mary seidman and dancers
mama, a modern folktale

The Annex

December 18 - 21, 2008
Thursday - Saturday at 7:30pm
Sunday at 2:30pm

Tickets $25

Mary Seidman and Dancers
with seven luminary guest artists dancing with the company

Photo by Andre Costantini

Seven luminary guest artists will dance in conjunction with the company as the voices of MAMA.  Amy Pivar, (Bill T. Jones Company), Janis Brenner (formerly of Murray Louis and Meredith Monk Companies), Linda Kent (Alvin Ailey and Paul Taylor Companies), Robin Becker (former dancer with Eleo Pamore Co., and current faculty at Hofstra University), Amy Marshall (former Taylor II dancer), Elisa King (veteran dancer with Zvi Gotheiner’s ZviDance), and Lisa Viola (Paul Taylor Company) will dance solos and group pieces expressing the hopes, fears, and concerns of the modern woman. Augmenting this stellar cast of veteran dancers, a younger generation will be represented by dance students from La Guardia Performing Arts High School, the Mark Morris Dance School, Third Street Music School Settlement, and from the families of New York City dance artists with extras from the dance community.

The dance will take place on all levels: balconies, staircases, ladders from stage to balconies, as well as the stage. Live singers and musicians will move along the balconies and down onto the stage. The evening-length work will have three main sections with no intermission.

Emerging composer Cristina Spinei, (“One of the most talented young composers in America” – Jose Serebrier, Grammy Award winning composer and conductor) is creating original music specifically for MAMA at La MaMa, a modern folk tale.  The music will be a celebration of the accomplishments, dreams, tribulations, and life journeys of women while also simulating the earth’s rhythms, changes, and possible destruction brought on by our indifference. It will include a combination of folk music, syncopated rhythms, blues inflected melodies, and singing---blurring the lines between dance and music.

Karen Young, respected throughout the downtown dance world for her stunning costume designs, will be collaborating with Ms. Seidman for their fifth project together. Barbara Marks, Architect, will design the stage set. The Mary Seidman and Dancers company is represented by Laura Bradley,   Katie Dorn, Elinor Harrison, Tomomi Imai, Jolie Manza, Heidi Turzyn and Jessica Wontropski.

Mary Seidman’s choreography has been hailed by The New York Times critic Jennifer Dunning as “stunning…pure dance work with threads of emotional nuance woven into the whole.” Most recently, Ms. Dunning commented on the premiere of WeDOGS at the Ailey Citicorp Theater…”Charming”…
“imaginative”…”harrowingly beautiful.” Choreographer and writer Kenneth King says her work “shows a complete, assured control of the art and craft of choreography, transporting its viewer beyond its structures and inner workings.”  Nada Arnold of the Charleston SC Tribune says…”Cutting edge choreography and bravura execution by an exquisitely schooled, international cadre…be prepared for the sacred and the profane. Seidman spares no emotion.”

Mary Seidman and Dancers has toured the United States and performed at numerous New York venues, including Carnegie Hall, the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), and the Guggenheim Museum. Ms. Seidman’s work has been seen at many venues across Manhattan, from Symphony Space on the Upper West Side to the Lower Manhattan area, including the River to River Festival, in conjunction with LMCC. Performing at Jacob’s Pillow, The Piccolo Spoleto Festival, numerous art and science museums, outdoor festivals in site specific work,  The company’s core consists of trained professional dancers; however, Ms. Seidman often incorporates other populations into her work (children, actors, and other non-professional movers), which lends an interesting landscape of bodies, ages, and perspectives. This added dimension supports her mission to reach audiences beyond the avid dance viewer and gives her company a unique mix of viewers and participants.

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