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.

Friday, February 19, 2021

SCDT Screen Dance Festival

When: Sunday, February 21st – 2:00PM Showtime
Where: Live streamed via Facebook, YouTube, Twitch, and Comcast Channel 12 in Northampton
How Much: Free!
Tickets: Donate here
RSVP: Facebook

THE SCHOOL FOR CONTEMPORARY DANCE & THOUGHT (SCDT) is sharing an innovative collection of dances for film with the Northampton Arts Council for Four Sundays in February 2021.

1.Motion State Arts PLAYING FAVORITES: Highlights from the first two seasons of the Motion State Dance Film Series!

Including dance films from:
Omari Carter (UK)
Dagmar Daucher: (AT)
Jordan Fuchs (USA)
Mistaya Hemingway & Clyde Henry Productions (CA)
Ali Kenner Brodsky (USA)
Shon Kim (Korea)
Rebecca McGowan and Jackie O'Riley (USA)
Ellen Oliver (USA)

2.Valley Artist Cynthia Mclaughlin's, Brangelina.
These are part of the SCDT Winter/Spring 2021 Season. SCDT will offer a short artist talk before the screening of the film live on Zoom. The whole event is 2 hours long. The SCDT Winter/Spring 2021 season revolves around online platforms to keep performance available to our local and national communities. SCDT has received several grants to support this programming directive that includes collaborations with several other non profit arts organizations including Motion State Arts ( MSA ) of Rhode Island, First Generation of Holyoke and A.P.E of Northampton. The SCDT dance film season includes several collaborative curations with MSA, that highlight professionally choreographed dance for films on an international scale ( January- June 2021 ), two Work In Progress events highlighting in process works from artists from the region ( March and April 2021) and a NEW TEEN SCREEN DANCE FESTIVAL curated by young adults from the Hatchery Dance company and First Generation, Holyoke (June 2021).

Motion State Arts:
First Generation:

THE SCHOOL FOR CONTEMPORARY DANCE & THOUGHT (SCDT) is a Northampton based non profit performance art organization. SCDT provides innovative programming for all ages to activate imaginations and facilitate empowerment, transformation, and development through the movement arts. SCDT connects interdisciplinary dance practices, performances, and classes with thoughtful public conversation, encouraging and invigorating community engagement.

Four Sundays in February is one of the longest running community winter arts series in the country, the first Four Sundays being presented in 1993. The series traditionally takes place during the month of February at various performance venues in Northampton and is produced by the Northampton Arts Council. In light of Covid-19 there are necessary changes this year, most significantly no in-person attendance. You will be able to watch all of the performances from the comfort of your own space and on the screen of your choice.

THE SCHOOL FOR CONTEMPORARY DANCE & THOUGHT (SCDT) is a performance, research, and education platform for artists of all ages to engage in experimentation and continued learning through dance. The school maintains virtual and physical spaces to connect local, regional, and international artists through programming that emphasizes multiplicity, curiosity, and personal choice.

Central to SCDT's purpose is an abiding respect for the tradition and history of dance while continuing to challenge established concert dance ideals and contribute to the evolution of the field. Through artist talks, performances, classes, and workshops, SCDT engages artists and the public in thoughtful movement practices and experiences. SCDT prioritizes and is committed to programs that support the needs of independent artists at every stage in their careers and their creative processes, from research and development to production. The team at SCDT is comprised of working artists who support creators in their art-making, as well as connect the public, university communities, and local and regional organizations.

SCDT welcomes individuals regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, class, and ability. We believe that diversity creates a world we want to live in, and encourage you, whoever you are, to join us in creating a space for movement, thought, care, and intention.

Announcing the first ever SCDT TEEN SCREEN FESTIVAL!
The SCDT TEEN SCREEN FESTIVAL invites young filmmakers (ages 13-19) to submit short films (maximum duration 8 minutes) in which elements of dance, theater, and cinematography are included.
Applications Due March 6, 2021. Screening June 2021
More Information:

Four Sundays Series Sponsor: UMASSFIVE College Federal Credit Union 

Media Sponsors: Northampton Open Media, Daily Hampshire Gazette, The Republican, New England Public Media, 93.9 FM The River, WHMP 101.5 FM, Pure Oldies 96.9 FM, Rewind 94.3 FM

Organizational Support: City of Northampton, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Northampton Arts Council

Gold Sponsors: Commonwealth Registry of Nurses, Delap Real Estate, National Grid, Gage Wiley

Silver Sponsors: Greenfield Northampton Cooperative Bank, Fitzwilly's, Pinch!, State Senator Jo Comerford, Wohl Family Dentistry, Florence Bank, Marisa Labozzetta and Martin Wohl

Bronze Sponsors: Earthview LLC "New Book", Etheredge & Steuer, P.C., Broadside Bookshop, Maple and Main Realty, David Narkewicz Campaign Committee, Amherst Cinema, Downtown Sounds, Northampton Area Pediatrics

Events produced by the Northampton Arts Council; Proceeds benefit arts enrichment in Northampton, Florence, and Leeds

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