Emory Dance Company presents an innovative evening of new student works

April 12, 2018

The Emory Dance Company (EDC) brings everything from bird calls to high-heeled boots to the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts Dance Studio as six student choreographers present new works wrestling with topics that range from violent intimacy to complete euphoria. The EDC spring concert runs April 26 – 28 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee performance on April 28 at 2 p.m.

The concert features work from the Dance and Movement Studies Program’s Choreography II class, a course designed to guide emerging choreographers through the construction of a group piece. 

In her work, Patsy Collins (19C) investigates the spectrum of intimacy and the tipping point where intimacy transgresses the boundary to violence. Collins used literary or visual prompts to produce movement collaboratively with her cast, focusing on creative response and shared experience. 

Katie Messina (18C) takes a more movement-based approach to choreography. Beginning with the idea of an earthquake, Messina guides her cast through an exploration of raw, physical, powerful movement and group dynamics, as quakes resonate through singular bodies and the body of the group.

In Laura Brigg’s (19C) work, dancers take on the idea of mating rituals. They begin wearing black high-heeled boots and descend into primal chaos, asking the audience to blur the line between sexuality and absurdity.

The range of works presented in the concert represent a diverse array of styles, techniques, and subjects. Additional choreographers include Alana Schoenhals (18C), Margaret Vail (18C) and Serene Schmitt (19C).

The Emory Dance Company spring concert opens Thursday April 26 at 7:30 p.m. and runs through Saturday, April 28. Tickets are available at arts.emory.edu, or by calling 404.727.5050. For more information about EDC and the Dance and Movement Studies Program at Emory, visit dance.emory.edu.

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