Mary Seidman: Dancer, Teacher, Choreographer, and Artistic Director of Mary Seidman and Dancers, began her early training with Shirley Ririe and Joanne Woodbury from Utah, two master choreographers and experts in the field of dance education for young people. Ms. Seidman also studied in Boston, Mass. with Susan Rose and Joy Kellman and upon arriving in New York in 1980, began training at the Merce Cunningham Studio and has been there ever since. She also studies ballet with Jocelyn Lorenz, in NYC.
Ms. Seidman is a faculty member at the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn, NY and the Third Street Music School in NYC. She currently tours colleges and universities as a guest teaching artist and choreographer, most recently working at North Carolina School for the Arts, Mt. Holyoke College, Baltimore Community College, University of Maryland, Emory University, Agnes Scott College, and Rhode Island University.
Since forming her company in 1990, her choreography has been described as "elegant and accessible," and "stunning…pure dance work with threads of emotional nuance woven into the whole"…and "cutting edge choreography and bravura execution… be prepared for the sacred and profane, Seidman spares no emotions." The company performs at such well known venues as Carnegie Hall, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Symphony Space, Jacob's Pillow, St. Mark's Danspace Project, Symphony Space, The Flea Theater, La MaMa E.T.C., the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in SC. The company has a strong outreach program, performing in museums, outdoor stages, aquariums, schools, and outdoor festivals most recently in 2005 with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Outdoor Festival Sitelines 2005.
A gifted teacher, Ms. Seidman won the honored Hilla Ribay Teaching Artist Award in 1998 from the Solomon Guggenheim Museum's Learning Through Art Program. Ms. Seidman has been invited as a guest teacher to several arts conferences and symposiums and is known for her excellence in teacher training as well as her specialty with children of all ages. She has also taught through the Young Audiences of NJ, CT., and NY, Morris NJ Arts Council, Suffolk County, NY BOCES, Duchess County and Westchester County NY BOCES, New York Foundation for the Arts, Early Stages Program, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, and has been on faculty at Peridance Center, NYC. From 1990-98, Ms. Seidman created and operated her own school of dance, teaching New York City children, ages 18 months to 13 years of age and most recently teaching at Duke, New World School of the Arts, Rutgers, and Long island University.
A Virginia native, Katherine Ellis has been dancing with Mary Seidman and Dancers since 2013. After graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.F.A. in Dance and Choreography, she moved to New York and has since worked and performed with Sharyn Korey, Nicole Sabella, If/Then Dance Company, Jessie Jeanne and Dancers, and Rebecca Rice Dance. When not dancing, Katherine is a fitness instructor and personal trainer at Uplift Studios and the Bari Studio.
Henoch is a native of Cape Verde Islands. He began his classical training with Jose Mateo's Ballet Theatre, graduating from the Young Dancers Program in 2006 to become a full company member in 2007. He spent one year at the Hartt School, where he danced with Full Force Dance Company, a local contemporary dance company run by Katie Stevenson-Nolet. Henoch has also received training in traditional Malian dance with Sedo Coulibaly of Mali and modern technique with Lacina Coulibaly of Burkina Faso. In 2010, Henoch left Jose Mateo's company to dance with Teatrul de Sibiu of Romania for one season. After returning to Boston, Henoch began work with Prometheus Dance in 2011–2012. Soon after, He moved to NYC to dance at the Metropolitan Opera for one season. He's recently finished his yoga teacher training and is teaching yoga full time.
Jessica Einhorn grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, where she trained at Ballet Workshop of New England. In addition to dancing with Mary Seidman and Dancers, she has performed with The Metropolitan Opera, Nimbus Dance Works, Thang Dao Dance Company, and Miami-based, Latin dance group, SalsaCraze. In 2012, Jessica was awarded a residency with the Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Art, Nature, and Dance (iLAND).
Beau Dobson received his BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and spent time at the ADF performing pieces by Martha Clark, Bill T. Jones, Paul Taylor, Ishmael Houston-Jones, and Jodi Melnick. Beau has performed pieces and worked with dancers from Pilobolus, Merce Cunningham, Twyla Tharp, Erick Hawkins, Ralph Lemon, and Trisha Brown. Beau Dobson has performed in Los Angeles, Boston, Washington DC, Nashville, Baltimore, Atlanta, and others scattered across the eastern United States. He currently resides in NY performing with several different artists and companies on both coasts, and is working with a director for an upcoming short film.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE : Teacher
2011 College of St. Elizabeth, Morristown, NJ
2011 Long Island University CW Post Campus
2010 Rutgers University, Long Island University CW Post Campus
2010 Duke University, New World School of the Arts and Dickinson College - Master classes
2010 Berkeley Carroll High School, Brooklyn, NY - full semester adjunct
2008 University of Maryland Choreographic Residency
2007 Agnes Scott College; Emory University; Baltimore Community College; University of Maryland; Mt. Holyoke; North Carolina School for the Arts; Greater York Center for Dance Education, York, Pa. – Guest Artist
2006 North Carolina School of the Arts, Roger Williams University, R.I.; E. Stroudsburg University, Pa., Guest artist
2001-11 Mark Morris Dance Center, Brooklyn, NY Teaching adults, intermediate, beginner, children
2002-11 Third Street Music School, NYC, NY Movement education classes for pre-school
2004-05 Duchess County BOCES, Chappaqua school system educational residencies
2000-05 Young Audiences CT., NY, NJ Arts in education residencies.
2004 NJPAC, Newark, NJ Educational residencies
1999-00 Early Stages, Inc. - Drama and dance to public school children
1998-99 Jamaica Arts Center- Project Arts, Project Read Integrating Dance into the curriculum.
