Green Space will offer a diverse roster of new/emerging artists in March.
Fertile Ground will present new work by various artists and Take Root will present an evening of work by SYREN Modern Dance.
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TAKE ROOT, now in its 4th season, aids in the continued development and performance of new dance work of various aesthetics by providing choreographers with the opportunity to be produced in a full or paired evening of work. This once a month series supports dance makers by providing our venue, Green Space, with full technical and marketing support.
March 16, 2013
Tickets are available at the door or online at www.GreenSpaceStudio.org
Take Root with SYREN Modern Dance
"Wayside Sacrament" explores the meaning, perception, and search for beauty and intimacy. Inspiration came from the simple, yet profound Emerson quote: "Never lose an opportunity to see anything that is beautiful. It is God's handwriting - a wayside sacrament." In a world that is saturated with speed, technology, and social networking, Choreographer Kate St. Amand sees a danger in the way the world portrays and responds to beauty. The billboards, online saturation, the general over-stimulation and de-sensitization to true beauty are alarming, and this work seeks to uncover, redefine and remember what beauty and intimacy can feel like.
"Hyacinth" was inspired by the idea that feeding our souls is as important as feeding our bodies. The Persian poet Muslihuddin Sadi said: "If, of thy mortal goods, thou art bereft, And from thy slender store two loaves alone to thee are left, Sell one and from the dole, Buy Hyacinths to feed the soul."
"Wayside Sacrament" is set to Bach's "Die Kunst Der Fuge" (The Art of the Fugue). "Hyacinth" is set to "Zinc"-Zoe Keating Remix. Both works were choreographed by Kate St. Amand, and will be performed by Sonja Dale, Jean-René Homehr, Xuexin (Nico) Li, Brigitte Mitchell, and Lynn Peterson. The Lighting Designer is Kate Ashton, and Costume Designer is Naomi Luppescu.
The creation of these dances was supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council as well as by The New York Chinese Cultural Center.
"Visually engaging and emotionally stirring..."
SYREN Modern Dance was formed in 2003 by Lynn Peterson and Kate St. Amand, has since produced ten New York Seasons, created 19 dances, and performed for thousands of audience members in the tri-state area as well as in Paris, France. SYREN has been presented at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Symphony Space, Dance Theater Workshop, The Riverside Theatre, and Queens Theatre in the Park,among others. It has been supported by grants from NYC's Department of Cultural Affairs, Harkness Space Grants (92nd Street Y), residencies at DanceNOW/NYC's Silo and DTW's Outer/Space, and was commissioned by Purchase College. SYREN has collaborated with Galeet Dardashti, Artemis Chamber Ensemble, Lauren Cregor Devine, Yonah Zur, and Steeplechase Arts & Productions to bring over 20 performances to the public that feature dance with live music. SYREN is driven to explore movement and music in ways that deeply connect the two, as they have always been. SYREN has worked with students at Purchase College, Yale University, Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts, Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, The Hartt School, Performing Arts Center of Connecticut, and Anderson University, among others. SYREN launched its fourth year of "Dance on Canvas" in 2011. This Partnership with the Art Students League of NY is a series of gallery-based rehearsals where visual artists capture the company's dynamic motion in oil, charcoal and ink.
FERTILE GROUND is a monthly new works showcase for emerging and established artists now in its 7th season, producing the work of over 50 choreographers each year. This non-curated performance event features five-six choreographers each evening, and includes a post-performance discussion with wine and cheese, moderated by Green Space's Artistic Director, Valerie Green.