Urban dance innovators Ephrat Asherie Dance remix street and club dances with live music in ‘Odeon’
April 19, 2021
Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie returns to the Moss Arts Center’s “HomeStage” lineup following her successful behind-the-scenes fall workshop with performers from Ephrat Asherie Dance (EAD).
For this event, the center presents a performance of the company’s celebrated work, “Odeon,” streamed from the Joyce Theater in New York City on Thursday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m. The performance will be followed by a live discussion with Asherie and her brother, jazz pianist and “Odeon” co-creator Ehud Asherie.
“Odeon” brings together and remixes street and club dances, set to live music by Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazareth, known for mixing early 20th century romantic music with samba and other popular Afro-Brazilian rhythms. Taking a hybrid approach to movement, the work delves into what happens when you bring together various styles of dance, remix them, pick them apart, and challenge them to inhabit unfamiliar spatial and choreographic contexts.
Ticketholders have access to this “HomeStage” series event as it happens and for seven days following the event.
A New York City-based B-girl, dancer, choreographer, and a Bessie Award winner, Ephrat Asherie has shown off her formidable street dance chops as a favorite member of Dorrance Dance. Ehud Asherie, called “a master of swing and stride" by the New Yorker, is a jazz pianist who integrates the venerable New York piano tradition into his inventive style.
Rooted in Black and Latinx vernacular dance, Ephrat Asherie Dance investigates the expansive narrative qualities of street and club dances as a means to tell stories, develop innovative imagery, and find new modes of expression. The company’s first evening-length work, “A Single Ride,” earned two Bessie nominations in 2013 for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer and Outstanding Sound Design. The company has presented work at the Apollo Theater, Dixon Place, FiraTarrega, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, La MaMa, LMCC’s River to River Festival, New York Live Arts, Summerstage, and The Yard, among others.
A 2016 Bessie Award winner for Innovative Achievement in Dance, Ephrat most recently received a National Dance Project award to support the development and touring of “Odeon.” She has received numerous awards to support her work, including Dance Magazine’s Harkness Promise Award, a Jacob’s Pillow Fellowship at the Tilles Center, and a National Dance Project Award. She is a 2021-22 Jerome Hill Artist Fellow.
Jazz pianist Ehud integrates the venerable New York piano tradition into his inventive style. Ehud has toured clubs and festivals around the world and his playing can be heard on countless recordings, including the 2010 Grammy Award winning soundtrack of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire.” He recently released his 12th album, entitled “Shuffle Along,” a solo piano performance of Eubie Blake songs from the musical “Shuffle Along.”
Student engagement event
Public, private, and homeschool families from the region had the opportunity to view a streamed recording of "Odeon," followed by a live question-and-answer session with Ephrat and Ehud Asherie, moderated by local choreographer, dancer, and teacher Rachel Rugh.
Tickets are $10 for general public and free for Virginia Tech students. Tickets can be purchased online; at the Moss Arts Center's box office, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; or by calling 540-231-5300 during box office hours.