1997-99 Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Learning Through Art Program
1996-00 Suffolk County BOCES sponsored programs
1995-98 Village Community School, NYC. Artist in Residence.
1995-08 Challenge Camp, New Rochelle, NY. Artist in Residence (Summer)
1990-98 Keystone Dance, Inc. NYC, NY Artistic Director, Classes for toddlers, teens and adults.
1987-90 Peridance Center, NYC, NY Faculty Member. Classes for toddlers, teens, adults.
1983-84 Martin Luther King High School, NYC, NY Urban black students.
1972-75 Gateway Regional School District. Huntington, MA. Language Arts. Junior High.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE : Performer
1975 - Present Freelance Dancing:
Daniela Hoff Inside Dance
Laura Shapiro Dance
Nancy Zendora Dance Company
Douglas Dunn and Dancers
Brenda Daniels and Dancers
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE : Movement Therapist
1976-81 Cambridge-Sommerville, Mass. Mental Health Program for physically and emotionally-disabled children ages 1-5. AMIC (Association for Mentally Ill Children). Work with autistic children, ages 8-14, in after school recreation program. Harvard Law Preschool. Work with normal five year-olds. Columbus Nursing Home, Boston, Mass. Work with geriatric and emotionally ill middle aged adults. Private Practice Pilot School. Cambridge, Ma. Individual work with severely learning disabled high school senior. Gateway Regional School District, Huntington, Ma. Work with children, aged 8-14 in summer recreational drama program.
1981-08 Merce Cunningham Dance Studio, Douglas Dunn, (modern)
2000-08 Jocelyn Lorenz and Christine Wright, (ballet) Marjorie Mussman, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company.
1975-80 Susan Rose, Joy Kellman DANCEWORKS, Boston, Ma.
2009-10 M.F.A. Dance, Hollins University. Thesis: "Of Sound Mind and Body", American Dance Festival.
1979-81 M.S. Education. Movement Therapy, Lesley College, Cambridge, Ma. Thesis: "Movement Therapy Applied to Children with Learning Disabilities." Based on psychoanalytic theory of Dr. Judith Kestenberg, Head of Child Development and Research Program, LI, NY.
1968-71 B.S. Education, Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pa. ; Minor: English.
CHOREOGRAPHER : 1975-Present
1990-present Mary Seidman established Keystone Dance Foundation, Inc. and is Artistic Director. This non-profit organization, which operates out of its own private dance studio, promotes and produces choreography for the NYC dance audience under the name Mary Seidman and Dancers.
Majorly Independently Produced Concerts:
2008 The Ailey Citigroup Theater - WeDOGS
2005 The Merce Cunningham Studio-All Things Fall Away
2003 The Merce Cunningham Studio-Who Will Roll Away the Stone?
1998 Arts at University Settlement House - Scan Lines
1997 EVENTS at St. Mark's Church Danspace - Heart Meridians
1996 Merce Cunningham Studio - Progressions
1995 Dia Center for the Arts - Between The Lines
1994 Dia Center for the Arts - The Gardener
1993 Merce Cunningham Studio - Lolo
1990 Merce Cunningham Studio - Stone Soup
1986 Emanu-el Midtown YM-YMHA - Two Dances
1984 St. Mark's Church - Prisons & Palaces
1984-2006 Concerts Performed in Dance Artist in Residencies:
Brooklyn Academy of Music; Jamaica Arts Center and Department of Cultural Affairs; Residency Programs through "Learning Through Art" Guggenheim Museum, New York Foundation for the Arts, and Private Consulting: Bayshore, LI., Port Jefferson, LI; Suffolk County BOCES Arts Symposium; Westchester County BOCES; Amityville, 184 and PS 232 Queens; PS 84 and PS 3 Manhattan; Fairfax, Va.; Doylestown, Pa., and East Side Settlement House, Bronx, NY; PS 124 Queens; East New York; Plainedge District Schools, LI; Coney Island, NY; Far Rockaway, NY: Brooklyn, NY Districts 21 and 22. Amagansett, NY. Village Community School, NYC, Horace Mann Lower School, Riverdale, NY; "Young Audiences of Connecticut," "Young Audiences NY," and "Arts America," "Young Audiences NJ," Morris Arts Council of NJ.
WORKS PRODUCED BY:
2011 The Messier Project; Long Island University/CW Post Campus at Symphony Space
2011 The Messier Project; La MaMa Moves! Festival at the Ellen Stewart Theatre
2011 The Messier Starship-World Science Festival; The Eisner-Lubin Auditorium, The Kimmel Center
2010 Of Sound Mind and Body; Reynolds Industrial Theater, American Dance Festival, Durham, NC
2010 Of Sound Mind and Body; Triskelion Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY
2008 MAMA, a modern folktale; La MaMa Annex Theater
2007 Thang Dao Contemporary Dance Festival; Connecticut Meets NY Festival
2007 La MaMa ETC. "La MaMa Moves" Spring Festival. Who Will Roll Away the Stone?
2005 SITELINES, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council/ River to River Festival: Bridges; Freewheeling
2005 The Flea Theater, NYC, Dance Conversations
2004 Battery Dance Company's 23rd Annual Downtown Outdoor Dance Festival Two works
2004 Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Inside Out Stage: Tides, Who Will Roll Away the Stone? Homage
2004 Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Charleston, SC, Four works
2004 Symphony Space, NYC Who Will Roll Away the Stone?
2003 MetroArts Thirteen Broadcast on Cable Network Dance Series-Who Will Roll Away the Stone?
2003 Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Charleston, SC Who Will Roll Away the Stone?
