Love and greetings!
I hope my note finds you and your loved ones well and thriving!
With your help the past nine years, the modern dance awareness society, has been able to continue providing refugees, at the center of the crisis, in Athens, with the empowerment and joy of dance and theater. Since we are approaching the end of the tax season, we are reaching out to you with two opportunities to give.
- First, an opportunity to give to our Launch Good campaign which goes directly to the refugee participants of passTRESpass. We recently staged a benefit for refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, & Iran. The refugees performed live in Athens via Skype to a Times Square audience.
- Also, please consider a tax deductible donation to help us continue our work during this increasingly challenging time when the most vulnerable are facing xenophobia and violence.
To donate by check:
•Please make checks payable to The Field.
•Write Despina Stamos / tmdas in the memo
400 West 43rd St. 38C
NYC, NY 10036
To donate by credit card:
•Enter Despina Stamos / modern dance awareness society
•Click "Contribute" and follow the prompts
And again, many thanks, love and appreciation for your generosity which makes it possible to continue our work!!
This September, the modern dance awareness society danced for four weeks with refugees from Afghanistan, Iran, Syria and Pakistan, living at City Plaza solidarity refugee Hotel in Athens. Collaborating with Irene Siegel, Panagiotis Andronikidis and Maria Juliana Byck (composer/video artist), we created proximity, for the Outopias exhibition at the Benaki Museum.
Rehearsing via Skype, we continued with our Athens cast through November until our performance on the 19th and 20th.
Thank you to everyone that braved the cold and the seasonal madness of mid-town, to share thier presence with us and the refugees.Our refugee participants were happy to be heard!
We are looking forward to performing the show in the spring.
is the culmination of intensive community workshops at a collectively governed refugee-squat in Athens. Amidst rupture and dislocation, we ask: how can dance physicalize new conceptions of community? How can we insinuate excluded narratives into unwelcoming spaces? How can art make space for displaced bodies?
Conceived and directed by passTRESpass
: Despina Sophia Stamos and Irene Siegel in collaboration with the dancers of City Plaza Hotel Refugee residence, featuring Rahin Salimi, Mahmadullah Muhammadi, Benyamin Ahmadi, with NYC dancers Bianca Falco, Irene Siegel, Wen-Shuan Yang, Mary Catherine Donnelly, Sierra Steplewski and guest artists, Maria Juliana Byck (video and sound).
Initiated in 2007, by tmdas
co-founders, Despina Sophia Stamos and Wen-Shuan Yang, passTRESpass
Athens is a roving, interactive movement installation addressing questions of migration, home and borders. Irene Siegel has been a contributing collaborator in the project since 2015, and co-director of passTRESpass
2016. The project mobilizes the body as an expressive site of aesthetic and socio-political engagement. Welcoming a diversity of bodies into spaces they may or may not typically occupy, we aim to communally redefine what dance and embodied art can mean, and what it can do in the world. passTRESpass
is a project of the modern dance awareness society
, an experimental dance collective.
more on passTRESpass
Despina Sophia Stamos / Modern Dance Awareness Society
is a sponsored artist
with Performance Zone Inc (dba The Field), a not-for-profit, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization serving the performing arts community. Contributions to The Field earmarked for Despina Sophia Stamos / Modern Dance Awareness Society are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. For more information about The Field contact: The Field, 75 Maiden Lane, Suite 906 New York, NY 10038, phone: 212-691-6969 or fax: 212-255-2053 or for our national charities registration, . A copy of our latest financial report may be obtained from The Field or from the Office of Attorney General, Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271.