January (date TBD)
When Executive Director of Dance New Amsterdam Catherine Peila asked choreographer and storyteller Mark Lamb to be a part of an ongoing discovery of identity, outsider/visionary artists and Americana, he never realized the odyssey that would ensue. Peila charged Mark with the mission to find an undiscovered visionary artist in his native South. The woman he found is Mary T. Carson Clements, who happens to be the biological daughter of noted folk artist Zephra May Miller. The slice of “Americana” program will feature Mary’s artwork and Mark’s choreography. Music will be composed and played by the incomparable folk singer/songwriter Terre Roche.
Mark Lamb is a choreographer, dancer, storyteller, improviser, dance educator, and is well known for his collaborations between musicians and people of varying occupations and abilities. Mark hails from Kentucky and later Tennessee where he was a founding director of the cutting edge regional dance company Circle Modern Dance. After moving to New York in 2004 he began his company Mark Lamb Dance, and located his office at Dance New Amsterdam in their Subsidized Arts Space. He also became an artist in residence at Metro Baptist Church in Midtown Manhattan where he produces concerts and hosts his seasonal salon series. Mark’s work has been recognized by the New York Times as “quietly celebratory”, “an expression of communal joy” and “the quintessential New York experience.”