Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, presents Ephrat Asherie Dance: Odeon on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 7:30pm.
Ephrat Asherie, a 2016 Bessie Award-winner, discusses her newest work prior to its premiere at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival with director Pamela Tatge. Odeon is Asherie's second collaboration with her brother and internationally acclaimed pianist, Ehud Asherie. Dancers and musicians perform highlights and explore what happens when dances from the African diaspora-including breaking, hip hop, house, and vogue-intersect and remix with the music of Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazareth.
Choreography: Ephrat "Bounce" Asherie, in collaboration with the company
Dancers: Ephrat "Bounce" Asherie, Manon Bal, Teena Marie Custer, Valerie "Ms. Vee" Ho, Linda "LaNaija" Madueme, Matthew "Megawatt" West
Musical Direction: Ehud Asherie, with additional percussion compositions by Sergio Krakowski
Musicians: Ehud Asherie, Sergio Krakowski, Joseph Lepore, Ranjan Ramchadani
Odeon is made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and was developed in part through two residencies at the Pillow as well as the inaugural Jacob's Pillow Fellowship program at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post. The work will have its world premiere at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival from June 27-July 1, 2018.
EAD would like to thank the LMCC Extended Life Program, Lincoln Center Education, Guggenheim Works & Process, and TOWN Stages for additional developmental support.
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Ephrat "Bounce" Asherie, a 2016 Bessie Award Winner for Innovative Achievement in Dance, is a New York City based B-girl, dancer and choreographer. As artistic director of Ephrat Asherie Dance (EAD) she has presented work at the Apollo Theater, FiraTarrega, Jacob's Pillow, New York Live Arts, Summerstage, and the Yard, among others. Ephrat has received numerous awards to support her work including a Mondo Cane! commission from Dixon Place, a Creative Development Residency from Jacob's Pillow, Workspace and Extended Life Residencies from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, a Travel and Study Grant from the Jerome Foundation and two residencies through the CUNY Dance Initiative. Her first evening length work, A Single Ride, received two Bessie nominations in 2012 for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer and Outstanding Sound Design by Marty Beller. Most recently Ephrat received a National Dance Project award to support the development and touring of her newest work, Odeon. Set to premiere in the summer of 2018, the creation of Odeon was also made possible by Jacob's Pillow Dance, Mass MoCA, Works & Process at the Guggenheim, and the Jacob's Pillow Fellowship at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post. Ephrat is a regular guest artist with Dorrance Dance and has worked and collaborated with Doug Elkins, Rennie Harris, Bill Irwin, David Parsons, Gus Solomons Jr and Buddha Stretch, among others. Ephrat has been on faculty at Wesleyan University and has set pieces for students at Smith College, SUNY Brockport, Alvin Ailey Dance Center, University of Texas Rio Grande, Old Dominion University and Texas Tech University. Ephrat teaches at Broadway Dance Center and is a co- founding member of the all-female house dance collective, MAWU. She earned her BA from Barnard College, Columbia University in Italian and her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she researched the vernacular jazz dance roots of contemporary street and club dances.
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