FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DANCE MEETS SCAFFOLDING
beautifully conceived, vividly imaginative, and superbly
performed. It is both riveting and viscerally thrilling. The Boston
MIFA/The Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts presents WIRE
MONKEY DANCE, under the artistic direction of Saliq Francis Savage and
Jennifer Polins, in the world premiere of Short Circuits - a multimedia
event fusing dance on scaffolding with original music by Stephen Katz
and video composition by WebHall Studios - at the Northampton Center
for the Arts, 17 New South Street, Northampton, MA on Friday & Saturday,
October 25 & 26 at 8:00 pm, Friday & Saturday, November 1 &
2 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, November 3 at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $15/$10
seniors & students. Wheelchair accessible. For reservations call
1 800 224 6432.
In its third season, Wire Monkey Dance (WMD) brings a new, gravity-defying
performance to the Northampton Center for the Arts. Using construction
scaffolding, huge pieces of fabric and video projection, the companys
powerful acrobatic dancers create a distinctive and compelling world.
They swing, leap and fly through a three dimensional environment that
transforms from isolated apartment units in X-Bar, the mens trio,
to a womb-like dream world in Bending Steel, the womens trio.
WMD creates art that comments on socio-political and cultural issues.
Short Circuits explores the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, male and female
archetypes, human relationships and power.
WMD debuted in the Pioneer Valley in 2000, and is appearing for the
second year with MIFA/the Massachusetts International Festival of the
Arts. WMD has created 7 new works on scaffolding, including site-specific
installations on the UMASS/Amherst campus and in a sugar cane factory
in Chiautou, Taiwan. In 2001, WMD began refurbishing a turn of the century
auditorium in the historic canal district of Holyoke, MA, into TREE
STUDIO, their new company home.
WMD has gathered a diverse group of dancers: Fritha Pengelly, Ione Beauchamp,
Jennifer Polins, Dan Bear Davis, Chris OConnor and Justin Norris.
They range from a young Holyoke break-dancer to seasoned artists who
have danced for Doug Elkins, Bill Young, Zurich Operahouse Ballet and
Dance Generators. Composer Stephen Katz blends techno-electronic rhythms
with live cello accompaniment. Lighting design is by Kelly Parsley and
video composition by WebHall Studios.
WMD is conceived and produced by Saliq Francis Savage, a teacher of
Contact Improvisation, certified Laban Movement Analyst, certified teacher
at the School for Body-Mind Centering© and a registered movement
therapist. He performs, choreographs, improvises and teaches in North
and South America and Europe. Co-director and co-choreographer Jennifer
Polins has danced with the Joffrey Ballet, the Milwaukee Ballet, the
Zurich Operahouse Ballet, and other American and European Modern Dance
companies. She teaches dance, Pilates, Yoga and Gyrotonic and her choreography
has been shown in Switzerland, Germany, France, New York, Boston and