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, March 9, 2022

EXCHANGE: A Distributed Curation Performance Event

EXCHANGE: Dances from the Heart
Presented with SCDT and APE@Hawley. 

Featuring performances from Lauren Horn, Tyler Rai, Rebecca Pappas

Tori Lawerence/Ellie Goudie- Avrill and Angelica Polk. 

The artists will share current works in response to the fluctuations and challenges in our present worlds, including dance, theater, and performance art. 

When: Saturday, April 30th – 4:00 PM Showtime, Doors open at 3:30 PM 

Sunday, September 18th, 4:00 PM Showtime, Doors open at 3:30PM

Where: 33 Hawley Workroom Theater, 33 Hawley Street Northampton, MA 01060

How Much: $10 does not include fees

Tickets: Brown Paper Tickets

RSVP: on Facebook

Lauren Horn
Brown Stew Fish Story

Inspired by the stories of Kwaku Anansi, Akan God of all stories, "Brown Stew Fish Story" utilizes wit, cunning, and creativity to weave an extravagant and fully improvisational story of resistance and survival. Broken into three interweaving stories, told through movement and text, "Brown Stew Fish Story" explores acts of transculturation in America. Ranging from personal experiences to societal experiences, this piece serves as an investigation of how culture is inherited, lost, stolen, and reappropriated in modern-day America. Focusing especially on Jamaican and African American Culture "Brown Stew Fish Story" serves as both a celebration and a protestation of the ways that Black culture influences mainstream American culture.

Tyler Rai

Unlocking the Air

This is an excerpt of an ensemble work that is currently in development with artists Tatyana Tenenbaum, Marion Spencer, José Rivera, and Sophia Dunn-Fox. In this work, we are investigating processes of communion, communication, and procession in collaboration with more-than-human kin. We explore how a dance can be intimately integrated into ecological processes that are already unfolding, that are already here. We ask, how can this dance make invisible processes visible and felt? How can our dancing unlock the air?

The title "Unlocking the Air" comes from a short story by Ursula LeGuin of the same name.

Rebecca Pappas

My Body as the Topic Coming Around Again//Vol. 1 (Land)

How do we know what we know about our bodies and their right to take up space? How has dance training taught us about beauty, freedom, and the land we occupy? What has been ignored? This duet begins from exactly where we are, gesturing to the impossible task of naming, seeing, and indexing all the overlapping histories of a site.

Ellie Goudie-Avrill

Temporary State

Stone Depot is a collaboration between Ellie Goudie-Averill and Beau Hancock, who have been making dances together for 20 years. Now based in Philadelphia and Western MA, Stone Depot is a container for their shared work and their personal choreographic projects. Their latest solo, Temporary State, made together and performed separately, explores tone, viewpoint, and syntax as they relate to choreography. How do the mechanics of tone indicate level of formality and the choreographer/dancer's attitude toward the viewer? Temporary State was performed at "Small Moves, Big Picture" in September 2021 by Beau Hancock and will be performed at EXCHANGE by Ellie Goudie-Averill.


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