DAY 1 // SIDEWAYS DOOR II: a weekend of ecstasies & escape routes



Holyoke Media (1 Court Plaza , Holyoke, MA 01040, Holyoke MA)

SIDEWAYS DOOR II is the second semi-annual festival celebrating multi-disciplinary performance, process and practice organized by LOCULUS. The festival takes place at multiple venues throughout the Pioneer Valley and brings together local and regional dancers, sound and video artists, and poets for three days of performances, classes, and workshops. SIDEWAYS DOOR II is supported in part by grants from the Northampton Arts Council and Greenfield Local Cultural Council, local agencies which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Our Friday performance features dance works by Karinne Keithley Syers, Laila J. Franklin, LA Samuelson, and Leah Fournier + Amelia Hientzleman in the brand new black box studio theater at Holyoke Media.

**Tickets are available for a sliding scale of $15 - $50.**

**Join us after the performance for a free party at Fame Lounge/Eatery.**

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**Karinne Keithly Syers** is a teacher and artist whose work spans plays, sound, song, essay, animation, choreography, bookmaking, games, and points in between. She likes to coast the zone of the luminous, the death-facing, the visitation. 

**Laila J. Franklin** (b.1997) is a dance maker, performer, teacher, administrator, and writer based in the unceded territory of the Massachusett and Pawtucket peoples (Boston, Massachusetts.) Her work explores kinetic imagination through the rigor of juxtaposing virtuosic and intimate performances, seeking to make legible the (in)visibility of lived experience. When she is not dancing, she is a specialty coffee barista and cat mom to sweet Roberta.

**LA Samuelson** (they/them) is an interdisciplinary artist working in contemporary performance, sculpture, and media. Their work follows the transmission of feeling across objects, sites, and bodies, searching for new strategies to help us bear impermanence, attachments to living, and to one another. Their projects have been presented nationally and internationally, and their current work is supported by the National Performance Network and the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts. They hold an MFA from the University of Colorado-Boulder and are a Visiting Assistant Professor at Hamilton College.

**Leah Fournier and Amelia Heintzelman** are collaborators of nearly a decade.They have presented work at Pageant, Asian Society, Center for Performance Research, Lubov Gallery, Essex Flowers Gallery, and University Settlement, and toured to the Fresh Festival in San Francisco, CA, to Ercourt, France for a residency at Centre Pompadour, and to the David Owsley Art Museum at Ball State University. They have taught workshops focused on collaboration at Mount Holyoke College, Landfalls Artist Residency, Pageant Space and through freeskewl’s online platform, and developed the class series Comedy Pilates as seen in the New York Times.