The theme was Gravity. Get serious or not. Fall or defy. Our features included radio producer Catie Talarski, Northampton’s former poet laureate Lenelle Moïse, choreographer Cynthia Mclaughlin in collaboration with Dre Rawlings, Humorist Seth Lepore, filmmaker and MacArthur winner Theo Rigby, and — back by popular demand — James Tate (Pulitzer Prize Winner), Tristatic, and the Springfield Sci-tech Band plus many more.
Read about all our performers here:
James Tate is the author of many books including Worshipful Company of Fletchers (winner of the National Book Award) and Selected Poems (winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the William Carlos Williams Award). He’s received the National Institute of Arts and Letters Award, the Wallace Stevens Award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is currently a Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets.
Cynthia McLaughlin performed, collaborated, and served as rehearsal director with Boris Willis Moves for 12 years, performing her own and Willis’ work at such venues as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Dance Place. She received a terminal MFA degree from George Mason University in 2001. Currently, McLaughlin is based in Western Massachusetts where she has received fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council to create public installation and performance work. She collaborates with Tiny Crush Society, choreographing to live musical performance in a full evening event each spring, and with Joanna Chattman to create large-scale photographic installations which then inspire and inform her choreographic work. She has taught at Smith, Mt. Holyoke, Amherst, Hampshire, and Marlboro Colleges. Presently, she is a Lecturer at Keene State College.
Lenelle Moïse is the author of Haiti Glass (City Lights/ Sister Spit). She is an internationally-touring performer, a Huntington Theatre Company Playwriting Fellow and a Next Voices Fellow at New Repertory Theatre. Her two-act comedy, Merit, won the 2012 Southern Rep Ruby Prize. She also wrote, composed, and co-starred in the critically acclaimed drama Expatriate, which launched Off Broadway at the Culture Project. Lenelle was the fifth Poet Laureate of Northampton, MA. Her recordings include Madivinez and The Expatriate Amplification Project. For more info, visit: http://www.lenellemoise.com
Catie Talarski is executive producer at Connecticut Public Radio, focusing on WNPR’s award-winning local talk programs. In addition, she’s produced national features and documentaries for NPR, Studio 360, and the Public Radio Exchange, among others. She hosts community radio listening events around Hartford, CT.
The Hartford Hot Several is a collection of up to 24 musicians combining blues, funk, and the New Orleans second line sound. Their main focus is bringing joy through music. In addition to clubs and parties, they have played for audiences on the street, in a subterranean river, on a city bus, and in a partially inflated hot air balloon.
Seth Lepore is a nationally touring performing artist, humorist and educator. Recently, he launched The Seth Show, an (almost) weekly show of observational satire on Tuesdays at Eastworks. Go tosethums.com for more info.
Theo Rigby is a director, cinematographer, and photographer based out of San Francisco and New York. He believes in the power of image and sound to create awareness and dialogue about the world’s most pressing social and political issues. Theo has focused on topics ranging from the War in Iraq, to incarceration, and most recently, immigration in the U.S. His film Immigrant Nation won a MacArthur Foundation documentary film grant.
Dre Rawlings is a RISD grad, a producer of parties and events, an art director, and a self-described music + culture pimp.
Violet Clark is an experimental singer, songwriter, musician and video artist with a background in avant garde art history and museology. She currently lives in Amherst, MA with her musician husband and their five children.
Gary Bernice is the director of Springfield’s High School of Science and Technology Concert Band, Jazz Band, Symphonic Band, and Stomp Percussion Ensemble. He’s co-founder and co-director of Springfield’s Mentoring Through Music Program (MTM). His awards include the 2008 Pioneer Valley Distinguished Teaching Award, the 2011 Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award, and the 2012 New England Public Radio Arts and Humanities Award. In 2013, he was a quarterfinalist for the first annual Grammy Music Educator Award. The Springfield High School of Science and Technology Band Program is renowned as one of Massachusetts’ top music programs and is known to city residents as “The Pride of Springfield.” They have been featured on local ABC, CBS, and FOX news channels, the Springfield Republican Newspaper, the Springfield Educator Newspaper, masslive.com, wggb.com, the Western Massachusetts Women Magazine, the Massachusetts Music Educator News Magazine, WHMP Radio Station, and New England Public Radio.
