Charleston Gaillard Center Presents

The Center Will Not Hold: A Dorrance Dance Production
Created by Ephrat Asherie and Michelle Dorrance

Apr 15, 2025 at 7:30 pm
Tickets Start at $29 (Plus Applicable Fees)

About the Show

The Center Will Not Hold, born from “a little room”, a short duet created and performed by Ephrat Asherie and Michelle Dorrance in December 2022, the expanded and reimagined work now includes a collective of singular performers deeply rooted in one or many of the following street, club, and vernacular dances: House, Breaking, Hip Hop, Tap Dance, Chicago Footwork, Detroit Jit, Litefeet, Memphis Jookin, Body Percussion, etc.

The work features original music composed by Donovan Dorrance with live percussion by world class drummer/percussionist, John Angeles. It premiered as a 30-minute piece at New York City Center’s 2023 Fall For Dance Festival, and is currently being developed into an evening-length work. The Center Will Not Hold is a Dorrance Dance Production.

Support for this program is made possible by generous donors who have committed time and resources to the Charleston Gaillard Center’s Dance Initiative.

The work explores themes of isolation, community and solidarity. At one point, the whole cast lined up and performed a sequence of rhythmic pedestrian gestures. It seemed they were just humans, like us. But then they broke off into solos and dance-offs and we were reminded of their otherworldly talents. There was pain there, yes, but also so much joy.

The Observer

Photo Credit: Fall For Dance, Ephrat Asherie & Michelle Dorrance, Christopher Duggan

About Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie (co-creator)

Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie (co-creator) is a NYC-based director, choreographer, performer and b-girl and a 2016 Bessie Award Winner for Innovative Achievement in Dance. Asherie has received numerous awards to support her work including Dance Magazine‘s Inaugural Harkness Promise Award and two National Dance Project Awards.

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About Michelle Dorrance

Michelle Dorrance (co-creator) is “one of the most imaginative tap choreographers working today” (The New Yorker) and has pushed tap dance choreography into dialogue with the international cultural landscape like no artist before. At once a composer and a choreographer, she is known for deeply musical, highly physical, and emotionally compelling work that lives at the intersection of innovation, tradition, and risk.

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Student & Teacher Tickets

The Charleston Gaillard Center’s Education & Community Program is pleased to announce student and teacher tickets are available for this performance. Limited availability. Limited to two tickets per person with valid student/teacher ID.

Tickets available in advance: Tickets are $20 (plus applicable fees) for Orange seats on seatmap. Ticket purchasers must pick up their tickets at Will Call the night of the performance.

Day of rush: Tickets are $25 (plus applicable fees). Available two hours prior to show time, best available.

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