Emory Dance Company Presents New Work by Visiting Artists in "Near and Far"

November 1, 2016

ATLANTA- Emory Dance Company (EDC) presents its fall concert, “Near and Far,” November 17-19 in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts Dance Studio. The concert features a variety of different choreographic styles from guest artists Yossi Berg and Oded Graf (Tel Aviv), Anat Grigorio (Tel Aviv), Dante Brown (NYC), Blake Beckham (Atlanta) and Sarah Hillmer (Atlanta). 

During a two-week intensive rehearsal process earlier this year, visiting Israeli artists Berg and Graf placed a work they initially created in 2009 on the company at Emory. Originally titled “4 Men, Alice, Bach and the Deer,” the work has been reimagined for eight women in EDC. 

Anat Grigorio’s piece is a new work created during her residency at Emory; the entry point for the work is what she calls “meaningful coincidence.”  Explains Grigorio, “We will look at those moments that we consider mistakes or coincidence and open ourselves to emotional and mental awareness.”  Her ideas are inspired by what Carl Jung calls “Meaningful Synchronicity” or  "the coming together of inner and outer events in a way that cannot be explained by cause and effect and that is meaningful to the observer.”  

Dante Brown’s new dance theater piece, “Bandstance,” questions the relationship between artificiality and repetition. Inspired by 1969’s “American Bandstand,” the work examines how gender is depicted in American popular television and music and questions how a community engages in habitual physical acts closely associated with the performance of gender.

Atlanta choreographer Sarah Hillmer’s new work investigates the drive and pulse behind an idea. Drawn to movement that is expansive, specific, and sensitive, Hillmer describes her new work as an exploration of direction—“what shapes our paths, what guides, what shifts, what redirects, what challenges, and what anchors us.”

Blake Beckham, another notable local artist, presents a new piece based on her research into the nature of failure. Working concurrently with collaborator Hez Stalcup and her Emory cast, Beckham considers how structures, ideas, and conditions collapse. The work lovingly celebrates the effort of falling flat while simultaneously subverting the expectations of prowess embedded in the dance tradition. Playfully irreverent and tender-hearted, the work embraces failure as a lens through which humans might discover something about their capacity for resilience and repair.

The Emory Dance Company presents “Near and Far” Thursday, November 17 through Saturday, November 19 at 7:30 p.m. with an additional matinee on Saturday, November 19 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25, $15 for discount category members, and $12 for students. Tickets are available from the Arts at Emory Box Office in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, online at tickets.emory.edu, or by phone at 404.727.5050. More information can be found online at arts.emory.edu.