Happy New Year from ETD! by Nicole Baker

Happy New Year from Eryc Taylor Dance

A LOOK BACK AT 2017

Eryc Taylor Dance is celebrating an amazing year full of photographs, performances, tours, workshops, press, and more!

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ETD AUDITIONS

JANUARY 2017 // After over 300 submissions and three call-backs, Eryc Taylor Dance hired two new female dancers: Taylor Ennen & Alex Tenreiro Theis. They've been invaluable additions to the ETD family!

 

 

 

 

Hosting #BuildABridge

MARCH 2017 // A dozen dancers won scholarships from Umbral's annual performance series, Campeon de Campeones. They traveled from their homes around the Yucatan to New York City to take part in a week of dance training with the Company...

 

 

 

New Choreographer Grant (ETD/NCG)

MAY 2017 // "Each year hundreds of applications are submitted to our panel that work tirelessly to narrow it down to the top three...I am so impressed by the work created by Nick Rodrigues, Robert Burke, and Rachel Hettinger.... " -Eryc Taylor

 

 

Dancers For Good

JUNE 2017 // ETD is humbled and thankful to have performed at such a prestigious event geared towards helping those in the dance industry find their way. It is a cause very close to our hearts and we loved being a part of it.

 

 

 

 

ETD's First Commission

JULY 2017 // The Sills Foundation donated $10,000 to Eryc Taylor Dance to commission a new work—CYCLES! This year's Season would not have been possible without their generosity and support.

 

 

Martha Graham Studio Theater

OCTOBER 2017 // Press Release >>

ETD's Fall Season featured the premiere of, Cycles, as well as repertory pieces Chaise Lung (1992)Song for Cello & Piano (2016)The Box (2015), and The Missing (2010).

Mexico-Yucatan Tour

NOVEMBER 2017 // ETD performed its 2017 repertory at the International Dance Festival Avant Garde at Teatro José Peón Contreras. In addition, the Company offered free, open to the public concerts, workshops for professional dancers, and Movement Expression Workshops for young victims of violence, mistreatment and abuse.

 

THE ACACIA NETWORK & ETD OUTREACH

ETD Outreach

This year, ETD Outreach has expanded to eight client organizations total, with a combined twenty-one workshops a week. There were also numerous special projects such as MOBILIZE at Lantern, that culminated in a joint performance at the Harlem Arts Stroll.

Movement Workshops
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Client list >>
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PLEASE CONSIDER AN END-OF-YEAR DONATION

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity, Eryc Taylor Dance relies on the invaluable support of our patrons and their genorosity. As we push into the new year, we are geared towards expanding all our programming, performances, and outreach. Any amount will help. Thank you!

Happy Holidays and wishing you a joyous New Year!
*All donations are 100% tax-deductible

Sincerely,
Eryc Taylor

 

Review from El Universal! (Translated) by Nicole Baker

Song for Cello and Piano (2017)

Song for Cello and Piano (2017)

Avant-Garde: danza multicultural

BY JUAN HERNÁNDEZ

The National Network of Festivals has been reduced due to the disinterest of the National Institute of Fine Arts, through the Dance Coordination. It has ceased to be a guiding axis for the decentralization of choreographic activity, as well as an instrument to generate dance culture in the country.

In spite of everything, there are some festivals that maintain their activities, among them the Avant-Garde Festival, directed by Cristóbal Ocaña, in Yucatán. In particular, we emphasize this event by the peculiarity of its vocation. If dance festivals in Mexico is already rare, in the context of the current artistic activity, the Avant-Garde is twice as important.

The Yucatán dance festival is focused on the attention of vulnerable groups: people living with HIV, victims of sexual assault, indigenous Mayans, among others, who attended this dance event.

Avant-Garde is a festival with a social responsibility. It is not about keeping art as a privilege of the elites, but the festival's goal is to take it to the undeserved community in Mexican society. It's director, Cristóbal Ocaña, has had to find the resources to support such a project.

This year, Eryc Taylor Dance, a New York company with ten years of work, gave movement workshops to people of the Mayan community of Chocholá, as well as to girls who have been victims of sexual violence.

The objective of the workshops is to empower vulnerable groups and offer them a tool to recognize themselves as a person of dignity and rights. This is done through an introspection work, based in movement.

Eryc Taylor taught a choreography to the participants as a product of the week's workshops. The structure may have been simple, but the young people enjoyed the memorable experience. The piece was presented, first, in the esplanade of the Municipal Palace of Chocholá and, later, in the monumental José Peón Contreras Theater, in Mérida, the capital of Yucatán.

The Avant-Garde Festival is an independent artistic activity of Umbral Danza Contemporánea, AC, it also had support from the Municipality of Chocholá and the Ministry of Culture of Yucatán, a relationship that opened the doors of the José Peón Contreras Theater for the performances of Eryc Taylor Dance, on November 18 and 19.

