Ephrat Asherie Dance

October 07, 2021, 7:30 PM
Alice Jepson Theatre

Odeon

$25 general admission
$10 non-UR students and youth 18 and under
Free UR students

“The talented b-girl Ephrat Asherie is known in the dance world as Bounce ... for her uncalculated, effervescent dancing.” — New York Times 

Choreographer Ephrat Asherie brings a high-energy, hybrid work that layers breaking, hip-hop, house, and vogue. With musical direction by Asherie’s brother, jazz pianist, Ehud Asherie, Odeon reimagines signature compositions of 20th-century Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazareth, noted for melding classical music with samba and other popular Afro-Brazilian rhythms. Featuring a group of dynamic dancers accompanied by live music, Odeon creates an entirely original world bringing together the extended legacies of street and club dances and challenging them to inhabit new spatial and choreographic contexts.

A 2016 Bessie Award Winner for Innovative Achievement in Dance, Asherie most recently received a National Dance Project award to support the development and touring of Odeon. Her dance company, Ephrat Asherie Dance (EAD) is rooted in African American and Latinx vernacular dance and is dedicated to exploring the inherent complexities of these forms. The company investigates the expansive narrative qualities of various street and club dances, including breaking, hip hop, and house, as a means to tell stories, develop innovative imagery, and find new modes of expression.

Support funded in part by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.

RELATED EVENTS

House Dance Class with Ephrat Asherie, Tuesday, Oct. 5, 6:30-8:00pm, Alice Jepson Stage

Post-Performance Discussion with the creators and members of the company, Thursday, Oct. 7.

RESOURCES

Ephrat Asherie Dance Website 

Ehud Asherie Website

Ernesto Nazareth

A Choreographer Learns from the Club: “Live True, Dance Free” The New York Times