Emory Report
July 23, 2007
Volume 59, Number 35

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July 23, 2007
Faculty performances, David Dorfman highlight dance season at Emory

by sally corbett

“Dancers, Music, and Light” leads off the season Sept. 6–8 at 8 p.m. and Sept. 8 at 2 p.m. The general public can purchase tickets for the Sept. 6 event at the door. Dance faculty members Gregory Catellier and George Staib present their second joint venture featuring seven new dances performed by Atlanta area professionals. These works explore a wide range of subjects, but will share a common focus of visual musicality and visceral connectivity. Dance Studio, Schwartz Center; $12, $6 for Emory employees and students.

“People Like Us: A Choreographic Reflection,”
a retrospective of dance choreography by Dance Program Director and Associate Professor Sally Radell, is Sept. 27–29 at 8 p.m. Radell’s retrospective explores themes that run through five of the more than 60 works she has choreographed in the past 30 years. Faculty, student and Atlanta-area professional dancers perform works that often incorporate humor to reveal Radell’s fascination with the influence of everyday ritual and pop culture on each other and the human condition. The concert includes spoken text, props and original musical scores by Klimchak and Kendall Simpson. It features a film/dance collaboration with filmmaker and Emory Visual Arts Program Director William Brown that juxtaposes the anxieties of navigating Atlanta roads with life’s greater priorities, and incorporates a fleet of radio-controlled cars. This concert is funded in part by a grant from the University Research Committee at Emory. Dance Studio, Schwartz Center; $10, $6 for Emory students and employees.

The Emory Dance Company Fall Concert, Nov. 15–17 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 17 at 2 p.m., will feature choreography by Emory dance faculty and guest artists including David Dorfman, and will be performed by students of the Emory Dance Company. Dance Studio, Schwartz Center; $10, $6 Emory students and employees.

Co-sponsored by Several Dancers Core, each fall and spring semester Emory hosts Fieldwork Showcase, an evening of new works created by community artists in various disciplines. Fall and spring showcases are Dec. 9 at 5 p.m. and May 4 at 5 p.m. Dance Studio, Schwartz Center; $7 tickets available only at door.

The final Faculty Dance Concert of the season is Jan. 24–26 at 8 p.m. Details of the third collaboration by Gregory Catellier and George Staib will be announced in late fall. Performing Arts Studio, 1804 N. Decatur Rd; $12; $6 Emory students and employees.

“Dance for Reel: An Evening of Dance on Camera” on Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. is a thought-provoking intersection of film and contemporary dance works from the Dance Films Association. This event is organized by Blake Beckham ‘01C and co-sponsored by the Dance and Visual Arts Programs. Call 404-727-5050 for location; free.

This year’s visiting dance company, David Dorfman Dance, performs March 20–22 at 8 p.m. and March 22 at 2 p.m. with additional residency events at Emory and performances at the Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University. Since its founding in 1985, David Dorfman Dance has been celebrated for its exuberant, gorgeous and “delightfully oddball” style, and its unique collaborations with contemporary composers and visual artists over its 20 year history. The company honors include seven New York Dance and Performance Awards, known as the Bessie’s. Dance Studio, Schwartz Center; $20, $15 Emory employees and discount category members; $5 Emory students.

This season’s Women’s History Month Dance Presentation on March 25 will offer compelling works celebrating women’s history. Noon, Michael C. Carlos Museum; free.

The season concludes with new choreography and dance by students in the Emory Dance Company Spring Concert, April 24–26 at 8 p.m. and April 26 at 2 p.m. Dance Studio, Schwartz Center; $8; $4 Emory students and employees.

For more information on Arts at Emory, visit http://arts.emory.edu.