Fresh Track Resident Artist Profile: Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie
Meet Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie; one of our six Fresh Tracks choreographers.
Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie has trained in ballet and modern dance but found her artistic home in breaking, hip hop and house. She began breaking in 2002 under Richard Santiago (aka Break Easy) and soon after was introduced to house music. She has been greatly influenced by the New York club scene ever since. Asherie has performed and taught throughout the U.S. and Europe, as well as in Peru, South Africa and Israel. She has appeared on NBC, MTV, Comedy Central and at City Center, Carnegie Hall and Madison Square Garden. Asherie worked on the creation process of the show Magnifico, directed by Andres Heller and choreographed by Pilobolus. She is a regular guest artist with Rennie Harris Puremovement and has worked with Bill Irwin, Cori Olinghouse, Jason Samuels Smith and Buddha Stretch, among others. Her work has been presented at Dixon Place, The Bushwick Starr, The Flea, the Motherlode Theater and the Bendheim Performing Arts Center. Asherie dances with her crew MAWU and is on faculty at Broadway Dance Center, Peridance Center and the Joffrey Ballet School. She has a B.A. in Italian Language (summa cum laude) from Barnard College. Asherie is a NYFA artist and is a 2012 Swing Space grant recipient from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. As artistic director of Ephrat Asherie Dance, her first evening length work, A SIngle Ride, premiered in September, commissioned by Dixon Place. In July, Ephrat will be traveling to Brazil with a Jerome Foundation Travel and Study grant to research how Brazilian cultural and folkloric dances have influenced breaking in Brazil. Currently, she can be seen in the Hershey’s Simple Pleasures commercial. For more information, please visit www.ephratasherie.com
“My passion lies in exploring a new movement language that combines the rawness of underground styles such as breaking, house, hip hop and vogue with more traditional forms of dance. I have ballet and modern training, but found my artistic home in the aforementioned underground styles. As a choreographer, my work lends itself to a fusion of all my dance and non-dance related interests. I often work from improvisation and look for patterns and structures that occur naturally. When a specific structure interests me, I delve deeper and try to find ways to deconstruct and reconstruct the movement. My goal is to create work that speaks to our universal human experience and allows people to live in a space that is unknown, where it is sometimes easier to ask questions or at least feel that it is okay not to have all the answers. As a person I often struggle with bringing together my varied interests or what sometimes feels like my disparate identities. My work is a place where I allow the broad spectrum of my interests to come together.” –Ephrat Asherie
“The slight, sinewy Asherie (aka Bounce) blew the audience away with her handsomely-arranged and expert breaking, club dancing and vogueing. Simply put, it’s great to see a woman completely own the floor: not just be capable of these dance styles but actually nail every challenge of timing, accuracy of detail, flow and theatrical presentation that she has set for herself…” ––Eva Yaa Asantewaa, InfiniteBody, July 2011
Fresh Tracks, Dec 13-15 at 7:30pm
Come Early Conversation Dec 13 at 6:30pm
Stay Late Mixer and Fresh Tracks Reunion Dec 14
Through the Fresh Tracks Performance and Residency Program, New York Live Arts provides an opportunity for new artistic voices to gain professional experience and recognition. Each year six early career artists are selected by a panel through a live audition process. Artists selected receive research, development, and performance support.
Fresh Tracks engages artists directly with peers, arts professionals and Live Arts staff in dialogues about their work within the context of the professional contemporary dance and performance field. In the spring, following their initial performances, each member of the group receives a 50-hour creative residency along with introductory level professional development workshops in marketing, fundraising and career development. Artists also participate in Dialogue sessions facilitating open discussion about their creative process and one-on-one consultations, both with Artistic Advisor Levi Gonzalez.