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). The company embodies many different street and club dance styles including breaking, hip hop, house and vogue and is dedicated to revealing the inherently complex and dynamic qualities of these forms - “paving the way for something new” (The New York Times). A 2018 recipient of Dance Magazine’s Harkness Promise Award, Asherie’s newest work “Odeon,” a collaboration with jazz musician - and brother, Ehud Asherie, is currently touring with 19/20 with NDP tour support.
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
Premiered on June 27, 2018 in the Doris Duke Theatre at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival
Hailed by The Berkshire Edge 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. Featuring seven dancers and four musicians, 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.
Riff this, Riff that
Running Time: 30 minutes
Adaptable to site-specific locations and venues with a proscenium stage
A collaboration between Bessie-award winning choreographer Ephrat Asherie and critically acclaimed jazz pianist, Ehud Asherie, Riff this, Riff that explores the authentic jazz dance roots of breaking, hip-hop, and house. This brother and sister duo is joined by an all-star cast of performers to create an energetic, evocative and quintessentially New York performance experience.
In Riff this, Riff that, “Ms. Asherie makes space for just about everything else. Dance forms — from tap to swing and vogueing — are knitted together throughout this production. Ms. Asherie’s movement phrases — compact bursts of choreography with rapid-fire changes in rhythm and gestural articulation — bubble up and dissipate, quickly paving the way for something new.” (Gia Kourlas, The New York Times)
Riff this, Riff that was commissioned by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and developed as a part of LMCC’s Extended Life Dance Development program made possible in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and premiered as part of the River To River Festival 2016, then made its international premiere in Tarrega, Spain.
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.
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 HipHop culture.
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.
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.
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 space. Music playlists curated by EAD are sure to inspire all to “get busy”!
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.
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.
Length: 50 minutes (includes Q&A session)
Grade range: Grade 6-High School
Post-performance discussions can be arranged.
"Ms. Asherie’s movement phrases — compact bursts of choreography with rapid-fire changes in rhythm and gestural articulation — bubble up and dissipate, quickly paving the way for something new."
The New York Times
"a nonstop celebration"
"Asherie and her company are a sight anywhere they perform."
The Boston Globe
"Ephrat Asherie creates a world I want to live in...stunning and unique… ’Odeon’ is real, honest and breathtaking… The work is a gift."
The Berkshire Edge
Riff this, Riff that
The Joyce Theater
New York, NY
San Diego, CA
Riff this, Riff that + Odeon
Westside Cultural Arts Center (3/1) and Rialto Center for the Arts (3/2)