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Bessie Award Winner Beth Gill to Stage “New Work for the Desert” @ Mass MoCA, Jan. 18 [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, January 17th, 2014
In an earlier creation, Beth Gill gets ready to take off in “Bird of Paradise” (photo: Richard Gin)

In an earlier creation, Beth Gill gets ready to take off in “Bird of Paradise” (photo: Richard Gin)

Working with an all-star team of dancers and designers, Beth Gill creates a space in which light is alive and space is vast in MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center on Saturday (January 18) at 8pm.

Presented in association with Vermont Performance Lab, as part of the Hatchery Project, the work-in-progress performance of “New Work for the Desert” will feature technical and choreographic elements achieved during Gill’s residency at MASS MoCA.

Named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2012, Gill won the first annual Juried Bessie Award and Outstanding Emerging Choreographer Award in 2011. To develop “New Work for the Desert,” she is collaborating with performers Christiana Axelson, Jennifer Lafferty, Heather Lang, Marilyn Maywald, Kayvon Pourazar and Stuart Singer, as well as lighting designer Thomas Dunn. Within the piece, the body struggles through form, gesture and contact to express something real and fictitious, old and new, foreign and familiar.

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Artist Izhar Patkin to Discuss “The Wandering Veil” Exhibition at Mass MoCA with Art Expert David Ross [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014
Izhar Patkin (photo: Yanai Yechiel)

Izhar Patkin (photo: Yanai Yechiel)

Provocative and fearless artist Izhar Patkin discusses his exhibition, The Wandering Veil, with writer and curator David Ross on Saturday, January 18, at 2pm. The talk is expected to cover politics and the role of narrative, symbolism and representation in art today.

In The Wandering Veil, on view in MASS MoCA’s largest gallery space, Patkin has created a ghostly virtual city filled with personal narrative, political metaphor and myth, highlighting many of the formal innovations the artist has pioneered over three decades. The heart of the exhibition is “Veiled Threats,” a maze-like series of cinematic, mural-size paintings on tulle fabric inspired by the late Kashmiri-American poet Agha Shahid Ali’s writings on memory, loss, love and exile.

Born in Haifa, Israel, in 1955, Izhar Patkin first gained recognition for his innovative approach in the mid-’80s with “The Black Paintings,” a series of white ink paintings on black rubber curtains. Patkin has exhibited extensively, most recently at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in Israel. His work may be found in the collections of numerous prominent institutions including the Whitney Museum of American Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

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MASS MoCA to Ring in New Year with Free Day, January 11 [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, January 10th, 2014
Fun for everyone.

Fun for everyone

One of the popular New Year’s resolutions for those of us who live in the Berkshires is to get out and enjoy more of the attractions all those summer visitors come hundreds, even thousands of miles to see. They find the time and motivation, and so should we. We live in an amazing part of the world.

MASS MoCA in North Adams wants to see you and your family and is planning a special day to make it both affordable and interesting for your gang. So just as cabin fever begins to set in, on Saturday (January 11) they will host another free day to entice us to see what’s new and different since last year. And the answer is – a lot.

Among the activities – all of which relate to the exhibitions on view – are printmaking demonstrations, take-home book alterations, and a Jason Middlebrook-inspired, collaborative wood sculpture. Enjoy free admission and brick-wall-to-brick-wall programming throughout the museum. Art-making, dance performances, roaming musicians, and gallery tours are available throughout the day. Elevator music (played live) and Lickety Split’s signature carrot cake are not to be missed!

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MASS MoCA Announces New Concerts

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013
Burning Spear

Burning Spear

MASS MoCA in North Adams has announced a 2014 winter/spring slate of concerts that live up to the museum’s edgy and forward-thinking reputation. Phish’s Mike Gordon, reggae legend Burning Spear and cabaret pop-rockers Betty share the calendar with such up-and-comers as the Stepkids and the Brain Cloud, as well as truly unique, one-of-a-kind musical talents like Brushy One String and multi-culti vintage French popster Banda Magna. And more…

Until the end of the month, tickets are available at a 25% discount for all concerts except Mike Gordon. Tickets for Mike Gordon are slated to go on sale to the general public on Friday (December 13).

GO HERE for a complete list of upcoming performance events at MASS MoCA, including dance, film, theater and special events.

