- Communications Specialist
ATLANTA—The Emory Dance Program presents “another piece apart,” a duet between Jennifer Nugent and Paul Matteson that reflects on a history of fractured togetherness. Performances are February 23 7:30 p.m. and February 24 at 2 p.m. in the Dance Studio of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.
The show rests in silence and displays a love of dance as these dancers blur the boundaries between bodies in space. The movement is off-balance yet precise.
Nugent and Matteson have been premiering duets together since 2006. Their first duet was “Fare Well” and kicked off their exploration into partnering that at once honors and challenges personal possibility.
“Their resilience, their ability to duplicate moves when they dance side by side, and the speed with which each can accommodate to the other's new ideas bespeak understanding and respect,” wrote Deborah Jowitt in The Village Voice.
Both Nugent and Matteson received Bessie Awards for their individual talents. Nugent’s work with the David Dorfman Dance company won her the acclaim, and Matteson’s body of work earned him his Bessie.
"Nugent is a strong, long-bodied space-eater who moves with a lavish plasticity. Matteson—slim, loose, and wily—can articulate a shoulder, a hip, his head in innumerable slippery ways. He's syrup; she's honey," continued Jowitt in The Village Voice.
Nugent and Matteson perform “another piece apart” Saturday, February 23 at 7:30 pm. and Sunday, February 24 at 2 p.m. in the Dance Studio of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. For tickets, visit arts.emory.edu, or call the Arts at Emory Box Office at 404.727.5050. For more information on this and other upcoming Emory Dance Program events, visit dance.emory.edu.