Thank you to everyone who came to the Center with over 100 signs to celebrate Frances Crowe’s 100th birthday! What a thrill to fill the space with signs and songs and friendly faces and good cheer. Stop by during open hours this week to see some of the signs, as well as Harriet Diamond’s statue of Frances!
Friday, April 5, 7:30 pm at 33 Hawley Street
The Center for the Arts invites you to its debut signature party at Northampton’s hottest venue. Join us for an evening of music and dancing with DJ Johnny Memphis, colorful cuisine, creative cocktails, and special guests in celebration of Penny Burke (retired but not retiring) and all things Penny…
That’s right, even though it’s February, it’s time to start thinking about summer plans!
ArtPlay returns to the Center for the Arts in 2019! Register early for this exciting summer program for youth ages 6 to 12 years.
ArtPlay encourages kids to think of themselves as fundamentally creative beings with a fun, interactive, interdisciplinary approach. The program connects youth to local teaching artists through classes and workshops, as well as providing space and structure for youth-initiated performances and exhibitions. Kids will have the chance to experiment with dance, music, drama, visual arts, collaborative play, and more!
The Center will be closed due to inclement weather on Tuesday, February 12, 2019. Stay safe, stay warm, and remember to frolic in the snow!
Associate Director Melissa Dimetres is upping our social media game with our brand new Instagram account! Please follow us, and tag us when you’re posting about the awesome events and classes you’re attending!
Congratulations to our building parter A.P.E.@Hawley, and the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought, for a wildly successful Bodies in Motion festival in January. It was so exciting to see such dynamic programming and so many new faces in the building!
The Center gives a warm official welcome to Melissa, with the provisional title of Associate Director. She will collaborate with the staff on all projects.
Melissa Dimetres joined the Northampton Center for the Arts in July 2018 under the mentorship of Penny Burke. After nearly a decade as a fiction and screenwriter in New York City, she relocated to the Valley and is thrilled to be an active part of such a thriving arts community. Recently, she was a playwright in the 24 Hour Theater Project. Her work has been published in journals such as the Metropolitan Report and the Common Denominator, and has been featured in staged readings in New York and Los Angeles. Her most recent project is as writer and director of the short film Two Eggs, Scrambled. She is passionate about arts administration and fostering the arts in our community and feels very lucky to be a part of such an incredible team at the Center for the Arts.
“The most encouraging development in a stage-starved Valley has been the flowering of new venues along with more shows at established ones. Performances have begun at 33 Hawley, the Northampton Center for the Arts’ new home. A new-work showcase from the Northampton Playwrights Lab, the 24-Hour Theater Project, Shakespeare Stage’s Twelfth Night and Real Live Theatre’s When Last We Flew all took flight there this fall.” Link to article
Lisa Leizman and her company made the Flex their own Friday night (12/14) with “The Long Way Home,” suffusing it with peace, beauty, elegance, and humor. Afterwards, the audience then ascended to the mezzanine for a yummy dinner served by the Company.
It’s good to have you with us at 33 Hawley, Lisa & Co.!
The Lisa Leizman Dance Company’s
“Long way home”
Friday, December 14th, 2018, 7:30 PM . SOLD OUT. Will-call tickets purchased in advance will be available from 6:30 pm. Doors open at 7:00 pm for general seating. Performance starts promptly at 7:30 pm.
Please join us for a winter concert celebrating the debut of the Center's resident dance company in the newly-opened Flex theater space at 33 Hawley Street. The performance is followed by a trademark festive dinner reception prepared by members of the troupe. Advance tickets are recommended.
About Long Way Home: After five years of wandering throughout the greater Pioneer Valley, awaiting a new home for the Center, this long-time resident company finally has a new residence. Grateful and joyful, the dancers will present audience favorites Spiegel im Spiegel, set to music by Arvo Pärt and Derek Walcott’s the amen of calm waters, with music by Ludovico Einaudi. The concert will also include the secret that bamboo guards with music by composer-in-residence Andrea Kwapien.
“There are no shortcuts in art. Do the work. Be tenacious. Be resilient. Keep going. Applaud the beautiful, elegant destination. Celebrate the journey, no matter how far. Take the long way home”—Lisa Leizman
Image by Bob Richard
Shakespeare Stage’s Twelfth Night (Or What You Will), was a resounding success November 31-December 2. The show even sold out on Saturday night. The staging was riotous, the music, led by Feste, the fool, played by Chris Devine. Devine played a different instrument in every scene. Sir Andrew was played by the director Julian Findlay, as a florid, red-headed wildman. Jasmine Caamaño played the dual gender Violo, with hilarious expressivity; while Malvolio played by Jimmy Murphy, burst from the background as his wild passions emerged.
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33 Hawley St. - October 29
“It’s a miracle,” Penny said, after seeing the grand for the first time in five years. For all that time it has been in the Sullivan Building, the Center’s former home. “We stored it in 2013 expecting to leave it there for only two years. It’s been five years. It’s a miracle we’re all still alive to see it back where it belongs.”
The 6’-1” piano “is the equal of the greatest pianos in the world,” said Dick Damon, who orchestrated the move and then spent two hours tuning it. “Steinway is better known, but Mason & Hamlin is just as good.”
