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MAMA: a modern folktale
Additional title: MAMA, a modern folktale (Choreographic work : Seidman)
Seidman, Mary (Choreographer)
Seidman, Mary (Artistic director)
Spinei, Cristina, 1984- (Composer)
Young, Karen (Costume designer)
Marks, Barbara (Set designer)
Knowlton, Grace, 1932- (Set designer)
Byrne, Me gan (Lighting designer)
Vigier, Rachel, 1955- (Writer of accompanying material)
Brenner, Janis (Dancer)
Becker, Robin (Dancer)
Kent, Linda (Dancer)
King, Elisa (Dancer)
Marshall, Amy (Dancer)
Pivar, Amy (Dancer)
Viola, Lisa (Dancer)
Bradley, Laura (Dancer)
Dorn, Katie (Dancer)
Harrison, Elinor (Dancer)
Imai, Tomomi (Dancer)
Manza, Jolie (Dancer)
Turzyn, Heidi (Dancer)
Wontropski, Jessica (Dancer)
Starrs-Boyle, Mary (Singer)
Brenner, Janis (Singer)
Harrison, Elinor (Singer)
Jones, Runita (Singer)
Peterson, Imani (Singer)
Shaw, Debra (Singer)
La Mama Experimental Theatre Club (Presenter)
Keystone Dance Foundation (Presenter)
Mary Seidman and Dancers (Performer)
Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts (New York, N.Y.) (Performer)

Janis Brenner Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 2008-12-20
Table of Contents
Part I. The Dark Winged Night-The Death of Mama (The Earth) (13 min.) / guest artists, Robin Becker, Janis Brenner, Linda Kent, Elisa King, Amy Marshall, Amy Pivar, Lisa Viola. |||| Part II. What is Left Behind-The Profane Chaos: Falling Heads (2 min.) / The Company and La Guardia Students -- Surveillance Mama (8 min.) / guest artist, Janis Brenner -- Tree (6 min.) / guest artist, Amy Marshall with Company -- Arid Landscape (6 min.) / [guest artist, Linda Kent] with La Guardia Students, Rebecca Allen, Evelyn Chen, Anna Kravtzov, Ashley Gonzalez, Alexandra Quiroga, Ashley Wofford ; company dancers, Katie Dorn, Tomomi Imai -- Smoke (7 min.) / guest artist, Amy Pivar with Company -- Music interlude (3 min.) -- Flood (8 min.) / guest artist, Lisa Viola with Company, La Guardia Students, Mark Morris Student Dancers, Adults and Babies. |||| Part III. Celebration and Rebirth (To give birth to something new is an awesome responsibility): Wind (10 min.) / guest artist, Robin Becker with Company -- Grapefruits (5 min.) / The Company with Allegra Berman and Akiya Henry -- Flame (5 min.) / guest artist, Amy Pivar with Company -- Rainbow (Finale) (13 min.) / guest artist, Elisa King with Company, guest artists and entire ensemble.
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDVD 5-6945
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Statement of responsibility: artistic director/choreographer, Mary Seidman in collaboration with the dancers ; performed by Mary Seidman and Dancers and special guest artists ; presented by La MaMa etc. in association with Keystone Dance Foundation.
Creation/production credits: Original music, Cristina Spinei ; costumes, Karen Young ; set design, Barbara Marks (architect in collaboration with Grace Knowlton, sculptor) ; lighting design, Megan Byrne ; poetry, Rachel Vigier.
Performers: Performed by Mary Seidman and Dancers (artistic director, Mary Seidman): Laura Bradley, Katie Dorn, Elinor Harrison, Tomomi Imai, Jolie Manza, Heidi Turzyn, Jessica Wontropski ; guest artists: Robin Becker, Janis Brenner, Linda Kent, Elisa King, Amy Marshall, Amy Pivar, Lisa Viola ; La Guardia High School Students: Rebecca Allen, Evelyn Chen, Ashley Gonzalez, Synthia Kasabova, Anna Kravtsov, Stephanie Lee, Amanda Maggio, Lara McMahon Alexandra Quiroga, Chryl-Ann Soloman, Ashley Wofford ; young dancers from Mark Morris Dance School: Turiya Hamlet Adkins, Allegra Berman, Sophie Steinman-Gordon, Akiya Henry, Zoe Hockenberry ; cameo performances: Rachel Frank and Evelyn Worchester, Sophie Amieva and Margaux Amieva-Ungar, Amy Marshall and Pasha and Devlin Levy.
Venue: Videotaped in performance at The Annex Theatre at La MaMa, New York, N.Y. 2008 December 20.
Original version: Original format: 1 videodisc (DVD) ; 4 3/4 in.
Acquisition: Gift; Janis Brenner; 2012.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 videodisc (DVD) (87 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20027231
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 347d4a70-b2b7-0131-815a-3c075448cc4b
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "MAMA" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 2008.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "MAMA" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed September 28, 2023.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (2008). MAMA Retrieved from

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