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MCLA GALLERY 51 ANNOUNCES ‘SPECTRUM: EMBODIED’ PERFORMANCES



Nov. 13, 2018
NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ (MCLA) Gallery 51 is pleased to announce “SPECTRUM: embodied” – two days of performing arts programming on Nov. 16 and 17.

All events are free and open to the public. A complete schedule of events and artist information can be found online at www.mcla.edu/gallery51.

“SPECTRUM: embodied” is organized by Bryanna Bradley ’17 and Michelle Daly, director MCLA Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC).

According to Daly, this programming is an extension of the themes presented in the SPECTRUM exhibition at MCLA Gallery 51. The performances, she said, “survey the different thoughts, feelings, and expressions of gender in relation to space and the body.”

“SPECTRUM: embodied” activities will take place on the MCLA campus, at the Design Lab (49 Main St.), MCLA Gallery 51 (51 Main St.), and the Green (85 Main St.). Events include a walking performance tour of the MCLA campus, open mics, work-in-progress showings, movement classes and a closing celebration featuring The Queer B.I.G. (Billy Dean Thomas).

Performers include: Aye Eckerson of Brooklyn, N.Y., who creates solo work that explores lineage, homeland(s), and (re)imagining/finding/creating personal histories; Malcolm Peacock of New Brunswick, N.J., who is completing his MFA at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts; J. Bouey, host of The Dance Union Podcast and a performer and collaborator with Christal Brown’s INSPIRIT Dance Company, among others; Rina Espritu, an independent, multidisciplinary artist based in Queens Village in New York City, N.Y.; Katy Pyle, a gender, non-conforming lesbian choreographer who founded the Ballez in 2011; and Billy Dean Thomas, a hip-hop lyricist and musician who resides in Boston.

MCLA students who will perform are Amanda Romanelli ’19, Margareth Antonio ’19, and Don’Jea Smith ’20.

Bradley said of the experience, “As an MCLA Alumni and dance artist, working on SPECTRUM: embodied has been such a rewarding journey. Granting MCLA students the opportunity to push themselves beyond their normal artistic limits and weaving professional dance artists into the fabric of MCLA, has been the highlight of my experience.

“Even after graduating, MCLA continues to advance my career by affording me opportunities to strengthen myself as an arts administrator, curator, and most importantly an artist,” Bradley added.

MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC) provides opportunities, resources, and support to the Northern Berkshire Community.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.

For more information, go to www.mcla.edu .