Big Room, New Haven CT
Ever Antler, Eje
Ever Antler is an improvisatory collective made up of dance artists Rachel Bernsen and Melanie Maar, cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum and percussionist/vocalist Abraham Gomez-Delgado. In Ever Antler we are all equal partners in a shared endeavor. We investigate principles of roles, craft, pleasure, story, risk and meaning in performance, practicing spontaneous action as a way to experience and share composition and choreography live.
Eje (Eh-Heh) means axis, hub and “aha!” in Spanish. The Eje’s actual materials are made up of instruments from many parts of the world such as the Dominican tambora, the Cuban conga, the Turkish cymbal, and the African Canzoo as well as a Guibasso, which is a hybrid guitar that has three bass strings and three guitar strings. All of the components sit on a moving kinetic sculpture stage which marks a constantly shifting territory. Eje is soloist playing ensemble music.
The BIG ROOM was founded by dance artist Rachel Bernsen in 2010. It is a studio and performance space that offers a low-tech platform for interdisciplinary collaboration, experimentation and research in dance and performance. It has quickly become known as a “showcase for groundbreakers” (New Haven Advocate), while the Take Your Time series has been described as part of what’s “keeping dance vibrant year round in New Haven” (New Haven Register).