poster for Ephrat Asherie DanceDance in Albany Series Continues with Odeon

The UAlbany Performing Arts Center, operating under the auspices of the College of Arts and Sciences, is pleased to present Ephrat Asherie Dance in Odeon on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 7:30pm.  The company’s performance is the fifth offering in Dance in Albany, a joint series presented by The Egg and UAlbany Performing Arts Center.

In Odeon, Israeli-born dancer Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie and her five dancers layer breaking, hip-hop, house and vogue combining the rawness of underground styles with a contemporary aesthetic.  A high-energy work set to a recorded score by early 20th century Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazareth which melds classical romantic music with popular Afro-Brazilian rhythms, Odeon had its premiere at Jacob’s Pillow last summer.

Liz Thompson lauded Odeon in The Berkshire Eagle by saying, “The movement vocabulary is stunning and unique… let me simply state that ‘Odeon’ is real, honest and breathtaking. It is beautifully crafted — unique movement gently arranged in traditional ways, the use of unison juxtaposed with mind-blowing solos, silence punctuating dense sound…The work is a gift. Would that our current culture was as inclusive, adventuresome, authentic and joyful.”

After an October performance at the New England Conservatory, Jeffrey Gantz had this to say about Odeon in The Boston Globe: “Throughout the evening, clapping and stomping create rhythm, which creates dance, and that fits in with Asherie’s idea of ‘being a musician with your physical body.’  And Odeon is all about fun.”

Ephrat Asherie Dance is rooted in street and social dance. Dedicated to revealing the inherent complexities of these forms, the company explores the expansive narrative qualities of various street and club styles as a means to tell stories, develop innovative imagery and find new modes of expression.

Ephrat Asherie is a New York City-based B-girl, dancer and choreographer and a 2016 Bessie Award Winner for Innovative Achievement in Dance. She has received numerous awards to support her work including Dance Magazine's Inaugural Harkness Promise Award, Jacob's Pillow Fellowship at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts and a Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant. Asherie is also recipient of 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 and two residencies through the CUNY Dance Initiative. Asherie 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. Asherie has been on faculty at Wesleyan University and set works for students at Smith College, SUNY Brockport, Alvin Ailey Dance Center, University of Texas Rio Grande, and Old Dominion University. She is a co-founding member of the all-female house dance collective, MAWU.

This engagement 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.  Additional support is provided by the University at Albany Foundation, Office of Intercultural Student Engagement, University Auxiliary Services and Dance Alliance.

Please note: This performance is currently sold out. The company will offer a free open rehearsal on Friday, February 15, 2019 from 3:30 to 4:30pm.  For further information, contact the Box Office at (518) 442-3997.

The remainder of the Dance in Albany series takes place at The Egg with performances by Malpaso Dance Company on March 8, Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company on April 12, Pilobolus Dance Theatre on April 27 and Jason Smith Samuels & Seema Mehta on May 11.