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

SCDT Presents Vanessa Anspaugh’s “The End of Men, and Ode to Ocean”

The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought presents
Vanessa Anspaugh’s “The End of Men, An Ode to Ocean”

Sunday May 21 @ 4:30 PM
STUDIO4, 25 Main St Northampton MA
$12 online, $15 at door

What does a feminist work look like without women?- New York Times

A rare sneak peak! Featuring an all-male cast, Anspaugh considers the question: “What does feminist work look like without women?” The End of Men delves into religion and ritual to investigate masculine vulnerability and the dynamics of domination and surrender. In preparation for a premier at Joyce Soho unleashed in NYC in June, local choreographer Vanessa Anspaugh brings her cast of 7 dynamic male performers to SCDT, to share this new, groundbreaking work.
More info? 413 570 4491,

“The End of Men, An Ode to Ocean” is a highly spirited work of moving dance-theater, interweaving demanding physicality with spoken dialogue, the piece investigates masculine vulnerability, maleness, and dynamics of cultural domination.

VANESSA ANSPAUGH is a contemporary dance choreographer who has lived and made work between Northampton MA and Brooklyn, NY for the last decade. A recipient of numerous grants and awards, her work has been commissioned and presented by theaters such as, The Joyce Theater, New York Live Arts, Danspace Project, among other national and international venues. In 2015 Pregnant lesbian, Vanessa Anspaugh, got into the studio with an all male cast to explore how power lives in and between all participating bodies. After a successful and sold out premier of the work last spring, through The Joyce Theater in New York, Anspaugh brings “The End of Men, An Ode to Ocean” to SCDT for a benefit performance.

About the School for Contemporary Dance & Thought: Founded by Jennifer Polins in 2014, SCDT serves as a hub for the arts in Northampton by maintaining physical space for the local community and curating performance art of the highest quality on an international scale. SCDT’s mission is to offer movement practices that embrace multiplicity, arouse curiosity, and emphasize personal choice, and to cultivate an abiding respect for the tradition and history of reinvention.

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