Evanston Dance Ensemble will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a celebration of dance
Evanston Dance Ensemble (EDE), the pre-professional dance company in residence at Dance Center Evanston, is delighted to present the final show of its twenty-fifth anniversary season. Throughout its history, EDE has been highly regarded for its original works as well as its adaptations of classics, including Alice in Wonderland, A Midsummer Night’s Dreamand The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. This season was no exception and will culminate in March with Silver Lining: Celebrating 25 Years of Dance featuring a dozen dances selected from EDE’s repertoire spanning a quarter century.
Choreographers include EDE Artistic Director Christina Ernst, along with Keesha Beckford, Laura Berman, Julie Cartier, Mike Gosney, Elijah Richardson, Enid Smith and Allison Kurtz Volkers. There will be a piece choreographed by former EDE and rising national star Keerati Jinakunwiphat, as well as one by EDE founder Bea Rashid. The show will open with the rarely seen “Unbreakable”, a remarkable piece choreographed by Ernst 35 years ago.
silver lining will be presented at the Josephine Louis Theater on the campus of Northwestern University at 20 Arts Circle Drive in Evanston. Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. from Thursday March 17 to Saturday March 19 with an additional matinee at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $15 for students and $25 for adults and are available at http://tinyurl.com/silverede or by calling the North West Box Office at (847) 491-7282. Each ticket is a kind of passport to see a selection of the best of EDE’s 25-year history.
Artistic director Ernst calls silver lining “a showcase of the determination and creativity of the members of the ensemble and the choreographers. Dance demands the wholeness of each dancer and is very precious because of the senses of hope, beauty and life it brings.
Since its creation, EDE has developed the artistic dance talents of nearly 250 young dancers aged 12 to 18. With a commitment to creating professional-caliber performances in a wide range of dance styles using the finest choreographic and theatrical talent, EDE’s reputation for creating innovative, exciting productions for audiences of all ages continues to grow. grow.
“We created a unique collaborative and creative atmosphere for our dancers, which helped them grow both technically and artistically,” says Ernst. “You can see in them the benefits of working with dancers, choreographers and designers who are top professionals in their fields.”
EDE 25and The anniversary season opened in the fall with Point of connection: the project of young choreographers featuring original pieces choreographed and danced by members of the ensemble. In December, EDE was featured – as in previous years – on the annual broadcast of the Evanston Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert.
Looking to the future, ede2, whose members are aged 12 to 14, will present its original production of The history of our block this spring under the direction of ede2’s new artistic director, Kara Roseborough. There will also be multiple performances of the show at Studio5 Performing Arts Center on April 9. and April 10. EDE’s annual report fancy dance benefit will take place at Studio5 on April 9.