October 21 – October 22
OCT 21 - OCT 22; Friday and Saturday @ 8 PM

Executive Director, Crystal Field



OCTOBER 21 & 22 in the Johnson Theater at 8pm


MUSIC: Concetta Abbate

CHOREOGRAPHY: Wendy Osserman with Cori Kresge, Emily Vetsch, Vanessa Walters

LAMINARIA is a Folk Horror Chamber Suite evoking images of an underwater shadow ghost emerging from the deep. Laminaria is the Latin word for kelp which is used medicinally to induce labor in people seeking abortion. This hauntingly provocative music and dance piece serves as a metaphor for the cycle of birth and death and explores the need to break free from the demons confining our bodies even in contemporary society.

WENDY OSSERMAN DANCE has been presented since 1976 throughout NYC in dance venues including Theater for the New City. Osserman conveys her struggle to comprehend current events and history with drama and humor.  For Laminaria she is fortunate to collaborate with stellar dancers and to have original live music composed by Concetta Abbate.

“Osserman may be inspired by current events, but she’s a timeless rather than topical artist, and perhaps that’s why she has lasted so long.” — Leigh Witchel,     

“Ms. Osserman has been creating dances since the early 1970s… the work is provocative precisely because it feels like a new amalgam of some indefinable kind.” — The New York Times

CONCETTA ENSEMBLE has performed at the New Music and New Ideas Festival, the Ambient Chaos series, the Park Church Co-op Summer Festival and the Dimenna Center for Classical Music. She has received grants from The Rauschenberg Foundation, NYFA, Brooklyn Arts Council and DCA.  Abbate is a violinist, vocalist, composer and educator. Her ten instrumentalists come from a variety of backgrounds including jazz, free improvisation, folk and classical.  Laminaria was supported by New Music USA’s Creator Development Fund.

“Violin and delicate vocals that float between the worlds of Modern Classical, Neo-Folk, and poignant  poetic verse” –

 “Concetta’s music is a great example of contemporary virtue.” – RadioAktiv Italy


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