2003 The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ Reef
2002 The 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance SUNDAYS AT THREE Who Will Roll Away the Stone?
2001 Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, "From the Horse's Mouth," by Croll/Cunningham
2001 Carnegie Hall, "Natural Blues", Marble Collegiate Church Gospel Choir Concert
2001 American Museum of Natural History The Whales' Song
2000-01 Tribeca Performing Arts Center The Whales' Song
2000 Tribeca Performing Arts Center Mary Seidman & Dancers & Friends
1999 John G. Shedd Aquarium, Chicago, Il. Reef
1999 Dancers Responding to Aids Benefit Eden
1999 Soundance Repertory Company Eden
1999 Tribeca Performing Arts Center Force Fields
1998 Liberty Science Center, Jersey City, NJ (commission AT&T) Force Fields
1997 Dancers Responding To Aids Benefit Heart Meridians
1997 Soho Arts Festival Reef
1996 92nd Street Y- Dances at Noon Series- Reef
1996 Solomon R. Guggenheim's Peter B. Lewis Theater Reef
1996 American Museum of Natural History Reef
1996 Jacob's Pillow Inside Out Program Collections
1995 Brooklyn Academy of Music Young People's Performing Arts Program Dance Is
1995 Marble Collegiate Church site specific liturgical dance He Is Alive
1994-95 American Museum of Natural History's Kaufmann Theater Dance Is
1994 Staten Island Children's Museum Dance Is
2010 Dance Teachers, Architects of the Body and Soul published in Dance Teacher Magazine September Issue.
1988 Learning from the Joy of Dance published in Big Apple Parents' Paper, NYC
1974 What is Learning? Article published in Project Adventure Journal / Outward Bound Adventure Program
1990-present Keystone Dance Foundation, Inc., Artistic Director, Executive Director
1987-89 Peridance, NYC. Coordinator of Children's Dance Program.
1981-83 Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation. Assistant to Officer of Development.
1978-80 DANCEWORKS Modern Dance Company, Boston, Ma. Manager - responsible for promotion, bookings, proposal writing, fundraising.
2010 Dance in the Pre-School Third Street Music School Teacher Workshop
2001 DANCE AS A LEARNING MEDIUM-New London, CT. teachers, Young Audiences CT.
1999 FACE to FACE Educational Conference- Video and Dance.
1999 John G. Shedd Aquarium, Chicago: - Workshop for museum docents.
1998 Suffolk County BOCES Annual Conference- Performance and workshop
1994,98,99 Brooklyn Academy of Music: Student and Teacher Workshop. Staten Island Children's Museum, "Howard Gardner's Multi-Intelligence" Workshop for Public School Teachers.
1975-95 University of Massachusetts, Boston, Ma. 1982 Arts Symposium for the Handicapped. Training clinical workers and teachers in the use of dance and drama as learning tools. EDC (Educational Development Center), Newton, Ma. Co-developed a high school curriculum concerning life and health issues of the elderly. Sommerville, Ma. Pilot tested a high school curriculum, acting as liaison teacher/developer between school and research organization. Fitchburg State Teacher's College, Fitchburg, Ma. Instruction in movement and dance principles for application in elementary education. Project Adventure, Hamilton, Ma. Authored a chapter in educational publication: "Teaching Through Adventure - A Practical Approach."
GRANTS AND AWARDS
2007-11 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council MCAF and Creative Communities; Harkness Foundation; Bernstein Family Foundation, Peter S. Reed Foundation, Harnisch Family Foundation, ISO, JP Morgan Chase Matching Grants
2007 BETA Fund, Harkness Foundation for Dance, LMCC's fund for Creative Communities, LMCC's MCAF.
2005 Meet the Composer-Creative Connections
2000 The Manhattan Borough President's Office
2000-05 The Beta Fund
1998 AT&T New Experiments in Art and Technology
1998 Hilla Rebay Outstanding Teaching Artist Award- The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
1998 Department of Cultural Affairs
1998 Lower Manhattan Cultural Arts Council's Fund for Creative Communities.
1998-05 The New York Community Trust
1997 Manhattan Cultural Arts Fund-Borough President's Office.
1996-05 Harkness Foundations for Dance
1995 Chase Manhattan Bank; Helena Rubinstein Foundation; Citibank.
1982 Finalist Award in Massachusetts Artists Council Choreography Competition.
NON-PROFIT BOARD MEMBERSHIP
1990-present Mary Seidman established Keystone Dance Foundation, Inc. and is Artistic Director. This non-profit organization, which operates out of its own private dance studio, promotes and produces choreography for the NYC dance audience under the name Mary Seidman and Dancers.
2003-05 HEALTH, EDUCATION, and SOCIAL ISSUES COMMITTEE
Columbia Grammar and Prep School Parent Association-activist group that plans forums, lectures, and Committees.
2004-05 CAREER INTERNSHIP COMMITTEE
Columbia Grammar and Prep School-Co-direct group that researched, planned, and initiated summer Career mentoring program for high school sophomores and juniors._
Mary Seidman and Dancers is sponsored by Keystone Dance Foundation, Inc., a not for profit, 501C3 organtization which accepts tax-deductible contributions.
Founded in 1990, Mary Seidman and Dancers exists to further the growth of modern dance as a valued art form in society and help dance serve as a catalyst for learning, awareness, and physical development.
Mary Seidman - Artistic Director, President
Lauri Lauterbach - Chair
Josefine Tenebackj - Vice President
Olga Timoshkina - Treasurer
Jonathan Ginter - Communications
Dr. Ruth Day
Mary Seidman and Dancers is a New York City modern dance company sponsored by Keystone Dance Foundation, Inc., a non-for-profit organization.
