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 Post subject: Dance New Amsterdam Presents Summer 2009 Season
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Dance New Amsterdam (DNA) Announces:

DNA PRESENTS - Summer 2009 Season





(New York, NY) - Dance New Amsterdam (DNA) is pleased to announce the Summer 2009
Season of DNA PRESENTS, the signature presenting series of Lower Manhattan's
premiere center for experimental dance. Celebrating our 25th anniversary year, the
Summer 2009 Season kicks off with DNA's longest running series packed with fiery
world premieres by five male choreographers; In the Company of Men. The season
continues with innovative choreographers in solo and multi-artist showcases,
including a one of a kind performance/installation by Nancy Bannon, a visual
art-infused world premiere by Artist in Residence Adele Myers and closing with Gene
Pool, DNA's performance series dedicated to the artists and faculty engineering
Lower Manhattan's leading dance experience.



Through a unique blend of multidisciplinary programming comprised of explosive and
emotive dance performances, multi-gallery exhibits, on-line historic & live webcasts
and moderated discussions, DNA PRESENTS makes culture accessible to audiences from
New York and its surrounding communities. The acclaimed performance series is part
of an expansive approach to DNA's mission of "making dance real" by offering
programming in education, exploration and creation, and performance. DNA provides
opportunities for cultural enthusiasts to experience dance from initial introduction
to professional-level training and performance. The season features artists who are
deeply involved with DNA's performance and education dialogue and who demonstrate a
passionate commitment to fostering a vibrant dance community in Lower Manhattan. All
performances take place in the theatre @ DNA at 280 Broadway (Entrance on Chambers
St.) 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10007. Tickets for all performances are available
through Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200, at www.ticketcentral.com or at the door.



The Summer 2009 Season is:



June 4-7 In the Company of Men (ICOM)

June 6 LateNite@DNA

June 10-14 Nancy Bannon │The Pod Project

June 18-21 Artist in Residence: Adele Myers

June 25-28 Gene Pool



DNA's 2009 Season is made possible with DNA's program revenue along with the
generous support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York; Mertz Gilmore
Foundation; New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), a state agency; and New York
City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), a city agency.





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In the Company of Men (ICOM)

Five World Premieres

June 4-7

Performance Times: Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8:00pm, Sunday matinee at 3:00pm

Ticket Prices: $20, ($15 members, $17 students)





Begun in 1994, In the Company of Men (ICOM) was initially launched in part as a
response to the decimation of the dance community by HIV/AIDS. In the Company of Men
has expanded its focus to celebrate a full range of male choreographic voices and
styles. Additionally, ICOM fosters an environment where choreographers of varying
backgrounds can come together to share their experiences in the field. This season's
ICOM features five diverse works:



GPS by Jonah Bokaer collapses the joints of a dancing figure - both real, and
animated - to new extremes of mobility, expression, and distortion. The solo is
inspired by the Global Positioning System (GPS); a global navigation satellite
system developed by the U.S. Department of Defense and officially named NAVSTAR GPS.
Although NAVSTAR is not an acronym, a few backronyms have been created for it: thus,
Bokaer has created a playful new acronym for GPS: Ground Positioning System, and
systematizes the positions of his body solely on the ground.



3 pieced swan, op.1 by Idan Cohen wanders in and out of identity questions aroused
by the monumental music and synopsis of Swan Lake. "Whether I've committed a crime
against my gender, my kibbutz background, my national identity or against anything
else, when I understand WHAT is unacceptable, I can leave the question of WHY it is
unacceptable behind and become what might be seen as a hybridization of a man, and a
creature called swan." -Idan Cohen



Fight or Flight by Courtney Ffrench/ Vissi Dance Theater is a violently beautiful
exorcism of superficial conformity. A trio of dancers returns the masks they
inherited at birth and reconstruct the pieces of their most inner truth.



Remember the light... by Erick Montes is a work based on variations of movement
phrases, built for a chorus of five male dancers.



Privy by Paul Singh / Singh & Dance is an act of shedding. An act of diverting. Two
men trying to leave behind parts of themselves they don't want. It happens through a
constantly shifting, changing, whirling movement scheme.



*There will be a free preview of this performance Wednesday, May 27 at 12:15pm in
DNA's 2nd Floor Gallery. A brief Q&A session will follow.



In the Company of Men was made possible, in part, by a generous grant from the
Jerome Foundation





***

LateNite@DNA



When the business day comes to a close, and the television lineup just isn't cutting
it, there is a new home to go to for your after hours delights: DNA. Relax, have a
drink and enjoy as this later-than-average series furnishes some wilder-than-average
experiences, LateNite@DNA.



