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September 7, 2004
Time hits stage for brief fall run
The Emory Dance season in the Schwartz Center’s
Dance Studio begins with Our Time Here on the
Ground Will Be Brief,
Sept. 9–11, with performances featuring Emory’s newest
dance faculty Greg Catellier and George Staib.
The concert includes Catellier and Staib’s original choreography and works
by dance associate professors Lori Teague and Anna Leo. Calling Our Time an eagerly
awaited creative partnership, Director of Dance Sally Radell said Staib and Catellier “have
added a richness, diversity and a whole new layering of skills and talents that
has helped propel the Emory Dance Program forward into new areas of growth, excitement
“George is a gifted choreographer who has a keen sense of how to move dancers
through space and an innate understanding of structure,” Radell said. “ As
a performer, he has a subtle musicality and sinuous quality to his movement that
is magnetic and a delight to watch.
“Greg is a skilled lighting designer who possesses the unique ability to
transform the stage into a different world with subtle, rich, sensual and soothing
moods and colors that superbly complement the dance he illuminates,” she
continued. “He also is a skilled choreographer and performer whose dances
are thoughtfully constructed.”
The collaborators decided to present this fall to allow ample time to thoroughly
investigate each piece over the summer. One of the project’s facets was
for the two men to exchange solos.
“We both see choreographing on another man as a rare and exciting opportunity,” Catellier
said. “George and I move in decidedly different ways, which makes dancing
each other’s work a significant but welcome challenge.”
Staib began teaching at Emory two years ago, helped
organize the 2003 Schwartz Center Dedication and is coordinating
choreography for “Wind Dances,” an
Emory Wind Ensemble collaboration (Feb. 18, 2005). He trained at Dickinson College
and earned a master’s degree at Temple University, where he served on
The new experiences and technical challenges in developing Our Time have been
numerous and welcome for Staib, who said the endeavor marks his first foray into
choreographing without knowing the music ahead of time.
“I have been lucky to have Emory music faculty member Phil Sims as a collaborator;
he produced the score for my piece entitled ‘Natural Selection,’” Staib
said. “I am excited about the work that has yet to reveal itself.”
Catellier also came to Emory in fall 2002 to teach and serve as lighting designer
and technical director for dance. Since then, he has choreographed two dances,
designed lights for more than 50 works and performed locally. Catellier has
served as technical director at St. Olaf College, attended Webster University’s
Conservatory of Theatre and received a B.A. in dance from Arizona State University
and a graduate degree from The Ohio State University.
The concert includes Catellier’s latest choreographic efforts. “Take
Off” is his duet for professional dancers Elizabeth Dishman, ’95C,
and Hilary Benedict. “What Now” is a solo for Staib. Both works
focus on relationship conflict.
“In my process as a choreographer, I often start with a nugget of literal
narrative,” Catellier said. “As I create drama through the movement,
the piece begins to expand and take on tangents.”
Performances will be held Sept. 9 and 10 at 8 p.m., and Sept. 11 at 3 p.m.
and 8 p.m. For tickets ($10 general public; $7 discount groups and students),
call 404-727-5050 or visit www.arts.emory.edu.