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2016

Celebrations of Jean Erdman's 100th Birthday

Myth and Modern Dance (October 14 - 16)
92nd St. YM/YWHA
1395 Lexington Ave.
New York, NY

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Jean Erdman in The Transformations of Medusa
(Photo by Barbara Morgan)


The 92Y Harness Dance Center, American Dance Guild
and Jean Erdman Dance present
4 Events honoring Jean Erdman in her 100th year
Featuring performances with live music of Erdman's
The Transformations of Medusa (1942)
and
Passage (1946)
staged by Nancy Allison
performed by special guest artists
Christine Dakin
and Miki Orihara
Hamadryad a stage-to-screen adaptation of Erdman's solo
directed by Nancy Allison and Paul Allman,
a panel discussion with Erdman collaborators,
as well as, new dances
inspired by myth by a wide range of choreographers,
from emerging voices to American masters


For information and tickets:
http://www.92Y.org/FridaysatNoon
Dig Dance Weekend Series


Dance Enthusiast Asks Nancy Allison About "Jean Erdman at 100" The American Dance Guild at the 92Y
Please click here for the full article at The Dance Enthusiast


Celebrating Our Heritage (September 23 - 25)
The Open Eye Theater
960 Main Street
Margaretville, NY
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Nancy Allison rehearsing walk, breathe, dance
(Photo by Roger Rosen)


The Open Eye Theater presents
A Performance Festival honoring Jean Erdman
featuring
walk, breathe, dance

In this new performance project choreographer/dancer Nancy Allison
mines the legacy of her more than 30-year association with
Jean Erdman. Allison explores the connections between modernism
and post-modernism inside a film environment by Paul Allman,
incorporating archival imagery of Erdman dancing, text from her
unpublished manuscript, The Dance as it Derives from the Simple Elements of Walking, and music by long-time Erdman collaborator, Lou Harrison.

For information and tickets:
http://www.theopeneyetheater.org
or call: 845-586-1660


Jean Erdman: A Career Retrospective (September 8 - October 8)
Hawaii State Library
478 King St.
Honolulu, HI

Hamadryad

Miki Orihara in Hamadryad
(Photo by Glen Mordeci)


This exhibit documents Erdman's career as a choreographer and dancer.
Masks by designer Ralph Lee and costumes from her production of
The Shining House: An opera of pagan Hawai'i, are featured.
Hamadryad, a re-envisioning of Erdman's 1948 solo by directors
Nancy Allison and Paul Allman, featuring Bessie Award winning
dancer, Miki Orihara will be screened.

For information: http://hawaii.sdp.sirsi.net
or call: 808-586-3510



Hamadryad Screening October 24

Dance on Camera
curated by choreographer Peter Pucci
Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville, NY
For tickets and information: https://burnsfilmcenter.org


Highlights of Past Events


2016
Canadian premiere of Hamadryad at 34th International Festival of Films on Art
(Montréal, CANADA)
South American premiere of Hamadryad at 10th São Carlos Videodance Festival (São Carlos, BRAZIL)
Australian premiere of Hamadryad at ColorTape International Film Festival (Brisbane, AUSTRALIA)

Hamadryad awarded:

Excerpts from Dance & Myth: The World of Jean Erdman included in Dance is a Weapon, touring exhibit organized by the
Centre National de la Danse,
(Paris, FRANCE) http://www.cnd.fr/


2015
World premiere of Hamadryad at Film Society of Lincoln Center and Dance Films Association's 43rd Dance on Camera Festival
(New York, NY)
European premiere of Hamadryad at Mykonos Biennale (Mykonos, GREECE)

Hamadryad awarded:


2014
The Dryad Project Phase Two
Editing of film adaptation of Erdman’s 1948 solo, Hamadryad by JED artistic director, Nancy Allison and filmmaker, Paul Allman. The film follows Bessie Award winning dancer, Miki Orihara from the streets of Manhattan to the studio where she rehearses the dance, enchanting herself into the forest that inspired it.

Click here to see behind-the-scenes footage:

Visit JED Vimeo channel to see video with full credits. Click here.

Release of Chamber Dance Ensemble DVD Library and Archive Volume 8 Jean Erdman: Creature on a Journey

Created during the NEA sponsored residency at University of Washington in 2012 this DVD includes:

A must have for any dance library! To order your copy click here:
http://depts.washington.edu/uwdance/cdc/archive/

To see excerpts from the DVD click here:

Visit JED Vimeo channel to see video with full credits. Click here.

2013
70th anniversary of the premiere of Creature on a Journey

Staging of Hamadryad as part of Look Back/Move Forward, 50th anniversary concert celebrating the I.M. Pei designed Kennedy Theater at University of Hawaii/Manoa
This five-month project began with a weeklong residency in NYC in June for Alison Burkhardt and Malia Wild, funded by UH’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), where they had master classes/rehearsals with JED artistic director, Nancy Allison. The project continued through autumn via Skype rehearsals culminating with a JED residency in Honolulu during tech/performance week. Burkhardt and Wild shared their experience through a lecture demonstration and were awarded the prize for Best Presentation at the culminating event for UROP www.hawaii.edu/theatre

Click here to see a photomontage of the project:

Visit JED Vimeo channel to see video with full credits. Click here.

“ These early works show a respect for form and spatial exploration… very modern”

Carol Egan
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser

“ Thanks, Nancy. It was great to have you via Skype yesterday. Your direction was terrific. We all learned so much. What a joy!”

Elizabeth Fischer
Professor/Producer
Look Back/Move Forward


The Dryad Project Phase One
Planning and filming of adaptation of Hamadryad by JED artistic director, Nancy Allison and filmmaker, Paul Allman, featuring Bessie Award winning dancer, Miki Orihara.


