(Thursday) 7:30 pm CST
ODEON, an original dance work for six dancers and four musicians, is the second collaboration between sister and brother team Ephrat and Ehud Asherie (choreographer and musical director, respectively). Set
ODEON, an original dance work for six dancers and four musicians, is the second collaboration between sister and brother team Ephrat and Ehud Asherie (choreographer and musical director, respectively). Set to the music of fin-de-siecle Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazareth, known for mixing early 20th-century romantic music with samba and other popular Afro-Brazilian rhythms, this work takes a hybrid approach to movement. ODEON delves into what happens when you bring together parts of the extended family of street and club dancers – including breaking, hip-hop, house, and vouge – remix them and challenge them to inhabit unfamiliar spatial and choreographic contexts.
Ephrat “Bounce’ Asherie, a 2016 Bessie Award winner for Innovative Achievement in Dance, creates work for the dynamic group of multifaceted dancers in her company Ephrat Asherie Dance (EAD). Embodying many different African American and Latinx vernacular dances, including breaking, hip hop, house and vogue, EAD is dedicated to exploring the inherently complex and dynamic qualities of these forms – Asherie’s “movement phrases – compact bursts of choreography with rapid-fire changes in rhythm and gestural articulation – bubble up and dissipate, quickly paving the way for something new” (New York Times).
This performance is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Mississippi Arts Commission.