Emory Dance Showcases Student Work in "Pluto's Renaissance"

Emory Dance Company Choreographers

March 27, 2014

Emory Dance Company returns with its annual spring showcase of student compositions on April 24-27 in the Dance Studio of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.

"Pluto¿s Renaissance" is comprised of nine pieces, each choreographed by an Emory student majoring or minoring in Dance.  The starkly contrasting works venture into bizarre, playful, or sometimes dangerous territories, but all evoke a specific sensory world for the audience to explore.

Choreographers include Nathalie Angel, Lu Arechiga, Sarah Beach, Mary Rose Branch, Natalie Eggert, Sarah Freeman, Kevin Huang, James LaRussa, and Luna Vorster. The students work collaboratively together in class, as well as with dancers in rehearsal, to develop, rearrange, and refine movement.

Junior Sarah Freeman wants to question the limitations of value in her piece, using a combination  of classical and guttural movements to evoke the tension between power and discombobulation in the face of decision-making. In ¿Plunge,¿ senior Kevin Huang explores the dual meaning associated with the title word: descent and suction. In ¿Dim Rapture,¿ Sophomore James LaRussa strives to embody the psychological effects of manipulation and imbalanced power.

Senior Luna Vorster takes a philosophical approach to her choreography, contemplating the process of explanation itself, drawing inspiration from astronomic phenomena such as globe lightning and black holes. In conversation with this theme of action and reaction is junior Natalie Eggert, whose duet hones in on the everyday collisions that occur between two people, in "Intimate Impetus."

Senior Lu Arechiga transports the audience to a disconnected, blindingly wild rave, questioning what it means to dance for a viewer and to dance for yourself. Sarah Beach, a junior dance major, takes inspiration from a more natural source, ocean waves. She reproduces and amplifies the sinusoidal imagery of water ebbing and flowing infinitely.

Junior Mary Rose Branch also uses themes of nature, but her trio explores the balance and interaction between elements. Different energies come into conflict as her dancers move in counterpoint to one another, reflecting the vitality of a forest setting. Finally, senior Nathalie Angel experiments with waiting, and the feelings of frustration or awkwardness that accompany ordinary moments of pause through repetition, verticality, and gestures that balance between patience and impatience

"Pluto¿s Renaissance" opens in the Dance Studio of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts on April 24 at 8:00 p.m. Performances continue April 25 at 8:00 p.m. and April 26 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 general admission; $8 for discount category members; $6 for students. For more information call the Arts at Emory box office at 404-727-5050 or visit arts.emory.edu.