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After 21 months without live performance, Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance is ecstatic to take the stage once again and we hope you will join us!

Mythologies is set to a commissioned score composed by Scott Killian (keyboard artist), Jacob Lawson (violinist and sound engineer) and Carol Lipnik--featured vocalist who will be performing live.This new work is inspired by the stories of Ancient Greece in and around the time of the Trojan War, depicting characters including sensual sirens, ferocious Amazonian warriors, and the devoted Band of Thebes.

The Amazon Warriors question how strength, grace, and femininity can co-exist in a single body using the percussive and ethereal qualities of the pointe shoe. Through a non-traditional application of pointe work, this piece celebrates the strength and ability of the women on stage without losing touch with their intrinsic femininity. We see a band of women reminiscent of Amazonian Warriors who are self-sufficient in and of themselves. They prepare for combat, honing attentive stillness, tension, and calculated release through archery, thrusting themselves into the air with a quiet, earthbound power. These dancers put forward a vision of full-bodied, qualified women whose varied inner lives and ways of occupying space lend strength and poignancy to their performance, defying stereotypes around what bodies are suited to ballet. Lavagninos continued research into Greek history inspired four new sections. She discovered the existence of a group of homosexual male warriors called the Band of Thebes, comprised of 150 male couples whose devotion and excellence made for one of the best armies in Greece. It is difficult to tell a story of this period without the representation of the mythological Sirens. They become the bards introducing each of the historically fictional characterizations. Lavagnino completes her dance with a partnering section bringing the male and female warriors into combative yet ardent coupling. This exploration of non-traditional gender roles continues as an undercurrent throughout Mythologies.

Choreography by Cherylyn Lavagnino
Score by Scott Killian in collaboration with the musicians
Musicians: Carol Lipnik and Jacob Lawson
Performers: Barrington Hinds, Claire Westby, Corinne Hart, Dervla Carey-Jones, Dorothea Garland, Emma Pajewski, Erin Gallagher, Gwendolyn Gussman, Jerard Palazo, Noah Wang, Philip Strom, and Sarah Schiffhauer
Lighting Design by Frank DenDanto III
Costume Design by Christopher Metzger
Special thanks to:
The ODonnell-Green Foundation for Dance and Live Music
The Catskill Mountain Foundation

This performance also includes excerpts of Tales of Hopper (2020). Tales of Hopper is the fruit of a collaboration between choreographer Cherylyn Lavagnino and composer Martin Bresnick inspired by the work of American painter Edward Hopper. This theater-dance work casts the dancers as figures plucked from selected Hopper paintings, illuminating human connections through gestural movement steeped in subtext, as Bresnick's original composition for piano, violin, and cello brings emotional undercurrents to the surface. Transparent set pieces reference Hoppers environments, contextualizing each of the eight vignettes as they unfold. Tales of Hopper marks a departure for Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance, asking each of the dancers to step into the new roles of actor and collaborator in the company's most character-driven work to date.

Choreography by Cherylyn Lavagnino in collaboration with the dancers
Score by Martin Bresnick
Musical credits: Lisa Moore (piano), Elly Toyoda (violin), and Ashley Bathgate (cello)
Performers: Claire Westby, Corinne Hart, and Justin Faircloth
Lighting Design by Frank DenDanto III
Costume Design by Christopher Metzger
Set Design by Jesse Seegers

This performance will not allow for late seating. Please allow plenty of time for your commute to the theater before the show begins.


Paul Taylor Dance Companys Sam Scripps Studio Theater (Ver)
551 Grand Street
New York, NY 10002
United States

Timezone: America/New_York
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