Dear Eva Dean Dance Friends,
2015 has been an inspired year of building a pathway from the past into the future, resurfacing vintage Eva Dean Dance repertory and creating new work. In January’s APAP conference, we performed Melba, a retro 90s piece that had laid dormant for 24 years. We have returned from an amazing trip to Germany for our participation in FRiNGE Recklinghausen with production BOUNCE Orbit; for which my dancers performedStar and the Moon Garden Suite, which hadn’t been performed since 2005, and we debuted three new pieces: Trainer, Silver Ellipses, and Eagle. We were welcomed by warm and enthusiastic audiences nightly and a hardworking festival crew. My Rehearsal Assistant and longtime company member Katherine Moncebaiz travelled with me to Berlin the following week to lead an adult professional three-day BOUNCE Dance Technique workshop at the gorgeous Dock 11/EDEN Studios, and we returned to k77 community Studio to teach a family friendly BOUNCE Surfing Extravaganza workshop.
We performed the magical site specific Peter Pan and the Pirates on Saturdays July 25 and August 1 at Zucker Exploration Area in Prospect Park. This builds on my evolving project with music composer David Kahne, since the debut of a digest version of Peter Pan at the 2012 First Night Boston,PETER PAN Shadow at the 2013 Fringe NYC, and Peter Pan’s debut year in Prospect Park last summer. My company members, guest artists, and I had an amazing time returning to Prospect Park this summer. All shows were incredible and we are so grateful to have had such large and responsive audiences. We cannot wait to return to Prospect Park in Summer of 2016!
This Fall EDD will commence our CUNY Dance Initiative 2015 Residency that explores one’s relationship with death and the living Earth as our collective legacy. More details will be announced soon so stay tuned.
At the Company’s Home studio, Union Street Dance, a lot of excitement is building as we have just gotten confirmation from Mertz Gilmore Foundation that ChristinaNoel Reaves will be the 2015 recipient of the Late-Stage Creative Stipend award that I administer, following in a line of talented choreographers who have received the grant previously Francine Ott, Satoshi Haga and Rie Fukazawa, and Jamal Jackson. In March, I taught BOUNCE Dance Technique workshops, and we have also continued to actively preserve and digitize our expansive VHS archive with the aid of Company Member George Hirsch.
We look forward to updating you about further developments about our CUNY Residency as well as 2016 Programming in the coming months! Stay tuned...