Choreographers with Cocktails & Mocktails
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 5:30pm EDT
Join us on Zoom for a happy hour event we’re calling “Choreographers with Cocktails & Mocktails.” We’ll Zoom with Artistic Director, Ephrat Asherie to watch a preview of her recent work, Odeon, and have a discussion of the creative process with her brother and collaborator, jazz pianist Ehud Asherie.
Odeon, an original dance work for seven dancers and four musicians, is the second collaboration between sister and brother team Ephrat and Ehud Asherie. Set to the music of Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazareth, known for mixing early 20th century romantic music with samba and other popular Afro-Brazilian rhythms, this work takes a hybrid approach to movement. Odeon delves into what happens when you bring together the extended family of street and club dances – including breaking, hip hop, house and vogue – remix them, pick them apart and challenge them to inhabit unfamiliar spatial and choreographic contexts.
NC State LIVE is strongly committed to making our programming accessible to people of all abilities. If you have an accommodation request, please email Liza Green, associate director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTE: Please register by noon on April 14 (the day of the event). This event will take place via Zoom. If you do not have a Zoom account, please sign up for a free Zoom account in advance of the event.
House Dance Class
Tuesday, February 2 at 6pm EST
About the House Class
We’ve joined forces with the Dance Program to host a House Dance Class with leading choreographer and artistic director Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie. The interactive class, taught via Zoom, 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 house dance was created and where it continues to thrive will be discussed and underscored in the movement. All levels welcome. Registration is limited.
About Ephrat Asherie Dance
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Ephrat Asherie Dance (EAD) is a dance company rooted in African American and Latinx street and social dances. Dedicated to revealing the inherent complexities of these forms, EAD explores the expansive narrative qualities of various street and club styles including breaking, hip hop, house and vogue, as a means to tell stories, develop innovative imagery, and find new modes of expression.
EAD’s first evening-length work, A Single Ride, earned two Bessie nominations in 2013 for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer and Outstanding Sound Design by Marty Beller. The company has presented work at The Apollo Theater, Celebrity Series, Columbia College, Dixon Place, FiraTarrega, Guggenheim Works & Process, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, La MaMa, River to River Festival, Mass MoCA, New York Live Arts, Summerstage and The Yard, among others.
This presentation is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.