Theft Able Mary Beth Brooker

Performances will take place at SCDT (The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought) at 25 Main Street in Northampton (Fourth Floor). Tickets are available at the door for $10 (General Admission), $5 (Students and Seniors), and are free for students currently enrolled in SCDT’s Youth Dance Program. Please direct all questions to Barbara Diewald at

About the Artists
Katherine Adler is a native of New England and recently returned to the area in 2016. She earned her BFA from the University of Utah in 2013, receiving an award for the College of Fine Arts Outstanding Senior in the Department of Modern Dance. She has performed in Salt Lake City, New York City, and New England in works by Twyla Tharp, Martha Graham, Tony Bordanaro, Daniel Charon, Joanna Kotze, Ashley Anderson, Kitty Sailer, and Sam Hanson. Her own choreography has been presented in Salt Lake City, Florence and Northampton, MA. Recently she helped with direction as movement coach for "The Winter's Tale" directed by John Bechtold, an evening immersive theater which spanned 5 floors of the Arts Block in Greenfield, MA.

Emily Craver hails from the great town of Framingham, Massachusetts, where she grew up dancing, acting and singing as often as possible. Emily graduated Magna Cum Laude from Skidmore College where she studied dance and government. In New York City she dances with Designated Movement Company, Trainor Dance and shawnbibledanceco, as well as the dance theater group St. Fortune. Emily also dances for Chicago-based CabinFever. She has performed in and around the New York City at Jacob’s Pillow, The Yard, Joe’s Pub, Triskelion Arts, and the Martha Graham Studios. Her company, The Little Streams, has been a part of The Comedy in Dance Festival, Built on Stilts, Westfest's All Over Westbeth, and Chen Dance Center's newsteps, as well as been presented two years in a row at Triskelion Arts. Emily studied modern dance at Skidmore College under Ruben Graciani and ballet under Denise Limoli, and studied abroad at the Academia DellArte, where she studied Tarantella, Butoh, and Commedia Dell’Arte. She has also studied Lecoq Method at the Movement Theater Studio. She teaches modern dance at The School at Peridance and CoraDance.

Mariam Dingilian is a multidisciplinary artist, choreographer, and performer based in New York City. Mariam has presented her work at Mount Holyoke College, Movement Research Open Performance Series, and Triskelion Arts. Mariam graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a BA in Dance, minor in Chinese Language. In 2014, she was awarded "Contributions in Choreography" by the Mount Holyoke College Dance Department. While at Mount Holyoke College and the Five College Dance Department (FCDD), she performed in works by Monica Bill Barnes, Jim Coleman & Terese Freedman, Merce Cunningham, Olana Flynn, Nina Joly, Paul Matteson, Ohad Naharin, and others. She currently collaborates with artists Neena Ellora and Ali & Gilli Glatt.

Skott Spear, AKA, Id M Theft Able ( and Kristen Stake ( began collaborating in March 2016. Skott has been an experimental noise artist for 18 years and has toured worldwide, including sold out shows across Eastern Europe. Kristen Stake is a dance improviser of 10 years who has collaborated & performed with Melinda Buckwalter, Hio Ridge Dance (Cookie Harrist & Delaney McDonough), and Katarina Erikkson. Together, they create live improvised performance art that is different every time but almost always includes paper cups.

Mary Beth Brooker is a visual artist, writer, performer, co-creator of children's theater and community story-telling events. She is currently at work on a full-length theater piece on dementia and the generative practice of story-telling. She resides with her family in Northampton, MA.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Northampton Arts Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


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