POP: SYREN Modern Dance

May 4, 2023, 7:30 pm EDT



EARLY BIRD: First 14 tickets at $15


Performances run May 4-6, 2023, at 7:30 PM EST


As SYREN celebrates its 20-year anniversary, the company is proud to present Ithaka, a nine-section modern dance created by Kate Sutter in collaboration with the dancers of SYREN and set to the lively and dynamic music of LA-based composer and producer Calimossa.

Like the beloved Constantine Cavafy poem from which it takes its name, Ithaka honors and celebrates the idea of “the journey” as a worthy end in itself. Taking SYREN’s twenty rich years of dance-making as inspiration, Ithaka’s nine sections are placed in chronological order of the company’s history since its founding year of 2003, and range in mood from ecstatic to contemplative, boisterous to humbled, deeply reflective to exuberantly joyful. Ithaka captures the spirit of an ongoing quest, a quest not for a specific destination, but rather simply for the gift of continued passage – in this case, the passage of human bodies through space and time, spanning countries and decades, sharing with audiences and co-creators far and wide. SYREN invites you to join them in what is at once a retrospective on journeys past and a joyous embarking on those to come.

ABOUT SYREN Modern Dance

SYREN Modern Dance is a New York City-based modern dance company whose artists have been named United States Cultural Ambassadors by the Department of State. Now marking its 20th year of sharing dance, SYREN exists to embrace dance as a conduit of connection, communication, curiosity, and collaboration.

SYREN shares dance where people and students gather in classrooms, theaters, churches, temples, dance studios, over Zoom, in the grass, in art galleries, libraries, and museums in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina, Washington D.C., Texas, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Vermont, Paris, and Dubai.

In addition to hundreds of individuals, SYREN has received support from the following foundations and programs: Mid Atlantic Arts through USArtists International, a program in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Trust of Mutual Understanding, Aleph Fund, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Dance/NYC, Jewish Community Fund, Queens Council on the Arts, Particle Fever, Harkness Space Grants (92nd Street Y), The Chelsea Art Museum, and by residencies at DanceNOW/NYC’s Silo and DTW’s Outer/Space.

Learn More at syrendance.org


POP provides the dance community with increased support for showings and performances.

POP enables dance artists to self-produce performances and showings at Gibney through a curated rental process. Artists can participate in POP through Performances, Showings, or Open Rehearsals. POP Performances offer a three-night run in The Theater (Studio H) at 280 Broadway. POP Showings & Open Rehearsals are more informal showings in our studios.


All events take place at our 280 Broadway location, across from City Hall. The main entrance for this location is at 53A Chambers Street. Gibney 280 Broadway is an accessible venue. This event will take place on the 2nd floor of Gibney in The Theater, which is accessible via elevator from the main entrance at 53A Chambers Street.


Image Description: Lead Photographer: Alice Chacon, Assistant Photographer: Emilee Pratt, five dancers, all costumed in bright orange with blue accents, toss one dancer up into the air against a white background.