Emory Dance Company's Fall Concert Explores Facets of Humanity

<em>Photo by Mark Teague </em>

November 6, 2013

ATLANTA ¿ The Emory Dance Company experiments with new viewpoints in contemporary dance in their fall concert, November 21 ¿ 23 in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. This concert showcases the choreography of Emory faculty members Anna Leo, Lori Teague and George Staib, as well as guest artists Kristin O¿Neal from the University of Florida and Emily Johnson, a current Schwartz Artist in Residence at Emory and director of Catalyst Dance in Minneapolis.

Faculty and guest artists work collaboratively with student dancers to develop new movement vocabularies through the choreographic process. Leo¿s ¿A Murmuration of Starlings¿ is abstractly inspired by the comings and goings of birds, exploring the way birds, or people, move in various pairings, groupings and regroupings. ¿Slope,¿ choreographed by Teague to music by Philip Glass, celebrates the duality of life as continuous and transitional on one hand and disruptive on the other. In doing so, Teague¿s piece reflects on human resiliency and the transformative power of movement. Staib¿s ¿Nectar¿ is driven by the desperate need we have for connection, support and reliability from other human beings through a strong use of the duet form.

O¿Neal is restaging a piece originally choreographed in 2012 for students at the University of Florida. ¿Quiet Vesper¿ takes its inspiration from a voice recording of O¿Neal¿s brother at 12 years old and from her personal relationship with her siblings. Johnson, in a work entitled ¿We rely on our bodies to protest, to protect,¿ explores the connection between effort, function, and spirit with original music by Minnesota based artist James Everest. Over the course of her residency at Emory, Johnson has worked with students of theater and dance in a variety of workshops and conversations, in addition to choreographing for the Emory Dance Company.  

The Emory Dance Company presents its fall concert series Nov. 21-23, 2013 at 8 p.m. with an additional 2 p.m. matinee on Nov. 23 in the Schwartz Center Dance Studio, 1700 North Decatur Road. For tickets ($15 general public; $12 discount category members; $8 students), information, a listing of discount categories and directions, visit http://www.arts.emory.edu or call the Arts at Emory box office at 404-727-5050.





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