For Immediate Release
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Celebrity Series of Boston
Gary Dunning, President and Executive Director
Ephrat Asherie Dance, Odeon
October 26 & 27, 2018, 8pm — NEC’s Plimpton Shattuck Black Box Theatre
(Boston) Celebrity Series of Boston will present Ephrat Asherie Dance, Odeon, October 26 & 27, 2018 at 8pm at NEC’s Plimpton Shattuck Black Box Theatre, 255 St. Botolph Street, Boston, MA. These performances are sponsored in part by the Stephanie L. Brown Foundation; Jann E. Leeming & Arthur D. Little, Senior Trustees, Royal Little Family Foundation; the Cynthia & John S. Reed Foundation; and the Barr Foundation through its ArtsAmplified initiative. This presentation of Ephrat Asherie Dance is also made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Tickets are limited and start at $50; they are available online at www.celebrityseries.org or by calling (617) 482-6661 Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
These performances mark the Celebrity Series debut for Ephrat Asherie Dance.
Odeon, an original dance work for seven dancers and four musicians, is the second collaboration between sister and brother team Ephrat and Ehud Asherie (choreographer and pianist, respectively). Set to the music of Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazareth, known for mixing European harmonies with African rhythms, this work explores connections between various street and club dances – including breaking, hip hop, house, and vogue. Odeon delves into what happens when you bring this extended family of dances together, pick them apart, remix them, and place them in unfamiliar spatial and choreographic contexts. In Odeon, expansive movements merge seamlessly with Nazareth’s up-tempo rhythms and romantic melodies, celebrating each dancer’s unique style.
Ephrat Asherie Dance (EAD) is a dance company rooted in street and social dance. Dedicated to revealing the inherent complexities of these forms, EAD explores the expansive narrative qualities of various street and club styles including breaking, hip hop and house, as a means to tell stories, develop innovative imagery, and find new modes of expression. EAD’s first evening-length work, A Single Ride, earned two Bessie nominations in 2013 for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer and Outstanding Sound Design by Marty Beller. 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.
About Celebrity Series of Boston
Celebrity Series of Boston was founded in 1938 by pianist and impresario Aaron Richmond. Over the course of its 80-year history, Celebrity Series has presented an array of the world’s greatest performing artists, including including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Marian Anderson, Emanuel Ax, Ballet Russe De Monte Carlo, Béla Bartók, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Kirsten Flagstad, Renée Fleming, Dizzy Gillespie, Glenn Gould, Martha Graham, Herbie Hancock, Vladimir Horowitz, Diana Krall, Fritz Kreisler, Yo-Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis, Ignace Paderewski, Luciano Pavarotti, Itzhak Perlman, Leontyne Price, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Mstislav Rostropovich, Artur Rubenstein, Andrés Segovia, Igor Stravinsky, Arturo Toscanini, and many more.
Now presenting orchestras and chamber ensembles, vocal and piano music, contemporary dance, jazz, spoken word, and more, Celebrity Series believes in the power of excellence and innovation in the performing arts to enrich life experiences, transform lives and build better communities. Through its Arts for All! community programs, Celebrity Series seeks to build a community of Greater Boston where the performing arts are a valued, lifelong, shared experience – on stages, on streets, in neighborhoods – everywhere.
Celebrity Series of Boston is grateful to our 2018-19 Season Sponsors Amy & Joshua Boger, and to the many individuals, including Donna & Michael Egan and Eleanor & Frank Pao; corporations, foundations, and government agencies whose support helps fulfil our mission to present performing artists who inspire and enrich our community. Institutional supporters include the Barr Foundation through its ArtsAmplified initiative, Garbis and Arminé Barsoumian Charitable Foundation, Boston Cultural Council, The Boston Foundation, Stephanie L. Brown Foundation, The Catered Affair, Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation, Deloitte LLP, D.L. Saunders Real Estate Corp., First Republic Bank, Foley & Lardner LLP, Liberty Mutual Foundation, Massachusetts Cultural Council, National Endowment for the Arts, The Peabody Foundation, Cynthia and John S. Reed Foundation, Royal Little Family Foundation, Stifler Family Foundation, Tufts Health Plan, and many others.