Eryc Taylor Dance & 5 past recipients of the company’s New Choreographer Grant address GLOBAL WARMING
Eryc Taylor Dance (ETD)
In a visual, physical and auditory “wake up call” to the impact of our actions on global warming, Eryc Taylor Dance (ETD) announces EARTH, a full-length collaborative dance event incorporating original choreography by ETD Artistic Director Eryc Taylor and 5 past recipients of the company’s New Choreographer Grant, a platform offering young, aspiring NYC-based choreographers the funds needed to create and present a new dance work.
Grant recipients Gierre Godley of Project 44, Aaron McGloin of Aaron McGloin Dance, Jordan Ryder of RyderDance, Eryn Renee Young of XAOC Contemporary Ballet and Robert Mark Burke of Robert Mark Dance will each create new choreography for the 2019 premiere of the seven-part EARTH program. The five choreographer works in development will be previewed throughout 2019 in a workshop presentation series at Martha Graham Studio Theater, 55 Bethune Street (Greenwich Village) in NYC. Performances will begin with Robert Mark Burke’s Earth is Created, at 8pm on Friday, March 29. Tickets are free with suggested donation etd.nyc/earth.
The ETD choreographic grant recipients will each receive 21 hours of studio space for rehearsals and will be assigned a composer with whom to create original music. Composers Salomon Lerner and Daniel Tobias have committed to the project. Eryc Taylor Dance will also provide the choreographers with costume designers, prop/multimedia specialists and ETD dancers for the performance. Choreographers will be selecting "guest" dancers from each of their companies.
All EARTH workshop presentations will begin with a ten-minute “behind the scenes” video and will conclude with a question and answer session. Eryc Taylor will choreograph the opening and closing segments of EARTH, The Big Bang and Earth on Life Support, to be first shown at the EARTH world premiere. *Workshop lineup below.
According to Mr. Taylor, “Our goal is to transport the audience and convince them to take action. We aim to start a dialogue about what we can do to be better human beings and how to best address global warming. The workshops are educational… materials handed out at each showing will demonstrate better habits for recycling, conserving energy, and what we as dancers can do to help the chronic crisis of global warming. The impact of global warming locally, and internationally, will be explored.”
The production of EARTH is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC). EARTH is also made possible by a grant from the Marta Heflin Foundation.
*EARTH workshop series lineup:
Earth is Created- Friday, March 29th at 8:00pm
Choreographer: Robert Mark Burke
Composer: Daniel Tobias
Man is Born - Friday, May 10th at 8:00pm
Choreographer: Jordan Ryder
Composer: Salomon Lerner
Civilizations Rise - Friday, June 21 at 8pm
Choreographer: Gierre Godley
Composer: Daniel Tobias
Man Forgets the Earth - Sunday, September 8th at 1pm
Choreographer: Eryn Renee Young
Composer: Salomon Lerner
Mother Nature Sends Warnings – Sunday, October 13th at 1pm
Choreographer: Aaron McGloin
Composer: Daniel Tobias
Workshop Performances by ETD New Choreographer Grant Recipients
MARTHA GRAHAM STUDIO THEATER
55 Bethune Street, New York, NY 10014
TICKETS - FREE. Please reserve on etd.nyc/earth
Suggested donation $25.00
Five Series - suggested donation $100.00
VIP tickets $150.00 – reserved seating and program credit.
Twenty percent of all ticket purchases will be donated to Greenpeace USA
ABOUT ERYC TAYLOR:
ETD Artistic Director Eryc Taylor holds a BFA in Dance from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, Pa, and an MFA in Dance from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Eryc Taylor has studied abroad at both the London Contemporary School of Dance and the Centre de Danse du Marais in Paris. Taylor has been awarded several major scholarships, including residency at Jacob’s Pillow, and spent two years with Merce Cunningham's Junior Ensemble (RUG). He is currently on the University of the Arts Alumni Council. Read more...
