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, February 1, 2017

SCDT presents HUT VIII

The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought presents HUT VIII

An evening of contemporary music, movement and poetry

Saturday, March 4, 2017 @ 8 PM
SCDT Studios, 25 Main Street 4th floor, Northampton MA (across from Strong Avenue) $10 general admission, $5 students/seniors
Reservations recommended! 413 570 4491
SCDT’s director Jennifer Polins collaborates with local sound artist Jake Meginsky and local poet Laura Warman, to curate a dynamic and popular performance series that combines local and international artists of different genres in a performance event. HUT- 3 artists, 3 genres, 3 short sets. This month HUT VIII features Brooklyn based choreographer and Hampshire allum- Mariana Valencia, New Zealand Poet, Natalia Panzer, and New Haven’s Zach Rowden exploring the acoustic and performative possibilities of the upright and electric basses.

Mariana Valencia is a Brooklyn-based dance artist. She's held residencies at Chez Bushwick, NYLA, Show Box L.A., Pieter Pasd, ISSUE Project Room, SCDT and is currently a BAX AIR. Valencia's work has been supported by the Yellow House Fund of the Tides Foundation, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant and Center for Performance Research's Andrew W Mellon Artist in Residence Program. As a Jerome Travel and Study Fellow, Valencia has researched the queer subculture of Sonidero dancers in Mexico City. Her performance collaborations include projects with dance artists Kim Brandt, robbinschild, and MPA; video artists Elizabeth Orr, AK Burns and Kate Brandt, and musician Jules Gimbrone. Valencia has costumed for dances by Vanessa Anspaugh, Lauren Bakst, Daria Fain, Marya Wethers, Geo Wyeth, and Juliana May. She is co-editor of Movement Research Critical Correspondence and a member of the No Total reading group. Valencia has a BA in Dance and Ethnography from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA.

Natalia Panzer is from Auckland, New Zealand; she currently lives in Brooklyn, NY as a resident alien of the United States; she is the author of the Missing Chicken (Cooperative Editions), Care,com (Inpatient Press), and But or sometimes, a self-released pdf of essays designed by her friend Nicholas Weltyk; she is currently trying to translate Polish poet Miron Białoszewski's Było i było (It was and it was) into English; she builds, edits, and contributes to, a gastro-poetic website of art, writing, and data; she runs a home-based gallery space called Refresh out of her apartment in Sunset Park; she co-runs GLASS PRESS with Laura A. Warman; she blogs about contemporary music for the website Tiny Mix Tapes; she has work forthcoming in the second issue of Your're magazine.

Zach Rowden deals with the acoustic and performative possibilities (and or issues) of the upright and electric basses. He is currently based in New Haven, Connecticut, and is originally from Richmond, Virginia. His collaborators include Iancu Dumitrescu, Ana-Maria Avram (Hyperion Ensemble), Michael Foster Robert Black, Matt Sargent, Leila Bordreuil, Lindsey Vickery, Chris Cretella, and Sean Ali. He has performed at venues such as Harpa (Reykjavik), Issue Project Room (New York), Firehouse 12 (New Haven), Cafe Oto (London), Heimathafen Neukölln (Berlin), Real Art Ways (Hartford) and living rooms/basements throughout the United States.

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