Eva Dean Dance & iele paluompis
DraftWork at Danspace Project
(curated by Ishmael Houston-Jones)
Eva Dean Dance is performing excerpts of Sanctuary from LIQUID SILVER as a works-in-progress in a shared performance with iele paluompis
Devon Stern, Managing Associate
Date: Saturday December 10, 2016
St. Marks Church
131 East 10th st.
New York, NY 10003
Free and open to the public
Photo: Eva Dean Dancer: Kirana Peters
Eva Dean Dance performing works-in-progress excerpts of Sanctuary from LIQUID SILVER
Eva Dean Dance is performing at Danspace Project’s DraftWork series, along with iele paluompis on December 10th at 3pm. Curated by Ishmael Houston-Jones, the DraftWork series hosts free, informal Saturday afternoon performances highlighting the work of choreographers in various stages of development.
Eva Dean Dance will be showing excerpts of Sanctuary, part III from the trilogy LIQUID SILVER. Sanctuary is about finding grace and solace within yourself through personal healing and transformation. Fluid motion is inspired by the flow of water and flickering flames. Dancers move with ease as they create bodily forms of letting go and finding personal refuge. LIQUID SILVER’s core motif is about collective survival and growth as we search for healing and cultural connectivity within community and our environment. Drawing on the collective ancestral heritage of a multi-generational and culturally diverse cast, LIQUID SILVER is created with a process-oriented approach through movement created collaboratively with the ensemble.
Sanctuary will feature company members George Hirsch, Kirana Peters, and special Guest Artist, Deborah Jackson.
About LIQUID SILVER
LIQUID SILVER is an autobiographical dance theatre trilogy about death and survival. Accompanied by the rhythm of their own beating heart, dancers will construct labyrinths, fly through space, and embody the pull of gravitational force while trying to maintain equilibrium. The ancestral heritage of the performers will be explored while delving into the collective mythos surrounding life's journey towards death. Authentic movement is partnered with an experimental approach, to create work that embraces the human spirit as it relates to space, time and light. Dean will direct and guide the performers to develop muscle memory and awareness to access deeply held beliefs surrounding survival and solace. Guided imagery and improvisational structures will be a vessel for creating this major work.
About Danspace Project
Now in its fourth decade, Danspace Project has supported a vital community of contemporary dance artists in an environment unlike any other in the United States. Located in the historic St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery, Danspace shares its facility with ,, and . Danspace Project’s Commissioning Initiative has commissioned over 480 new works since its inception in 1994.” danspaceproject.org
DraftWork is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
About Eva Dean Dance
Eva Dean Dance (EDD) is an award winning, neo-contemporary company based in Brooklyn and established in 1985. The mission of Eva Dean Dance is to support and strengthen the presence of dance as a performing art globally, with a cross-cultural focus in New York City. EDD achieves this through creating and performing the choreography of Eva Dean, developing and reaching diverse audiences, supporting the work of other choreographers and dancers, providing mentorships to emerging female choreographers, and teaching Eva Dean Dance technique and repertory to students representing a wide range of ages, abilities, and cultural backgrounds. Union Street Dance, home of EDD, provides subsidized rehearsal space to over 100 choreographers annually. Eva Dean Dance is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Throughout the years EDD has received support from various foundations and agencies including the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, and the Harkness Foundation for Dance. Internationally, EDD has received support from The Department of Public Affairs American Embassies in the Netherlands and the Czech Republic.
Artistic Director, Eva Dean crafts work which embodies the depth of the human spirit. Dean works experimentally with her dancers to reveal their unique qualities through improvisational movement. Dean, along with her collaborators, incorporate architectural design, inventive use of props, sets from recycled goods, ambient and experimental sound scores, and experiential lighting to create a multi-faceted experience. Apart from performing in traditional venues, EDD thrives on the challenge of creating site-specific work, interacting with landscape, architecture, and common objects as a way to stimulate our imagination and perception of environment.
Eva Dean Dance Production Credits:
New York City: The Museum of Modern Art, FringeNYC, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace at St. Mark’s Church, The Brooklyn Museum, The Dance Series at 14th Street Y, among many others. Site-specific: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Prospect Park, k77 in Berlin, GE, and a turn of the 20th century barn in Sheffield, MA, among many other. National: Carol Autorino Center in Hartford, CT, First Night Boston, and Monkey House productions in Medford, MA, among others. Internationally: Dubai United Arab Emirates, Amsterdam Fringe where it received "Best of Fringe New York," Fringe Festival Prague in CZK, Recklinghausen Fringe in GE, and k77 in Berlin, GE
For more information visit: www.evadeandance.org.
“Eva Dean Dance is “…an unalloyed delight” with an “infinite-seeming range of lithe expressive physicality.”
Jennifer Dunning, The New York Times
"It is my firm belief that Eva Dean Dance is making a difference in Dance, and the perception of dance, among a new generation of audience members."
Elena K. Holy, Producing Artistic Director, The New York International Fringe Festival
“Dean created a feeling of ritual celebrants hidden in a catacomb or along a pyramid’s passage to a chamber… Dean’s wild energy broke free of expected bounds. Dan Froot, playing his raucous saxophone, was borne aloft and paraded past us. As the darkness engulfed the scene for the last time, another glass shattered.”
Linda Arlene Small, The Village Voice
"…soothing to watch—with its gentle, mesmerizing choreography—and energizing in that it all looks so fun and free (especially free of pretension and modern-dance conventions).”
Pia Catton, Wall Street Journal
“… the choreography by Eva Dean made effective use of the church’s space …Waves of dancers entered, rolling across the floor. Dancers were also carried in like logs. All of these large scale activities pleased the eye.”
Jack Anderson, The New York Times
Kathryn Sclavi: Development Associate
Union Street Dance
725 Union Street, Suite B
Brooklyn, NY 11215