The Eryc Taylor Dance, company with residence in New York, presented three choreographies in Chocholá, and five in the José Peón Contreras Theater. The outdoor function was a challenge, since the works were made for a conventional theater. However, the creator adapted a program that offered artistic rigor, to an audience that rarely has access to this type of cultural activities.

In the José Peón Contreras Theater, on the other hand, the American company offered choreographies Chaise Lung (1992), The Box (2015), Song for Cello & Piano (2016), The Missing (2010) and the Yucatán premiere of the work Cycles , with the dancers Taylor Ennen, Nicole Baker, Chris Bell, AJ Guevara and Alex Tenreiro Theis.

Having experience of the daily life in the Big Apple, the creator has a refined cosmopolitan language that formed the presented pieces. They offered a wide range of styles: from the gestural and theatrical humor of the piece Chaise Lung , with a stylized tango, to the deep emotionality of the solo The Missing , played with passion and dedication by the dancer Nicole Baker, or the abstract and sober language of Cycles, with contemporary electronic music.

The production of the works offer a sample of the interdisciplinary work, in which composers, costume designers, lighting and technical designers participate. The choreographies by Eryc Taylor, who is a keen stage creator, seek to introduce in his dances styles of movement, coming from the academic language of ballet, the expressive freedom of contemporary dance, popular dances and street dances, such as hip hop.

The Eryc Taylor Dance dancers enjoy the freedom to develop a personal way of moving, exploring their temperament, enhancing their personality and putting their life experiences at stake.

The multicultural feature of the company's cast is very significant in the era of current US President Donald Trump. Eryc Taylor is taking on the challenge "to create bridges, not walls", in such a way that their cast expresses the plurality of the identities of the world.

Chris Bell is an African-American dancer, AJ Guevara has Filipino roots and Nicole Baker is white-skinned. The multiculturalism of the cast is important, and in the current era, it is a political stance in itself. And so Taylor assumes this stance as a response to intolerance, racism and hate speech.

The New York company was presented for the third year in a row at the Avant-Garde Festival, an initiative that is part of the Umbral Danza Contemporánea, AC projects, an organization that has insisted on operating against the official cultural policy and adhering to the needs and demands of the most vulnerable groups in their immediate environment.

Cycles (2017)

Cycles (2017)

Review from La Prensa! (Translated) by Eryc Taylor

Eryc Taylor Builds Bridges Through Dance, Not Walls

Isabel Flores, La Prensa Correspondent November 27, 2017

Photo courtesy of “Yucatán baila”

Photo courtesy of “Yucatán baila”

Merida, Yucatan, Mexico: Strength, movement and passion lived at the Peón Contreras Theater in this city, thanks to the New York company Eryc Taylor Dance (ETD), who executed their most innovative concert at the XVIII Avant Garde International Dance Festival Mexico 2017.

Looking at the creative movements among the dancers who let themselves be carried away by the music - they made the emotions of the present audience vibrate, who enjoyed from the beginning to the end each one of the steps that took place in the majestic stage of the Peón Contreras Theater, Oldest and most beautiful theater in Mérida.

The company of Eryc Taylor is presented for the third time in the International Dance Festival that took place on 17, 18 and 19 November at the José Peón Contreras Theater and in the municipality of Chocholá. The repertoire consisted of five pieces: "Chaise lung", "The Box", "Song for Cello & Piano", "The Missing" and "Cycles". The entrance for the three presentations was free.

The members of the company that participated in the ETD tour of Yucatan, are: Nicole Baker, Chris Bell, Taylor Ennen, AJ Guevara and Alex Tenreiro Theis , all of them very excited by the invitation and grateful for the opportunity to share with the people from Mexico.

Before  the performances, Eryc Taylor and his company traveled to Yucatán to hold workshops for professional dancers and movement expression workshops for young victims of violence and abuse.

On this topic, Eryc commented: "We are very grateful for this invitation to work with the children of Chocholá and Mérida. It is a special joy to offer the healing powers of the movement to the minority groups of Yucatan. In these difficult times it is important to be here to create bridges through dance and not walls. Today more than ever we must approach to spread the cultural unity through the movement.” The idea of approchement between nations is also promoted in social networks, where ETD created the hashtag #BuildBridgesNotWalls (Construye Puentes, No Muros).

The company spent three days in the town of Chocholá, one of the municipalities of Yucatán, where they held workshops for local children, introducing them to contemporary music and modern dance technique. They also taught the children a special section of the "Cycles" repertoire to participate as special guests in the outdoor concert performance at the Municipal Palace of the city, organized by the UMBRAL Company and sponsored by the Mayor.

"It's the second time we're going to Chocholá and the experience is very rewarding. When we knew we would be back this year, we were very excited. We like to work in open spaces because we are used to being in closed spaces," Taylor added.

