ACE Dance Concept was born out of long term creative collaborations
between Eriko Iisaku, Willy Laury, Scott Schneider, and Łukasz Zięba. We noticed there was a lack of exposure for dancers participating in dance workshops and conventions. Besides innovative training, ACE wants to provide preprofessional and professional dancers with unique performance opportunity. The live art installation concept emerged from our passion for immersive performance, theatre and dance.
All dance levels and backgrounds WELCOME
Photo by Trey McIntyre
at ACE Dance Concept are an essential part of the project. They include classes in ballet, contemporary, improvisation, partnering, composition and creative process. By sharing the diverse performance experience of our faculty, ACE Dance Concept is offering not only the best training but also the most creative opportunities for our participants.
This unique combination provides a “professional company” environment with an authentic sense of commitment and realistic ‘product delivery’ mentality, while also touching on the creative process. This combination mentally and physically prepares our students for the variety of demands within today’s professional dance world.
Selected dancers will take part in a rehearsal process
that will culminate in a professional installation performance. Besides daily ballet, contemporary, improvisation and partnering classes dancers will be involved in a creative process developing a site-specific performance in a unique venue. The live performance will be filmed and become part of an international film production happening between New York, Paris, Kraków and Tokyo. This professional company experience and unique performance opportunity allows selected dancers to participate as guest artists alongside our creative faculty.
Photo by Trey McIntyre
Award-winning, Polish fashion designer, Kas Kryst has designed the fashion for the lead roles in this year's touring installation performances. Dance, story-telling, and fashion all come together for an incredible immersive performance experience at ACE Dance Concept. This year her work with ACE Dance Concept can be seen in Paris and Krakow. Find out more about her modernist/minimalist approach to fashion here.
This year we are featuring two featured guest artists Prince Credell (Nederlands Dans Theater, LINES, and Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève) and Emma Pfaeffle (Broadway: Charlie & the Chocolate Factory - The Musical, Finding Neverland - The Musical). Prince and Emma will be teaching various classes throughout the workshop as well as performing in the installation performances.
Feature Film to be premiered as part of each city's Installation Performance. Learn more here.
ACE Dance Concept Presents
AURUM I: A MEMORY FILM
“AURUM I” follows four telepathic humans as they are called from their everyday lives to participate in a sacred dance to choose the next living vessel that will preserve the collective memory of humankind.Coming soon!
A Wild Obscura Films Production
Starring Eriko Iisaku, Willy Laury, Scott Schneider, Łukasz Zięba, and Emma Caymares
Choreography by Willy Laury
Directed by Max R. A. Fedore
Original Score by Nathan Prillaman
Production Design by Griffin Stoddard
Cinematography by Oren Soffer
Executive Producer Willy Laury
Produced by Devin Shepherd, Nora Unkel
Copyright MMXVIII Willy Laury
Eriko Iisaku (JPN/USA) is a vibrant lead contemporary artist working in New York City. Eriko began her dance training with her mother, Yoshimi Iisaku. In 2006, she moved to the states to enhance her dance training, and studied at The Ailey School as a Fellowship student for 4 years, Jacob's Pillow Contemporary Tradition and ADF (American Dance Festival). She quickly became a favorite among the new generation of contemporary choreographers. Eriko has since inspired and worked with creative forces such as Francesca Harper and Helen Picket (Frankfurt Ballet), Maleek Washington (Camille A. Brown), Kyle Abraham and Willy Laury to named a few. Eriko has a passion for coaching and teaching. She is currently Francesca Harper Project’s official rehearsal director and also teaches movement for actors at NYU. Commercial work includes Danone Nations Cup World Finals, and Japanese music legend Eikichi Yazawa with performance and choreography.