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.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Barbie Diewald Choreography presents "Pare" at the Academy of Music

WHAT: Barbie Diewald Choreography presents "Pare"
WHEN: Saturday, September 14 at 8:00pm
WHERE: Academy of Music 274 Main Street. Northampton, MA

Barbie Diewald Choreography presents "Pare" at the historic Academy of Music Theatre, September 14. Two years in the making, this forty minute dance work lives in the tension between formal constructions and deliberate unraveling. "Pare" foregrounds intimate physical contact as a means both of reshaping trauma, and imagining into slower, more attentive, and smaller-scale ways of being together. Led by Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow Barbie Diewald, the company is comprised of professional dancers Jenny Bennett, Leah Fournier, Kate Martel, Katie Martin, and Sarah Lass.

In the Academy of Music Theatre, expansive in scale, Diewald sees an opportunity to reorient the performance encounter. The audience will be seated on stage, leaving the traditional theatre seating in the large house empty. “I’m troubling the expectations of that theatre—its memory and utility, and creating an intimate, slow performance encounter in a space that we usually demand so much from,” Diewald says. “I’m scaling down, and asking the audience to join us in the midst of the work as it continues to become itself.”

"Pare" is directed by Diewald in collaboration with the five dancers, and includes a live electronic score by local composer Jazer Giles, with whom Diewald has worked since 2015. Additionally, PVPA senior Madison Baptiste, whom Diewald has taught since the age of 14, makes a guest appearance in the work. "Pare" was developed with the support of residencies at the Iron Factory (Philadelphia) and Banff Centre (Alberta, Canada), as well as a 2016 Artist Fellowship in Choreography from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

"Pare" will be performed at the Academy of Music Theatre on Saturday, September 14 at 8:00pm. Advance tickets are $20 (Adult) and $10 (student/artist/low income) and may be purchased at

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