EPHRAT ASHERIE DANCE

Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie, a 2016 Bessie Award winner for Innovative Achievement in Dance, creates work for the dynamic group of multifaceted dancers in her company Ephrat Asherie Dance (EAD). Embodying many different street and club dance styles including breaking, hip hop, house and vogue, EAD is dedicated to revealing the inherently complex and dynamic qualities of these forms - “paving the way for something new” (The New York Times).

Odeon (2018)

(NDP Presenter Travel Grant Available through Fall 2019)
Running time: Approx. 55 minutes, no intermission (Performed with live music)
Choreography: Ephrat Asherie, in collaboration with EAD
Music: Ernesto Nazareth
Musical Direction: Ehud Asherie
Percussion Arrangements: Sergio Krakowski
Lighting Design: Kathy Kaufmann
Costume Design: Mark Eric

Hailed by The Berkshire Eagle as “real, honest, and breathtaking,” Odeon is a high-energy, hybrid work that layers breaking, hip-hop, house, and vogue to the buoyant score of 20th-century Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazareth, played live. The second collaboration between sister and brother team Ephrat and Ehud Asherie (choreographer and musical director, respectively), the duo reimagines Nazareth’s signature compositions, noted for melding classical music with popular Afro-Brazilian rhythms. Odeon brings together the extended legacies of street and club styles and remixes them to challenge choreographic contexts.

Odeon was developed in part during two residencies at Jacob’s Pillow and through a co-presentation with MASS MoCA. Asherie is the inaugural recipient of the Jacob’s Pillow Fellowship at the Tilles Center for Performing Arts at LIU Post, where she further developed this work. Odeon premiered int he Doris Duke Theatre at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival on June 27, 2018.

UnderScored (Premiering 20/21)

Running Time: TBD
Choreography: Ephrat Asherie in collaboration with EAD and guest performers
Lighting Design: Kathy Kaufmann
Costume Design: Mark Eric

Created and performed by members of the company with special guest artists from New York City’s underground scene, Asherie’s newest work is inspired by the intergenerational memories of club dancers. EAD invites audiences to join them on an exhilarating journey through the ever-changing physical landscape of New York City’s underground dance community.

UnderScored is a recipient of a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation and Development Fund and is commissioned by: Works and Process, Inc., Guggenheim New York, NY, ArtPower at UC San Diego San Diego, CA; The Momentary Benton, AR andThe Yard, Chilmark, MA.

 

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Master Classes
EAD offers master classes in breaking, hip-hop and/or house for dancers of all ages.

House Master Class
This 
class will cover some of the fundamentals of house, including aspects of footwork, floorwork and the importance of a freestyle approach to the form. The cultural context in which this dance was created and where it continues to thrive will discussed and underscored in the movement. Running time: 90 minutes.

Breaking Master Class
This class will cover some of the foundational techniques of breaking(b-boying/b-girling) including top rock, drops to the floor, footwork and basic spins. The cultural and historical content from which breaking emerged will be highlighted and discussed. Through movement and discussion students will gain a more in depth understanding of the global importance of Hip Hop culture. Running time: 90 minutes.

Freestyle/Improvisation Master Class
This class will focus on methods/exercises/concepts to open students up to ideas surrounding freestyle/improvisation. Moving from ideas and values rooted in street and social dance, this class will push students to reach outside their comfort zone to find new modes of exploring movement, rhythm, melody and  space and emphasize the importance of connecting with others through movement. Running time: 90 minutes.

Multigenerational Movement Workshop
Presented in a lec dem format, this workshop is created to inform, connect and bring individuals from all generations together through street and social dance. Performing dance sequences from EAD repertory, members from the company demonstrate and lead this movement workshop, emphasizing how meaningful creating relationships through movement can be. The workshop draws from various styles including breaking, hip hop, house and vogue as a means to help participants move out of their comfort zone, find new modes of expression and connect with one another. Running time: 90 minutes.

Open Practice Session
This session allows dancers of all levels to interact, exchange and share ideas with company members. A low stress environment where learning can happen at various paces and levels, this practice session reflects the ethos of club culture, which embodies openness, individuality, tolerance and moving in and out of your comfort zone in a space. Music playlists curated by EAD are sure to inspire all to “get busy”! Running time: 90 minutes.

Lecture Demonstrations
The company offers lecture demonstrations and seminars on the many street and social dances the company embodies, underscoring the cultural context from which these dance forms emerged and the spaces in which these styles continue to thrive and exist. Running time: TBD

Schooltime Matinee: Odeon
Performed with live music, this schooltime matinee of Odeon begins with a brief introduction from Ephrat Asherie followed by a 40-minute version of Odeon, the full company participates in a Q&A session with students. Running time: 50 minutes (includes Q&A session)
Grade range: Grade 6-High School preferred.

Post-performance discussions available upon request. No pre-show discussions/talks.

  • The New York Times

  • Times Union

  • The Boston Globe

  • The Berkshire Edge

  • 07.13.2019

    UnderScored (Work-in-Progress Showing)

    The Lumberyard

    Catskills, NY

  • 08.02.2019 — 08.03.2019

    Odeon

    PS21

    Chatham, NY

  • 10.05.2019

    Odeon

    Hurleyville Arts Center

    Hurleyville, NY

  • 10.24.2019

    Odeon

    Redfern Art Center

    Keene, NH

  • 10.26.2019

    Odeon

    Stockbridge Theater

    Derry, NH

  • 11.05.2019 — 11.07.2019

    Odeon

    The Joyce Theater

    New York, NY

  • 02.07.2020 — 02.08.2020

    Odeon

    The Annenberg Center

    Philadelphia, PA

  • 03.03.2020 — 03.04.2020

    Odeon

    Clarice Smith PAC

    College Park, MD

  • 05.14.2020 — 05.15.2020

    Odeon

    Campbell Hall

    Santa Barbara, CA

For more information, please contact:

Sandy Garcia

Sandy Garcia

Director of Booking

212.278.8111 ext. 3425

Nathalie Matychak

Nathalie Matychak

Booking Associate

212.278.8111 ext. 3422