June 6

Doors Open: 10:30pm

Ticket Prices: $10 admission (+ one free drink ticket) or $5 with ICOM ticket

*Tickets available at the door.



The series kicks off with Male Room hosted by Ambrose Martos. After witnessing the
male virtuosity of In the Company of Men (ICOM), stick around for burlesque meets
drag meets...DNA. It's a man's man's man's world, in heels.





***

Nancy Bannon

The Pod Project

June 10-14

Performance Times: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:00pm, 8:30pm &
10:00pm, Sunday at 1:30pm & 3:00pm

*Note: this production opens on a Wednesday evening.

Ticket Prices: $30, ($25 members)

*There are only 13 seats available per performance.

Performed by A. Apostol, Jennifer Gillespie, Robyn Hunt, Keith Johnson, Marc
Kenison, Stephanie Liapis, Rick Meese, Bob Moss, Tricia Nelson, Risa Steinberg,
Netta Yerushalmy...and more.

Sound design by Darron L. West, associate designer Matt Hubbs

Costume design by Ilona Somogyi, Associate Designer Sarah Laux

Production design by Brian MacDevitt

Set Design by Jessica Malone-Atkinson & Brian Howard



The Pod Project is a performance/installation consisting of 13 private, one-on-one
performances housed within 13 sculpted spaces. The viewer actually enters each
performance environment and experiences a one-on-one exchange in unconventional
proximity. The interiors of the cylindrical sculptures/ pods are personalized.
Crossing the threshold, we pop into: a dentist's office, a mountaintop ski-lift, a
cocoon, a snowglobe, a shower, etc. The scene content, ranging from highly
interactive to resolvedly voyeuristic, is original and diverse. Opening the door to
a chamber you may find: a man with his back to you listing what he doesn't want you
to know; a sleeping man, a tiny door in the wall and through the tiny door, a
hillside of glistening white sheep; a waitress playing "Die Valkyrie" on water
glasses; a man in a ski-lift hovering silently off the ground; a woman behind a
table of wigs asking you which one you'd like to see her wear first; or a
bespectacled man in a melting caterpillar suit talking about how he needs something
to look forward to. The lights fade and each viewer is guided to his next
destination. It is an exciting evening of suspense and unusual encounters.

Nancy Bannon, after performing for many years with Doug Varone, Tere O'Connor and
Lar Lubavitch, is now creating her own interdisciplinary theater. Her most recent
work is "Puncture" an evening- length piece presented by The Chocolate Factory, and
The Pod Project, an installation of private, one-on-one performances at 20 Greene
Gallery. Nancy is the recipient of three Princess Grace Awards and a 2001 New York
Dance and Performance (Bessie) Award. She has served on the faculties of SUNY
Purchase and Rutgers University and has taught independently throughout the U.S..
Nancy is a graduate of The Juilliard School. This March, Nancy was invited to
participate in a Philip Johnson Glass House Conversation along with filmmaker Darron
Aronofsky, poet Erin Belieu, graphic designer Paula Scher and others. In July,
Nancy will begin a new work, creating a cornfield, at a month long residency at The
Baryshnikov Arts Center. As a collaborative team, these designers and Nancy have
been creating together since 2007.



*There will be a free preview of this performance Tuesday, June 2 at 12:15pm in
DNA's 2nd Floor Gallery. A brief Q&A session will follow.



***

Artist in Residence: Adele Myers

June 18-21

Performance Times: Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8:00pm, Sunday matinee at 3:00pm

Ticket Prices: $20, ($15 members, $17 students)



what we have is half of what we wish for

Performed by Diana Deaver, Rebecca Woods, Philip Montana, Tara Burns, Kellie Lynch

Original score by Kyle Olson with selections by Miu Miu/Bounce and Steve Roden/In
Between Noise

Costumes by Diana Deaver and Philip Montana

Lighting design by Jim French

Media design by Tara Burns



what we have is half of what we wish for is a multi-media collaboration exploring
how advancements in technological modes of communication have reshaped personal
interactions throughout recent history.



This project was made possible in part by a grant from the LEF Foundation



8 Views

Performed by Diana Deaver, Rebecca Woods, Philip Montana, Tara Burns, Kellie Lynch

Original score by Ben Wolfe

Lighting design by Jim French



8 Views is a collaboration with composer Ben Wolfe, formerly a bassist with Wynton
Marsalis and Harry Connick Jr. The source of inspiration for the project is the idea
of bringing to life through movement, music and lighting design, the colorful
formalist abstract paintings of artist, Karen Dow.



This project was made possible in part by a grant from THE CONNECTICUT COMMISSION ON
CULTURE AND TOURISM



*Additional events in conjunction with this production include:



Free Preview:

There will be a preview of this performance Wednesday, June 10 at 2:15pm in DNA's
2nd Floor Gallery. A brief Q&A session will follow.



