Headliners: HTU at SCDT; Immersive dance at UMass

Published: 12/1/2016 3:21:08 PM

Animation, drums and dance

“We liked the word — it felt representational for the space we are creating to combine forms and ignite interest between genres and public,” says Jennifer Polins of the Northampton-based School for Contemporary Dance and Thought: “The individual letters do not stand for anything.”

So much for the acronymic aspects of HUT, a monthly performance series consisting of three short presentations by three artists in three disciplines. Set for Saturday at SCDT’s 3,000 sq. ft., 4th-floor loft at 25 Main St. in Northampton, HUT VI will feature the work of:

(1) Jake Fried, originally an artist, whose interest in the morphing of imagery that occurs during the course of painting led him to become an animator who now works with ink and white-out, sometimes adding gouache, collage and even coffee to generate mind-bending animations that unfold at a frenzied pace;

(2) Chris Corsano, a drummer who, long engaged in expanding the conventional notions of what drums can and can't do, is prone to attack his kit with everything from cello strings stretched across a snare drum to contact microphones to a slew of techniques beyond the ability of words to relate;

(3) Katie Martin, a member of the Five College Dance Department and current artist-in-residence at SCDT, who will present new choreography with the assistance of dancers Paul Matteson, Jennifer Nugent and Kate Seethaler.

8 p.m. $10 admission, scdtnoho.com

A moody nightclub in Verona

A full-length dance-theater production that de-romanticizes the story of “Romeo and Juliet” while exploring themes of racial/cultural, sexual/gender and political/economic tension “in a moody nightclub in a city called Verona”?

That’s “Peril in Thine Eye,” an ambitious undertaking by UMass’ University Dancers on view this weekend in the university’s Totman Gym. Based on a thorough dissecting of the plot and themes of Shakespeare’s play, the production mixes the Bard’s dialogue with arrangements of the score from Sergei Prokofiev’s ballet of the same name, presenting the action in a layered and fractured form to explore some of the story’s more inconspicuous elements: forced marriage; parent/child relationships; illicit assignations; love and violence; women in society; and gender identity. Described as an “immersive dance experience” designed to “pull audience members in,” the show takes place on a set designed to allow multiple scenes to unfold simultaneously and plots and characters to develop along parallel timelines.

Remaining performances are Friday and Saturday at the gym, located at 30 Eastman St. in Amherst. Performances will loop in three cycles each evening, beginning at 7:30 p.m., 8:15 p.m., and 9 p.m. (attend any show or stay for more than one). $14 general; $5 students, seniors, youth. 545-2511

— Dan DeNicola


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