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.
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
Encore, an evening-length show conceived, directed and choreographed by Daniel Gwirtzman which premiered in 2007 at Joyce SoHo, was an official selection of the New York Musical Theater Festival in 2009.
May 18 – 20, 2012 — The stylistically diverse, highly-acclaimed Rochester City Ballet debuts a thirty-minute excerpt from Encore at the Nazareth College Arts Center as part of their Spring Mix season.
Rochester City Ballet invited Daniel Gwirtzman to blog about Encore. “Rochester City Ballet has asked me to think about the genesis of Encore. A fitting thing to do as the dance celebrates its fifth year anniversary this June! Premiering as an 85-minute, full ensemble scripted show at New York’s Joyce SoHo in 2007 Encore began with a solo I developed for myself in 2005 called Character.Set to Louis Armstrong’s rendition of the Basin Street Blues, this dance came out naturally and quickly. Character came completely from the music. The story came later. Character lives as a stand-alone piece. Read the entire Guest Blog HERE
“We are thrilled to be working with Mr. Gwirtzman.” says artistic director Jamey Leverett. “His work is very clever and entertaining. We know our audiences are going to enjoy Encore as much as our company will enjoy performing it!”