Home Body is Haley Morgan and Eric Hnatow. They make electronic-based “fever pop” music together and tour all over the US. Eric is a synthesist who employs drum machines, note sequencers, and modules, and Haley is a vocalist who performs live light manipulation, as well. For tonight’s performance, the duo will switch roles and delve deeper into their experimentations with spectacle and tangibility.www.helloHomeBody.com
Eric Henry Sanders‘ plays have had productions and public readings in theatres across the country and abroad, including the Union Theatre (London), Theatre89 (Berlin), New Group (NY), The Drilling Company (NY), Primary Stages (NY), Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre (NY), Actor’s Gang (LA), Cherry Lane Alternative (NY), Victory Gardens Theatre (Chicago), and Moving Parts Theatre (Paris). Eric has been the recipient of several awards including the Artist Fellowship in Playwriting from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and he has been a finalist for others including the Kesselring Prize (National Arts Club), the Princess Grace Fellowship (New Dramatists), and the Heideman Award (Actors Theatre of Louisville). He teaches narrative and screenwriting at Hampshire College (Amherst, MA), he is a Lark Playwrights Fellow, and a member of the Dramatists Guild.
Tristatic is Jacqueline Dougherty, Julia Handschuh, and Haley Morgan. This trio makes performance for video. They generate work through the embodied exploration of space and identity. Using a camera to document, they amplify and share their playtime. Tristatic is based in Atlanta, GA and Turners Falls, MA. www.tristaticdump.tumblr.com
Polly Fiveash & Anand Nayak have been writing and singing songs together for nearly 20 years. They bring a deep love of poetry and song-sense to everything they write. Their music both feels good and rewards the careful listener. Polly & Anand live in Florence, MA.
Tony Jones is an actor, director and theater-arts educator originally from Baltimore, Maryland. He attended the Baltimore School for the Arts and went to Eckerd College where he earned degrees in Theater and French. Currently, Tony is a teaching and performing artist with Enchanted Circle Theater, the Youth Theater Director at the Springfield Jewish Community Center, and has a catering business, Tony Jones Catering.
Melissa Redwin is a theatre artist, play director, and founder of Survivor Theatre Project, utilizing the performing arts to empower survivors of sexual violence as agents of change. Melissa works as a Teaching Artist and Performer at Enchanted Circle Theater based in Holyoke. ECT is a professional educational theater company engaging, enhancing and inspiring learning through the arts. Theatre directing credits include Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Legal Tender: Women & The Secret Life of Money, Our Town, There is a Field, The Red Kerchief, and many performances with the Survivor Theatre Touring Company.
Fateh Slavitskaya is a filmmaker, producer and writer who, with Bassam Kurdali, founded Urchin Pictures to explore new modes of animated and live-action production. In addition to their independent work, she maintains Urchin’s industrial consultancy, and campaigns on behalf of a variety of free software projects.
Bassam Kurdali is an animator/filmmaker whose 2006 short, Elephants Dream, was the first ‘open movie’ and established the viability of free/libre tools in a production environment; his work with Fateh has continued to experiment in commonwealth, with Wires for Empathy (Tube) — the first large-scale animated libre/open film made in distributed production.
Chris Bishop is an independent artist and animator based in Massachusetts. With a primary focus on drawing and animated film, he is most interested in abstraction, exploring topics of social criticism and philosophy while testing the boundaries of conventional narrative. His works have screened and received accolades at numerous festivals internationally, including the 2012 Prix Ars Electronica Award of Distinction for his latest project, Caldera. Chris also has several years of teaching experience in animation, both at the University of Massachussetts and at Hampshire College.