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Suzanne Beahrs Dance presents world premiere of Amid

by Michelle Brandon
March 22, 2014
Danspace Project
131 East 10th Street (at Second Avenue)
St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery
New York, NY 10003
(212) 674-8112
Suzanne Beahrs Dance presents a full evening of dance on March 27-29, 2014 at 8pm at Danspace Project, located inside St. Mark's Church, 131 East 10th Street, NYC 10003. Tickets are $20 / $15 Danspace Members and are available at danspaceproject.org.

Amid, a new hour-long dance piece by Suzanne Beahrs Dance, is a vigorous representation of how a personal trial can take audiences on convoluted journeys through pain, love, fear, loss, joy, and resilience. The work for five women expresses how we understand and shape our own stories and is a celebration of the exquisite power in our broken, impermanent selves. Choreographer Suzanne Beahrs makes dances designed to engage viewers on both small and large scales, drawing the eye to a delicate gesture and then back out to a sweeping group of leaping, twirling dancers, propelling through space along spiraling, intersecting pathways.

Dancers: Suzanne Beahrs, Sarah Hillmon, Julia Jurgilewicz, Celine Syslo, Madeline Wilcox
Lighting design by Brittany Spencer. Costume design by Lauren Beirne.

Artistic Statement

"I love suddenly finding myself alone in an elevator, with no one around to bump into or wonder what the heck I'm doing. When the elevator doors close, I may have only a few moments, but my arms swipe and curve, my spine arches and folds, and my legs swing and step. This is how I really feel. As a dancemaker, I try to share with others something that is like what I experience in my elevator moments, daring to reach beyond how we thought we should behave. In order to share this experience with the audience, first I try to tap into something based on some seed of intuition, feeling whatever my body does if I let go of any holding or resistance to try something out. Beyond this initial searching, the work of making dances demands a lot of questioning, revising and refining; I want to create dances that connect us with the intricacy of the present moment through movement that is as potent as it is vibrant." – Suzanne Beahrs

Performance Information

Date/Time: Thursday, March 27, 2014 – 8pm
Friday, March 28, 2014 – 8pm
Saturday, March 29, 2014 – 8pm

Location: Danspace Project at St. Mark's Church, 131 East 10th Street, NYC 10003

Tickets: $20 General (($17 Early Bird if ordered before 3/6) / $15 Danspace Members
Box Office: (866) 811-4111
Online: danspaceproject.org

Presented as part of DANCE: Access, a self-production series administered by Danspace Project that serves independent choreographers and dance companies.

Suzanne Beahrs Dance

The company's mission is to share Suzanne Beahrs' artistic vision that investigates and celebrates the impermanent human experience through kinetically driven modern dance. We aim to bring more modern dance to more people by presenting this choreography in live and recorded performance and through teaching classes and workshops to all levels of dancers.

Suzanne Beahrs dances, teaches, and choreographs in New York City. Her work has been presented at many NYC venues including the 92nd St. Y, Judson Church, Cora Dance, FAB Festival, and Dance on the Greenway, commissioned by Dance Theater Etc. In the San Francisco Bay Area, Suzanne has shown her work at the Subterranean Arthouse in Berkeley as 2010 Artist in Residence as well as at the 2011 West Wave Dance Festival (ODC Theater). She has been called a "rising name" by The New York Times. Suzanne was on Dance New Amsterdam modern dance faculty until it closed, and has also taught at Dancewave. She is Education Manager at Cora Dance in Brooklyn, where she was previously a 3G (Give/Get/Grow) Resident Artist and has set choreography on the Cora Youth Company. Suzanne has performed with Mare Nostrum Elements, Dana Boll, Carol Mendes & Artists, and others (NY) and Ishika Seth and Dancers, Dance Ceres, Mo Miner, Christine Cali, and others (CA). Suzanne received her MFA in Dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and her BA in Geology from UC Berkeley.

For more information, visit www.suzannebeahrs.org and www.facebook.com/suzanne.beahrs.
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