Eva Dean Dance Presents
Labryinth, part II of LIQUID SILVER at Movement Reserach
Eva Dean Dance is performing excerpts of Labyrinth as a work-in-progress showing from LIQUID SILVER with Movement Research at Judson Church
Devon Stern, Managing Associate
Date: Monday, January 30, 2017
Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
Free and open to the public
Photo: Eva Dean Dancer: Katie Moncebiaz and Jeemiah Stanfield
Choreography/Artisic Direction: Eva Dean. Movement Collaborators: Company members George Hirsch, Kirana Peters, and special Guest Artist, Deborah Jackson. Soundscape Collaboration: Caroline Partamian and Eva Dean. Production Assistant: Erick Montes
Eva Dean Dance performing works-in-progress excerpts of Labyrinth from LIQUID SILVER
Eva Dean Dance invites you to view a work-in-progress showing of Labyrinth as part of Movement Research at the Judson Church, in a shared program with Maryse Damecour, Sara Gurevich, and Nikima Jagudajev. The Movement Research series hosts free performances highlighting the work of choreographers as they are creating new work, and focuses on experimentation, emerging ideas, and works-in-progress. Eva Dean Dance will be showing excerpts of Labyrinth, part II from the trilogy LIQUID SILVER. Labyrinth is about creating one’s own pathways, lighting a candle in the darkness as we move through the twists and turns of an unknown future. Dancers wind their way through passageways with candles to construct and deconstruct a labyrinth.
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 Movement Research at Judson Church
The Movement Research at the Judson Church presents a free, high visibility low-tech forum for experimentation, emerging ideas and works-in-progress. Artists are selected by a rotating committee of peer artists, and join Movement Research Artists-In-Residence and international guests each season in performing at the historic Judson Memorial Church. www.movementresearch.org
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