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a unique program offering a fresh approach to dance training and performance. Experience world-class dance education, immersive exhibition performances, and the creation of a global narrative dance film. 

 
 
 
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ABOUT

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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.

 

WORKSHOPS/

All dance levels and backgrounds WELCOME

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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.

INSTALLATION

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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. 

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Each city's INSTALLATION performance will be a unique experience.  We are thrilled to be collaborating with fashion designers, producers, and artists including Julie Rohart and Calliz Creative Images.

 
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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.  

 
 
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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. 

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FILM

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

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Featuring the creative minds of Student Academy Award Winning Director Max R. A. Fedore, Oren Soffer, and Willy Laury

 
 

CREATORS

 

 
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Eriko Iisaku

 

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.

 

 

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Willy Laury

Willy Laury (FR/USA) is known internationally for his exceptional skills as a dancer having danced 7 years with the world’s leading contemporary dance company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre as well as other leading companies such as Ballet X, Morphoses and Michael Clark, just to name a few.  Most recently Willy was a guest artist with Incidence Choreographique of the Opera National de Paris. While dancing and creating alongside Benoit-Swan Pouffer on numerous productions, his passion for performing led him to discover acting with Matthew Corzine in NYC. This experience sparked a unique and creative point of view, mixing his personal heritage and a passion for fashion with a multitude of cultures discovered along the way. Willy speaks of hope, unapologetic individuality, and the message of tolerance through beautiful cinematic movements.

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Scott Schneider

Scott Schneider (FR/USA) began training at The King Centre for the Performing Arts in Wanaque, NJ and then graduated cum laude from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University in 2011.  After graduation, he began working in NYC with various artists including Benoit-Swan Pouffer, 10 Hairy Legs, Willy Laury, Joshua Beamish’s Move The Company, Emery LeCrone Dance,  and apprenticeship with the Stephen Petronio Company.  In 2015,  Scott moved to Paris to create the brand new production "Paris Merveilles" at Lido de Paris choreographed by Benoit-Swan Pouffer and directed by Franco Dragone.  Scott recently performed in Austin McCormick’s Company XIV for the 2016/2017 Nutcracker Rouge, as well as pop sensation Ariana and the Rose’s immersive Light and Space in Brooklyn, NY.  He can also be seen in Max R. A. Fedore’s Student Academy Award winning film Opera of Cruelty.  Commercial work includes Cartier,  Corneliani, Hugo Boss, Jaeger-Lecoultre, and Visa.

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Łukasz Zięba

Łukasz Zięba (PL, USA), native of Kraków, Poland, is currently based in New York City where he works as a freelance artist. He graduated from L’Art de la Danse Cracow Dance Academy. Lukasz was the winner of the Best Solo Award All Categories at the Dance World Cup in Villach, Austria in 2012. Shortly after he moved to New York to study at The Ailey School on a full scholarship. He took part in Cedar Lake 360 Installation and participated in Springboard Danse Montreal. He later joined Aspen Santa Fe Ballet performing works by Cayetano Soto, Alejandro Cerrudo, Nicolo Fonte, Jorma Elo and Jiri Kylian. He also performed at The Metropolitan Opera in various productions in choreographies by Arthur Pita, Alexei Ratmansky, Susan Stroman and Norbert Vesak. Currently he works with Austin McCormick's Company XIV.  On the creative side he choreographed on So You Think You Can Dance (Poland), as well as presented his works at Dixon Place, Miami Hispanic Cultural Arts Center, XVII International Chopin and Friends Festival, Richmond Dance Festival and more.