Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company celebrates the 10th Anniversary of our acclaimed show Encore which premiered in 2007 at Manhattan’s Joyce SoHo. The show has been performed without pause by the Company, other professional companies, pre-professional training programs, and university and arts high school dance departments since then.
A signature work of the Company’s, Encore lives at the intersection of concert dance and contemporary musical theater and is audience-proof. With an infectious score of classic jazz recordings, Encore‘s exuberant cast entertains the audience in humorous fashion under the conceit that the audience is observing a final dress rehearsal. Encore is thus a show about a show, the ultimate reality show, giving audiences a peek behind the curtain. The choreography is joyful, fast, rhythmic, innovative and diverse, a wealth of pure, red-hot, dynamic dance. Audiences tap their feet during the show and hum as they leave the theater.
Chronology of Encore
2005: Character, developed and presented at The University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
2006: Character performed at the ACDFA National Gala, The Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.
2006: Summertime and Indiana developed and presented at The University of WI, Milwaukee
2007: Encore set and performed at Fordham University/The Ailey School students, NYC
2007: DGDC premieres the opening of Encore as The Rehearsal, West End Theater, NYC
2007: Encore premieres at Joyce SoHo to tremendous critical and public praise, NYC
2007: Encore presented DRA/Broadway Cares’ Dancing at the Crossroads, Times Square, NYC
2007: Encore presented in The Joyce Theater’s 25th anniversary season, Family series, NYC
2007: Encore presented at The University of Michigan’s Department of Dance, Ann Arbor, MI
2007: Encore at The Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts, Long Island Univ, Brooklyn, NYC
2007/8: Encore Tour. Public school performances with Dept of Cultural Affairs grant, NYC
2008/9: Encore, In The Studio, NY City Center Studios, public lecture-performance series, NYC
2009: Encore performs sold-out run, official selection of New York Musical Theater Festival, NYC
2009/10: Encore set at La Guardia High School for the Performing Arts, The “Fame” School, NYC
2010: Encore presented by The YM & YWHA of Washington Heights & Inwood, NYC
2010: Eisenhower Dance Ensemble licenses Encore, wins national competition, Rochester, MI
2010/11: Encore set on students at The School of the Arts (SOTA), Rochester, NY
2011: Encore at Nazareth College Summer Dance Festival, Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY
2011/12: Encore set on students at Talent Unlimited High School, NYC
2011/12: Encore set on students at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, Queens, NYC
2012: Rochester City Ballet licenses Encore, Nazareth Performing Arts Center, Rochester, NY
2012: Character performed at Edinburgh International Fringe, Edinburgh, Scotland
2012: Encore’s Summertime Suite presented by Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, MA
2013/14: Encore set at The Joffrey Ballet School, performed at Salvatore Capezio Theater, NYC
2015: Encore set on Terspichord, Girls Preparatory School, Chattanooga, TN
2015: Encore set on University at Buffalo State University of New York students, Buffalo, NY
2015: Encore performed at American College Dance Association, Ohio University, Athens, OH
2015: Encore presented by Bryant Park Presents and Inception to Exhibition, Bryant Park, NYC
2016: Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theater licenses Encore, Marietta, GA
2017: Encore set on students at University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
2017: Encore set on students at Florida School of the Arts, Palatka, FL,
2017: Encore set on Charlotte Dance Festival Repertory Ensemble, various performance, NC
2017: Encore set on PICTA Movement Collective, Beloit College, Beloit, WI
2017: DGDC Encore Tour: various performances and public events from July through December
Encore is both the title of Gwirtzman’s new dance suite and the response it’s likely to inspire. The name refers to the repetitions of rehearsal, as a fictional troupe of Broadway dancers prepares to go on the road, but there’s little tedium in Gwirtzman’s choreography, set to classic jazz recordings. Executing his tricky syncopations and intricate patterns at breakneck tempos, the dancers can’t help but smile.
The New Yorker
No matter how many dark pieces Daniel Gwirtzman has turned out since starting to choreograph in 1995, he’s clearly a not-so-secret jazz baby who’s also a fan of Broadway…I’m a pushover for dancers who can play themselves in unaffected ways-as these do extremely well.
Deborah Jowitt, The Village Voice
I found myself grinning from one of the piece to the other. Gwirtzman has made a spring fling, showing us the underside of the dancer’s world, letting us feel the sensuality of the studio and glory in the music of the first half of the 20th century.
Elizabeth Zimmer, Gay City News
The Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company pulled out all the stops with its performance of Encore, a riotous new full-evening piece of razzle-dazzle entertainment.
Lisa Jo Sagolla, Back Stage