Visual art exhibit in DNA's 2nd floor gallery space:

Karen Dow

Dow's paintings served as the central collaborative inspiration for Myers' premiere
work, 8 Views.

June 18 - July 15, 2009

*This Exhibit has been funded in part by a grant from New York State Assemblymember
Deborah J. Glick through the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic
Preservation.



DNA's Artist in Residence (AIR) program is supported, in part, by public funds from
the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA); National Endowment for the
Arts and New York State Council on the Arts



Adele Myers

Founded in 2000, Adele Myers and Dancers is a five-member contemporary dance company
combining robust athleticism, theatricality, and social commentary. In 2007 the
company premiered Is That All There Is, an autobiographical work employing popular
culture and humor to comment on the underbelly of modern motherhood. The most recent
project, what we have is half of what we wish for, is a multi-media collaboration
exploring how advancements in technology have reshaped personal interaction
throughout recent history. Myers' choreography has been presented nationally
including Jacob's Pillow Inside/Out, Tanglewood Music Center; 12-Minutes Max/On The
Boards and the Velocity Dance Center in Seattle; New Haven International Festival of
Arts and Ideas; and DanceNow, Dance New Amsterdam and Joyce SoHo in New York City.
The repertoire has been performed in a variety of venues ranging from intimate art
gallery spaces and black box theaters to larger outdoor venues and proscenium
stages. Adele Myers and Dancers has received support from the City of New Haven, the
State of Connecticut, the LEF Foundation, NEFA's RDDI series, and the Maggie Allesee
National Center for Choreography (MANCC). The company was selected as a 2009
Artist-In-Residence at the Dance New Amsterdam Theater; and invited for a three-week
choreographic residency at the 2009 Bates Dance Festival.



In addition to being Artistic Director of Adele Myers and Dancers, Myers is a
Professor of Dance at Connecticut College. As a performer, she was a member of Joy
Kellman/Co. in NYC for six years and a guest artist with other companies including
Momix. Myers was also a choreographic assistant on several projects for Jawole
Zollar, Artistic Director of the Urban Bush Women (UBW). Commercial credits include
choreographing a record release event for Aerosmith and industrials for TVGuide
among others. Myers earned a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, an MFA at Florida
State University, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Performance Studies at New
York University.





***

Gene Pool

June 25-28

Performance Times: Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8:00pm, Sunday matinee at 3:00pm

*Note this production will have two alternating programs, schedule to come.

Ticket Prices: $20, ($15 members, $17 students)



Gene Pool, an annual showcase of the diverse performance genres practiced, utilized
and morphed within DNA. Offering a sample of new and re-staged works, Gene Pool
features choreography from artists and teachers with longstanding relationships to
DNA. Choreographers this season are Julie Bour, Marijke Eliasberg, Anabella Lenzu,
Deborah Lohse, Nia Love, Paul Matteson, Heather McArdle and Belinda McGuire.





Dance New Amsterdam (DNA) is Lower Manhattan's newest home for "downtown" dance -
dance that challenges, expects attention and gives each viewer permission to
experience art as a response to our daily existence. DNA is proud to present and
promote artistic excellence in dance performance, education and the creation
process. An incomparable resource, DNA's 25,000 square foot facility is a pioneer
infrastructure for the performing arts by housing both a professional theater and
education center - nurturing dance in all its forms and guiding dancers through the
various stages of their career. In DNA's studios each week, 160 classes are taught,
rehearsals are run, workshops are conducted and choreography is created. DNA is a
valuable resource for the aspiring, emerging and established artist, who benefit
from artistic residencies, studio and administrative office subsidies, commissions
and two performance seasons that offer presentations of new dance works, many of
them world premieres. Founded in 1984 in NoHo and originally known as Dance Space
Center, DNA changed its name when it moved to 280 Broadway in February 2006. The
state-of-the-art facilities include a professional 130-seat theater, six studios, a
wellness program, two galleries and a reception space. DNA was the first
not-for-profit arts organization to move to Lower Manhattan after 9/11 and plays a
critical role as a resource for the dance community, as well as a renewing force in
downtown Manhattan's cultural landscape.



DNA's 2009 Season is made possible with DNA program revenue along with generous
support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York; Mertz Gilmore Foundation; New
York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), a state agency; and New York City Department
of Cultural Affairs (DCA), a city agency.





Photos available upon request.

###





Amanda Szeglowski

Manager of Public Relations

and Corporate Development

Dance New Amsterdam

280 Broadway, 2nd Floor

(entrance on Chambers)

New York, NY 10007

212.625.8369 x226

aszeglowski@dnadance.org

www.dnadance.org


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