GERALD BUSBY & ETD: SUNDAYS AT 4 by Andrew Tran

As you may or may not know, I have a close friendship and creative relationship with the renowned composer, Gerald Busby

Gerald Busby studied music at Yale University. He has worked with dancers, choreographers, filmmakers, and all artists alike to create masterpieces in sound. Busby composed the original score for one of Paul Taylor's most acclaimed works, "Runes." The piece premiered in Paris, France, 1975 and has had nearly 1,000 performances since, including being featured on the PBS series, Great Performances, Dance in America. In addition to creating over 200 concert works in multiple genres, Busby’s collaborations include the score to Robert Altman’s film 3 WOMEN and operas with librettist Craig Lucas.

In 2016, Eryc Taylor Dance received a gift from Busby, an original score made just for Eryc, titled "Dances on Wood.”  The same year, the piece had it’s world premiere at the José Peón Contreras Theater in Mérida, Mexico, during ETD's Mexico Tour.

Collaborating with such a musical genius heightened my work. It forced me out of my box and gave me the inspiration to create truly avant garde movement. Busby was involved in every part of the process and as a thank you, "Dances on Wood," is dedicated to Gerald Busby, forever.

The success of our relationship sparked a new weekly tradition, Sundays at 4, with Gerald. Our professional relationship developed into our close friendship, and now every Sunday I visit Gerald at his apartment at the Chelsea Hotel and listen as he shares not only advice but also stories from his career. His story can be found on the PBS Special, “Gerald Busby’s Lust for Life,” where he also talks about our collaborations and energy!

In efforts to move our relationship forward, I am happy to announce that Gerald Busby will be ETD’s official Musical Advisor. Next season we will be working even closer together as he joined ETD's diverse advisory board to curate music for the company. 

Gerald Busby & Eryc Taylor at the ETD 10th Anniversary Gala

Gerald Busby & Eryc Taylor at the ETD 10th Anniversary Gala

RE-STAGING FROM 1992 by Andrew Tran

For our 2017 NYC Season, ETD is bringing back two repertory pieces. One of the pieces is nearly twenty four years old and I couldn’t be more excited to restage it. I choreographed, "Chaise Lung," in 1992 in collaboration with Laura Peterson. It had its world premiere that same year at The Kunsthaus Tacheles in former East Berlin. It was also performed on tour throughout Germany and the US, which included the prestigious Lincoln Center Out of Doors, NYC 1993. 

The original duet is a theatrically quirky and comical take on a tango composed by Astor Piazzolla. In an effort to heighten the integrity of the piece, I invited award-winning Latin ballroom performer and instructor Sidney Grant to work with the dancers. A big thank you to Sidney!

I have also commissioned musician & composer, Salomon Lerner, to create a unique, new tango. WIth Piazzolla as inspiration, he created a fresh and contemporary twist on the tango. I always love collaborating with Salomon as our visions always seems to click instead of clash. This is the fourth original score that ETD has commissioned from Lerner.

This fall, “Chaise Lung,” will be re-staged at the Martha Graham Center for Contemporary Dance. in October, performed by ETD company members Graham Cole and Taylor Ennen (u/s Alex Tenreiro Theis). Original costumes designed by NY artist Dav Burrington; Lighting by Jason Fok.

Can't wait for its SECOND WORLD PREMIERE!


 

ETD'S FIRST COMMISSION by Andrew Tran

We are thrilled to announce Douglas Sills of the Sills Foundation has gifted Eryc Taylor Dance $10,000 commission to create a new work! This will be ETD's first full piece commission and we are truly honored to have the Sills' support, and the piece, "Cycles," will be dedicated to the Foundation in perpetuity. 

“Cycles,” will be a sixteen minute abstraction of space and sea. The piece brings together two weightless environments and plays with the harmony between the two. The matrix that makes up all organisms is broken down and reassembled, sparking evolution. Using the natural movement of entropy to navigate the weightlessness and vacuum of space.

In March of 2017, I went to the ON TOP! Party hosted by Susanne Bartsch, and was lucky to meet a young man dawning a 3D rope sculpture dress that he created. He is a young up and coming NYC-based artist, attending New York University. I am now collaborating with Ether to create geometrical structures that outline the dancer's bodies, essentially an exoskeleton. Swarm Intelligence, British electronic artist, has been working very closely with me to create a soundscape that transports the listener into another world. None of this would have been possible without the extremely generous support from Mr. Douglas Sills.

In efforts to keep up the momentum, we are initiating a match gift program! We are asking each of our supporters to consider a gift of any amount to go toward the creation of new work and help match the $10,000 Sills Fund donation. If our patrons come through and we meet the goal, ETD will not only create, "Cycles," but would also be able to fully develop the set design, lighting, and costumes! You will also be recognized in the Playbill at our upcoming NYC season this October 2017.

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STEVEN MENENDEZ & ETD: PHOTOS by Andrew Tran

Steven Menendez is a Fine Art, Portrait and Fashion Photographer, in New York City who also happens to be one of my close friends. If you haven't seen his amazing work, go check it out at http://www.stevenmenendez.com. As an artist, I make it a point of creating communities within my own circles to elevate the work itself, because collaborations often birth something more beautiful than being caught up in my own mind. It’s important to me that art is not only being created, but seen by people who appreciate and are excited by it. 

We had such a fulfilling experience working with Steven during our last photoshoot. We collaborated on the clothing and styling of the shoot, settling on a black/white 1980's Herb Ritts tone. It was a high energy shoot, but so smooth and flawless due to everyone's professionalism and just the spark Steven and I have in the studio. The photos are brilliant and were used by Michael Apuzzo of Dancers for Good for extensive marketing. We are so grateful Steven shared his talents with us.

Stay tuned! We will be working with Steven again in the near future....But for now, check out the results from our first collaboration in the photos below!