the modern dance awareness society

dance dance everywhere

dreams of the animal machine

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help support our dance work at the Port Authority bus station!

Dear friends, family and lovely supporters,
I am super excited to invite you to our performances this month! Below are the dates and times and a link to our fundraising campaign to help with production costs if you would like to support our work.

thank you and looking forward to seeing you there!

.Mar 10 —
Apr 1, 2023
Port Authority 40th St. 2nd floor
625 8th Ave
New York, NY 10018


Mondays: 6pm-8pm
Fridays: 5pm-7pm 
Saturday, 3/11 3pm-5pm 
Saturday, 3/18 3pm-7pm 
Saturday, 3/25 3pm-5pm 
Saturday, 4/1 2pm-4pm

Dancers include Caroline Alter, Rachel Cohen, Clara Monk, Regina Nejman, Giorgia Picano, Monica Vale and Jill Woodward

the modern dance awareness society, in collaboration with The Missioncreep, create a whimsical, futuristic, sonic and visual experience. In their production, Dreams Of The Animal Machine, animal psychology is imagined through the lens of an “animal machine”. The animal machine is represented by silver robot animal heads and silver mannequins in a room with silver elements which convey a futuristic, dream-like atmosphere. This environment will function as a conduit for an exploration through music and dance as we fantasize about our world and its inhabitants. The study of animal behavior is a cornerstone of psychology for several reasons. Ethology, or the study of animals in their natural habitats, sheds light on how animals interact with each other and their environments, and why they behave the way they do. By studying animal behavior, humans can also learn more about their own behavior – a field known as comparative psychology. By imagining and fantasizing about our own unique ethology, Dreams of The Animal Machine is an abstract and imaginative projection of the future possibilities of the behavior and interaction of animals and humans.

The Missioncreep generates industrial electro soundscapes, which include mischievous and often upbeat, downtempo glitchy disco. There is no software involved in his musical creations, only hardware. By layering textures, broken beats and found sounds, singing through a vocoder, and running a guitar through a guitar synth, he creates a wide ranging emotional palette.

About the Artists

the modern dance awareness society is a collaborative, improvisational, site-specific dance project begun in 1998 by Despina Sophia Stamos. To date, tmdas has produced 28 works that have been performed in spaces outside of dance venues. tmdas invites dance colleagues to work collaboratively on short term site projects. Despina Sophia Stamos is a dancer/choreographer/ Pilates instructor living/teaching/making in NYC since 1989. Her work has been presented at venues such as Dance Theater Workshop,PS122, PS1 and in Brazil, Greece, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Puerto Rico and Italy.

The Missioncreep has performed throughout New York City and beyond, and in a wide variety of venues: Re-Vision (bar) in the LES, Pine Box Rock Shop (music venue) in Bushwick, and the Eye Witness (gallery) in the Garment District. He has done benefits for Industrial Workers of The World (labor union) and Das Handler (art handlers’ magazine). Recently, The Missioncreep performed live on JokerJoker TV in Athens, Georgia, where he is originally from. The International Digital Art Festival in Berlin included his music videos in 2020.

The Missioncreep is a project by the multi-media artist Benjamin Ferguson ( as a means of addressing human rights issues around the world, and as an extension of his work as a painter and experimental video artist. Musick is a method of keeping a creative momentum incorporating an intuitive process which explores the subconscious. Alfred Hitchcock once proclaimed, “I believe in surprise. I believe in suspense”, and it is precisely this mindset which informs Benjamin Ferguson’s productions. 

For more information on The Missioncreep visit their website and follow them on Instagram.

Work made possible by Chashama, Materials for the Arts, the Port Authority and angels like you.

Despina Sophia Stamos / the modern dance awareness society is a sponsored artist with The 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 / the modern dance awareness society are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. For more information about The Field, or for our national charities registration, contact: The Field, 75 Maiden Lane, Suite 906 New York, NY 10038, phone: 212-691-6969. 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.

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