November 17, 2003

Experience 'Six Senses' in fall dance concert

By Anna Leo

The Emory Dance Company Fall Concert, "Six Senses," to be held Nov. 20-22 in the Schwartz Center, features choreography by three guest artists and Emory dance faculty George Staib, Gregory Catellier and Sheri Latham.

Jeanne Travers, a member of the dance faculty at the University of South Florida, spent an intensive week of rehearsals staging her piece, "Rencontres," for six members of the Emory Dance Company. Set to an original score by composer Sebastian Birch, this work suggests brief encounters between individuals, a theme supported by the focus on partnering work, subtle gestures, fast movement phrases and entrances and exits.

"Rencontres" previously was presented in La Paz, Bolivia, during the 2000 Forum International Dance Festival and also was selected for the 2001 Gala Concert of the American College Dance Festival in Gainesville, Fla. Travers' interests lie in interdisciplinary collaborations, including work with weavers, sculptors, videographers, musicians and opera singers.

Guest artists Elizabeth McCune Dishman and Amanda Exley Lower both are Atlantans and artistic directors of local dance companies. Dishman, a   1995 graduate of the Emory dance program and founding director of Coriolos Dance Project, will present "I Spy," a humorous section of her larger work, "Reflex Meditations." "I Spy" offers a parody of audiences through depiction of crowd dynamics.

Lower, director of Duende Dance, presents "Tango," which she premiered in Atlanta as a duet in January. Lower has expanded the piece to a quartet, with new choreography created with and for the Emory cast. The piece explores characters who, she said, are "inextricably linked, circling one another in an ambivalent and yet desperate dualism."

Staib, lecturer in dance, will present a piece for 16 dancers set to "The Upside Down Violin" by Michael Nyman. Latham, a teaching specialist in ballet, continues to investigate the genre with a contemporary spin. In her new work for 16 dancers she strives for an urban feel as she works solos, duets and group sections to a mix of music by Triptease and Ten Piece.

Finally, dance lecturer Catellier's work is obliquely narrative and explores the intersection of gesture and dance. In "Catch Me," he focuses on several ideas.   The piece is set to selections by Mark Mothers-baugh, a former member of the group Devo.

Performances will be in the Dance Studio of the Schwartz Center, Nov. 20-22 at 8 p.m. with a 3 p.m. matinee on Nov. 22. The Nov. 21 performance will benefit the Emory Friends of Dance Summer Scholarship Fund. Tickets are $8 for the public and $6 for students, faculty, artists and other discount groups. For more information or to order, call the Arts at Emory box office at 404-727-5050.