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LIQUID SILVER: Sanctuary in Prospect Park
September 17th, 2017

Creative Team

Artistic Direction and Choreographer: Eva Dean [Click for Full Eva Dean Bio]

Costume Design: Jean Hill and Ashley O'Brien 

Soundscape Collaboration: Caroline Partamian and Eva Dean

Caroline Partamian is an independent curator, composer, and artist who now resides and works in New York City. Caroline is a curator of exhibitions focusing on the theme of abreaction and somatics in relation to dance, performance, and other more tangible mediums of art. She is a longtime advocate of dance, with training in ballet and modern dance. Partamian was an artist+curator-in-residence at Flux Factory in Long Island City, Queens and still remains active in her alma mater's artistic community. She was a member of the collaborative psych-punk project Scully, amongst other projects The Splinters, Habibi, and The Numerators. She received her Master of Arts from New York University’s Museum Studies program, where she focused on applying teaching methods of postmodern dance to the conservation of contemporary performance art acquisitions at museums. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a major in Anthropology and minors in Music and English. She currently works for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and artist Laurie Anderson. In recent years, she has spent her time in New York City working for various artists including Eva Dean and Amanda Browder, and was an archivist for NYU Fales Library, the Kathleen Hanna documentary The Punk Singer and Death by Audio documentary Goodnight Brooklyn. She has also interned for Film & Video Curator Chrissie Iles and Senior Registrar Barbi Spieler at the Whitney Museum of American Art. For more information about her projects, visit

Movement Collaborators / Dancers

George Hirsch (Company Member): George Hirsch graduated from the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, receiving an Honors Degree in Dance. He has since had the privilege of dancing for Liz Lerman, Liz Lerman/Dance Exchange, Artichoke Dance Company, dance-Tactics, David Capps/Dances, Daniel Gwirtzman Dance, Regina Nejman and Company, and GoCo in addition to Eva Dean Dance. He has taught workshops at Hunter College, Wesleyan, and University of Nevada - Las Vegas. When not dancing you can find George teaching Yoga at various Studios around NYC. 

Kirana Peters (Company Member): Kirana was born in Saint Paul, MN where her training began in ballet at Minnesota Dance Theater. She pursued a BFA in Dance and a BS in Psychology at the University of Minnesota. It was there she had the privilege of dancing works by Shapiro and Smith Dance Company. Kirana made the move to NYC to study at the Alvin Ailey School's Independent Study Program, and shortly after she jointed JT Lotus Dance Company. Kirana is excited to be working with Eva Dean and her dancers.

Lucia Rodriguez (Company Member): Emerging artist Lucia Rodriguez was born in Miami, Florida. In Miami, she performed with Laissez-Faire Dance Company where she specialized in Haitian dance, immersing herself in Miami's rich Haitian culture. Rodriguez is also a recent graduate of Florida State University, where she studied under Jawole Zollar, Dan Wagner, Gerri Houlihan, and Suzanne Farrell. Upon graduation she has performed with companies such as Urban Bush Women, Eva Dean Dance, and artists Paloma McGregor, and Davolais Fearon. She also recently debuted her company, LVCID, at the Queensboro Dance Festival, as well as the Dumbo Arts Festival.

Kerry McManus (Guest Artist): Kerry McManus is a recent graduate of Marymount Manhattan College with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in dance. She has worked with artists such as Robert Battle, Jae Man Joo, Elena Commendador, and Anne Kelly as well as choreographing and performing solo works and collaborative experimental projects. This is her first performance with Eva Dean.

Maria Naidu (Guest Artist): Maria Naidu was trained at the Ballet Academy in Gothenburg, Sweden and later at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in NYC, she debuted as a dancer in 1987 and as a choreographer in 1989. She became a member of the New York-based, international touring dance company Jennifer Muller/THE WORKS in 1991 and subsequentially took a break from her own choreographic work. After 13 years in NYC and eight of them as a member of THE WORKS, she returned to Europe and her own artistic creations. Since the move, she has presented a variety of her own works, choreographed for the opera and theater (Norrlandsoperan, Vadstena Academy, Raseborg Opera Society, Malmö Opera, Malmö Municipal Theatre, Teater 23, Theater Academy Malmö, Helsingborg Municipal Theatre), starred in a myriad of performing arts productions and worked as rehearsal-director at NorrDans (SE) and later at Carte Blanche in Norway. Her work has been presented in 14 countries on 4 continents.

