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 Post subject: SYREN with Artemis Chamber Ensemble
PostPosted: Wed Mar 18, 2009 1:26 pm 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SYREN Modern Dance
presents
Pelléas et Mélisande
and
the last of the leaves

Featuring Artemis Chamber Ensemble

March 26 -28, 2009
Ailey Citigroup Theater

March 3, 2009 - SYREN Modern Dance presents the New York premiere of Pelléas
et Mélisande and the world premiere of the last of the leaves
in an evening accompanied by live music in the company's Sixth New York
Season March 26-28 at The Ailey Citigroup Theater. The movement in Pelléas et
Mélisande
travels through swells of grandeur and moments of subtle nuance. The
themes of marriage, lust, and loss, as defined in the original opera,
are explored by six dancers, as they remain tightly in sync with
Sibelius’ intricate score. Highly physical, the last of the leaves uses the driving
and churning idiosyncrasies of John Adam’s “Shaker
Loops”
to explore the many mysteries surrounding 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.

Both works are choreographed by Kate Mehan. Pelléas et Mélisande is performed by
Aleyse Bradford, Heidi D'Alessandro, Quincy Junor, Jeffery Lyon, Brigitte Mitchell,
and Lynn Peterson. the last of the leaves
is performed by Aleyse Bradford, Heidi D'Alessandro, Quincy Junor,
Chanelle Lagacé, Erin Ghislin Lane, Jeffery Lyon, Brigitte Mitchell,
and Lynn Peterson. Both pieces will be accompanied by live music
played by the Artemis Chamber Ensemble, conducted by Matthew Oberstein.
Pelléas et Mélisande is composed by Jean Sibelius and the last of the leaves is set
to John Adams'
"Shaker Loops". Additional collaborators include Kate Ashton, lighting
design, Elizabeth Payne, costume design, and Xéna Lee, artwork and set
design.

Performances will take place March 26 - 28, 2009 at
8:00PM at The Ailey Citigroup Theater at The Joan Weill Center for
Dance, 405 West 55th Street
at 9th Avenue, New York, New York. Tickets are $25.00 full price and
$15.00 for students and seniors. Advanced ticket sales can be purchased
online at www.smarttix.com or over the phone at 212.868.4444. For inquires about
group sales contact groupsales@syrendance.org.
Day of ticket sales are cash only and can be purchased at The Ailey
Citigroup Theater box office. Before and after the show in the theater
lobby SYREN will display a sampling of the artwork resulting from Dance
on Canvas, a performing and visual arts partnership with The Art Students League of
New York.

About the Company

SYREN Modern Dance produces vigorously powerful elegant dance. In order
for dance to be a strong, supported presence in society, SYREN is
dedicated to producing high caliber, accessible work to spark a
continued interest of the public in modern dance. The company exists to
create compellingly, commits to teaching thoughtfully, perseveres to
perform dynamically, and unites to generously share dance with the next
generation. Kate Mehan and Lynn Peterson co-founded SYREN in 2003, and
the company’s work has been presented at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival,
Symphony Space, Dance Theater Workshop, and The White Plains Performing Arts Center,
among others. SYREN received a commission from The School of the Arts at Purchase
College, a Dance Theater Workshop Outer/Space Creative Residency, and a residency
from Dancenow/NYC/Silo to support the creation of the work presented in March.

www.syrendance.org

This season was made possible by the support of the following individuals or fund:
Elvira
Althoff, Elif Aksoy, Ajna Austin, Martha Barylick, Gail & Rick
Berglund, Cathy Blitzer, George Blitzer, Kristin Boettger, Nancy
Boettger, Paul Bradford, Marjorie & George Bradford, Shannon Branic, Louis Brause
Philanthropic Fund, John Carlson,
Kate Dalton, Leah Dieterich & John Houck, Christopher Duggan,
Shirley Durst, Morgan Ebaugh, Edward Elefterion, Scott Frisby, Neil
Greene, Jonathan Gyurko, Janet & David Haas, Sara Hatfield, Jessica
Hubbard, John & Sheila Hubbard, Lisa Iannacito, Pat Jacobs, Amanda
Johnson, Shavonne Johnson, Heather & Peter Kidwell, Dr. Yale Kroll
& Family, Pamela & Pierre Lagacé, Irvin Lampe, Debbie Lewis,
Edward Mangosing, Jane Mattes, Peter March, Elizabeth Mehan, Joseph
Mehan, Rosalie Mehan, John Mellor, Andrew Menkes, Cynthia Miles, Deanne Molinari,
Bridget Moran,
Matthew Mundinger, Lisa Niedermeyer, Old Ivy Productions, Nicole
Padilla, Barbara & Harvey Paris, Park Slope Framing & Gallery,
Andrea Pascual, Theresa Patrick, Sharon & Richard Peterson, Tom
Ridgely, Gerald Russell & Wesley Jackson, Elizabeth Saenger, Mary
Ann Saylor, Jesse Sells, Lauren Sercander, Bettijane Sills, Anne
Mollegen Smith, Maria Somma, Sue Spiner, Megan Sprenger, Jackie
Sprenger, Lawrence Waxman, AnneMarie Weber, Megan Williams & Andy
Willowitz, Roberta Wong, Laura Woody

Press kits and digital images available on request.

# # #


Kate Mehan and Lynn Peterson
Artistic Directors, SYREN
www.syrendance.org
TICKETS FOR NEW YORK SEASON NOW ON SALE! March 26-28 at the Ailey Citigroup
Theater http://www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showCode=SYR3


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