SYREN Modern Dance: Ticktock - Reception to follow

AAAS-American Association for the Advancement of Science

Friday March 15th 2019 6:00 pm –  7:30 pm

SYREN Modern Dance and Paul Sutter team up to explore time. This investigation of time includes Einsteinʼs theories of Special and General Relativity, timekeeping and horology, memory, the Arrow of Time, time dilation, gravity, and perception of time. SYREN and Sutter travel through narrative sequences and highly physical movement throughout Ticktock, which explores scientific concepts rooted in physics illustrated through the lens of dance. This evening will illustrate the collaborators process as well as present excerpts of the dance. Please join us in the AAAS Auditorium on March 15th at 6PM for the performance. A reception will follow.

Ticktock is choreographed by Kate St. Amand to music composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Symphony No. 29 in A Major). The production is performed by Paul Sutter, Rivkins Christopher, Victoria Ellis, Jessica Nolan, Darcie Perkins, and Lynn Peterson.

This project is made possible by support from New York City's Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, The Ohio State University Division of Social and Behavioral Science, The Ohio State University Department of Psychology, The STEAM Factory at OSU, WCBE, Greater Columbus Arts Council, Aleph Fund, and Particle Fever Athletic.

About the Collaborators

SYREN Modern Dance is a New York City based company performing in Manhattan and the outer boroughs. Now in its 16th Season, SYREN is impassioned to explore, connect, and above all to seek and share knowledge through the art of dance. In New York City, SYREN has been presented by Gibney Dance Center, Chldrenʼs Museum of Manhattan, Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity, Green Space, Riverside Theatre, Symphony Space, 92ND Street Y, Dance Theater Workshop, Dixon Place, Queens Theatre in the Park, d.u.m.b.o. Arts Under the Bridge Festival, and St. Mark's Church. SYREN has self-produced performances at Baryshnikov Arts Center, The Ailey Citigroup Theater, University Settlement, John Jay Theater, and St. Francis Xavier. SYREN's visual arts partnership with The Art Students League of New York was exhibited at The Office of the Manhattan Borough President.

SYREN's commissioned work by composer Galeet Dardashti was presented by JCC of Manhattan, 92Y Tribeca, and Le Poisson Rouge.. SYREN has worked with students at P.S. 123, Ballet Tech, The Chapin School, Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School, and Mark Morris Dance Center. SYREN has been supported by grants from NYCʼs Department of Cultural Affairs, Queens Council on the Arts, Harkness Space Grants (92nd Street Y), The Chelsea Art Museum, The Jewish Community Fund, and by residencies at DanceNOW/NYCʼs Silo and DTWʼs Outer/Space. Outside of New York City, SYREN's has been presented by Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Cité Universitaire in Paris, Purchase College, Cambridge Science Festival, American Physical Society, Bach Society of Houston, Sacred Music at the Red Door, Midwest Regional Alternative Dance Festival, White Plains Performing Arts Center, Educational Center for the Arts and New Haven Ballet, and Grounds for Sculpture, among others. SYREN has engaged with students outside of New York at numerous schools in Texas, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.

Paul Sutter is a new, fresh voice in science communication. An astrophysicist, writer, speaker, producer, and on-air host everywhere from podcasts to TV, Paul strives to bring science to new audiences. By breaking down formidable concepts, emphasizing the human and artistic aspects of the scientific process, and making science accessible with his characteristic conversational, humorous approach, Paul is the one and only Agent to the Stars. An established scientist, Paul has authored over 60 academic papers on topics ranging from the earliest moments of the Big Bang, to the emptiest places in the universe, to novel methods for detecting the first stars. He received his PhD in Physics in 2011 as a Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellow, and prior to his current position he held research fellowships in Paris and Italy. He has given over 100 seminars, colloquia, and conference talks at institutions around the world. Paul's Ask a Spaceman podcast invites listeners to send questions via social media to answer on the show, and is now one of the top podcasts across all subjects globally. As a contributing editor to, his articles reach over 100,000 readers and are syndicated to CBS News, Scientific American, MSN, and more. A go-to expert for journalists and producers, Paul regularly appears on radio, TV, and in print, and consults on film and TV productions. His first book, Your Place in the Universe, was published by Prometheus Books in November 2018.


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