Alice Farley/Henry Threadgill
Erotec (The Human Life of Machines)

The Public Theater
September 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15
(World Premiere)

A collaborative work conceived by Alice Farley and Henry Threadgill
Commissioned and Produced by the Jim Henson Foundation, the Flynn Theatre for the Performing Arts, Looking Glass, Inc., and Rabota, Inc.

Artistic Direction, Choreograpy & Costume Design by Alice Farley
Music by Henry Threadgill
Design Collaboration by Marc Aubin
Project Management by Pauline Bilsky
Set Design by Bill Stabile
Light Design by Howard Thies


Kalya Yannatos
Alicia Diaz
William Isaac
Laura Peterson
Thom Fogarty
Mark Mindek
Adam Kilgour

Henry Threadgill
Brandon Ross
Tony Cedras
Stomu Takeishi
J.T. Lewis
Additional Dancers and Understudies: Sharon Livardo, Felicia Norton.

The elements of music and dance in EROTEC were developed interactively with the participation of the total ensemble.

Rehearsal direction by Kalya Yannatos and Tom Fogarty
Sound Engineering by James Johnson
Costume Construction by Manju Shandler, Adam Kilgour, Marc Aubin and Chrystal Barela
Special Collaboration with Found Object Costumes by Peter Whitney
Administrative Assistants: Jennifer Barren and Mark Mindek

The composer and choreographer commission fees for this collaboration were made possible by a grant from Meet the Composeršs Composer/Choreographer Project, a national program funded by the Ford Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trust.

This production was also made possible through the support of the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trustšs Live Music for Dance Program, the Lila Wallace - Readeršs Digest National Jazz Network, a program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, and Sony Music Entertainment, Inc. Alice Farley Dance Theater is a resident company of LaMaMa E.T.C. and the support of La MaMa has been invaluable to the development of this project.

Thanks to The Performing Garage and LaMaMa/Great Jones Rehearsal Project for the use of rehearsal space.

Special thanks to Ellen Stewart, Meryl Vladimer, Robert Parker, Alonso King, and Annie Hickman.

ALICE FARLEY/HENRY THREADGILL bring together two extraordinary talents that consistently defy classification. Farley is a surrealist artist best known for her sculptural costuming and innovative choreography that combine elements of dance, puppetry, circus, and experimental magic techniques. Alice Farley Dance Theater was founded in 1974 in San Francisco and moved to New York in 1981. Touring nationally and internationally, the company the companyšs recent productions include Daphne of the Dunes (with live music by Harry Partch), Imaginary Ancestors, and Black Water. Traditional avant-garde jazz, serial minimalism European orchestral music are only some of the genres that serve as vehicles for composer and instrumentalist Henry Threadgill, whose music recognizes no geographic or cultural boundaries. With over twenty albums to his credit, Threadgill has repeatedly been voted Best Composer by Downbeat, magazinešs critics and readers. His most recent recording is Wherešs Your Cup? on the Columbia label.