Emory Dance Company performs work by Trisha Brown and others for fall concert

October 24, 2017

The Emory Dance Program presents the fall 2017 Emory Dance Company (EDC) concert, featuring new works by faculty members and guest artists, November 16 – November 18 in the Dance Studio of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. The concert includes a restaging of Trisha Brown’s iconic Solo Olos, set on Emory dancers by Jamie Scott, a member of the Trisha Brown Dance Company.

Emory faculty choreographers Anna Leo, Sally Radell, and George Staib are joined by guest artist Sean Nguyen-Hilton, all contributing new works for the evening’s program.

Using architectural groupings, exchanges, and crossings, Anna Leo’s dance describes how members of a community relate to each other. In his new work, George Staib looks at ways personal paths and fantastical ideas are cut short, derailed, or halted. Sally Radell’s piece, “Navigation,” is about a journey and the choices people make, both conscious and unconscious, as they travel through their lives.

Ngyuen-Hilton is an Atlanta-based choreographer and co-artistic director of Fly on a Wall dance company. His work spans multiple genres, including stage work, installations, and nontraditional spaces. His EDC piece is accompanied and informed by recordings of interviews with the American scientist Dr. David Bohm and is a response to Bohm’s theories on quantum physics and how they apply to human consciousness. 

The legendary Trisha Brown’s Solo Olos, first performed in 1976, was taught during a two-week residency at Emory by dancer Jamie Scott. Perhaps most notable about this work is the role of the “caller” who, after dancing the first phrase, steps off the stage to call instructions to the remaining dancers in order to rearrange the phrases and thereby create a new version of the piece every night.

The EDC fall concert premieres Thurs., November 16 at 7:30 p.m. with additional performances Fri., November 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Sat., November 18 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 general admission, or $12 for qualifying discount category members. Tickets are available from the Arts at Emory Box Office at 404.727.5050, or online at tickets.arts.emory.edu. More information about the Emory Dance Program is available online at dance.emory.edu.