SYREN Modern Dance is a New York based company founded in 2003 by Lynn Peterson and Kate St. Amand. Using live music and collaborations with visual artists, they bring vivid work to audiences from New York to Paris. SYREN has been presented at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Symphony Space, Dance Theater Workshop, Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity, Sacred Music at the Red Door, Bach Society Houston, Green Space, Cité Universitaire, The Riverside Theatre, Queens Theatre in the Park, Dancers Responding to AIDS, The Warner Theatre, New Haven Ballet, and The Ethel Walker School, among others. It has been supported by grants from NYC’s Department of Cultural Affairs, Queens Council on the Arts, Harkness Space Grants (92nd Street Y), residencies at DanceNOW/NYC’s Silo and DTW’s Outer/Space, and was commissioned by Purchase College.
SYREN’s mission is to place dance within a broader social context and harness the unique power of live performance. Central to that mission is pairing vigorous motion with live onstage music to bring dance back to where it started – in dialogue with live music. SYREN has collaborated with Rick Erickson, Donald Meineke, Galeet Dardashti, Artemis Chamber Ensemble, Steeplechase Arts & Productions, Lauren Cregor Devine, and Yonah Zur to bring numerous performances to the public that feature dance with live music.
SYREN has worked with students at Purchase College, Mark Morris Dance Center, Yale University, Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts, Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, Westminster School, The Hartt School, Anderson University, IONA College, METdance, and Ballet Theatre Company, among others. SYREN enjoys engaging in “Dance on Canvas“, a Partnership with the Art Students League of NY. This is a series of gallery-based rehearsals where visual artists capture the company’s dynamic motion in oil, charcoal and ink. In 2009, this Partnership sparked a relationship between SYREN and artist Xéna Lee who became inspired to create a painting that would become the backdrop for the dance “the last of the leaves”. SYREN is inspired to be in its 14th season of working to bring beauty, tenderness, and power through dance to students and audiences everywhere.
SYREN Modern Dance is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. All donations to the organization are tax deductible under the fullest extent of the law.
Board of Directors: Hannah Park, Rosalie Wetzel, Richard Katz, Lynn Peterson, Kate St. Amand
Photography: Christopher Duggan
Header Lighting Design: Kate Ashton