November 11, 2018 4:00 PM
Tickets: $20 general admission, $15 students, $10 children under 12. They are available in advance at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3629205 until noon on Sunday. Remaining tickets will be sold at the door from 3 pm. Please note that door sales are cash or check only.
A versatile virtuoso guitarist/composer/improviser, Juanito Pascual has been called "one of the hottest flamenco guitarists in recent years" by National Public Radio, a major accolade that is just the jumping off point for the Minneapolis native's masterful musical style. His sound is an organic blend of traditional and contemporary flamenco with influences ranging from Jimi Hendrix and the Grateful Dead to Miles Davis and J.S. Bach.
The Juanito Pascual Trio features two highly versatile and dynamic musicians, New York-based percussionist Guillermo Barrón and stunning bassist Brad Barrett. By combining their distinct musical backgrounds with a powerful personal chemistry, the Trio has created a fresh, exhilarating and constantly evolving sound, performing to enthralled audiences throughout the U.S. and abroad. The 2014 release Juanito Pascual New Flamenco Trio was included in NPR critic Milo Miles Best World Music Albums for that year.
The Trio will be joined for this performance by special guest, highly acclaimed flamenco dancer Neli Tirado.
Pascual's international touring schedule has brought him to venues that include the Tanglewood Jazz Festival, New York's Lincoln Center and Blue Note Jazz Club, and Madrid's renowned Casa Patas. He has performed with a lengthy 'who's who' of top flamenco artists including Jorge Pardo in addition to collaborations with a diverse range of musicians: Grammy-winning soprano Dawn Upshaw; bassist John Patitucci; pianist Danilo Perez; percussionist Jamey Haddad; virtuoso guitarist Grisha Goryachev.
Please use the main street entrance to the Arts Trust Building at 33 Hawley Street. Parking is free in the lot directly adjacent.
Images by NCFA Board Member Dorothy Nemetz.
Let the countdown begin to the 24 Hour Theater Project, a dramatic race against time to bring five short plays to life. The Center for the Arts is proud to revive its role as host for this beloved and highly anticipated event founded in 2002 by playwright Tanyss Rhea Martula.
While the premise is simple, the execution is anything but: within 24 hours, five ten-minute plays will be written, rehearsed, directed, produced, and staged. The culmination of this day-long burst of creativity are two public performances, often standing-room-only, showcasing local writers, actors, and directors.
Please join us for an Open House on Saturday, October 13 from 11—3 PM!
Free and open to the public, the Open House presents over fifteen brilliant artists and teachers working at the new downtown space at 33 Hawley Street. Arts lovers of all ages can join in the fun! Strut the tango, get hip with hip-hop, experiment with modern dance, learn the secret arts of theatre, enlighten your body with Alexander Technique. Or kick back and watch previews for plays by two different theatre companies, an open dance rehearsal, and dance classes.
Kids and families will especially enjoy Kelly Silliman’s participatory class and presentation of the Center’s ArtPlay vacation program, Danielle Smith’s hip-hop sample class, and a Valley Performance Playground mini-class of theatre games, improvisation, and movement.
Come explore the new space at Hawley Street. Discover the Center’s offerings. Learn how you can take or teach a class, or produce the performance or event you’ve been dreaming of.
The Day’s Schedule
11:00—Join Valley Performance Playground for mini-classes of theatre games, improvisation, and movement for families with kids. 11–11:30: Movers & Shakers(ages 1-1/2 to 5); Creative Drama (ages 6–12), DOWNSTAIRS STUDIO.
11:00–12:00—See the dance studio in use while the Center’s Program Director Kelly Silliman teaches her Adult Modern Dance class in the DANCE STUDIO.
12:00—Enjoy a preview of Real Live Theatre’s When Last We Flew, in production at the Center in December, followed by a theatre training workshop, THE FLEX.
12:30—Join Fritha Pengelly for a sample Advanced Adult Danceclass, DANCE STUDIO.
12:30—Bring your kids to Danielle Smith’s Youth Hip Hop Class, DOWNSTAIRS STUDIO
1:00–1:30—Kelly Silliman and Jayme Winell will introduce the ArtPlay Vacation Program, a multi-disciplinary arts program for youth, DOWNSTAIRS STUDIO.
1:00–1:30—Enjoy an introduction to Tango Dancing with Western Mass Tango, THE FLEX.
1:30–2:00—Have your kids try out Kelly Silliman’s Creative Dance Class, DANCE STUDIO.
1:30—Abbie Steiner will discuss and demonstrate the Alexander Technique with time for attendees to ask questions and if desired, have a brief hands-on experience, DOWNSTAIRS STUDIO.
1:30—Shakespeare Stage presents an excerpt from The Complete History of America (abridged). The full performance shows tonight at 7:30 and Sunday at 6:30, THE FLEX.
2:30–3:00—Lisa Leizman Dance gives you an insider’s view with an open rehearsal for their December 14 dance concert at the Center, THE FLEX.
Forms and Figures, an exhibition of David Andrews’ artwork, may be seen in the DOWNSTAIRS GALLERY.
Northampton Playwright’s Lab’s 2018 play reading series Play By Play kicked off with a bang this weekend in The Flex at 33 Hawley. It started with New Soul by Leanna James Blackwell, seen here in the final rehearsal last Thursday night. The fun continues next weekend. Here’s our schedule of plays, and here’s a preview by The Advocate’s Chris Rohmann. The series is hosted by the Center and by A.P.E.