At a press conference, Mayor of Chocholá, Obed Martín Alcoce, commented: "We are very interested in bringing culture with high quality events such as Eryc Taylor Dance, to our municipality. We announce with time and invite the community to join these activities through the House of Culture. We always have very good participation."

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After their stay in Chocholá, the Company traveled to Mérida, capital of Yucatán, to work with girls from the Casa Crisal shelter, who have been victims of violence and abuse. The dancers used the movement as a tool to inspire and heal, while at the same time they serve to improve the physical and mental health of the participants.

"I think dance is a perfect communication language. Personally, it helped me a lot in my dark moments when I was young. It was a way to express myself,” Taylor shared. "Later, when I had the company, we made a video that went viral and many companies began to contact us to work on supporting different networks."

ETD is a nonprofit group based in New York whose goal is to improve the appreciation of dance and use it as a healing modality in addition to educating the public about the discipline through the creation and development of original performances.

According to the director, the company has three missions:

  1. Create and nurture young artists because they take the expression of art very seriously
  2. Develop programs for people who do not have access to dance. Currently they have 20 weekly workshops for those who are living in difficulty or have a disability.
  3. Support new choreographers who do not have the means to self-produce and demonstrate their talent. New jobs are created and small shows are produced for them.
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It should be noted that the Avant Garde International Dance Festival is made possible thanks to the coordination of the Threshold Contemporary Dance Civil Association (Umbral Danza Contemporánea AC), directed by Cristóbal Ocaña. "We thank Cristóbal for the invitation and we congratulate him because it is so incredibly hard to organize an event like this," said Eryc.

To conclude, Eryc appreciated his stay in Mexico, a country where he has great ties, since his mother was born in Cuernavaca Morelos. "Every show we do with all our heart, we want to give the best of us, and I feel very happy to have been in Mexico."

Review from Yucatán Baila! by Andrew Tran

Eryc Taylor Dance Comparte Su Propuesta en Mérida

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Sin palabras que medien en el diálogo con el espectador, el coreógrafo confía en los trazos de movimiento, la sombra, la luz, los ambientes para comunicar sus ideas y ánimos. ¿Qué sensación nos dejan las figuras que se desplazan, la composición de sus interacciones, el modo que en solitario ocupan el espacio, los matices de la interpretación?

En el caso de Eryc Taylor Dance, nos transmiten una preocupación por la vida interior, por la manera en que las personas entran en contacto con otras, por la belleza de los encuentros, por la angustia que nos despierta lo ausente.

A LOOK BACK #MEXICOTOUR by Andrew Tran

We've just wrapped our incredible weeklong tour of the state of Yucatán, Mexico, with meetings, workshops, rehearsals, performances and a press conference. This was Eryc Taylor Dance's third tour of the Yucatán, and second year performing at the grand Teatro José Peon Contreras in Mérida in the International Dance Festival Avant Garde.

We just love Teatro José Peon Contreras! The theater has five balconies with a massive crystal chandelier hanging from a rotunda, painted with murals of angels. A white marble staircase, with enormous bouquets of flowers on both sides, leads up from the entrance into the main hall. The theater was built in the late 19th century, when the city was transformed into a glamorous epicenter of style, so its construction has the same flair and elegance as the classic European theaters.

Each time the massive red curtains opened, with the lights coming up and the music about to begin, I was overwhelmed with emotion. Each time, I knew at that moment that the months and months of rehearsals had paid off. My dancers Nicole Baker, Chris Bell, AJ Guevara, Alex Tennreiro Theis and Taylor Ennen performed each work on the program with strength and beauty, filling a stage that could easily accommodate 100 dancers. We presented four repertory works over the weekend, plus a new commission by The Sills Foundation titled, "Cycles." I'm eager to read the reviews from La Prensa and El Universal, Latin America's version of The New York Times.

On the plane ride home I reflected with pride on this very successful end to our 2017 season. Working with the children and adults at The Casa de la Cultura in Chocholá, and the students from four of the local dance schools in Mérida, was an amazing experience. It was an honor to receive an award of achievement from President Obet Alcocer of Chocholá for the second consecutive year, and an honorarium award presented by Juan Hernandez, Chief Critic of El Universal, from Cristobal Ocana, producer of the International Dance Festival Avant Garde.

On the last night, after we had packed up all of our costumes and headed out the backstage door, we found crowds of our new adoring fans anxiously waiting for us to appear. It was so wonderful to see my dancers signing autographs!

We all made it back to New York safe and sound, after a really fantastic tour. We've already been booked for a 2018 return to the Yucatán. I'd like to thank all of the producers, my publicist Adria Rolnik, Cristobal Ocaña of Umbral Danza Contemporanea, and our Mexican government sponsors for hosting us at The International Dance Festival Avant Garde. I also would like to thank my incredible ETD team of artists, patrons and collaborators for making my vision come to life.

Thank you, Broadway World, for letting me share our adventures with all of you!