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The arts have their say this weekend in Dalton as 413Heart takes over The Stationery Factory

DALTON — When Albany Berkshire Ballet choreographer Mary Talmi first set eyes on the sculptures in Michael Boroniec’s “Spatial Spirals” series, she saw dance.

“I was really struck by how much movement he incorporated into the sculpture,” Talmi said during a phone interview.

Inspired by Boroniec’s work, Talmi created a duet, “Spindown,” that The Stationery Factory will host (along with two of Boroniec’s sculptures) on Thursday evening to help kick off the four-day 413Heart Music & Arts Festival, a project spearheaded by nonprofit Grow Dalton. Dance is new to the third annual event that has broadened from a music-focused gathering to an homage to different art forms. In addition to a Johnny Irion concert, the festival will include a documentary screening, a staged reading and juried art shows.

“It encompasses all the arts. We really want to highlight what a rich cultural community we have here in the Berkshires,” said Pittsfield artist Diane Firtell, one of the chairs of the 413Heart committee.

Firtell has a studio in The Stationery Factory, where all of this year’s events will be held. Talmi feels that the Flansburg Avenue building is an excellent venue for dance, among other art forms.

“The Stationery Factory is just a fabulous space,” she said.

Albany Berkshire Ballet’s Anna Acker and Vincent Brewer will perform “Spindown” before they’re joined by Lisa Iannacito McBride and Ruslan Sprague for two excerpts from “Verdant Fire,” a piece by ABB guest choreographer Jonathan Riedel. A music-and-dance show by tap artist Stefanie Lynx Weber and musician Sam Rosen (both unaffiliated with ABB) will follow.

The night will close with a screening of “Moving Stories,” a documentary about Battery Dance Company members’ experiences teaching dance to youths abroad, and a Q&A session with director Rob Fruchtman.


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