Aria Roach (Guest Artist): Raised in Vermont, Aria Roach graduated summa cum laude from Virginia Commonwealth University with her BFA in Dance and Choreography. As an undergraduate, Aria spent a semester at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, and received a 2015 VCUarts Dean’s International Study Grant to travel to Vienna, Austria. Following graduation, she joined The Yard as Artist Services Intern. Aria has performed works by Deganit Shemy, Martha Curtis, Autumn Waddell, Alison Manning, and Jesse Keller, and has presented her choreography at VCU Dance, Iona College, and The Yard. She is thrilled to perform as Guest Artist with Eva Dean Dance.

Larry D. Rosalez (Guest Artist): Larry D. Rosalez is an interdisciplinary artist from Columbus, Ga. He is grateful to be working in collaboration with Eva Dean Dance and you can find more of his musings on instagram. @larryxdarnell 

Richard Scandola: (Guest Artist): RICHARD J. SCANDOLA joined the Sokolow Theatre Dance Ensemble in 2012. He is a native of southern France where he performed with Les Ballets des Alpes Maritimes, Horizons, and Corps Accord.  Richard moved to New York City to study in the Cunningham Summer intensive and in Limón Institute PSP program, where he discovered a special affinity with this technique and met Jim May who became his mentor. He soon became a dancer of the Sokolow Ensemble. He has since worked with Barkin/Selissen Project, Brice Mousset OUI Danse, HT Chen Dance and Dancers, Valerie Green Dance Entropy, Shadow Box Theatre as co-director for the show “ The Earth and Me”, dancer and puppeteer. Richard kindles his passions for photography and spiritual healing by offering treatment and inspiration to others. He’s currently working on different dance projects and creating his unique performance style.


Stage Manager: Ashley O'Brien

Production Assistant: Gabrielle Schutz

***With special permission from Prospect Park Alliance and NYPD

Contact and Bookings

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Art Education

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Eva Dean Dance is adept at working with teachers and administrators to help develop new audiences and to create a residency that suits the specific needs of your constituency. The Company is available for our Interactive Anti-Bullying Assembly, Moving Beyond Bullying for grades 4-12. The Company can make available BOUNCE dance curriculum for Public Schools grades K-6. The Company is also available to provide residencies to colleges that include technique classes and/or lecture demonstrations. Longer residencies can culminate in a school performance where the students perform on the same program as Eva Dean Dance. Ms. Dean is available to teach Choreographic Workshops to all levels ranging from grade K to seniors. She is also available to create site specific works and choreograph dances for your local community. Photo of Eva Dean Dance by Kane Stewart

Moving Beyond Bullying: An Interactive Anti-Bullying Assembly
Eva Dean Dance has developed an interactive assembly that focuses on bullying and using the language arts to write and discuss the metaphors' inherent in the piece.  WELCOME BACK will be performed in this assembly and used as a springboard for discussion between students, the school's guidance counselor and Ms. Dean. Eva Dean Dance performed this at JHS 259 William McKinley in March 2013.

WELCOME BACK shows how a social clique, school girls in this dance, follows a 'leader' out of fear of being singled out themselves. The aggression toward and oppression of this scapegoat continues until one person within the clique steps outside the group, extending her hand to the abused individual. In this single act of courage and kindness the bullying is diffused. This interactive workshop is a new initiative and we will begin reaching out to the public schools where EDD has an established relationship.  


Public School Residencies 

Eva Dean Dance is available to teach grades K-6. The dance curriculum is based on BOUNCE movement vocabulary.

Eva Dean Dance (EDD) has provided PS 56 in Forte Green, Brooklyn a very special Art Education experience. EDD’s Art Education event featured our Newest BOUNCE dance as well as interactive student participation. Some of the other schools and organizations that EDD has brought dance to are IS 259 in Bay Ridge Brooklyn, and Alice Teirstein's "Young Dancemakers" in New York City.