Keystone Dance Foundation, Inc. exists to further the growth of modern dance as a valued art form in society, and to help dance serve as a catalyst for learning, awareness, and physical development. It also promotes dance in educational institutions, schools, museums, public theaters, and dance performance arenas.
The company and our foundation, Keystone Dance Foundation, Inc. are grateful to the following friends and donors who made "Of Sound Mind and Body" possible:
Arthur and June Abrams, Robert Atwood, Ellen Banner, Hellen Berry, Marie Bogle, Leslie and CJ Cash, Brenda Daniels, Robert and Joan Dorn, Ingrid Edwards, Linda Eagan, Dan and Bunny Gabel, Jr., Jane and Romaine Gardner, Ellen Gesmer, Kerry Greene, Larry Greene, Kathleen Henkel and Gerry Raphael, Shelley and Rich Holzman, Dion Jeckel, Linda Kent and Nicholas Lyndon, Paul Kimball, Elisa King and David Farer, Laurie Lauterbach, Eleanor Lazarus, Fran LoCasto, Barbara Marks, Lynn and Geoff Mayo, Michael Meagher, Jane Meryll, Elise G. Paquette, Albert Reid, Ellen Robbins, Richard Schwartz, Ruth Seidman, Monika and Fred Sisbarro, Josefine Teneback, Anne Thibodeau, Paul and Karen Vershbow, Floyd and Jane Warren, Howard and Nancy Waxman, Marisa Zalavack. Also: Bridgewater Advisors, Inc., The Leonard Bernstein Family Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, ISOMatching Gifts Program, Charles Schwab, JP Morgan Chase Matching Gifts Program.
2015 Performance Schedule
Mary Seidman and Dancers at the 92nd Street Y - Fridays at Noon
The Remy Charlip Retrospective Project - January 23, 2015.
"Let's Make Something Up" (a tribute to Remy Charlip) - for K-5 at The Bank Street School for Children, NYC
2014 Performance Schedule
Mary Seidman and Dancers at Symphony Space - APAP Performance STAMPEDE - January 12, 3 PM. KITH
Mary Seidman and Dancers at PS 89 - KITH
Mary Seidman and Dancers at Brooklyn Arts Exchange - KITH
Mary Seidman and Dancers at Academy of Charlemont, Massachusetts - KITH
Mary Seidman and Dancers - The American Dance Guild Festival 2014 - December 6, 2014 Ailey Citigroup Theater. The Towel Dance.
"Let's Make Something Up" (a tribute to Remy Charlip) for K-5 at PS 89 - Tribeca, NYC
2013 Performance Schedule
NYSSSA Dance Program - Saratoga Springs - July-August
Skidmore College - Lecture - The History and Agency of the NEA
Mary Seidman and Dancers at Bank Street School for Children - KITH
Mary Seidman and Dancers at American Dance Guild Festival 2013 at 92nd Street Y - November
2012 Performance Schedule
Mary Seidman and Dancers at College of St. Elizabeth - The Messier Project
Queens College Teaching - Guest Teacher
Palm Beach Atlantic University - Guest Artist
Bank Street School for Children - Guest Teacher
2011 Performance Schedule
January-May: LIU/CW Post Campus Choreographic Commission - Brookville, NY
May 3: Symphony Space Excerpts of The Messier Project - LIU/CW Post Student Showcase
May 28,29: The Messier Project - La MaMa Moves! Festival
June 5: The Messier Starship - The World Science Festival, Eisner-Lubin Auditorium, The Kimmel Center, NYU
August 1-26: Company Rehearsals Phase II The Messier Project
August 31: Works in Progress Showing - College of St. Elizabeth
2010 Performance Schedule
February 16: Guest Master Class - Duke University, Durham, NC
March 15: Guest Master Class - New World School of the Arts, Miami, FL
April 23: Guest Master Class - Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA
May 9: APAP Showing - American Dance Guild Performance
July 24-25: Company performance "Of Sound Mind and Body" - American Dance Festival, Durham, NC
October 29: Guest Teaching - Long Island University / CW Post Campus Dance Dept., Brookville, NY
November 5: Guest Teaching - Rutgers University Dance Dept., New Brunswick, NJ
2009 Performance Schedule
January 10: APAP Showing - City Center Studios, NYC
June 11 - August 15: APAP Showing - American Dance Festival, Durham, NC
September 10-13: APAP Showing - American Dance Guild Performance
November: Fall Fund-Raiser
2008 Performance Schedule
January 26 and 27: "WeDOGS" Premiere Performance - Ailey Citigroup Theater, NYC
February: Guest Teacher and Choreographer - University of Maryland/College Park, Baltimore, Maryland
March: "Who Will Roll Away the Stone?" - ACDFA Conference, Goucher College, Baltimore, Maryland
April 11: Works in Progress - 92nd Street Y, NYC
May 9-10: Dance Arts Exchange - North Carolina School for the Arts, Winston Salem, NC
July 2: Marble Collegiate Church "God and Spirituality" performance
June-August: Teaching Residency - Musical Theater - Challenge Camp, Tuckahoe, NY
September 7: WeDOGS performance - Chatham, NY
October 2: Work in Progress Showing of MAMA, a modern folk tale - Ailey Studios, NYC
February—November: Rehearsals for Premiere of "MAMA at La MaMa" - La MaMa e.t.c., NYC
November: One month rehearsal residency - La MaMa e.t.c., NYC
December 18-21: "MAMA, a modern folktale" Premiere Performance - Annex Theater of La MaMa e.t.c., NYC
2007 Performance Schedule
January: Guest Teacher and Choreographer - Agnes Scott College, Atlanta, Georgia
January: Guest Teacher - Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
February: Guest Teacher and Choreographer - Community College of Baltimore County, Baltimore, Maryland
March: Guest Teacher - Mt. Holyoke College, Holyoke, Massachusetts
May: Guest Teacher - North Carolina School for the Arts, Winston Salem, NC
