The Contemporary Arts Emory Weekend, March 21–23,
part of the Schwartz Center Opening Festival, offers an array of
visual and performing arts opportunities anchored by four events:
Sound Stage: A New Music Theater Work About Making Music;
The SITI Company’s Room; the dance premiere Triptych for
V, and the opening for the “Emory Chairs Project”
featuring 37 works of sculpture.
The Chairs Project, organized by the Visual Arts Program
and Chair Project Advisory Committee, is a juried exhibition featuring
Emory and guest artists, many of national acclaim. Project organizer
Linda Armstrong, a visual arts faculty member and sculptor, said
the chairs are “visual landmarks to celebrate and symbolize
the new era of arts on the Emory campus.”
The project, Armstrong continued, is similar to efforts in Milan
(Italy), Chicago and Oklahoma City “where an identifying characteristic
serves as a motif for artists.” Encouragement for the project
came from Rosemary Magee, senior associate dean of Emory College
and executive director of Emory’s Arts Project, who was impressed
with similar projects and saw an opportunity for the growing Visual
Arts Program to collaborate with the performing arts during the
Schwartz Center Opening Festival.
On Friday, March 21, from 5–8 p.m. a public opening reception
with contributing artists will be held in the Visual Arts Building,
700 Peavine Creek Drive. A brochure indicating chair locations and
clusters will be available. Participant Vito Acconci will lecture
on the project, April 8 at 7 p.m. in the Carlos Museum.
Leading West Coast musical innovators the Paul Dresher Ensemble
return to Emory with Zeitgeist for the Atlanta debut of Sound
Stage at the Schwartz Center, March 21 at 8 p.m. This concert
is performed on a two-story-high instrument equipped with everything
from pendulums to plastic tubing. After the concert, audience members
can view the instrument close up.
Debra Joyal, Schwartz Center assistant director for programming,
said Sound Stage promises to be a “cutting edge and
visually stunning event.”
“Audiences will be awestruck by the instrument’s monumental
stature and its sounds,” Joyal said. Tickets for Sound
Stage are $20 general admission; $16 faculty and staff; and
$8 Emory students and children. On March 20 at 2:30 p.m. in Emerson
Sound Stage creator Dresher will hold a free “Performers
Up Close” discussion about the science of sound.
Theater Emory and the Candler Series present Room, conceived and
directed by Anne Bogart, artistic director of The SITI Company (Saratoga
International Theater Institute). Starring Ellen Lauren, Room
is a dramatic sampling of Virginia Woolf’s memoirs, novels
and essays, including “A Room of One’s Own.”
New York Times critic Bruce Weber wrote that Room “is
not a biography, nor is it a conventional character study. Rather,
as exemplified by Lauren’s highly stylized performance as
Woolf, it is a theatrical representation of the writer’s mind,
an abstraction painted with the theater’s animated tools.”
Performances will be held March 21–22 at 8 p.m. and March
23 at 3 p.m. in the Mary Gray Munroe Theater. Tickets are $25 general
admission; $20 faculty/staff; and $10 Emory students. A Performers
Up Close discussion with the artistic collaborators for Room follows
the March 22 performance.
Triptych for V features new choreography by Anna Leo, associate
professor and acting director of the Emory Dance Program.
“This cluster of three dances was made in honor of my daughter,
Vita,” Leo said. “They illustrate such things as the
bond of mother and daughter—full of quick banter, give and
take, and intimacy.”
The performance includes a solo, duet and quartet performed by Emory
dance faculty and guest artists. The quartet features a score by
Department of Music Chair Steven Everett; the solo is scored by
Klimchak; and the duet is highlighted by Chip Epsten performing
his score on violin.
Triptych for V was supported in part by the University
Research Committee. Perform-ances are March 21–22 at 8 p.m.
and March 23 at 3 p.m.; admission is free, but advance ticket reservations
For ticket purchase or reservations, or for information about any
Contemporary Arts Weekend shows, call the Arts at Emory box office