May 29, 2018
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Williamstown, Massachusetts—Scottish company Janis Claxton Dance makes its US debut with POP-UP Duets (fragments of love), a series of five-minute contemporary dance duets, at the Clark Art Institute on Sunday, June 17 from 2–4 pm. The performances, all free and open to the public, will be held in various locations throughout the Clark’s campus.
POP-UP Duets is based around the theme of love and designed for a wide range of public spaces. Praised as “a richly inventive, wonderfully perceptive work, danced with a persuasive humanity to a score you want to own” (The Herald), the site-specific duets are created by choreographer Janis Claxton with music composed by Pippa Murphy.
Janis Claxton Dance is an award-winning contemporary dance company based in Edinburgh, Scotland. The company creates choreographed works for touring in small- to mid-scale venues and site-specific performances for unique spaces. Janis Claxton Dance has been based in Edinburgh since 2005 and is one of Scotland’s leading project-funded dance companies. With a core team of locally based dancers, the company’s training-based methodology results in a unique movement voice underpinned by Claxton’s passionate commitment to movement research.
Janis Claxton Dance has toured throughout Scotland and has taken works to Wales, England and China. The company has a reputation and legacy for bringing highly crafted works danced by world class dancers, to unique public spaces. Its works are produced by Mike Griffiths and supported by Creative Scotland, Scottish Government, British Council, Confucius Institute for Scotland, Dance Base, Dance House, The Work Room, and Dance Digital.

The Clark Art Institute, located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, consisting of more than 270,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.
The Clark, which has a three-star rating in the Michelin Green Guide, is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $20; free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. Free admission is available through several programs, including First Sundays Free; a local library pass program; EBT Card to Culture; Bank of America Museums on Us; and Blue Star Museums. For more information on these programs and more, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303.
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