December 2, 2014
Dear EDD Friend,
2014 was a special year for Eva Dean Dance (EDD) as we began to head towards our Pearl Anniversary. The Company’s programming included gigs at St. Peter’s Church with the Tord Gustavsen Quartet (February), two Art Labs with the Museum of Modern Art (April, June), the Wassaic Project Festival (August), and Peter Pan and the Pirates at Prospect Park's Zucker Exploration Area (August). We wrapped up our season with PEARL DIVING (October-November) as part of the Dance Series at the 14th Street Y. This year, we also dove into our archives to retrieve repertory from boxes upon boxes of VHS videos, photos, and other ephemeral materials. Culling through these materials is humbling and made me think of the Chinese proverb, “Pearls … if you want one you must dive for it.” My repertory is in existence because of the string of pearls (artists, audiences, presenters, volunteers, supporters) that have made it possible for me to create dances over the past three decades. Please consider making a donation towards EDD’S 2015 season. Your contribution is relevant, utilized wisely and is tax deductible to the full extent of the law.
PEARL DIVING was just the beginning of celebrating over thirty years of dances that will continue into 2015. Featured was Melba, reintroduced into EDD’s active repertory after a hiatus of 24 years. As a result of the positive response to PEARL DIVING, the 14th Street Y asked us to be a part of their roster in an important Performing Arts conference, APAP, on January 10th. So, if you missed the reintroduction of Melba, you still have a chance to see this retro 90s piece that explores dry wit, absurd behavior, a sousaphone, and three gifted performers George Hirsch, Ariel Lembeck and Jeremiah Stanfield.
We are busy planning our 2015 Pearl Anniversary programming. Dances that I want to bring back to the stage next year are - providence willing - Untidy Packages (originally premiered in 1987), Genie, Dusk and Melancholy Dawn that have been in hibernation for 10 years. I would also like to continue Art Education highlights from 2014 including our Moving Beyond Bullying assembly and BOUNCE SURFING EXTRAVAGANZA, taught as a part of MoMA’S Art Lab. EDD also looks forward to potential international touring. And I am very pleased to announce that EDD is bringing back Peter Pan and the Pirates to Prospect Park next summer. We will keep you posted as our 2015 Season unfolds.Thank you for your support, which helps us to continue sharing EDD’s past as we move into the future.
All my best,
Eva Dean, Artistic Director
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