A weekend of dynamic dance and music performances
marks the beginning of the first full season in the Schwartz Center
for Performing Arts. The Emory Dance Program’s season launches
in the Dance Studio with Emory Dance Faculty in Concert, Sept.11–13
at 8 p.m., and the Flora Glenn Candler Concert Series in Emerson
Concert Hall starts the season with a performance by the Atlanta
Symphony Orchestra on Friday, Sept. 12, at 8 p.m. Center staff recommend
advance ticket purchase for these performances.
The dance performance will spotlight some of Atlanta’s celebrated
dancers and choreographers as well as some newcomers to the region.
Among the faculty presenting works are George Staib, who came to
Emory in 2001, and Gregory Catellier, who joined the faculty in
Cattelier, manager and lighting designer for the dance program,
will present two solos as his premiere works at Emory. His “Feeling
Tight (well past midnight)” with music by George Gershwin
was selected for the American College Dance Festival at the State
University of New York (SUNY) at Brockport Gala Concert in 2000.
Catellier describes the work as “a movement study of a man
trying to get home after a night of heavy drinking.”
Staib will contribute a solo to the concert, as well as a group
work. The latter, “Pictures of an Exhibition,” with
music by Meredith Monk, is in keeping with one of his ongoing dance
themes: absurd interactions Staib witnesses between people.
His solo,“NarcissEros,” focuses on the fine line between
vulnerability and exhibitionism.
Choreographer Sally Radell, director of Emory Dance, generates dances
through writing and movement exercises that explore autobiographic
events. She describes her duet, “Double Exposure,” as
a character study between two women that “explores our individual
struggles to integrate our public personas with our private lives.”
Other performers includefaculty members Tara Shepard Myers, Anna
Leo and Lori Teague; Amanda Exley Lower, director of Atlanta’s
Duende Dance; Bridget Roosa, who is on the dance faculty at Agnes
Scott College; Elizabeth McCune Dishman, an Emory Dance alumna and
director of Coriolis Dance in Atlanta; and 2003 Emory Dance graduates
Kathleen Wessel and Casey Viggiano.
The next dance event of the season will be the Emory Friends of
Dance Fall Lecture, “Cambodian Dance: History and Mystery,”
with Richard Long on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Dance
The music highlight of the weekend will be the Atlanta Symphony
Orchestra (ASO), the only professional orchestra performance on
campus during 2003–04.
The ASO began giving concerts in 1945 and will begin its 59th season
the day after its Emory performance. The ASO is one of America’s
youngest orchestras to achieve international prominence.
ASO Music Director Robert Spano will conduct for the Emory show.
Spano joined the ASO in 2000 and is acclaimed for the breadth of
his repertoire and imaginative programming. Spano recently made
his New York Philharmonic debut and has conducted with the likes
of the Boston, Cleveland, Houston, San Francisco and Toronto symphonies,
and Filarmonica della Scala (Milan), New Japan Philharmonic (Tokyo),
the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Chicago Lyric Opera.
Dance concert general admission ASO tickets are $10; tickets for
students, children, faculty, staff and patrons over 65 are $7. Each
Candler Series concert has reserved seating, and tickets are $45;
faculty, staff and other discount group members, $36; and Emory
students, $10. To order or for more information, call the Arts at
Emory box office at 404-727-5050 or visit www.emory.edu/ARTS.