Erica Essner Performance Co-Op

Erica Essner Performance Co-Op

 New York City, New York, USA
BandComedyAdult Contemporary

The Erica Essner Performance Co-Op incorporates a physical narrative into its intense and compelling ensemble work, creating dance that is both heartfelt and architecturally refined. This Brooklyn- based dance company of five has been described by the New York Times as …”consistently, unself-consciously quirky in the best way.”


Forceful and dynamic, the Erica Essner Performance Co-Op builds vibrant movement from autobiography, and theme. Essner's work has been described by the San Francisco Examiner as "exceptional...all the drama of story and character while putting movement at center stage." The key to each dance is the cast; their input and personal history, all contribute to the final “story”. The Co-Op’s intricate gestures, high-flying partnering and original music deliver a visceral experience. This collaborative-based company seeks broad audiences, to this end; it offers open rehearsals and forums that provide insight into the company’s creative process.

“There is a remarkable fluidity governing Essner's phrasing; her movement sequences connect so organically that one's eyes remain forever married to the seamless choreographic action.”
Lisa Jo Sagolla- Backstage Blog

The current company of five grew out of the California-based Erica Essner Performance Co-Op, which was founded in 1990 in San Francisco and enjoyed a decade of performing, teaching and touring in the Bay Area. Since relocating to NYC in 2000, the Company is still going strong in New York, with significant recent achievements, these include performances at Downtown Dance Festival, DanceNow NYC, Central Park SummerStage and Jacob’s Pillow, Alaska DanceTheatre, residencies in Rio de Janeiro, the Kaatsbaan International Dance Center and The Bessie Schonberg Choreographers residency at The Yard in Chilmark MA. Check out our website at


You can watch our excerpts of our new work on YOUTUBE Erica Essner Performance Co-Op Excerpts 2011

Set List

We typically present a 50-60 minute program in a festival setting.