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 17, 2018

SCDT and Smith College Dance Department Present RIFF Talks: Tone

R I F F T A L K S: T O N E

WHERE: SCOTT DANCE STUDIO, SMITH COLLEGE 106 Lower College Ln. Northampton, MA

​General Admission: $10 online/$15 at the door
Students: $5 online/$10 at the door

This event is sponsored by SCDT and the Smith College Dance Department.

RIFF TALKS offers the local community a chance to get up close to internationally renowned contemporary artists, as they perform and then participate in dynamic panel discussions focused on critical themes in dance. RIFF TALKS 6 brings together K.J. Holmes ( NYC), Dana Casperesen ( VT, Germany) and Chris Aiken (Smith College), to discuss the notion of tone in performance. RIFF TALKS 6 takes place at 7 PM on February 2nd in the Scott Dance Studio at Smith College. Tickets are $10 online, $15 at the door.

RIFF TALKS is one SCDT's original programs. The School's mission includes an abiding respect for the tradition and history of reinvention, and a resolution to continue challenging established ideals. SCDT serves as a hub for performance art of the highest quality by connecting communities on an international scale. The School showcases contemporary movement training and performance practices that embrace multiplicity, arouse curiosity, and emphasize personal choice. SCDT is comprised of independent and internationally experienced performance artists/movement practitioners who are also innovative teachers. The School offers adult and youth programming in dance training that includes modern, ballet, hip hop, contemporary Indian dance, and improvisational techniques.

For RIFF TALKS 6, renowned performance artists K.J. Holmes, Dana Caspersen, and Chris Aiken will perform and converse about the concept of tone in performance. What is the underlying landscape of our actions and perceptions? What adjustments does the performer subconsciously anticipate? How do we recalibrate our actions to suit our environments? Are we ready to move? Ready to change? Ready to perceive?

Past RIFF participants:
Peter Schmitz, Andrea Olsen, Nancy Stark Smith, Stephanie Maher, Steve Paxton, Lisa Nelson, Otto Ramstad, K.J. Holmes, Daniel Lepkoff, Olive Bierenga, Chris Aiken, Kathy Couch, Yoshiko Chuma, Peter Pleyer, Wendy Perron, Wendy Woodson, Tara Aisha Willis, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, Cassie Peterson, Joy Miriama Smith, Sara Smith, and Aretha Aoki.

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