Emory Dance Company presents diverse mix of faculty and guest artist work

October 23, 2019

The Emory Dance Program presents the Emory Dance Company fall concert November 21–23 in the dance studio of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. The concert features work by Emory faculty members Julio Medina and Lori Teague, as well as guest artists Dafi Altabeb, Jessica Bertram, and Kristin O’Neal. 

“The concert represents a wide variety of themes and styles,” says assistant professor and co-director of the Emory Dance Company, Julio Medina. “This year, one exciting element we are bringing to the concert is a white marley floor, which will serve as a blank canvas for each of us to share our choreographic curiosities.”

Dafi Altabeb, a Schwartz artist in residence, is crafting a new work for the Emory Dance Company during her semester-long residency. Her creation, titled “It’s Not a Pipe,” references René Magritte’s famous surrealist painting of a pipe. Working collaboratively with her dancers, Dafi aims to “explore the gentle line between the global and the personal, the political and human issues that concern us all.”

Emory alumna Jessica Bertram investigates the human desire for closure in her new work. The dancers “journaled and drew from their personal experiences of love lost,” says Bertram, who constructed the piece using text, movement, and improvisation scores. The result is a series of duets “with moments of frustration and tenderness, oppositional force and support.”

The newest member of the Emory Dance Program faculty, Julio Medina, explores the concept of energy in his new work. Using a blend of contemporary modern dance, hip-hop, house, and pedestrian movement, Medina explores “the energy of the room, the presence that each dancer has and how these personalities work together.”

Guest artist Kristin O’Neal restages a series of solos and duets called “Sweet Suite” on the Emory Dance Company this fall. The work, originally created over the span of a decade “shares a glimpse into the inner life of seven women—where the sweet meets the bittersweet through moments of elation, despair, humor, heartbreak and determination,” says O’Neal.

Finally, Emory Dance Program director Lori Teague works with a large cast of thirteen dancers in a new work called “the optimistic body.” Drawing heavily from her observations of the dancers as individuals and a group, Teague investigates “the relationship of optimism with realism.” Guided improvisation scores help Teague develop movement that is full of volume, resiliency, and recovery.

The Emory Dance Company performs Thursday, November 21, through Saturday, November 23 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, November 23 at 2 p.m. in the Dance Studio of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts (1700 N. Decatur Rd, Atlanta, 30322). the Emory Dance Company concert can be purchased online, at the Arts at Emory box office, or by calling 404-727-5050 Monday–Friday, 12–6 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.