May: "Who Will Roll Away the Stone?" - La MaMa Moves! Festival at La MaMa e.t.c., NYC
June—December: Full rehearsal schedule for creation of "WeDOGS"
August: Guest Teacher - Greater York Center for Dance Education, York, Pennsylvania
October 6: "Who's the Alpha?" - Showcase performance, Crystal Theater, Norwalk, CT
October 12-14: Restaging "Who Will Roll Away the Stone?" - Community College of Baltimore County, Baltimore, Maryland
November 3: "Who's the Alpha?" - Dance New Amsterdam, NYC
November 2 and 4: "Who Will Roll Away the Stone?" - Showcase Performance - Ailey Citigroup Theater, NYC
2006 Performance Schedule
January: Guest Teacher and Choreographer - East Stroudsburg University, East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
February: Guest Teacher and Choreographer - Roger Williams University, Bristol, Rhode Island
May: Arts Exchange Week-End - North Carolina School for the Arts, Winston Salem, NC
2005 Performance Schedule
January 8: APAP Showcase - Dance Theater Workshop, NYC
March 10 - 12: All Things Fall Away - Merce Cunningham Studio, NYC
June 2 - 4: BRIDGES, Part of the River To River Festival 2005 - multiple sites
June 11, 12 and 18, 19: FREEWHEELING BIKE PROJECT, Part of the River To River Festival 2005 - multiple sites
2004 Performance Schedule
January - April: Rehearsals on new work - International Children's Showcase, Annenburg Center, Philadelphia, PA
February - April: NJPAC Teaching Residency
February-March: Teaching Residency - Chappaqua, NY
April 29: Showcase Young Audiences of Connecticut
May 4: Benefit Fund-raiser- "WHO WILL ROLL AWAY THE STONE?" and HOMAGE premiere - TRISHA BROWN DANCE STUDIOS, NYC
May 15: "WHO WILL ROLL AWAY THE STONE?" - "WHO WILL ROLL AWAY THE STONE?", NYC
June 10 & 11: Two hour long repertory performances - Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Charleston, SC
July 2: "WHO WILL ROLL AWAY THE STONE?", TIDES, premiere of HOMAGE - Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Inside Out Stage, Becket, MA
site specific works
young people's concerts
reportory list 1980-2008
Colleges and Universities
Of Sound Mind and Body (2010)
MAMA, a modern folktale (2008)
Who Will Roll Away the Stone? (2003)
Thang Dao Contemporary Dance Festival (2007)
CT Meets NY Dance Festival (2007)
Battery Dance Downtown Festival (2004)
Jacob's Pillow Inside Out Festival (2004)
Piccolo Spoleto Festival (2004,2003)
Liberty Science Center (1998)
top: Homeage (2004)
Photographer: Deborah McLaughlin
bottom: Eden (2000)
Photographer: Mary Seidman
top: Freewheeling (2005)
Photographer: Andre Costantini
bottom: Bridges (2005)
Photographer: Andre Costantini
THE MESSIER STARSHIP
Mary Seidman and Dancers and composer Bruce Lazarus will fly you through the universe with live dance and musical performance enhanced by beautiful visual projections of star clusters, galaxies, and time travel. Carter Emmart, Director of Astrovisualization for the American Museum of Natural History guides us from the earth into outer space with his 3-D atlas of journey to the stars as six dancers and pianist create stunning performances depicting astronomer Charles Messier's Elliptical-Spiral Galaxy, Ring Nebula, Whirlpool Galaxy, and Pleiades star cluster on stage. Brief scientific narratives describe each galactic object, the dance, and the musical compositions as the audience experiences the universe through live performance. Interactive workshop for audience participants on stage with dancers after the performance. 15 minute- performance. 15 minute workshop. Appropriate for ages 8 and up.
REEF with commissioned score by contemporary composer Tom Pile, costumes by Suzanne Gallo and Karen Young, and choreography by Mary Seidman, this work teaches and inspires young audiences to become more aware of the ecology of the ocean, while also engaging their aesthetic perceptions of art and dance. School aged children who are studying ocean life will especially benefit from this "trip into the deep." Octopus, Sea Slug, Lobster, Jellyfish, Clownfish, and Dolphins are represented in this work.
DANCE IS (pre-K-6) Highly interactive with the audience, this 45 minute performance demonstrates through visual and movement metaphors the many ways we can see and perceive dance in everyday life. Five dancers dress as detectives, probing and studying the world with large magnifying glasses. Six different dances plus an audience participation section expose children to a way of looking at art as well as the world around them!
THE WHALES' SONG is a fifty minute dance drama for school and family audiences, featuring the beautiful voice of actress Susan Sarandon recorded to music, narrating the complete story by children's author, Dyan Sheldon. This performance is a true integration of literature, intergenerational dance/drama, puppetry, and music woven together to depict the story of Lilly, her grandmother, great-uncle and the magic of singing whales.
Mary Seidman and Dancers was founded in 1990 to serve as a catalyst for the physical, emotional, intellectual and social development of dance artists and the general public through the creation and presentation of original contemporary dance works. Seidman approaches choreography as a communicative, interactive form that can provide an accessible way for audiences and participants to learn about their social natures. Her work has been commissioned for venues specifically because of its broad appeal and approachable subject matter.
