Emory Dance Alumnae Return for Schwartz Center Concert

<p>Christine Suarez performs in "MOTHER."<br/> photo by Cedar Bough Saeji</p>

February 9, 2015

Emory Dance Alumnae Elizabeth Dishman (95C) and Christine Suarez (94C) return to Emory¿s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts February 26-28 to present two original evening-length works.

Elizabeth Dishman, ¿Fold Rhapsody¿
February 26 and February 28, 8 p.m.

Dishman presents ¿Fold Rhapsody¿ Thursday and Saturday at 8 p.m. ¿Fold Rhapsody¿ is a series of short meditations that weave futility with delight. Some antic or absurd, others lush and deeply moving, these prop works explore boundary, freedom, isolation, and intimacy.

Originally from Colorado, Dishman studied voice performance and dance at Emory University and earned an MFA in Choreography from Ohio State University. Her work has been presented at venues across the U.S., and she was one of six choreographers selected nationwide to participate in the Susan Marshall and Company¿s 2009 inaugural summer workshop. In 2001 in Atlanta, she founded the now Brooklyn-based Dishman + Co. Choreography, a non-profit dance organization dedicated to the creation and presentation of stirring and keenly crafted performance works.

Creative Loafing describes Dishman¿s work as ¿complex skeins and cerebral dreams¿ and ¿playfully provocative¿ (March 16, 2005)

Christine Suarez, ¿MOTHER.¿
February 27, 8 p.m. and February 28, 2 p.m.

Christine Suarez¿s ¿MOTHER.¿ plunges feet first with a joyfully impolite voice into the conflict among her shifting, struggling identities. Suarez finds poetry and heartbreak while mining the absurdity of our collective and sometimes idealized images of motherhood. Suarez performs ¿MOTHER.¿ Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m.

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Christine Suarez holds a BA in Theater and English Literature from Emory University and an MFA in Choreography from UCLA¿s World Arts and Cultures Department. She has created twelve evening-length dance-theater works, numerous site-specific and community events, and over a dozen dances for theater and film. In 1998, Suarez founded Suarez Dance Theater, an ensemble of dancers, actors, and musicians.

Georgia Perry of the Santa Cruz Weekly notes MOTHER. has an ¿acute sense of humor and insight.¿ It¿s ¿likeable, playful, honest, heartfelt¿accessible [and] hip.¿

Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 for qualifying discount category members, and $8 for students. A discount is available if purchasing tickets for both programs. Tickets are available from the Arts at Emory Box Office (Schwartz Center, 1700 North Decatur Road, Atlanta, GA 30322) in person, by phone at 404.727.5050, or online at tickets.arts.emory.edu.

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