About EDD

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Inventive, Intrepid, and Versatile

Eva Dean Dance (EDD) is an award winning, neo-contemporary company based in Brooklyn established in 1985.  The mission of Eva Dean Dance is to support and strengthen the presence of dance as a performing art globally, with a cross-cultural focus in New York City. EDD achieves this through creating and performing the choreography of Eva Dean, developing and reaching diverse audiences for dance, supporting the work of other choreographers and dancers, providing mentorships to emerging female choreographers and teaching Eva Dean Dance technique and repertory to students representing a wide range of ages, abilities, and cultural backgrounds. Eva Dean Dance is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. 

Throughout the years EDD has received support from various foundations and agencies including The Mertz Gilmore Foundation, The Department of Public Affairs American Embassies in the Netherlands and the Czech Republic to perform internationally, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, New York State Council on the Arts, and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. 

Artistic Director, Eva Dean crafts work which embodies the depth of the human spirit. Dean works experimentally with her dancers to reveal their unique qualities through improvisational movement. Dean, along with her collaborators, incorporate architectural design, inventive use of props, sets from recycled goods, ambient and experimental sound scores, and experiential lighting to create a multi-faceted experience.  Apart from performing in traditional venues, EDD thrives on the challenge of creating site-specific work, interacting with landscape, architecture, and common objects as a way to stimulate our imagination and perception of environment.

Production Credits include numerous performances in New York City, including The Museum of Modern Art, Fringe/NYC, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace at St. Mark’s Church, The Brooklyn Museum, The Dance Series at 14th Street Y, among many others. Site-specific productions include Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Prospect Park, and a turn of the 20th century barn in Sheffield, MA. National performance credits include Carol Autorino Center in Hartford, CT, First Night Boston, and Monkey House productions in Medford, MA. Internationally, EDD has performed in Dubai United Arab Emirates, Amsterdam Fringe where it received "Best of Fringe New York," Fringe Festival Prague, CZK, and Recklinghausen Fringe, GE.

About Union Street Dance (USD):Dean founded Union Street Dance, home of EDD, in 2000. USD provides subsidized rehearsal space to over 100 choreographers annually.  From 2012 to present, EDD provided a Mertz Gilmore Foundation Late-Stage Creative Stipend (LSCS) to dance makers. The purpose of the LSCS addresses the insufficiency of resources available to dance makers in the later stages of their development process.  Laurie Taylor is EDD’s current 2016 Mertz Gilmore LSCS.  Past LSCS artists are Francine Ott (2012), Satoshi Haga and Rie Fukuzawa (2013), Jamal Jackson (2014), and Christina Noel (2015).  In 2016, Eva Dean Dance is proud to announce the inception of the Joan Duddy Space Grant program, which provides free rehearsal space.  Our inaguating 2016 JDSG are Satoshi Haga and Rie Fukuzawa of binBin Factory, and Seema Iyer, The Bollywood Lawyer.  The subsidized dance rehearsal rental program at USD is made possible in part with public funds from New York State Council on the Arts, New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Mertz Gilmore Foundation

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