SYREN Modern Dance: 8th New York Season Accompanied by Live Ensemble Music
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Ira Glass, producer and host of public radio's This American Life, counterintuitively combines the worlds of dance and radio in this live stage production. Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host features the informative, moving essays and nonfiction stories listeners expect from Glass' Peabody Award-winning radio show. But he turns his trademark all-talk format on its ear by collaborating with contemporary dance troupe Monica Bill Barnes & Company. It's an unexpected evening filled with poignant audio clips and leaps and turns. Or, as Glass puts it, two art forms that "have no business being together." Learn More
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March 29 will be the Opening Night Gala Performance with a pre-performance reception starting at 7:00pm. Artwork from the “Dance on Canvas” Partnership will be on display and available for bidding on in a silent auction.
SYREN Modern Dance presents the New York premieres of “Dolce” and “Toward Home,”as well as the return of “the last of the leaves” in six evenings accompanied by live music in the company’s Eighth New York Season March 29-April 3 at Howard Gilman Performance Space at Baryshnikov Arts Center.
On March 29-31, SYREN will present “Dolce” and “the last of the leaves”. “Dolce” is a rich and joyful exploration of the different relationships women share. Set to the playful and passionate score by Edvard Grieg, the music of “Holberg Suite” leads the way as the six ladies of SYREN lusciously move through space in groups, duets, and trios. The movement vocabulary is filled with jumps, turns and intricate partnering and is tightly connected to Grieg’s versatile score.
Highly physical, “the last of the leaves” uses the driving and churning idiosyncrasies of John Adams’ “Shaker Loops” to explore the mysteries surrounding the cycles of human life. Birth, illness, death, and the different energies needed to experience them, are points of departure for this piece as eight dancers journey through qualities both distant and tender.
On April 1-3, SYREN will present “Toward Home”, an exploration of home through music and dance. The cast of eight dancers and six instrumentalists move through a vivid landscape of departure, love, loss, adventure, and reinvention. Lush movement and nuanced physical details are intertwined with charged and colorful music that ranges from the lyrical and melodic to the wild and electric. These journeys converge as the path toward home is found, abandoned, and re-created.
March 29-31, 2011 at 7:30pm:
“Dolce,” Edvard Grieg’s “Holberg Suite”
“the least of the leaves,” John Adams’ “Shaker Loops”
Featuring Artemis Chamber Ensemble
Conducted by Matthew Oberstein
April 1-2, 2011 at 7:30pm, April 3, 3:00pm:
“Toward Home,” Composed by Damon Ferrante
Featuring The Paumanok Trio, Simon Boyar, Oren Fader, Mat Fieldes
Artistic Directors: Kate St. Amand & Lynn Peterson
Choreographer: Kate St. Amand
Dancers: Sonja Dale, Bryant Henderson, Chanelle Lagacé, Xuexin (Nico) Li, Brigitte Mitchell, Jeremy Neal, Lynn Peterson, Kyleigh Sackandy, Chihiro Shimizu