One of the finest contemporary dance companies in the nation, Eisenhower Dance has received overwhelming critical acclaim along with enthusiastic audience support. Described as “dance that touches the soul,” by Susan Hall-Balduf of The Detroit Free Press and “A hearty, no-nonsense way of moving” by Jack Anderson of The New York Times. In 2016, the company celebrates 25 years of contemporary brilliance with Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, and other dances.


Join the Michigan Opera Theatre Dance Council for a Champagne Reception
January 23, 2016 in the Frankel Lounge
Tickets: $45 per person
RSVP by January 20th to Christina Wagner at cwagner@motopera.org or (313) 237-3236
Reception begins immediately following the performance


Eisenhower Dance’s Silver Anniversary Performance

Program for  January 23, 2016


Choreography:  Laurie Eisenhower
Music:  Simple Symphony by Benjamin Britten
Costumes:  Leslie Littell and Shari Bennett
Dancers: Lindsay Chirio, Andrew Cribbett, Alex Hlavaty, Emily Zatursky Keifer, Rachel Pawson, Callie Peterson, Matthew Schmitz, Katharine Larson Shapira, Michael Teasely III, Katie Wiley and special guest Stella Ercolani

Evermore premiered at the Seligman Performing Arts Center in Beverly Hills, Michigan in December 2000. Guest dancer Stella Ercolani is a student at the Birmingham Eisenhower Dance Center.

A Thousand Miles (premiere)

Choreography and Set:  Laurie Eisenhower
Music: Excerpt of Finding Coins and Learning to Read and The Terminal (The Tale of Viktor Navorski) by John Williams
Costumes:  Shari Bennett

Dancers:  Lindsay Chirio, Andrew Cribbett, Alex Hlavaty, Emily Zatursky Keifer, Katharine Larson Shapira, Matthew Schmitz, Michael Teasley III, Katie Wiley

Maggie Allesee and dance are synonymous in the Detroit community. Her gifts to academic programs, cultural institutions and dance companies have allowed dance to flourish in the most difficult times. Her unwavering dedication and support of Eisenhower Dance has provided opportunities for the Company to proceed on its amazing journey of artistic discovery and success over the past 25 years.  For all these reasons and many more, Laurie Eisenhower dedicates this dance to Maggie Allesee, a woman of vision and spunk!  We are most grateful to Maggie and honor her in the best way the Company knows. . . .to dance for her.


Bolero, revisited

Choreography: Laurie Eisenhower
Music: Bolero by Maurice Ravel
Lighting Design: Kenneth Keith
Costume Design: Laurie Eisenhower
Costume Consultation and Construction: Shari Bennett and Christa Koerner

Dancers: Lindsay Chirio, Andrew Cribbett, Alex Hlavaty, Emily Zatursky Keifer, Rachel Pawson, Callie Peterson, Matthew Schmitz, Katharine Larson Shapira, Michael Teasley III, Daniel Wentworth, Katie Wiley and Wayne State University Dancers- Britney Birr, Bianca Bousamra, Scott Clark, Kelsey Lewinski, Ashlee Merritt, Lena Shuptar

Bolero, revisited premiered as part of Eisenhower Dance’s The Light Show production, which was co-commissioned by the Detroit Opera House and the Wharton Center for the Performing Arts. It premiered at the Detroit Opera House January 31, 2015.


The Rite of Spring

Concept and Choreography: Laurie Eisenhower
Music: Le Sacre du Printemps by Igor Stravinsky
Pianists: Eugene and Elisabeth Pridonoff
Percussion Group Cincinnati: Allen Otte, James Culley and James Burge
Lighting Design: Kerro Knox 3
Set Design: Jeremy Barnett
Scenic Construction: Jeffery Block, Michelle Hathaway, Micki Miller, Mike Pizzo
Costume Design: Monika Essen
Costume Construction: Shari Bennett

Dancers: Lindsay Chirio, Andrew Cribbett, Alex Hlavaty, Emily Zatursky Keifer, Rachel Pawson, Callie Peterson, Matthew Schmitz, Katharine Larson Shapira, Michael Teasley III, Daniel Wentworth, Katie Wiley

Laurie Eisenhower’s The Rite of Spring premiered at the Seligman Performing Arts Center in June 2012 as part of the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival. Igor Stravinsky’s and Vaslav Nijinsky’s original version, which premiered in Paris in 1913, was groundbreaking. Fights broke out in the audience between those who loved and hated this startling new style of ballet and music. Since then, many renowned choreographers have taken on Stravinsky’s score, using the original scenario of the sacrificial virgin who dances herself to death. Eisenhower chose to create a new scenario, which is as expansive and magnificent as the music: mankind’s struggles throughout the history of the world.

Man is harder than iron, stronger than stone and more fragile than a rose.
-Turkish Proverb


About the Musicians

Elisabeth and Eugene Pridonoff formed the Pridonoff Duo in 1982 making their formal debut with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Paul Nadler. Successful debuts in New York’s Tully Hall and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in 1986 were followed with performances throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, China, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Italy, Belgium, and Spain.

The Pridonoff Duo has recorded for Ablaze Records and was featured in a cover photo and interview in the March 2005 issue of Clavier Magazine, and in Piano Artistry Magazine in China in 2006. Professors Emeriti of Piano and formerly Duo-in-Residence at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, Elisabeth and Eugene Pridonoff are Steinway Artists and are under the management of Alkahest Artists & Attractions, Inc. They now make their home in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Percussion Group Cincinnati was founded in 1979 and consists of members Allen Otte, James Culley, and Russell Burge, all of whom are faculty members and ensemble-in-residence at the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati.  Their daily rehearsal schedule is supplemented with the teaching and coaching of young musicians, many of whom have gone on to professional careers in creative music, in teaching, and with major symphony orchestras. Appearances in their national and international touring schedule have included the major cities, festivals, concert halls and schools of America, Europe and Asia. In addition to community concerts, workshops, and master classes, the Group regularly appears as concerto soloists with symphony orchestras, and has presented their program “Music From Scratch” to hundreds of thousands of children across North America. Percussion Group Cincinnati is particularly respected for its knowledge of and experience with the entire range of the music of John Cage, having made tours and festival appearances with him on a number of occasions in Europe and in America, and having had pieces created by Cage especially for the Group. More recently, the Group has developed similar special relationships with John Luther Adams, Qu Xiao-Song, Mark Saya, Russell Peck, and with Larry Austin on the Charles Ives Universe Symphony project. Recent performances include the Shanghai International Spring Music Festival, a tour of Japan, and the premiers of two new concertos for the group, in Hong Kong and in Singapore. Over the past 30 years, many young composers from the United States, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia have created a large body of new and often experimental music for the unique talents of Percussion Group Cincinnati. The group’s work appears on various CDs, including their own ars moderno label; their recording of John Luther Adams’ evening-length “Strange and Sacred Noise” has been released in surround-sound by Mode. The group is currently at work on their contribution to the series of Mode Records’ integrated set of the complete music of John Cage, and on a 30-year retrospective multi-disc set including performances from the group’s entire history.

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