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BARD Fisher center and THE American Dance Festival–BARD DANCE PROGRAM PARTNERSHIP Present EPHRAT ASHERIE DANCE ODEON

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April 11, 2019 07:13 am

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON — Led by The Boston Globe’s “bona fide b-girl,” Ephrat Asherie makes her Fisher Center debut with Odeon, a high-energy, hybrid hip-hop dance work set to and inspired by the music of early 20th-century Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazareth, played live. Odeon will be performed in the Fisher Center’s LUMA Theater on Saturday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 14 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at fishercenter.bard.edu or by calling 845-758-7900.

Odeon delves into what happens when you bring together the extended family of street and club dances—including breaking, hip hop, house and vogue—remix them, pick them apart, and push them in new choreographic directions. An original dance work for seven dancers and four musicians, Odeon is the second collaboration between sister and brother team Ephrat and Ehud Asherie, choreographer and musical director, respectively.

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.

While in residence at the Fisher Center, Asherie will also be developing a new work, which will be presented to the public in an open rehearsal on Friday, April 12 at 7 p.m. also in the LUMA Theater. This work-in-progress showing will be free and open to the public.

Odeon is presented through the Bard College Dance Program’s partnership with the American Dance Festival.

Ephrat has been on faculty at Wesleyan University and set pieces for students at Smith College, SUNY Brockport, Alvin Ailey Dance Center, University of Texas Rio Grande and Texas Tech University. Ephrat teaches at Broadway Dance Center and is a founding member of the all-female house dance collective, MAWU.

Ehud Asherie, “a master of swing and stride” (The New Yorker), is a jazz pianist who integrates the venerable New York piano tradition into his inventive style. He has toured clubs and festivals around the world, including South America, Europe and Asia. Asherie’s playing can be heard on countless recordings, including the 2010 Grammy Award winning soundtrack of HBO’s ‘Boardwalk Empire.’