Here’s the complete list of newly announced concerts at MASS MoCA:

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“The Yellow Ticket” With Live Music Score by the Klezmatics’ Alicia Svigals [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
The Yellow Ticket

“The Yellow Ticket”

The Yellow Ticket, a forgotten gem of the 1918 silent film era is resurrected at 8pm on Saturday (November 16) at MASS MoCA’s Club B-10 in North Adams, with a new score composed and performed by the Klezmatics’ co-founder Alicia Svigals. The movie features a larger-than-life performance by the great Polish silent film star, Pola Negri, was the first film to explore anti-Semitism in imperial Russia, and Svigals’ score breathes new life into this classic. A play by the same name was produced in 1914 on Broadway; it starred John Barrymore and Florence Reed. The stage version played between January and June 1914.

The Yellow Ticket is a story of secret identities, heroic measures, and triumphant love – a testament to struggle and overcoming adversity. Directed by Vicor Janson and Eugen Illes, the film follows Anna Mirrel (Negri), a young Jewish girl in Czarist Russia. Anna, believing her father is ill, must present herself as a prostitute – the only women allowed to travel freely outside the ghetto – to obtain a yellow travel ticket to reach her father. When she arrives in St. Petersburg, she finds her father has been killed. She encounters a young journalist and tells him of the crimes the state perpetrates against its citizens. But the pair fall into the hands of the secret police when the journalist publishes her remarks. In order to obtain their freedom, Anna must choose whether to submit to the desires of the sinister head of the police, Baron Andrey.

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Javelin Brings Its Surrealist Block Party in a Box to Mass MoCA, Nov. 9 [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, November 7th, 2013
Cassettes, boom boxes and lots of imagination make up Javelin.

Cassettes, boom boxes and lots of imagination make up Javelin.

At first you might wonder whether this is music you can dance to – it has a beat – or should run from (Zombie Disco has returned from the dead!) Depends on how open you are to innovation, I guess.

Boom box-wielding duo Javelin collides rhythms from crooked disco, schoolyard funk and everything else from the golden age of dance on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 8pm in MASS MoCA’s intimate Club B-10.

Founded in 2005 by cousins George Langford (guitar, bass guitar, drums, and mandolin) and Tom Van Buskirk (cello and piano) in Providence, Rhode Island, the band took four years to refine its pop-collage approach before releasing its first album. The wait was worth it. The band’s freshman album, Jamz N Jemz – a veritable mix-tape distributed in a CDR format – catapulted the band to wunderkind status, garnering Pitchfork’s “Best New Music” award and honorable mention on the site’s “Album of the Year” list.

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Remembering the Cowboy Blues with Don Edwards: Time to Saddle Up for Mass MoCA, Pardner… [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
From the Don Edwards’ album cover “Kin to the Wind”.

From the Don Edwards’ album cover “Kin to the Wind”

Cowboys and guitars used to be as ubiquitous as spaghetti westerns and meatball scripts. Sure, times may change, but soulful cowboy ballads are still a heartfelt and distinctive denim blue. Nobody knows this better than Grammy-nominated singer and guitarist Don Edwards. Equal parts historian, musicologist, and balladeer, Edwards croons and spins canonical tales of the American West with passion, poetry, and sharp factual detail in MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 8pm.

Edwards’ love affair with music, specifically cowboy blues, started early in life. His first public performance was as a boy on the 1940′s rag circuit with his musical-magician father. At nine, he taught himself to play the guitar. Since his precocious entry into music, he has recorded numerous albums, two of which – Guitars & Saddle Songs and Songs of the Cowboy – are included in the Folklore Archives of the Library of Congress.

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Rare Chance to See “Phoenix” at Night as Giant Sculpture Takes Wing from Mass MoCA [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013
Above: Xu Bing: Phoenix as Berkshire on Stage tries to imagine what a night viewing might look like.

Above: Xu Bing’s “Phoenix” as Berkshire on Stage tries to imagine what a night viewing might look like.

Since last December, Xu Bing’s “Phoenix” – a super-sized winged sculpture of two fantastical dragon birds – has been flying over Mass MoCA’s football-field-sized Building 5. As much a statement about the possibilities of recycling old materials as it is about the fantastic aspects of Chinese culture, it has been one of the best received installations in that airplane-hanger-sized space, and yet something has been missing.

The spectacular sculpture is internally lit by thousands of LED lights, and appears as a breath-taking constellation in the darkened museum gallery. But it has not been open to the public at night. I was lucky enough to glimpse it one evening at dusk, and it revealed a new dimension. The night before the exhibit is to close, we will finally be able to see “Phoenix after dark” in all its glory, but only on Saturday (October 26) at 9:30pm.

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