Complementing her creative work, Seidman has worked for many years as a dance educator in public and private schools, colleges and universities. With her company she has presented site-specific work in science and art museums, outdoor festivals, and mental health facilities. The company's core consists of trained professional dancers; however, 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.
REEF (1996) Photographer: Denise Jones Adler
2008 MAMA, a modern folktale An 80 minute evening length work, premiered at La MaMa Annex Theater, NYC. The company of seven women dancers are juxtaposed next to seven stellar guest artists from the NYC dance world who dance solos and group pieces with the company. Cast includes twelve high school students, five young child dancers, four babies, six live singers to original music by Juilliard composer Cristina Spinei, in an epic piece depicting the voices of "Mother Earth" and women in a time of global change.
Costumes: Karen Young; Set design: Barbara Marks; Lighting: Megan Byrne
2008 WeDOGS A one hour evening length work exploring the animal nature in man and the human qualities we assign to "man's best friend." Premiered January 2008 at the Ailey Citigroup Theater.
2005 Freewheeling A site specific dance for the NYC bike path, involving ten dancers on bicycles, migrating from the East Side to the West Side of Manhattan, stopping at seven different locations, performing a ten minute dance with live accompaniment on the bikes: bells, horns, and whistles.
2005 Bridges Nine dancers weave in interconnected fashion through the streets of NYC, stopping at three specific locations to build a series of twenty body bridges, based on the design of real bridges. This piece sends a peaceful, non-violent message to pedestrian tourists, businesspeople, New Yorkers.
2005 MAMA Set to music by Edgar Meyer, this work is a six minute technically challenging and evocative piece for two female dancers.. The dance is inspired by and celebrates the relentless energy, drive, and creative life force of all women. A prototype of the larger work to premiere in 2008 at La Mama e.t.c. Songbird A trio, danced to an Appalachian folk hymn, explores the soul's search for life after death. Picture Perfect a duet between a mother and an eight year old daughter, playing with the intricacies of the deep attachment between the two generations.
2004 Homage a sixteen minute suite of five dances to lively traditional Celtic tunes, combining ballet, modern, and folk dance steps and rhythms danced by five dancers
2002 Who Will Roll Away the Stone? a fifty minute evening length work for eight company members and fifty extra ensemble dancers. A metaphor about impermanence and change.
2001 Natural Blues sextet accompanying a 150 person gospel choir, performed at Carnegie Hall, NYC with Marble Collegiate Gospel Choir Annual Concert.
2000 The Whales' Song a fifty minute intergenerational dance drama for children's and family audiences using six, six foot long puppets to form two eighteen foot long whales, re-telling the story in the book by the same name by author Dyan Sheldon.
1998 Force Fields A thirty-five minute quartet with video montage, dealing with the conflicts and harmonies of technology in our culture. Video: Charles Dennis. Music: Bruce Tovsky.
1997 Heart Meridians A forty minute piece with a cast of forty, ranging in age from seven to seventy. Based on "The Family of Man" by Edward Steichen. Music: Richard Einhorn. Video: Charles Dennis. Photography: Denise Adler.
1996 Autumn Piece A ten minute quartet, and five minute introduction with cast of twenty to music by Brahms.
1996 Reef A thirty-five minute sextet to commissioned music by composer Tom Pile, personifying underwater life in the coral reef. A lecture demonstration also exists.
1995 Between the Lines A twenty minute sextet, utilizing abstract and pedestrian movement to Robert Schumann's Kreisleriana.
1995 Hail O' Blessed One, He Is Alive A site specific liturgical quartet performed at Marble Collegiate Church for Easter Season.
1995 In This Corner A solo performance to live improvisational percussion.
1994 Bounce A ten minute quintet with beach balls as props.
1993 Sands A thirty minute work with five dancers and three children evoking images of shifting sands and the sea, and the ephemeral quality of relationships. Music: Richard Einhorn.
1993 Lolo A twenty minute lively duet satirizing the sometimes sorry state of love. Co-choreographed with Rick Guimond. Music: Bach and music of the Auverne.
1993 Dance Is A forty-five minute children's piece for five adult dancers geared for audience K-6.
1992 The Gardener A ten minute trio set to a sound mixture of poetry by Archibald MacLeish entitled "Eleven," and Music by Paul Winter and Andreas Vollenveider. An actor and a child dancer join Mary Seidman in an Auto-biographical piece concerning memory, leaning, and unconditional love.
1992 Playground A twenty-five minute piece with seven dancers to selections of Bach's Brandenberg Concertos.
1991 Solo Dances: Flame, Constitutional Performed to Haydn.
1991 From Here to There A twenty five minute solo piece for children concerning physical and psychic travel.
1990 Shades of Green A twenty minute dance for four professionals and three children to Franz Schubert's Piano Sonata in B Flat Major. Works with interdependence of the generations and images of Spring.
1990 Life's Little Wonders, Whirl, Twirl, Zip, Pop! Dance Is. Inside Outside, Upside Down, Dance of the Deep, Join the Circus, Peter Pan Majorly produced annual children's recitals choreographed, costumed, and set on students ranging in age from two-fourteen in Keystone Dance School Program.
1987 The Go of It A thirty five minute duet set to music by Toby Twining. Performed for children concerning "how to learn."
1986 Thunder Five dancers work to create abstract images of rolling, tumbling clouds.
1984 Slumbering Party A forty minute ensemble piece with five women and seven girls.
1982 Figurine A solo performed with live soprano accompaniment to music by Gustav Faure. The dance explores precarious use of weight and balance atop a pedestal table.
1980 Attachments Solo work with a wheelchair as partner, exploring situations arising out of interdependency.
Of Sound Body and Mind: A twelve minute multi media dance drama featuring an actress and five dancers exploring through text and sound the mind body connections with video projections throughout the piece, based on real life story of brain scientist Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor in her best seller My Stroke of Insight.
