Artistic Director of Ephrat Asherie Dance Snags Jacobís Pillow Fellowship

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BECKET, Mass. — Ephrat "Bounce" Asherie, the artistic Director of Ephrat Asherie Dance, has been awarded the inaugural Jacob's Pillow Fellowship at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post.

The fellowship includes a $15,000 grant, a one-week residency at Jacob's Pillow's new Pillow Lab, and a residency at LIU Tilles Center. Executive Vice Chairman Roger Tilles was integral in making this new partnership between Jacob's Pillow and Long Island University possible.

"Roger Tilles has been a long-time supporter here at the Pillow and wanted to do something that would bring two of his passions together. We are so grateful that thanks to his generosity and to the team at Tilles Center, we have the opportunity to support the development of new voices in dance in this substantive way," Jacob's Pillow Director Pamela Tatge said.

"Supporting dance artists and bringing this level of dance to LIU Dance are both important to us as a Performing Arts Center. Collaborating on this fellowship gives choreographers the unique opportunity of space and time for developing new work in two inspiring settings. We are thrilled to be able to partner with such an historical, prestigious dance center as Jacob's Pillow," said William Biddle, executive director of Tilles Center.

Asherie, a New York Dance and Performance ("Bessie") Award winner and The Boston Globe's "bona fide b-girl," will use this fellowship to support the development of her newest work. Titled Odeon, the work layers breaking, hip-hop, house and vogue with the buoyant Afro-Brazilian rhythms of 20th century composer Ernesto Nazareth, played live by acclaimed pianist and the choreographer's brother, Ehud Asherie.

Odeon will make its highly anticipated world premiere at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival 2018, June 27-July 1.

"Receiving the inaugural Jacob's Pillow Fellowship at the Tilles Center is an incredible honor.  Having the opportunity to work together with our full cast of seven dancers and four musicians in such a focused way, without the chaos of New York City around us, will be essential to fine tuning and fully preparing the work for its premiere. I am thrilled and very much looking forward to our week-long residency at the Tilles Center," Asherie said.

Asherie utilized her Pillow Lab residency in September 2017 and will begin her residency at LIU on May 15, which includes 24/7 studio access and housing on campus.
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