Emory Dance Company Performs Works by Five Contemporary Choreographers

November 6, 2014

*UPDATE (Nov. 11, 2014, 2:14 p.m.): All performances of the Emory Dance Company fall concert are now SOLD OUT.*

Emory Dance Company performs Bebe Miller¿s ¿Prey¿ alongside new works from choreographers Tara Lee and Sarah M. Barry, as well as Emory Dance faculty Tara Shepard Myers and Gregory Catellier. Emory Dance continues to emphasize collaboration and innovation with their fall concert, November 20 ¿ 22, 2014 in the Dance Studio of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.

Bebe Miller ¿ ¿Prey¿ (2000)
Miller¿s ¿Prey¿ is reconstructed for the Emory performance from a Labanotation score with assistance from the choreographer, Bridget Roosa (Agnes Scott College) and Anna Leo (Emory University). The cast is comprised of dancers from both Emory and Agnes Scott. This is the second time Emory Dance Company has collaborated with the Agnes Scott Dance Department on a reconstructed work.

Tara Lee ¿ ¿the swimmer¿
Set to music by Max Richter and Philip Glass, this dance is intimate with a contrasting flux of fluidity, growing from the idea of finding the courage to start from a state of fear and move towards freedom. The movement vocabulary is inspired by the dancers' unique gifts, the choreographer's own journey, and Lee's dog Almond, whom she witnessed in the ocean for the first time. This is Lee's third work for Emory Dance Company. She has danced with Atlanta Ballet since 1995, and has created four works for them.

Sarah M. Barry ¿ ¿traveling light¿
Guest choreographer from the University of Alabama, Sarah M. Barry premieres a new work that centers on ideas of community; how one can navigate things on her own or find ways to work with others in small or large groups. Barry's process involves developing movement vocabulary with the dancers through improvisation. Her choreography has been shown across the US and internationally, including performances at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival, and in Biel, Switzerland for the 46th International Choreographer¿s Showcase as well as being selected for American College Dance Festival and Panoply Choreography Competition gala concerts.

Tara Shepard Myers ¿ ¿extreme beauty¿¿
Choreographed by Emory Dance faculty member Tara Shepard Myers, this contemporary jazz/modern work was inspired by images from ¿Vogue and The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costumes Institute: Parties, Exhibitions, People.¿ Myers poses three questions: What is inherently beautiful? And what is awkward, but still beautiful? The movement builds in intensity, quantity and speed to an edited score of music by AGF, Pan Sonic, and Farben. Myers has been teaching jazz and modern at Emory University since 2000.

Gregory Catellier ¿ ¿norms¿
"Norm" is taken from studies about social conformity. Do you think of yourself as a nonconformist? Is getting tattooed an act of conformity or a declaration of individuality? Does unison in dance symbolize conformity or solidarity? Catellier¿s work often explores personal and interpersonal subject matter, often to arrive at social and political themes. He employs tools from many performance modalities combining text, video, dynamic stage design and sophisticated movement.

The Emory Dance Company presents its fall concert Nov. 20-22, 2014 at 8 p.m. with an additional 2 p.m. matinee on Nov. 22 in the Schwartz Center Dance Studio, 1700 North Decatur Road. For tickets ($12 general public; $10 discount groups; $8 students), information, a listing of discount categories and directions, visit arts.emory.edu or call the Arts at Emory box office at 404-727-5050. Ticket proceeds on Saturday evening help to fund the Friends of Dance Sally A. Radell Summer Scholarship Fund.

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