CONTRIBUTING CHOREOGRAPHERS FOR EARTH:
GIERRE GODLEY is 2010 graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (MFA), Gierre J Godley is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher currently living in NYC. He began his training in Arkansas under the direction of C. Michael Tidwell and Arleen Sugano. Gierre has also had the privilege of training at the Ailey School and Millikin University (BS Biology, Dance Minor). He has been on faculty at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy (LA), Fancy Feet Dance Studio (Bronx), the Centre for the DansArts (Arkansas), and is currently an Adjunct Professor at the College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale. As a choreographer Gierre has created works for The Steffi Nossen Dance Company, The Ailey School, Threads Dance Projects, and the Tidwell Project Dance Ensemble. In 2010, Gierre created PROJECT 44, an all male troupe dedicated to showcasing the beauty of male artistry throughout the arts. The group has performed in various national and international venues.
ERYN RENEE YOUNG is the founding artistic director and resident choreographer of XAOC Contemporary Ballet, a New York City-based neoclassical ballet company founded in 2010. She is an inaugural fellow of the Jacob’s Pillow Ann & Weston Hicks Choreography Fellows Program and a 2018 resident choreographer of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts Choreographic Institute. Her choreographic work has been showcased at the Battery Dance Festival, The Ailey Citigroup Theater, the Young Choreographer’s Festival at Symphony Space, Boston Contemporary Dance Festival at the Paramount Theater, the White Wave Dumbo Dance Festival at the Jay Street Theater and the Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center, Dance at Socrates, Mark Morris Dance Center, and the Martha Graham Studio Theater. She holds a degree in Contemporary Ballet Choreography and Fine Art from New York University, where she was mentored by acclaimed choreographer Kathryn Posin.
AARON MCGLOIN was born and raised in Arizona and graduated from Arizona State University with a BFA in Choreography. Over the past decade he has had the privilege of performing with companies throughout Phoenix, Chicago and NYC including CONDER/dance, Arial Dance Chicago, Bryn Cohn + Artists, Christopher Williams, and Project 44. He formed Aaron McGloin Dance in 2008 with a mission to create honest and ambitious art with an eclectic sensibility. His choreography has been presented in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Phoenix, and you can catch him teaching classes at Gibney Dance and Broadway Dance Center in NYC.
ROBERT MARK BURKE, deemed the “hottest young talent on the New Jersey dance scene today,” finds himself a dancer, choreographer and teaching artist. Performing both nationally and internationally, Robert is a company member of Lucinda Childs Dance Company, 10 Hairy Legs, and Megan Williams Dance Projects. He also performs regularly with Meagan Woods and Company, has worked with Bryn Cohn and Artists and has apprenticed with Doug Elkins. Having a passion for dance education, Robert Mark Burke has been a guest artist at Rutgers University and Rider University. He has been a guest lecturer at Montclair State University and has been commissioned to create work for high schools throughout the tri-state area.
JORDAN RYDER hails from the suburbs of Chicago. She discovered her passion for choreography in high school, when she was selected to create a piece for her school’s dance company. She subsequently attended NYU Tisch School of the Arts where she graduated in 2018 with a BFA in Dance and a double minor in Sociology and Business. Since moving to New York, Jordan’s choreography has been presented at venues such as the Jack Crystal Theater, TADA Theater, The Tank NYC, and the Muriel Schulman Theater at Triskelion Arts. During her final year at NYU, Jordan was honored to have her piece, “STEADFAST,” selected by students and faculty to be presented in the Second Avenue Dance Company’s Major Dance Concert. Wanting to keep the choreographic spirit alive post graduation, Jordan created her company, RyderDance, in 2018.
Coming up: Eryc Taylor Dance has been invited to present repertory works "Grand Duo" and “The Missing” at The International Busan Dance Festival in South Korea June 7-8, 2019. The company has also been invited to present "Grand Duo” at The Cape Cod Dance Festival on July 26-27, 2019, in Provincetown, MA. ETD dancers Nicole Baker and Chris Bell will be performing the repertory works at each festival.
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