Emory Dance Company Performs Five Works from Faculty and Guest Artists

November 5, 2018

The Emory Dance Program presents the Emory Dance Company (EDC) fall concert November 15­–17 in the Dance Studio of the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts. The concert features work by Emory faculty Gregory Catellier and George Staib, as well as guest artists Andre Lumpkin, Nadia Mara, and Kendra Portier.

"This year's concert addresses the notion of struggle: within the body, in relationships, within many politics," says Lori Teague, director of the Emory Dance Program. "Through varied movement languages, EDC embraces what 'was' in order to understand what 'is.'"

Gregory Catellier presents an overtly political piece, acting as both a love letter and reprimand to the nation. "Much like the United States," says Catellier, "the meaning of this work will be colored by the view’s personal lens." George Staib revisits a work created in 2012, examining the implied conflict of two systems that push against each other with equal force.

In addition to faculty work, three guest artists have worked with Emory students to create new pieces for the concert.

Emory College alumnus Andre Lumpkin received his MFA in choreography and performance from the School of Dance at Florida State University. His work "Polarity" embodies his personal experience with fears and anxieties learned, inherited, and created by society. "Polarity" centers on transformation that comes from the most challenging of experiences.

Nadia Mara, a principle dancer with the Atlanta Ballet, presents "Caminos," her take on destiny, chance, and free will. Mara has created neoclassical and contemporary work for the Atlanta Ballet 2 and the National Ballet of Uruguay.

New York City-based maker, teacher, and performer Kendra Portier was an artist-in-residence at Emory this fall and has created an installment of "Color Works: Burnish #05" (working title), a continued investigation of the phenomenon of magenta involving saturation, frequency, absence, and moving without line. 

The Emory Dance Company performs Thursday, November 15 through Saturday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, November 15 at 2 p.m. in the Dance Studio of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts (1700 N. Decatur Rd, Atlanta, 30322). Tickets are available from the Arts at Emory Box Office at 404.727.5050, or online at tickets.arts.emory.edu. For more information about the Emory Dance Program and upcoming events, visit dance.emory.edu