Art in Place / the Place of Art in collaboration with the department of Theater & Dance is proud to present "Mad Siren": a political, controversial and critically acclaimed work by the internationally renowned Israeli choreographer Idan Cohen. 
photo credit Naama Raz
It will be performed Saturday, February 16 at 8 PM & Sunday, February 17 at 2 PM, in Kirby Theater. Admission is free.  Open seating, no reservations required.

Driven by the sound of W.A Mozart's solo Piano Sonatas, "Mad Siren" follows the metamorphosis of a group of performers as they devote themselves and transform from passive listeners of the famous 18th century melodies into the very essence of the music itself.

Depicting a constant territorial fight in search of a refuge and a home, the piece evokes images of nesting and immigration, while raising questions regarding the nature of fear, and our lack of understanding towards what is different.

Within this musical and metaphorical bird's nest, we ask: What are the boundaries between the tangible body and the abstract music? Where does the movement originate and where does it end?

As a part of Idan Cohen's "Nesting” project, site-specific creations will be presented at Kirby Theater's foyer before the show, performed by and created in collaboration with 5 College students: Ellen Oliver, Hampshire College '16; Rebecca Steinberg, University of Massachusetts '13; Mei Maeda, Smith College '13; Salome Kokoladze, Smith College '14; Phil Dupont, Amherst College '12; and Troy David Mercier, Smith College MFA '16.

Idan Cohen was born and raised in Israel in Kibbutz Mizra, a socialist community.The kibbutz lifestyle has had a wide effect on his artistic life and work. He danced with the world-renowned Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company. Since 2005, Idan has been performing, creating and teaching as an international award-winning choreographer. A psychological sensibility, a keen sense of musicality, and a profound understanding of cultural context, lend Idan Cohen's work a rare combination of analysis and compassion.

The performance at Amherst College kicks off a tour that will bring the company to American University in Washington DC, Dance Place in Washington DC and Rutgers University in New Jersey.

Idan has toured with his work internationally and been invited as a guest artist and teacher worldwide. He is currently a Copeland Fellow at Amherst College in Massachusetts, choreographing and teaching for the Five College Dance program.

 The Copeland Colloquium 2012/13 is sponsored in part by the Amherst Art Series Fund.

These shows have also been made possible thanks to the generous contributions of: the Amherst 

College Department of Theater & Dance; the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the Israeli Embassy, NYC; the Israeli Embassy, Washington DC; the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, Western MA; the American University, Washington DC; Dance Place, Washington DC; Rutgers: The State University of New Jersey; Marge Goldwater and the Schusterman Foundation; the Choreographers’ Association, Israel; & the Israeli Ministry of Education and Culture. This production has been created as a part of a Schlos Brolin residency, Brolin, Germany.