Emory Dance Program uplifts international artists and dance research in the fall season

September 18, 2019

This fall, the Emory Dance Program continues its tradition of presenting extraordinary artists and dancemakers tackling content that sheds light on humanity. “Our mission is to teach our students to think and act with intelligence and sensitively, think independently, and value diversity,” says Lori Teague, director of Emory’s dance and movement studies program. “Each time our community expands to include new voices, we strengthen our approach.”

The season opens with a Rosemary Magee Creativity Conversation featuring guest artist and Schwartz artist in residence, Dafi Altabeb, Thursday September 19 at 7:30 p.m. Altabeb is a musician, dancer, and choreographer whose impressive career includes performances in major international venues. The conversation will take place in the dance studio at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, and the event is free and open to the public.

During her residency, Altabeb will choreograph a piece for the Emory Dance Company, giving the cast of students a first-hand opportunity to interact with a world-class artist. “I am always excited when there is a visiting artist,” says Teague. “Their nature infuses our environment with a fresh perspective and shifts our students into new territory.”

In October, the season continues with the world premiere of “fence,” choreographed by faculty member George Staib and performed by his Atlanta-based contemporary dance company, staibdance. Inspired by dramatic, life-changing events Staib encountered during his childhood in Iran, this timely piece is a journey into a messy world of power, history, and “otherness.” The work opens October 3 and runs through October 6 in the dance studio at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. “fence” is made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The Emory Dance Company concert in November rounds out the fall season. This year, Emory students will work with faculty, alumni, and guest artists to create five new works. Choreographers include Altabeb, Atlanta-based guest artist Kristin O’Neal, Emory alumna Jessica Bertram, and faculty members Lori Teague and Julio Medina. Performances of the Emory Dance Company fall concert are November 21-23 in the dance studio at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.

Tickets to “fence” and the Emory Dance Company concert can be purchased online, at the Arts at Emory box office, or by calling 404-727-5050 Monday–Friday, noon–6 p.m.

The Schwartz Center for Performing Arts is committed to providing performances and facilities accessible to all. Accommodation requests should be made at least 24 hours in advance of the event to the box office at 404.727.5050.