SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. -- The Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, a Detroit-based group that is considered to be Michigan's premier contemporary dance company, returns to Lake Superior State University on June 1 for an 8 p.m. performance in the Arts Center auditorium.
The ensemble, which last visited LSSU in 2009, will perform its NewDANCEfest program, a collection of dances by five American choreographers, including Laurie Eisenhower, one of the group’s founders. Tickets are $18 for general admission, $15 for seniors and $8 for children and students. Student ID cards from any college or university are accepted. Tickets are available online at lssu.edu/artscenter or by calling the Norris Center box office, 906-635-2602.
Praised by critics as one of the nation’s premier contemporary dance companies, Eisenhower
Dance Ensemble has spent the last 22 years giving life to the repertoire of internationally known choreographers, as well as the highly acclaimed work of artistic director Laurie Eisenhower. The company has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, and the Kresge Foundation. Recently, it was awarded a prestigious Touring Award from the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project.
Members of Eisenhower Dance Ensemble perform.
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Passion, intimacy, tenderness, humor, power, virtuosity, and daring are all words used to describe the company’s NewDANCEfest program, which features choreographers Michael Foley, Harrison McEldowney, Stephanie Pizzo, Paul Christiano and Eisenhower. The program will present their choreography in an evening of non-stop connections, re-connections, impetus, and force. The evocative choreography and technically brilliant EDE dancers combine to create an evening that is both powerful and compelling.
Works from NewDANCEfest include:
No Angels in my Kamikaze Heaven, by Michael Foley, a powerful work that showcases the strength and grace of the EDE dancers.
Dance Sport, by Laurie Eisenhower, a dance that deals with the subject of diminishing love.
Threads, also by Eisenhower, a luscious and passionate work for eight dancers.
Virgo, by Paul Christiano, a beautiful and haunting duet set to the glorious, “Ave Maria.”
Unconditional, by Stephanie Pizzo, a dramatic and moving work about unconditional love.
Founded in 1991 in Detroit, the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble has achieved significant critical acclaim as well as enthusiastic audience support. The company tours nationally and internationally with six to eight dancers and presents a local four-to-five concert subscription season each year. Along with Eisenhower’s highly acclaimed choreography, EDE showcases the works of young talented artists, as well as choreographers with established reputations.
In 1995, the ensemble opened the doors to its school, the EDE Center for Dance, to serve as a base for the company's educational outreach programs. The program has since grown and the school now has two locations, one in Rochester and one in Birmingham.
With support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the company has also collaborated with Michigan Opera Theatre, the Warren Symphony, the Immigrant Suns, the Rackham Symphony Choir in Carmina Burana, the Motor City Lyric Opera and the Toledo Opera.
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