In 2011, SYREN Modern Dance began exploring “The Art of Fugue” by Bach with the creation of the dance “Wayside Sacrament”. Inspiration for this dance came from an Emerson quote: “Never lose the opportunity to see anything that is beautiful. It is God’s handwriting - a wayside sacrament."
This exploration of Bach’s music allowed SYREN to meet Rick Erickson, who took a keen interest in SYREN’s work and the idea of presenting “The Art of Fugue” in its entirety during the Bach Vespers 2013-2014 Season. Located in the heart of New York City at 65th and Central Park West, Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity is in its 46th Season of presenting the composer’s music to the community. Named “New York’s Temple to Bach” (New York Times) and noted for its “valuable” contribution to the city’s arts community, Bach Vespers is one of New York’s most cherished cultural organizations.
This collaboration will provide SYREN the exceptional opportunity to perform with live accompaniment on Holy Trinity’s extraordinary 20 stop Fritts Organ made with the nation’s premier models of craftsmanship in the German Baroque tradition. “The Art of Fugue”, will be performed WITH live music May 2-3 & May 9-10, 2014 as the closing event to Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity’s 46th Season.
This creative process will be informed specifically by the beautiful site itself, and by February 2014 SYREN will be in residence rehearsing solely at Holy Trinity. With its signature copper spire (flèche), rose window and red entry doors on Central Park West, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church has been a very visible and prominent part of New York’s Upper West Side community for over a century. The present church building was completed in 1904, and SYREN is honored with this opportunity to create work in this unique space.
SYREN is inspired to begin its 11th season of sharing beauty, tenderness, and power through dance. As we look to the end of 2013, we hope you understand that you are also an integral part of this work. At this time we need to ask for your participation in helping SYREN to raise $7,000 toward this production. In order to support the dedicated dancers that make all of this work possible, we need to ask for your participation today. YOUR individual support will go directly to SYREN’s company members, costumes by SYREN’s resident costume designer Naomi Luppescu, as well as the marketing for this collaborative production.
Your choice to support SYREN now will be a decision to keep the arts alive and thriving. Thank you for your time and for your consideration.
Risks and challenges
SYREN has successfully produced 10 New York Seasons. The organization has a stable sense of fund-raising and allocation. There are certainly risks when taking on any project. Risks for this include finishing the dance piece/presentation, finalizing production details including costumes, lighting, marketing, and front of house operations, among others.
As far as creating and finishing the dance: SYREN has outlined the rehearsal process and has a goal structure for the timeline. This has worked well to outline the arc of the process in the past and ensure completion. There is a specific schedule of rehearsal and space already booked and this outline will be followed to be sure all aspects of presentation are intact.
SYREN is working with two talented designers for the costumes and the lighting design for the piece. Preliminary discussions with both designers have already taken place and in January 2014 work on these two elements of the production will begin to crystalize as work on the dance itself is farther along in its process.
The other production elements including marketing and front of house details will be handled in conjunction with the staff at Holy Trinity. In February 2014, marketing materials will start to be developed in order to have all postcards, online newsletters, press releases, and social media notifications in place by eight weeks prior to opening night on May 2, 2014. Simultaneously in February, the company will also begin gathering the necessary volunteers who will make up the "front of house/box office staff" for the performances. SYREN has learned from the last decade of production experience that spending the time well in advance to work out all of these details is what allows for the logistics for a complicated production to be in place in order for the art itself to take center stage.
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