Emory Dance Company Delves Beneath the Surface in "Undertow"

April 4, 2016

Emory Dance Company presents Undertow, an evening of new student choreographic works created for Emory Dance Company dancers, running April 14-16, 2016 in the Dance Studio of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.

Choreographers Jessica Bertram, Allison Carr, Cherry Fung, Alice Halter, Julianna Joss, Eliza Krakower, Lauren Lindeen, Elyse Schupak, and Virginia Spinks collaborate to create an evening of thought-provoking dance, that explores beyond the superficial to discover what lies beneath the surface of things, finding it is often more than meets the eye.

Many of the choreographers are focused on creating movement and physical expression from global human experiences. Junior Cherry Fung says her work is “inspired by how people deal with smog in Beijing. I want to translate into movements the mental state of a community coping with something unavoidable and seemingly unfixable.”

In doing this translational work, the choreographers have been exploring the moving body’s relationship with space, music and time; relationships with other people; the social world around us, as well as a lack of relationship in some cases. This has produced works of modern dance that are highly variable in movement vocabulary and intention. Thematic concepts include agency, humor, boundaries, coping, disconnect, impermanence, autonomy, and community. This collection of choreography varies from the cerebral to the architectural, from the powerful to the subtle in one cohesive concert.

Each piece boasts deeply personal voices conceived from a highly collaborative, intentional process in tandem with other dancers and choreographers. All choreographers benefited from the guidance of Emory Dance faculty member and acclaimed choreographer George Staib.

“It’s incredible witnessing how ten fiercely individualistic voices intertwine in one concert. Each piece is extraordinarily vibrant,” says junior Julianna Joss. “The vigor and intelligence of each choreographer will leave the viewers in awe.”

Undertow opens in the Dance Studio of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts on April 14 at 8:00 p.m. Performances continue April 15 at 8:00 p.m. and April 16 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 general admission, $8 for discount category members, and $6 for Emory students. For tickets and more information, call the Arts at Emory Box Office at 404.727.5050 or visit tickets.arts.emory.edu.