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ETM : Double Down

Maison de la Danse de Lyon 2018 - Director : Plasson, Fabien

Choreographer(s) : Dorrance, Michelle (United States)

ETM : Double Down

Maison de la Danse de Lyon 2018 - Director : Plasson, Fabien

Choreographer(s) : Dorrance, Michelle (United States)

ETM : Double Down

Using original tap “instruments” designed  by 2014 Bessie Award Winner Nicholas Van Young, the score is not simply  danced to, but danced BY the company. With the right programming, the  sound of a single footfall can range from a snare drum to a note on an  arpeggio.


Source: Dorrance Dance website


More information: www.dorrancedance.com

Dorrance, Michelle

Michelle Dorrance is a New York City based tap dancer, choreographer, director, teacher, performer, and is the founder and Artistic Director of Dorrance Dance. Mentored by Gene Medler, she grew up performing with his North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble.
Most recently Michelle served as Vail Dance Festival’s 2017 Artist-In- Residence, curated Tireless: A Tap Dance Experience at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival while co-directing it’s tap education program with Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, and collaborated with Nicholas Van Young on Works and Process at the Guggenheim Museum’s first site-specific commission for the Guggenheim Rotunda. Michelle’s choreography is performed throughout the world and has been featured at countless theaters, clubs, and festivals including a choreographic commission for the The Martha Graham Dance Company as a part of their Lamentation Variations, and a high-fashion short film for Tabitha Simmons.


Source: Dorrance Dance Website


More information: www.dorrancedance.com

Asherie, Ephrat "Bounce"

Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie, a 2016 Bessie Award Winner for  Innovative Achievement in Dance, is a New York City based b-girl, dancer  and choreographer. As artistic director of Ephrat Asherie Dance (EAD)  she has presented work at the Apollo Theater, FiraTarrega, Jacob’s  Pillow, New York Live Arts, Summerstage, and the Yard, among others.  Ephrat has received numerous awards to support her work including a  Kevin Spacey Artist of Choice Award, a Mondo Cane! commission from Dixon  Place, a Creative Development Residency from Jacob's Pillow and an  Extended Life Residency from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Her  first evening length work, A Single Ride, received two Bessie  nominations in 2012 for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer and  Outstanding Sound Design by Marty Beller. Ephrat has worked and  collaborated with Doug Elkins, Rennie Harris, Bil Irwin, David Parsons,  Gus Solomons Jr and Buddha Stretch, among others. She is on faculty at  Wesleyan University and Broadway Dance Center and is a founding member  of the all-female house dance collective, MAWU. Ephrat earned her BA  from Barnard College, Columbia University in Italian and her MFA from  the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she researched the  vernacular jazz dance roots of contemporary street and club dances. 


Source : Dorrance Dance Website
More information: www.ephratasherie.com.

Van Young, Nicholas

Nicholas Van Young (Co-Creator ETM: Double Down) is  a dancer, musician, choreographer, and a 2014 Bessie Award recipient.  He began his professional career at age 16 under Acia Gray and Deidre Strand with Tapestry Dance Company in Austin, TX, eventually rising to  principal dancer and resident choreographer. Since moving to New York,  he has performed with Manhattan Tap, RumbaTap, Dorrance Dance, “Beat the  Donkey,” has toured as a drummer for Darwin Deez, and spent almost a  decade performing with STOMP, where he performed the lead role and acted  as rehearsal director. Nicholas tours both nationally and  internationally teaching and performing at various Tap Festivals, and  founded Sound Movement dance company and IFTRA, Institute for The  Rhythmic Arts. He is thrilled to have found a home with Dorrance Dance,  co-creating and developing ETM: Double Down, and the Guggenheim Rotunda  Project, both collaborative efforts with Michelle Dorrance.


Source: Dorrance Dance Website
More information: www.dorrancedance.com

Plasson, Fabien

Born in 1977, Fabien Plasson is a video director specialized in the field of performing arts (dance , music, etc).

During his studies at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Lyon (joined in 1995) Fabien discovered video art. He was trained by various video artists (Joel Bartoloméo Pascal Nottoli , Eric Duyckaerts , etc) .
He first experimented with the creation of installations and cinematic objects.

From 2001 to 2011, he was in charge of Ginger & Fred video Bar’s programming at La Maison de la Danse in Lyon. He discovered the choreographic field and the importance of this medium in the dissemination, mediation and pedagogical approach to dance alongside Charles Picq, who was a brilliant video director and the director of the video department at that time.

Today, Fabien Plasson is the video director at La Maison de la Danse and in charge of the video section of Numeridanse.tv, an online international  video library, and continues his creative activities, making videos of concerts, performances and also creating video sets for live performances.


Sources: Maison de la Danse ; Fabien Plasson website

More information: fabione.fr

Dorrance Dance

Dorrance  Dance is an award-winning tap dance company based out of New York City.  The company’s work aims to honor tap dance’s uniquely beautiful history  in a new, dynamic, and compelling context; not by stripping the form of  its tradition, but by pushing it - rhythmically, technically, and  conceptually. The company’s inaugural performance garnered a Bessie  Award for “blasting open our notions of tap” and the company continues  its passionate commitment to expanding the audience of tap dance,  America’s original art form. 

Founded in 2011 by artistic director  and 2015 MacArthur Fellow, Michelle Dorrance, the company has received  countless accolades, rave reviews and performed for packed houses at  venues including The Joyce Theater (New York, NY), Jacob's Pillow Dance  Festival (Becket, MA), New York City Center (New York, NY), Carolina  Performing Arts (Chapel Hill, NC)  Vail International Dance Festival  (Vail, CO), The Kennedy Center (Washington, DC), Lincoln Center Out of  Doors (New York, NY), among many others, including many colleges and  universities across the United States and international venues in  Canada,France, Germany, Spain, England, Hong Kong, and Singapore. 

The  company is currently touring its repertory nationally and  internationally while rehearsing and creating new works in its NYC home  and through additional creative residency opportunities. As Dorrance  Dance continues to expand its programs to help shape and educate the  next generation of tap dancers, the company will partner with Nicholas  Van Young's Institute For The Rhythmic Arts, 92Y Harkness Dance Center  and Dance Education Laboratory (DEL), and Get Empowered! among other  educational initiatives for the 2017-2018 season.


Source: Dorrance Dance Website


More information: www.dorrancedance.com

ETM : Double Down

Choreography : Michelle Dorrance, Nicholas Van Young, Ephrat Asherie

Original music : Gregory Richardson, Nicholas Van Young, Donovan Dorrance, Aaron Marcellus, Warren Craft, with Michelle Dorrance

Additionnal music : Adele, The Knife, Bon Iver, Patrick Watson

Lights : Kathy Kaufmann

Costumes : Amy Page

Duration : 80 min

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