Original Music: Kristina Spinei, Video: Juen-uen Kim.
Curriculum Goals and Plans, Student Workshops, Residencies
Mary Seidman and Dancers modern dance company, based in New York City, exists to further the growth of modern dance in society and act as a catalyst for learning, growth, and physical development. Mary Seidman, Artistic Director, noted for her excellence as a dance educator, has twenty years of experience choreographing and teaching dance to young people in public and private schools, her own children's dance studio school, and science and children's museum programs. Her work for children has appeared at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, NY, the American Museum of Natural History, NYC, The Peter B. Lewis Theater at the Guggenheim Museum, NY, Staten Island Children's Museum, NY, the Manhattan Children's Museum, NYC, Liberty Science Center, NJ, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, NY, The John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, and countless other respected theaters. Ms. Seidman is the recipient of the prestigious Hilla Rebay Outstanding Teaching Artist Award from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum's Learning Through Art program in 1998.
* To integrate dance with academic curriculum, educating the student and the classroom teacher to envision dance as a "tool" for learning, and indeed, can act as the focal point for all curricula to merge, if the school, schedule, and priorities are in alignment.
* To train children to understand the development of technique as an important part of creating work. Children's natural movements, developed in a four or two week residency are "clarified" with emphasis on balance, gravity, rhythm, and proportion, strength, coordination, and endurance. (see Mary Joyce, Dance Technique for Children.)
* To train children to perceive, understand, remember, and imagine through the preverbal or nonverbal art form, dance.
* To expose children to performance experience at the end of a residency. This allows children to work towards a goal, to focus attention, act as a group committed to a larger purpose beyond themselves.
* To stimulate children to reach beyond their known limits of performance, understanding, imagination.
Because many schools in New York border the Atlantic Ocean, these communities are keenly aware of the vast underwater environments and its inhabitants. This geographic location is perfect as a springboard for learning through science and dance. "Dance of the Deep" a concert of works will premiere at the end of the residency, a study of underwater life from protozoa to dolphins, proceeding from lowest to highest on the food chain. The residency usually begins with a performance entitled REEF by Mary Seidman and Dancers' professional company. REEF is a fifty minute lectured demonstration/performance with live narration depicting the life and death struggles and interdependent relationships of ocean creatures.
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Residency Program in the Schools
By team teaching with classroom, science, or language arts teachers who will cover much of the research on the creatures, life cycles, flora of the underwater world, the dance teacher(s) will use the imagery and factual information to guide the learning process of creating dances and exploring movement. Young children have a passion for animals and "other worlds." The scene is set. The children have only to be invited into the world of the ocean through the mystery and magic and fun of dance. (The example above is just one of many themes Mary Seidman has found to be successful with children. Other themes include: The forest, outer space, and programs based on children's fine literature like Charlotte's Web, by E.B. White.)
Four weeks, class once a day, four classes. Each class receives twenty lessons in dance, each class forty-five minutes long. At the end of four weeks, a final dress rehearsal, performance with costumes created by the children or art teacher or parents from the community will act as a culminating event. This amount of time varies with the length of each residency. Four weeks is ideal, two week and one week residencies are possible.
Exploration of Movement and Technique-fifteen minutes
Creative Composition-fifteen minutes
Cool down-five minutes
"I was delighted by "REEF" knowing that our students would be exposed to modern dance by professionals who would make it entertaining, enlightening and accessible. But the final product exceeded even my hopeful expectations. Mary Seidman's background in education was apparent in her dealings with our students and our students truly benefited from her specialty. She brought out more in our children than a professional with any less commitment could have."
-Bari George, THE PORT TIMES RECORD
"I was delighted that your performance of "REEF" preceded the dance residency as it set the stage for a creative interdisciplinary learning environment. Clearly, each student was enriched by your dance residency and it created many opportunities for interdisciplinary studies, including art, music, science, language, and math."
-Dr. Esther Fusco, Principal, Port Jefferson Elementary School
"Mary Seidman was brilliant in teaching our entire third grade the nature of dance. She was able to instill in one hundred children, not only the basic elements of movement and body awareness, but also an ability to understand and express their affective attributes."
-William Bet, Principal, PS 174, Queens, NY
"Mary Seidman-1998 Recipient
-Hilla Rebay Outstanding Teaching Artist Award -The Soloman R. Guggenheim Museum
"Your group is to be commended for its interest, concern and commitment to our schools. On behalf of the parents, staff and students in the Brook Avenue School, I thank you again."
-Regina Vorwald, Principal Bayshore School District, L.I., NY
"The residency was the best cultural program for children I remember in my twelve years of teaching."
-Linda Rike,Teacher Bayshore School District, L.I., NY
"Our dance residency was a 'moving" experience-in every sense. The children were extremely involved, interested, and successful. The program was interdisciplinary and allowed the students to really understand academic subject matter."
-Karen Carrier, Site Coordinator Bayshore School District, L.I., NY
University Level Classes
Mary Seidman offers colleges and universities a residency package that can be customized to the needs of the school and students. Ms. Seidman has taught at such renowned conservatories and schools as North Carolina School for the Arts, Emory University, the University of Maryland, Mt. Holyoke, Community College of Baltimore County, Roger Williams University and others. Guest artist visits may last from one day for Master Classes to two week residencies with a strong repertory or choreography component.
Mary Seidman teaches all levels of modern technique in the style of Merce Cunningham. Having trained with Merce for over twenty years, Ms. Seidman has integrated the Cunningham warm-up and rhythmic structure of his classes into her own areas of movement expertise and style.
