Wednesday, September 17, 2008

back & forth: an evening of choreography by tracy eisenberg

Something to blog about indeed!

Hello friends,

My favorite season is about to arrive - and along with it comes my must-see dance production:
back & forth: an evening of choreography by tracy eisenberg

October 9th and 10th, 2008 8pm

This evening-length event is the culmination of several months development, a gazillion rehearsal hours and the renovation / expansion of previously performed repertory (as ever, I bring in part, the "This Old Dance" element to the stage)

Below is a more elaborate description of what is to come, but I wanted to let you know less formally that these few nights are very important to me - and I would be so happy to have you all be there.

Frank Schiazza from my band The Possessions ( will be part of the performance as a live guitarist. He has composed some amazing music for the production - sure to add a little grit and soul as only Schiazza can -


Tracy Eisenberg presents : back & forth: an evening of choreography by tracy eisenberg :
* featuring live music by Frank Schiazza
Tickets: $13 with reservation; $15 at the door (Free to Press)

Reservations: Call 845 401 9115, or e-mail

back & forth is a contemporary dance production of both debut and renovated repertory by Tracy Eisenberg. The evening will be a stunning showcase of Eisenberg’s choreographic range; from the aesthetically beautiful to the contorted and broken, often overlapping seamlessly in energetic, emotional expressions. One returning favorite is the newly expanded “For A Good Cause”; an electric, whirlwind three sectioned dance beginning with a moody introductory solo (performed by Hannah Jean Lundeen) and Taylor-esque phrase-play in its following trio and duet. Eisenberg’s work in this series is a reflection of her years of classical technique training blended with an eye for grounded movement and space design.

Live guitar performance by composer, musician and recording artist Frank Schiazza will provide an added soulful dimension to three of Eisenberg’s debut dances. Schiazza will join “back & forth”, a 4 movement solo performed in 2 parts by Eisenberg herself, the aggressive and emotional duet to the blues of “Driftin” and the haunting untitled solo performed by Todd Henry, who through popped, puppet-like movements portrays the state of a man in the throes of mind-body disconnection and his journey back to its harmony. Schiazza’s live guitar will be blended in and out of recorded music of varied genres, enhancing cohesion and narrative continuity to the tone of each piece.

Since 2003, Eisenberg’s choreography has been enjoyed in various theaters including WAX, La Tea, Studio 111, Merce Cunningham, Galapagos Art Space, among others in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. This will be her second production at Triskelion Arts; her first production here was in March 2005, when The Washing Machine premiered with her former collaborative dance company, Dialogue Dance Collective. The Washing Machine was attended by four consecutive sold-out audiences and the subject of a featured arts article in the entertainment guide Courier Life 24/7: Zraicke, Karen “Intriguing Washing Machine Set to Spin” Courier Life 24/7 (2005).

Eisenberg’s choreography was recently premiered on the West Coast, when Love, Isadora, a one-woman play by renowned playwright Rick Foster (based on the life of Isadora Duncan) hit The California Stage in Sacramento for a successful, critically acclaimed five-week run. Love, Isadora is a collaboration of Foster, actress Lori Russo, Drama Desk Award nominee Janis Stevens (Director) and Eisenberg (Choreographer). In August 2008, Love, Isadora was nominated for 3 Elly Awards.

For more information on Tracy Eisenberg, or to reserve tickets for back & forth, please contact Tracy Eisenberg at or at 845 401 9115.

back & forth: an evening of choreography by tracy eisenberg
Choreography by Tracy Eisenberg
Light Design: Andrew Dickerson
Music: Recording artists including Four Tet, Lightin’ Hopkins, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Live guitar performance by Frank Schiazza