Emory Dance and Anna Leo Host a "Twilight Salon"

October 10, 2014

Emory Dance Program faculty member Anna Leo presents ¿Twilight Salon: Warrior Woman Pantoum¿ on Friday, October 24 at 6:30 p.m. In this special Twilight Salon program, Leo will show three versions of her work in an informal setting, with discussion and refreshments to follow the performance.

¿Warrior Woman Pantoum¿ was first constructed in 2006 as a solo work by Leo during her fellowship at the Hambidge Center in Rabun Gap, George. The pantoum is a Malayan poetry form, in which the second and fourth lines of each stanza bcome the first and third lines of the succeeding stanza. This form serves as the structural basis of the work.

Leo¿s movement vocabulary evokes images of woman as both protector and nurturer, and speaks to the concept of the feminine as warrior. Conventional images of a warrior as grounded, quick, and ever alert are present in the work, alongside movement that offers a sense of gentleness.

¿I had always intended to restage `Warrior Woman¿ for a number of different dancers possessing various dynamic and performance attributes,¿ explains Leo. ¿I arrived at restaging the work for women of varying ages and modes of locomotion.¿

Three versions of the work will be presented as part of the Twilight Salon. Agnes Scott College Associate Dance Professor Bridget Roosa will perform the original solo work,  Mikiah Dial and Janan Mirza, two 12-year-old girls, will share a duet translation of the solo, and Laurel Lawson, a member of Full Radius¿ integrated dance company, will perform a version adapted for a dancer in a wheelchair.

Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m., and the showing will begin at 7 p.m. in the Dance Studio of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. The audience will have the opportunity to informally mingle with the choreographer before the performance begins, and to participate in a discussion with the performers and choreographer, as well as the lighting and costume designers immediately following the performance. The event is free and open to the public.

 For more information about this and other Emory Dance Program events, visit dance.emory.edu.

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