As a choreographer Edie has created numerous events, works for children, non dancers and burlesque performers. Notably this includes a French television commercial directed by Michel Gondry, and a fashion show of Robert Rauschenberg's costumes commissioned by the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation and supervised by Merce Cunningham. Edie choreographed (and performed the role of Secretary Edith) off- Broadway for 3 years in Angela DiCarlo's original musical parody of Mad Men: "The Mad World of Miss Hathaway"; noted as Low Brow Brilliant in New York Magazine. She collaborates on Angela’s more recent “Attention Deficit Disorder Cabaret” project at Joe’s Pub and the Bard College Spiegel Tent. She has staged numerous fashion spectacles for designer David Quinn; and choreographed productions of Rent, Urinetown, Romeo and Juliet, and Grease at the United Nations International School. She collaborates and performs often with her partner Dame Cuchifrita, including the #midlifecrisiseuropeantour which took them to Berlin, Paris, Bratislava and Reykjavik.
Edie teaches at the New York School of Burlesque and coaches aspiring and professional performers, including Trixie Little in the number that won the title Miss Exotic World in 2015. She teaches a popular workshop for contemporary dancers with Melanie Maar entitled “Sense Appeal: Deconstructing the Erotics of Performance” at Movement Research in NYC and elsewhere. She led hundreds of people in Lincoln Center’s Dancing Under the Stars NU-Disco event in 2017. And since 2008 she has been honored to occasionally assist her mentor, renowned ballet teacher Janet Panetta.
Description of Workshop co-taught with Melanie Maar:
Sense Appeal: Deconstructing the Erotics of Performance
Where is the space that can hold our individual urges for sense-connection, expression and our love relationship with an audience? What external and internal elements enhance or mute our fullest expression of our enlivened physicality?
Edie and Melanie are co-guiding this workshop situated in the continuum between their experiences in 'art' and 'entertainment'. Within a space for collective and individual exploration, we will investigate the relationships between feelingness and formness. Using a guided, improvisational approach to sense-based experiencing, as well as learning aspects of sensual movement vocabulary, we all come together to re-examine in action, in being, and in dialogue our various realities and the cliches swirling around us.
This two day workshop is for people of all self-identifications who have an in-depth performance practice.