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  • A diverse group of people stand in a group with their hands on their hips and smile for the camera while an older woman in the middle holds her collar up to her chin.
  • A photo collage shows an image of three similarly dressed dancers standing in a row and each leaning in the same direction, and an older woman holding the edge of her tulle skirt while two male dancers cheer her on.

Ephrat Asherie Dance
In collaboration with New York City club legends

7:30 pm Wednesday, February 7, 2024

UNDERSCORED acts as a living archive of “the elders” of New York City club dancers, a multi-generational collaboration with performers ranging in age from 28 to 80.

Celebrating and investigating their connections to the club scene from the 1970s until today, UNDERSCORED features Ephrat Asherie Dance ensemble members and club legends Archie Burnett, Brahms “Bravo” LaFortune, and Michele Saunders. The company will present an exhilarating journey through deeply personal histories; rarely seen archival footage; and decades of dancing through the culturally reflective styles of breaking, hip-hop, house, vogue, waacking, and hustle.

Harlem-based choreographer and break-dancer Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie’s newest work is inspired by generations of urban club dancers and how African and African diaspora-inspired styles of freestyle dance are part of a larger conversation.

The company has roots in African-American and Latinx street and club dance, and is dedicated to exploring the inherent complexities of these movements. Through the Israel native’s works, Ephrat Asherie Dance uses hip-hop, house, breaking, freestyle, and jazz-dance artforms to tell stories and invoke imagery.

The work was commissioned by and premiered at Works & Process at the Guggenheim in November 2022.

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Adult $35
University Park Student $5
18 and Younger $21

sponsored by
Shih-In Ma
Eberly Family Special Collections Library

support provided by
Mary Ann O’Brien Malkin Program Endowment

support for accessibility services provided by
William E. McTurk Endowment for Program Support
Gerald B. M. Stein Memorial Endowment

A grant from the University Park Student Fee Board makes Penn State student prices possible.

UNDERSCORED is a recipient of a National Performance Network Creation and Development Fund grant and is commissioned by: Works & Process, Inc., Guggenheim New York; ArtPower at University of California-San Diego; The Momentary, Benton, Arkansas; and The Yard, Chilmark, Massachusetts.

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Post-performance Discussion

8:30 pm Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Eisenhower Auditorium

After the performance, the artists will speak with interested audience members.