Dean has also set EDD repertoire on college and conservatory students, created new dances for Brooklyn Public school students, and taught master choreography workshops as a guest artist. Past residencies and workshops include Hampshire College in Massachusetts, Bennington College in Vermont, and Hartford Conservatory Dance in Connecticut.

We are a versatile company that can tailor programming to suit the needs of each school or organization we work with. Ms. Dean and her dancers enjoy performing for and working with children, teens, college students, pre-professional dancers and non-dance students. Ms. Dean is available to choreograph dances for any age level. We would like to hear from you about your programming needs. For more information about EDD’s Art Education programming and College Residencies email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

College and Conservatory Dance School Residencies
*Residency packages are available to learn Eva Dean Dance technique and repertoire.

The Packages available are:

Three Day: Includes one lecture demonstration, one repertoire class and Eva Dean Dance performance(s).

Six Day: Includes one lecture demonstration, 5 repertoire classes and Eva Dean Dance performance(s).

Two weeks: Includes one lecture demonstration, 16 repertoire classes and Eva Dean Dance performance(s).

Company Repertoire Performance Residency: Includes one lecture demonstration, 32 technique classes, and 20 rehearsals to learn a selected dance from Eva Dean Dance repertoire. Residency culminates into a performance with Eva Dean Dance. Repertoire can also be performed as a part of the school's available repertory as negotiated in a contract.

*Adjustments can be made to all of the above packages depending on the needs of your college.

Site Specific Dances
Eva Dean Dance has received awards and critical recognition for its site-specific work. Ms. Dean is available to create a site-specific dance for your organization's dancers and local community. Past site specific locations that Ms. Dean has choreographed for include the Rock Garden, Lilac Grove and Horse Chestnut Grove in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, The Boat House in Prospect Park, Brooklyn and a turn-of-the-century barn in Massachusetts. A complete list of Ms. Dean's site specific choreography is available upon request.

Family and New Dance Audience Outreach Programming
BOUNCE, JR., is a 45-minute version of BOUNCE created specifically for those with a shorter attention span. The dances performed on the junior program cut straight to the chase by including the most energetic, awe inspiring movement. Dances featured are a wickedly fun playground romp, dolphins diving and surfing over giant balls, a rubber ball orchestra, and a cascading 500 ball waterfall.



Current Reviews

Eva Dean Dance is “…an unalloyed delight” with an “infinite-seeming range of lithe expressive physicality.”
Jennifer Dunning, The New York Times a must see production with performers who display a “… a tremendous mixture of physical strength and generous artistry.”
Avery Pearson,

"So instinctual was this spark that [Dean’s] work bounced out ofher heart via five brilliant dancers and onto the spacious Dixon Place stage…The uber-talented UBA dancers
then take over with a tremendous mixture of physical strength and generous artistry… we are moved to tears and joy— their passion and art is infectious. 
Kudos to Eva Dean who inspires a group of dancers to be one interconnected beautiful unit.”

Avery Pearson,

“Dean’s use of balls as the entire premise of an evening-length piece takes away the gimmicky quality of the
ball dance genre and turns it instead into a game of endurance and originality.”
Sophie Ernst, Show Business Weekly

"…soothing to watch—with its gentle, mesmerizing choreography—and energizing”
Pia Catton, Wall Street Journal

“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

“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. Please do what you can to support this vibrant, essential company.
Elena K. Holy, Producing Artistic Director, The New York International Fringe Festival

“…obsessive rhythms…sly physical jokes…Dean’s adventure in antic minimalism had a sweet, unbuttoned quality…(the dancers) wearing bright leather gloves, used the table as drum, vaulting horse, platform, and choreographic inspiration; their bodies sprang through space, making music and movement simultaneously…”
Elizabeth Zimmer, The Village Voice

“… 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

“… elegant performing, inventive choreography…lighthearted, decorous dance full of counterbalances and gentle supports for falling bodies…it reminded me of why, sometimes, dance matters: in its very lightness, it lifts our cares.”
Elizabeth Zimmer, The Village Voice


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