Monica Bill Barnes

Monica Bill Barnes & Company. Photo by Christopher Duggan.

August 15, 2012

With fanciful guest artists, behind-the-scenes glimpses into the choreographic process, open rehearsals and classes, and various exciting new works, the Emory Dance Program’s 2012-2013 season offers something for any dance enthusiast’s palate.

Monica Bill Barnes & Company

New York-based choreographer and performer, Monica Bill Barnes has created 12 evening-length dance works, numerous site-specific events, and several cabaret numbers for her company. Monica Bill Barnes & Company is made up of powerful performers with the mission to celebrate individuality, humor, and the innate theatricality of everyday life.  Beginning with an open rehearsal on Tuesday, September 11, Barnes will create a new work to be showcased at the Emory Dance Company Fall concert. Faculty member Anna Leo will rehearse and direct the work until performance in November. 

Monica Bill Barnes & Company returns to Emory February 28-March 2 to present their current touring repertory including three distinct works, “New Work untitled” (2012), “mostly fanfare” (2010), and “Everything is getting better all the time” (2011). This outrageous and whimsical evening of dance, a part of the Flora Glenn Candler Concert Series, borrows from the glamour of rock concerts and the goodwill of a little league game.

Glimpses Behind the Scenes

In celebration of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts’ 10th Anniversary, the Emory Dance Program opens its doors to the Atlanta community on Tuesday evenings for “Opening the Space.” All experience levels are welcome to attend free classes in contact improvisation, yoga, and technique taught by Emory Dance faculty. Classes begin October 2. 

On Tuesday, October 9, choreographer and artistic director of performance group The Lucky Penny, Blake Beckham (‘01C) will give a presentation on the creation of “Threshold,” an unprecedented performance and architectural installation developed with award-winning architects Mack Scogin and Merrill Elam. Attendees will learn how Beckham and her design team built a life-sized two-story house made entirely out of cardboard and view documentation of the monumental paper structure and the dance created within it. 

Returning favorites 

Friends of Dance Lecture

Kate Elswit of Stanford University presents “Pina Bausch’s Late Style in the World Cities Performances of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad.” Elswit is an academic and dancer whose research on performing bodies combines dance history, performance studies theory, German cultural studies, and experimental practice. 

Emory Dance Company

The Emory Dance Company presents its fall concert, “Vault,” an evening of choreographic treasures by faculty and featured Candler artist, Monica Bill Barnes, November 15-17. The Emory Dance Company Spring Concert takes place April 25-27 and will feature new work created by students.

Dance for Reel: An Evening of Dance on Camera

On Tuesday, November 27, Emory dance faculty member Gregory Catellier and Seattle based dance and media artist Jeff Curtis will present an eclectic group of dance for camera pieces. A second evening of contemporary dance on film curated by Onur Topal Sumer will take place Tuesday, February 12.

Fieldwork Showcase

The Fieldwork Showcase on Sunday, December 9, is the culmination of a ten-week workshop for the creation of new work by community artists in various disciplines. Cosponsored by CORE Performance Company and The Field.

New Faculty Work

The 2012-2013 season brings three concerts of new original work from Emory Dance faculty. Lori Teague presents “Bend,” a new dance for camera installation examining our relationship to water on September 27. With “E,” January 24-26, Catellier Dance Projects and artistic director Greg Catellier venture into the third part of a series of evening-length work based on the elements of dance, this time examining energy. Finally, George Staib and Staibdance present “Versus: Man vs. Man, Nature, Self, Society, Destiny” March 21-23. In this concert, nine dancers and nine mannequins tackle the ideas that surround tackling. 

For more information on these events and others, visit or call the Arts at Emory box office at 404.727.5050.