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, May 10, 2017

QUARTET redux at Studio4

Choreography by Katie Martin
Saturday, May 20, 2017 @ 8 PM
STUDIO4 - 25 Main Street, 4th floor; Northampton, MA

As part of the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought’s three-week MAYDANCE Festival, dance artist Katie Martin presents QUARTET redux, a new choreographic work that elucidates a tension between physical presence as both wild and refined, as both human subject and aesthetic entity, and features former Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company members and Bessie Award-winning performers Paul Matteson and Jennifer Nugent and SCDT’s current Artist-in Residence Kate Seethaler. This work 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.

The performance takes place on Saturday May 20, 2017 at 8pm, in downtown Northampton at STUDIO4, home of the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought, which is located on the 4th floor of 25 Main Street (across from Strong Avenue). The evening also includes work by dance artists Aretha Aoki and Jennifer Polins. Tickets are $10 online/$12 at door. Reservations can be made by contacting SCDT:

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KATIE MARTIN is a choreographer, performer, teacher, and recipient of the national Jacob K. Javits Fellowship in Dance. Her body of work centers around a deep engagement with physical sensation, pattern and form, and perceptual experience. She has presented and performed her choreography throughout NYC and across the country, including at Joyce SoHo, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, Symphony Space, EMPAC, The Neurosciences Institute, New England Complex Systems Institute, Flynn Center for the Performing Arts and A.P.E. Gallery, as well as at numerous college and university performance venues. Her work has been supported by such organizations as the Jerome Robbins Foundation, National Performance Network, Bumper Foundation, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Vermont Arts Council, and Northampton Arts Council 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.

Katie has had the pleasure of collaborating with and performing in the work of many artists, including choreographers Paul Matteson, David Dorfman, Susan Rethorst, Dana Reitz, Keith Thompson, Mark Dendy, Ann Carlson, Meg Wolfe, and the Emergent Improvisation Project; with musicians Bill Nace, Jake Meginsky, Tatsuya Nakatani, and Chris Cooper; and with Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Elliot Caplan. Katie received a BA in Dance at Bennington College and a MFA in Choreography and Dance Performance as a Teaching Fellow and Gretchen Moran Fellow at Smith College. She continues to present and perform her work widely and is currently a guest artist and on the dance faculty throughout the Five College Dance Department and at the School for Contemporary Dance & Thought.

PAUL MATTESON is a New York-based choreographer, performer, and teacher. He was a principal dancer with the internationally touring Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Company from 2008 to 2012, performing at The Kennedy Center Honors and featured in The American Masters documentary Bill T. Jones: A Good Man. His duet collaborations with Jennifer Nugent have been presented in New York City at Danspace Project, Symphony Space, and the Dance Theater Workshop. From 2000 to 2005, Matteson was a member of David Dorfman Dance and Race Dance; he has also performed for Terry Creach, Peter Schmitz, Kota Yamazaki, Chamecki/Lerner, Jamie Cunningham, Neta Pulvermacher, Susan Sgorbati, Helena Franzen, and Keith Johnson. Matteson has been a guest artist at numerous universities in the United States and abroad and has taught and performed at The American Dance Festival, The Bates Dance Festival, and The Florida Dance Festival. In 2002, he received a New York Dance and Performance (“Bessie”) Award for his body of work, and in 2014, he received a Massachusetts Cultural Council Award in Choreography. Matteson joined Amherst College and Mount Holyoke College in the fall of 2012 as an assistant professor of dance.

JENNIFER NUGENT danced with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company from 2009-2014 and David Dorfman Dance from 1999-2007, receiving a New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) for her work in the company. She has also had opportunities to perform and work intensively with Martha Clarke, Lisa Race, Doug Elkins, Bill Young, Colleen Thomas, Kate Weare, Barbara Sloan and Dale Andre. Jennifer's teaching and dancing is inspired by all her teachers and mentors, most profoundly by her time working, performing with, and learning from Daniel Lepkoff, Wendall Beavers, Gerri Houlihan, David Dorfman, Bill T. Jones, Janet Wong, Wendy Woodson, and Patty Townsend. Her choreography and duet collaborations with Paul Matteson have been presented in New York City and throughout the U.S. She teaches regularly in NYC and abroad and has been a guest artist at numerous universities and dance festivals including The American Dance Festival and the Bates Dance Festival. Jennifer has been a teaching artist at Smith College and Amherst College since 2014.

KATE SEETHALER is an improviser, choreographer, performer and dance educator based in Northampton, MA. Since earning her MFA in Choreography and Performance from Smith College in 2016, she has worked as a performer and collaborator in the work of Katie Martin, Whitney Wilson, and Deborah Goffe. She also creates her own work, under the auspices of skeleton collaborative, seen in Philadelphia, Northampton and New York this spring season. Kate is a member of the dance faculties at Springfield College and the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought.

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