Behind the Steps: Chaise Lung / 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!