Ms. Seidman is also versed in ballet and can offer beginner, intermediate, advanced class.
With a Master's Degree in Dance Therapy, Ms. Seidman is an expert in understanding authentic movement and coaching students to find new and genuine ways of generating movement. Using imagery, problem solving, and storytelling, Improvisation classes are essential components in dance training and composition classes.
Composition and Repertory
With twenty-five years of experience as a choreographer in the NYC Downtown Dance Community and as Artistic Director of Mary Seidman and Dancers, Ms. Seidman commands the respect of dancers with her compositional tools. She is able to support the student in his/her search for a voice in choreography and stage presence. Ms. Seidman is available to choreograph new commissioned works on student groups and companies, or restage repertory works for student concerts and showings.
Mary Seidman and Dancers loves to perform, coach, and restage works at colleges and universities. Members of the company or the entire group is available for performance or teaching residencies.
" Mary Seidman has the innate ability to apply an established technique to each individual, awakening within him or her an understanding of how to set the movement gracefully upon their own bodies. She then applied the class work directly to rehearsals and thus the students had the opportunity to spend the entire time growing in knowledge and ability. I have been dancing and teaching for nearly twenty years on every level, and I have never seen a group of dancers improve more, or gain more understanding of their bodies and technique, in a shorter period of time. "
-Christian Richards, Director of Dance, Community College of Baltimore County
The New York Times - Jennifer Dunning, 2008
"WeDOGS is charming... imaginative... harrowingly beautiful. Mary Seidman has spent a lifetime watching dogs, and managed to make the dogs' antics as much dance as canine behavior."
NY The Daily News - Amy Sacks, 2008
"The choreography and language of one local dance company has cleverly gone to the dogs"
OffOffOff.com - Quinn Batson, 2008
"Seidman deserves kudos for the obvious hard work and relentless exploration of dog behavior involved in making WeDOGS. The dynamic range of this evening-length show is impressive. It would be easy to dismiss WeDOGS as choreographic folly, and some of it is, but the moments that work and the appreciation and laughter of the audience make it something more. Give choreographer Mary Seidman credit for finding good dancers, translating the tics and foibles of dogs to human bodies, and then fully exploring the possibilities."
The New York Times - Roslyn Sulcas, May 10, 2007
Who Will Roll Away the Stone? at La MaMa Moves Festival? May 5 and 6, 2007 "emotive and beautifully performed."
New York Press - Chris Dohse, June 18-19 2005
Freewheeling Sitelines Project---June 11, 12, 18, 19, 2005 12:30-2:00 PM "Sometimes an event reminds you to love New York.... I'm on my way to see the first of an installment of Mary Seidman's Freewheeling, a 10 minute or so traveling spectacle for dancers on bikes performed at seven stops across the southern tip of the island, part of Lower Manhattan's Sitelines series. The cyclists' synchrony is an immediate exercise in delight. They play David Homan's rhythmic score for bells, whistles and horns as they circle carefully with shy smiles. ... On the walk back uptown, the smacked-down scatter of the city seems synchronized and alive, reorganized by Seidman's ingenuity."
Charleston SC Tribune - Nada Arnold, June 11, 2004
Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Charleston, SC
"Cutting edge choreography and bravura execution by an exquisitely schooled, international cadre....be prepared for the sacred and the profane. Seidman spares no emotions."
The Village Voice - Deborah Jowitt, March 2003
"Who Will Roll Away the Stone?" at Merce Cunningham Studio, February 27, 28, March 1 and 2, 2003
"Seidman's accomplishment is the way she builds and deconstructs an architecture out of bodies without obliterating their humanity."
Connecticut Post - R.A. Cleary, March 1, 2002
"The Whales' Song," It was truly a whale of dance program. A New York Dance troupe, Mary Seidman and Dancers, made a splash as performers with puppets portraying 18 foot long whales were featured in a state premiere. The dancing was amazing."
The Big Apple Parents Paper - November 2000
"The Whales' Song," This fantastic and magical tale is brought to life by Mary Seidman and Dancers, in a dance performance for children integrating storytelling, music, and dance. Six dancers, three actors, and actress Susan Sarandon narrating the story.
The New York Times - Jack Anderson, November 25, 1997
"Heart Meridians" Mary Seidman and Dancers offered two ambitious works on Thursday night. The new Heart Meridians, inspired by the "Family of Man, " Edward Steichen's anthology of photographs celebrating human unity, and a poem by Carl Sandburg, in praise of all people. Photographs of faces and street scenes by Denise Adler were projected on a screen, as were video sequences by Charles Dennis showing dancers in motion. Choreographically, the work began well when a crowd marched through the church to a taped score by Richard Einhorn. Children and adults mingled together and evoked a busy city street."
The New York Times - February 13, 1995, Jennifer Dunning
"Between the Lines" at Joyce Soho, opens with a striking image of performers in dark, flapping overcoats coursing through bluish air. Some seem momentarily blind. Others shiver. Performed to Shumann's "Kresleriana" Between the Lines can be seen more rewardingly as a pure dance work with threads of vivid emotional nuance woven into the whole."
May 24, 1990, choreographer Kenneth King
"Shades of Green" Mary Seidman recently premiered a truly extraordinary dance, and it deserves to be seen more widely. Its beauty, strength and ambition surprise the viewer because we rarely see a major choreographer or company that even attempts to span and integrate the generations--a rare sight indeed. The dance shows a complete, assured, control of the art and craft of choreography---it is seamless, and transports the viewer beyond its structures and inner workings. It is an accomplishment of spirit and action, and is, therefore, thrilling to behold."
Mary Seidman and Dancers
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