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ENCORE

 

The French word Encore means again. It is how dancers work, how dance is made. Hours and hours of repetition, sharpening skills, cultivating craft, exploring expression. Encore is also the name of a celebrated dance in the Company’s repertory. You can hear former dancer Michael Novak speak about it HERE, and watch him behind-the-scenes, and the skeleton of the Dance With Us platform HERE. Encore is the skeleton of the dances that are narrated on the platform.

Encore, an evening-length theatrical dance, premiered in 2007 at New York's Joyce SoHo by Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company and was an official selection of the New York Musical Theater Festival in 2009. Since then it has been in active repertory and never fallen out of the repertory. It has been set on professional companies, university dance departments and arts high schools.  As Brian Seibert had written in The New Yorker at the time of its premiere: "The dancers can't help but smile!" It’s a show about putting on a show. Read these reviews from the premiere to learn more.

ENCORE AT JOYCE SOHO, 2007

ENCORE AT ROCHESTER FRINGE, 2019

ENCORE DANCES

The following dances from Encore are available to watch on the platform.

ORIGINAL ENCORE CAST INTERVIEWS

What was your experience like in the creative process of Encore?
Do you have a favorite memory?

Jamie Scott: I had a blast in the studio with Danny as he was building Encore. My first encounter was learning the last few movements for a show Danny had at Long Island University. We worked on Summertime and Indiana, the final dance. One of my favorite memories came later, while working on the opening sequence of dances which we called The Rehearsal. Automobile Ride, Rose Room, King Porter Stomp…these were such lovely dance vignettes that tumbled out one after another. I remember thinking I’d never be able to get the King Porter Stomp up and running with the speed and precision, but it sure was a blast to keep on trying! And the cast! We had such a great time goofing around in the studio together! That first season at the Joyce SoHo was such a big deal to me. I was so excited and at the same time, terrified with nerves. I had never performed anything like it before.

Stacy Martorana (Wiley): I had so much fun working on Encore with Danny and the company!! I graduated from the University of the North Carolina School of the Arts in 2006, and moved to New York City right afterwards. Dancing for the Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company was my very first professional dance job! I remember feeling very excited and very nervous. Danny's work was very challenging for me at first, and although I loved doing it, I didn't feel I was very good at it. It was quick, incredibly musical, and there was a lot of fast footwork and changes of direction. I had always thought of myself as a slow, big mover- better at adagio, traveling across the floor, and grand allegro. It took me a little while to pick up Danny's style, but slowly and steadily I did, and then I felt like I was DANCING!!!  One of my favorite memories is performing Encore at Joyce SoHo- the premiere of the full length work.

THE ENCORE TOUR BOOK

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Character, developed and presented at The University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Character performed at the ACDFA National Gala, The Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.
Summertime and Indiana developed and presented at The University of WI, Milwaukee
Encore set and performed at Fordham University/The Ailey School students, NYC
DGDC premieres the opening of Encore as The Rehearsal, West End Theater, NYC         
Encore premieres at Joyce SoHo to tremendous critical and public praise, NYC
Encore presented DRA/Broadway Cares’ Dancing at the Crossroads, Times Square, NYC 
Encore presented in The Joyce Theater’s 25th anniversary season, Family series, NYC    
Encore presented at The University of Michigan’s Department of Dance, Ann Arbor, MI    
Encore at The Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts, Long Island Univ,  Brooklyn, NYC
Encore Tour. Public school performances with Dept of Cultural Affairs grant, NYC
Encore, In The Studio, NY City Center Studios, public lecture-performance series, NYC
Encore set at La Guardia High School for the Performing Arts, The “Fame” School,  NYC
Eisenhower Dance Ensemble Encore, wins national competition, Rochester, MI
Encore set The School of the Arts (SOTA), Rochester, NY
Encore at Nazareth College Summer Dance Festival, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY
Encore set on students at Talent Unlimited High School, NYC
Encore set on students at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, Queens, NYC
Rochester City Ballet licenses Encore, Nazareth Performing Arts Center, Rochester, NY     
Character performed at Edinburgh International Fringe, Edinburgh, Scotland        
Encore’s Summertime Suite presented by Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, MA
Encore set at The Joffrey Ballet School, performed at Salvatore Capezio Theater, NYC 
Encore set on Terspichord, Girls Preparatory School, Chattanooga, TN        
Encore set on University at Buffalo State University of New York students, Buffalo, NY
Encore performed at American College Dance Association, Ohio University, Athens, OH
DGDC’s Greatest Hits, Bryant Park Presents Modern Dance, Bryant Park, NYC    
Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theater licenses Encore, Marietta, GA
Encore set on students at University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Encore set on students at Florida School of the Arts, Palatka, FL,
Encore set on Charlotte Dance Festival Repertory Ensemble, various performance, NC
Encore set on PICTA Movement Collective, Beloit College, Beloit, WI
Encore set on students at Georgian Court University, Lakewood, NJ
Encore set on students at Troy University, Troy, AL
The Wassaic Festival
The Studios of Key West
DGDC performs at YourMoves Festival, featured guest company
The Encore Project in NYC: Pier 25, Central Park’s Bethesda Fountain & Terrace, Columbus Circle
MTSU
Encore plays to acclaimed reviews at the Rochester KeyBank Fringe Festival
Encore performed in Sheridan, Wyoming as part of Welcome To The World of Dance