Dance Company to present 'Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking'

The Emory Dance Company will present its fall concert, Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking, a collection of five works focusing on the inherent joy of movement that our bodies possess at birth, at 8 p.m. Nov. 21-23, in the Mary Gray Munroe Theater, Dobbs Center.

The Nov. 22 performance, a benefit concert presented by the Friends of Dance at Emory, will benefit the Summer Scholarship Fund, created last year for an Emory dance student to study during summer break with a national company or educational organization. A reception provided by Starbucks and the St. Louis Bread Company will follow the performance.

The program, featuring works choreographed by members of the Emory Dance Program faculty, includes the following:

* Sheri Latham's Quantum Jump, a ballet for six dancers set to a vibrant score by Snivilisation, takes energy bounced from dancer to dancer to create a chain reaction effect.

* Anna Leo's septet titled Zebra Journals, with an original score by Atlanta composer Klimchak, evokes the idea of community as dancers move through space like a herd of young animals.

* Martha Edwards' Vinyl Tiara, also with original music by Klimchak, uses images of cellular phones, electric brooms, silver trays and rose-colored glasses to explore movement ranging from highly technical to pedestrian.

* Guest artist Judy Allen's Off the Walls is a slightly irreverent look at paintings and art works of the great Renaissance masters set to a score by Handel. Allen is chairperson of the dance department at California State University in Long Beach and a nationally recognized expert in the field of Labanotation.

* Scott Heinzerling, a dance faculty member at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, created DANCES during a one-week artist residency with the Emory Dance Program last month. DANCES, performed to Bach's Goldberg Variations, celebrates the joy of movement and the human spirit.

Tickets are $7 general admission for Nov. 21 and 23. Tickets for the Nov. 22 benefit concert are $10. For information, call the Emory Box Office at 727-6187. --Elaine Justice

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