2012

70th anniversary of the premiere of The Transformations of Medusa

Residency at University of Washington supported by a grant from NEA American Masterpieces: Dance Program featuring student performances of Creature on a Journey and a workshop for special needs students of the Integrated Summer Dance Intensive www.dance.uw.edu

Click here to see excerpts from the residency:

Visit JED Vimeo channel to see video with full credits. Click here.

“Creature was a major hit!”

Hannah C. Wiley
Professor/Artistic Director
Chamber Dance Company


Jean Erdman & Hula: Cultural Dance Traditions as Creative Wellspring
presented at National Dance Education Organization national conference in Los Angeles, CA

“It was breathtaking to see how much was learned in such a short time.”

Katherine Teck
Musician/Author
Making Music for Modern Dance
Oxford University Press



Deconstructing Erdman: A Choreographic Workshop
presented in New York City studios


2011

Labanotation score of Passage by Mary Corey completed and housed in Dance Notation Bureau Library www.dancenotation.org

Excerpts from Dance & Myth: The World of Jean Erdman featured in the film, Lou Harrison: A World of Music


2010

Residency at University of Idaho supported by a grant from the NEA American Masterpieces: Dance Program featuring student performances of Suite of Three: 3 Solos by Jean Erdman www.dance.uidaho.edu

Click here to see excerpts from the rehearsal process


Visit JED Vimeo channel to see video with full credits. Click here.

“ Nancy — Thank you for bringing Jean Erdman's and your gift of dance to our university. I never know how older modern dance will go over with our audience, but the solos were a hit. People also loved the video introductions. Our Dean went Saturday night and was very impressed as were some donors."

Greg Halloran
Associate Professor of Dance
University of Idaho



Staging of Creature on a Journey on Christine Jowers/Moving Arts Projects for performances at Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland www.movingartsprojects.org


Jean Erdman Dance: Chronology and Mythology presented by the 92nd St Y in New York City as part of its 75th anniversary season. Conceived and directed by JED artistic director, Nancy Allison, the work was a journey into Erdman’s world of dance and myth as her celebrated dances emerged from and dissolved into a visual environment created by video artist Paul Allman. It featured Elizabeth Auclair and Miki Orihara, principal dancers of the Martha Graham Dance Company and Christine Jowers in five classic Erdman solos as well as the premiere of Daughters: An Etude for the Harkness Repertory Ensemble.
http://www.92y.org/Uptown/School-of-the-Arts/Harkness-Dance-Center/Celebrating-75-Years-of-Dance-at-92nd-Street-Y.aspx

Click here to see an excerpt from a performance


Visit JED Vimeo channel to see video with full credits. Click here.

 

“I loved it! It was like dance anthropology. I’ve never seen anything like it!”

Irena Popiashvili
Co-founding Curator
Newman Popiashvili Gallery, NYC

“…the students were poignant and powerful… and there was wonderful dancing from the pros” 

Laura Jacobs
Dance Critic
The New Criterion

“The stagings and performances were fastidious, the organization illuminated the work, and the costumes--all of them--were ravishing.”

Mindy Aloff
Editor
Dance Critics Association News



Staging of Passage on members of Dance Inc., Pasqualina Nöel, Artistic Director, a professional company based in Paris for performances throughout France for the 2010 - 11 season.



2008-09

Residency at Ohio University featuring student performances of Suite of Three: 3 Solos by Jean Erdman www.finearts.ohio.edu/dance/home.htm

Click here to see an excerpt from a performance


Visit JED Vimeo channel to see video with full credits. Click here.

“On Friday I had several people comment on the way out how much they enjoyed the piece and how much they appreciated the video to context the work. On Saturday the audience was even larger, perhaps 1,500 – 1,700. They were exuberantly appreciative.”

Madeleine Scott
Director
Ohio University School of Dance 



Residency at University of Oklahoma
supported by a grant from the NEA American Masterpieces: Dance Program featuring student performances of Daughters of the Lonesome Isle www.ou.edu/finearts/dance/

Click here to see excerpts from the rehearsal process


Visit JED Vimeo channel to see video with full credits. Click here.

"Both casts were challenged by the intricacy of this beautiful work and grew immeasurably from their experience in the choreography and style.  I believe they will realize even more as time passes how fortunate they
are to have enjoyed this experience.  We appreciate your expert guidance more than I can say and would welcome the opportunity to work with you again.”

Mary Margaret Holt
Director
University of Oklahoma School of Dance 



2006

Residency at Hofstra University featuring student performances of Daughters of the Lonesome Isle, Creature on a Journey and Hamadryad http://www.hofstra.edu/Academics/Colleges/HCLAS/DD/

Click here to see excerpts from the rehearsal process


Visit JED Vimeo channel to see video with full credits. Click here.

"Ms. Erdman’s works sophisticated, intriguing and sensitive by nature are no easy learn-one-day-and-perform-the-next experience. These works gave the student dancers a chance to live through a meaningful journey on stage that tested their concentration as performers and demanded that they put the image across with real grace, not mere gracefulness. Furthermore, it gave our audiences the opportunity to witness dance works that not only entertain but also inform the viewer about the human experience. Good work is good work. And these truly are good works.”

Lance Westergard
Director of Dance
Hofstra University  


Jean Erdman inducted into Hall of Fame at National Museum of Dance
, Saratoga Springs, NY with other members of New Dance Group


Celebration of Erdman’s 90th Birthday

Technique and repertory master class at University of Hawaii at Manoa


2005

Creature on a Journey performed as part of the American Dance Legacy Institute National Conference, Skidmore College


Jean Erdman Technique: Dance Training and the Creative Process
master class at National Dance Education Organization National Conference, SUNY Buffalo

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