This is a monumental year for EEE as we celebrate our 15th anniversary of presenting our theatrical jazz works to our community. In July we are presenting a collage of EEE company favorites and works by incredible jazz guest artists including Zoe Sealy, Karla Grotting, Cynthia Gutierrez-Garner and Danny Buraczeski. Our 15th season is highlighting not only EEE’s 15 years but celebrating the history of jazz dance in MN and we’re excited to share these nostalgic, complex and thought-provoking works with you!
Show dates & times:
July 19-21st, 2018 @ 7:30pm
July 22nd, 2018 @ 2:00pm
General Admission: $25 at the door/$20 in advance, Student (with ID): $17, Group Rate (10 or more): $15
Purchase tickets at: thelabtheater.org
Danny Buraczeski‘s Points on a Curve (1998) is full of difficult and idiosyncratic movement vocabulary
and funky rhythms. Buraczeski is a Professor of Dance at Southern Methodist University, teaching classic
jazz dance technique, composition and choreography. A classic jazz stylist for over two decades, his work
has traced a clear and deep investigation of jazz, its sources and its ongoing evolution. After a career on
Broadway appearing in such musicals as MAME with Angela Lansbury and THE ACT with Liza Minnelli,
he founded the original New York City based JAZZDANCE in 1979. Buraczeski was named Artist of the
Year in 2000 by the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Karla Grotting‘s Hold and Release (2017), her most recent work, displays complexities in relationships
through choreography that lends itself to improvisation led by Danish musicians, the Saxopaths. Karla is a
founding member, principal dancer and associate director with Joe Chvala and the Flying Foot Forum ,
with whom she’s been dancing, touring and creating since 1990. Karla graduated from the U of MN-Twin
Cities with a BA in Theater and a BFA in Dance, where she continues an adjunct faculty member.
Zoe Sealy will be setting her nostalgic and beloved work, Ella . Ella premiered at the University of
Minnesota 19 years ago, and where Sloss crossed paths with this MN Jazz dance legend for the first time.
Since then, Sealy has been a huge mentor and inspiration to EEE. Zoe founded and was Artistic Director
of the Minnesota Jazz Dance Company and toured with the company in the 70’s and 80’s throughout the
U.S. and Canada. For 25 years Zoe was on the faculty in the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at
the University of Minnesota where she was instrumental in building the jazz program. Recent honors
include the 2011 and 2013 Sage Nomination for Outstanding Dance Educator, and the 2012 Sage
Nomination for Special Citation.
Cynthia Gutierrez-Garner will present All Together Now , highlighting the tenacity of Americans and
humanity during trying times and will premiere a new work in EEE’s 15th Anniversary Concert. Garner
received her B.F.A. in dance at the University of Minnesota and her M.F.A. from the University of
Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Her work, which focuses research on contemporary modern dance and American
concert jazz dance, has been produced in Minneapolis, MN, Phoenix, AZ, New York City and the
Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. She is currently on faculty at University of Oregon, Lane
Community College, and Western Oregon University.
EEE Artistic Director, Karis Sloss will celebrate 15 years of EEE repertoire in a collage of works
including And Then There Was , Big Noise, Melting and many more. Sloss, a University of Minnesota
alumni and jazz dance historian, aims to bring jazz to the forefront of the dance community once again, as
well as push the boundaries of the form itself beyond its more traditional roots.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan
Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.