CELEBRATE NEW WAVE OF CONTRA DANCE MUSIC
PERPETUAL e-MOTION & ELIXIR
New York, NY - Country Dance*New York will present ContraShock!, its second annual weekend celebration of the new wave of contra dance music from Friday, Sept 21 through Sunday, Sept 23. Two of the most exciting bands which have exploded the 20th century contra string band with electronic doubling, trombones, flugelhorns, foot percussion, and more are performing. Dynamic live music is being provided by Perpetual e-Motion (Ed Howe and John Coté) and Elixir (Nils Fredland, Ethan Hazzard-Watkins, Jesse Hazzard-Watkins, Anna Patton, and Owen Morrison.) The greatly admired and inspiring callers Nils Fredland and Will Mentor, known for their enthusiastic and clear teaching, will lead the proceedings.
The ContraShock! weekend begins on Friday, September 21 with a four-hour contra dance from 7pm to 11pm at PS 199, 270 West 70th Street, Manhattan. An introductory dance workshop takes place from 6:30pm to 7pm. Admission to the Friday dance is $15 students; $20 general admission.
On Saturday, September 22 two dances are planned at the Chinatown Y Houston Street Center, 273 Bowery (near Houston Street), Manhattan. First there will be an afternoon contra dance for experienced dancers only from 5:45pm to 7:45pm. Admission to the afternoon dance is $10 students; $15 general admission. From 9pm to midnight a contra dance for all will be offered preceded by a beginners' contra workshop from 8:30pm to 9pm. No previous experience is required. The caller walks everyone through the patterns of each dance. Admission to the Saturday evening dance is $20; and $15 for students. Both Saturday dances combined cost $30; and $23 for students.
A picnic at Summit Rock in Central Park from 12 noon to 4 pm on Sunday, September 23 offers an opportunity for musicians and dancers alike to gather together playing music and dancing informally. In case of rain the picnic will be cancelled.
Passionate, propulsive and progresive are what best define the music of the power duo, Perpetual e-Motion, perched at the convergence of traditional and electronic dance music. Captivating listeners and dancers with their infectious and unique sound, Perpetual e-Motion integrates technical and sonic innovations with old school traditions to create an enormous sound full of momentum and groove.
Since its start in 2005, Elixir has evolved a sound that combines musical innovation with strong danceability, and has quickly become popular with dancers and audiences all over the U.S. Elixir blends driving fiddle and guitar with the rich texture and rhythmic excitement of a full horn section, deftly weaving brassy riffs and daring solos in and out of traditional Irish, French Canadian and New England tunes.
Those interested can call The Dancephone at 212.459.4080 or visit the Country Dance*New York website, www.cdny.org for more information. Attendees are asked to bring a separate pair of clean, soft-bottomed shoes for dancing.
Traveling to 270 West 70 Street via subway: Take the 1, 2 or 3 train to 72nd Street. Traveling to 273 Bowery (and Houston Street) via subway: Take the 6 train to Bleecker Street stop, the F train to Second Avenue stop, or the B or D train to Broadway and Lafayette Street.