Outreach

 

SCIENCE IN MOTION

A STEAM program bringing dance and science to new audiences through a focus on the intersection of these two worlds. From a one hour workshop to a multi-day visit, this program can be crafted for a wide audience spectrum but is geared toward students ages 13-18, and is designed to ignite curiosity, communication, and creativity in its participants.

 
 


Since 2015, “Science in Motion” has engaged students or general public audiences at The American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington D.C., Society of Physics Students at NYU, Women in Physics at Yale, Children’s Museum of Manhattan, American Physical Society’s New England Conference, IONA College, The Chapin School, St. Paul’s School for Girls, Cambridge Science Festival, High Tech High School, OSU Dance Department, The Young Women’s Leadership School of Astoria, and Girl's Inc. of NY.

 

“Working with SYREN was like having another invested academic colleague in the room. Their performance for the entire high school was a highlight of the year. The students were riveted, nearly motionless while they watched, and it generated conversations and class questions for weeks afterwards.”

- Sarah Rutledge, Dance Department Chair, The Chapin School

 
 

DANCE ON CANVAS

(On-Going Since 2008)

SYREN has worked in partnership with the Art Students League of New York and independently to create space for an exchange between visual artists and dancers.  

Dance on Canvas turns SYREN rehearsals into sessions for visual artists to draw or photograph in response to observing the company rehearsing either in a dance studio, in a church sanctuary, or in an art gallery.  Visual artists are then invited to exhibit art work from the sessions at SYREN performances.  Dance on Canvas work has been exhibited at Ailey Citigroup Theater, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Chelsea Art Museum, and the Office of the Manhattan borough President.

In 2009, this program led to visual artist Xéna Lee creating a back drop for SYREN’s premiere of “the last of the leaves” at The Ailey Citigroup Theater.  

 
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This program has been supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

 

 

TEACHING

Artistic Directors Lynn Peterson and Kate St. Amand offer a unique experience of team teaching:

  • SYREN Repertory 

  • Modern Dance Technique

  • Modern Dance Partnering

  • Improvisation

  • Composition

Class work emphasizes connecting to the natural force of the weight of the body, musical specificity, focus, and transitions. Students (particularly advanced level students) will be encouraged to make their own choices through assignments in movement manipulation, variation, development, creation, and more! The moment of movement is inspiring to witness.

If you are interested in having SYREN come to your school,
EMAIL US TODAY at info@syrendance.org