Emory Dance Company's Spring Concert Showcases Student Choreographers

Photo courtesy of Emory Dance Company

March 27, 2013

Six Emory Dance Program students venture into the world of choreography, many for the first time, in the Emory Dance Company Spring Concert, ¿Tabula Rasa,¿ April 25-27 in the Dance Studio of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. ¿Tabula Rasa¿ presents a varied collection of dance forms, touching upon hip-hop, jazz, as well as contemporary dance.

The 2012-2013 Emory Dance Company season celebrates the tenth anniversary of the Schwartz Center and in this final concert of the season, the students pay tribute to ten years of performing excellence as well as the beginning of another decade upon a ¿tabula rasa¿ or ¿blank slate.¿ The concert¿s choreographers include Kayla Davis, Emily Hammond, Lauren Kaplan, Heidi Liu, Andre Lumpkin, and Julio Ulises Medina.

Senior and first time Emory Dance Company choreographer Kayla Davis has been dancing with Emory Dance Company for her entire four years at Emory. In her piece, Davis explores moments of desperation and the tactics human beings use to work through trying times.

Emily Hammond¿s piece is a response to the question frequently asked by audience members following a modern dance concert: ¿What was that about?¿ Through her choreography, Hammond encourages the audience to not take their role too seriously and to open their minds to an appreciation of the movement itself as well as its perceived nonsense.

The dancers in second time choreographer Lauren Kaplan¿s piece may compose a group, but their unique roles and personalities shine through as their movements change, develop, and merge. With full bodied and swift choreography, the dancers swallow the space as they envelop the audience in the world the piece creates. The driving force of Lauren¿s process is the multitude of ways bodies adopt movement.

Heidi Liu makes her choreographic debut with an exploration of the different layers of personality. These layers are uncovered onstage through experiments with alienation and intimacy, revealing the evolution of human interaction as relationships deepen. 

Andre Lumpkin has turned his first experience as a choreographer into a journey of self-discovery. His piece is influenced by personal experiences and Lumpkin¿s own diverse collection of movement vocabulary.

Julio Ulises Medina¿s piece is driven by a desire to find a place for hip-hop dance vernacular on the contemporary concert stage. His work considers the current financial narrative of hip-hop music and what happens to a cultural community when its main goal is economic advancement and not unity.

Emory Dance Company presents ¿Tabula Rasa¿ Apri 25-27 at 8 p.m. and April 27 at 2 p.m. in the Dance Studio of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. Tickets are $10 general admission; $8 for discount category members; $5 for students. For more information call the Arts at Emory box office at 404-727-5050 or visit www.arts.emory.edu.

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Emory Dance Program

The Emory Dance Program provides a curriculum that interweaves both the practical and theoretical to foster students¿ creative, intellectual, and communicative powers in the field of dance. The Emory Dance Program seeks to develop skilled and uniquely expressive individuals who move and act with intelligence and sensitivity, think independently, and value original thought and diversity.