Lisa Leizman Dance Company Culminates Unintended Tour with “Almost There”
The Center for the Arts presents the Lisa Leizman Dance Company in concert
Saturday, June 10 at Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, Smith College.
7:30 pm performance is followed by a festive dinner reception prepared by members of the troupe. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for children under 10, available at www.nohoarts.org or at the door.
The program, entitled “Almost There,” is the culmination of a completely unintended tour that began in June of 2013 when the lease expired on the 30-year home of the Northampton Center for the Arts. The Lisa Leizman Dance Company embarked on an unplanned but wildly exuberant trek through the greater Pioneer Valley in search of spaces to hold classes, rehearsals and performances. The dance group, a long-time resident company at the Center, discovered a variety of spaces, performing at the Shea Theater in Turners Falls, the VFW in Florence and outdoors in downtown Northampton and at the Black Birch Vineyard in Southampton.
The company also took their popular children’s program “What is Dance?” on the road, visiting the Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary Preschool, the People’s Institute, the Hill Institute and the Bridge Street School. And, during a period of time of interim use, they held classes and rehearsals and even gave two concerts in the new Northampton Community Arts Trust Building at 33 Hawley Street.
Now, as the troupe patiently awaits the opening of this fully transformed art space in downtown Northampton, the four-year tour continues with a spring concert at Smith College! Look for audience favorites “Spiegel im Spiegel,” set to music by Arvo Part, and “the secret that bamboo guards,” with music by company composer-in-residence Andrea Kwapien.
The concert also features a debut performance of “Evening Song,” choreographed to music by Philip Glass in an extraordinary arrangement by Peter Blanchette, recorded by the Happy Valley Guitar Orchestra. For 18 months, the company rehearsed across the hall from Blanchette and his orchestra at the Hawley Street building before renovations commenced. The groups developed a deep mutual admiration for their respective artistry, creativity and dedication.
That the unintended tour produced such a delightful meeting of artistic minds in the hallways of a former lumber yard cum fitness studio is a testatment to the enormous potential of 33 Hawley Street. It promises to be a place where artists can develop their own work, flourish in the company of others and finally stop their wandering. Almost there.