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Valatie, New York
Local culture
3 August 2019 02:04PM
Enid Futterman

Two years ago, I fell in love with Ephrat Asherie Dance, and Ephrat Asherie, at PS21. This morning I got to work (okay, play) with Ephrat at Tony-nominated choreographer David Neumann’s class in PS21′s new series, Movement Without Borders. And tonight, I get to see how Ephrat finished what she started that was only a work-in-progress last summer—Odeon.

Here’s a bit of what I wrote last year:

“Odeon” is an excerpt of a piece-in-progress of the same name with music by Ernesto Nazareth, who himself combined European harmonies with African rhythms. In ancient Greece and Rome, an odeon was a place for performances of music and poetry, a home for performance if you will. Asherie uses Nazareth’s music as a home for a work as fluid as a poem.

“(Asherie’s choreography comes in short bursts of phrases varying widely and wildly in rhythm and shape, but it all somehow adds up to an exuberant, exhilarating whole. There are even laughs, and when you’re not laughing, you’re smiling at and sharing in the pure pleasure Asherie and her dancers take in dancing.”

If you were there last year, you were there last night, or you have tickets for tonight. If not, call 518-392-6121 or go to https://ps21chatham.simpletix.com/e/4261 immediately!

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