July 19, 2010

An energetic season ahead for Emory Dance

Breakdancer Teena Marie Custer

The 2010-2011 Emory Dance Program season begins with “B-Girling: A Herstory of Hip Hop Dance and Culture” (Sept. 14), an Emory Friends of Dance Lecture by Teena Marie Custer, breakdancer and hip hop dance theater artist, exploring the journey of women in hip hop dance and culture accompanied by demonstrations by local dancers.

Brenda Dixon Gottschild of Temple University lectures on “Researching Performance: The (Black) Dancing Body as a Measure of Culture” (Feb. 8, 2011). Using visual images and dance, the professor will examine the pervasive Africanist presence in American culture and the sociopolitical implications of its invisibility.

Emory faculty member George Staib and his company Staibdance join the Vega Quartet and pianist William Ransom for their second collaboration, “Staibdance, the Vega String Quartet, and William Ransom: In Concert” (Sept. 23-25, ticketed). Atlanta critic Pierre Ruhe referred to their first effort in 2009 as “magnetic, tense, euphoric.” Music by Chopin, Einhorn, Schumann, Rachmaninov and Emory’s Kendall Simpson will provide the foundation for the physicality, athleticism and nuance that characterizes Staibdance.

Emory Dance teams up with other Atlanta colleges and choreographers for the Emory Dance Company Fall Concert (Nov. 18-20, ticketed), featuring new dances created by Emory’s Lori Teague and Gregory Catellier, Atlanta Ballet principal dancer Tara Lee and director of Spelman Dance Theatre, T. Lang. Bridget Roosa, director of dance at Agnes Scott College, will restage “Shakers,” the 1931 classic by Doris Humphrey, for a cast of student dancers from Agnes Scott and Emory. The Saturday matinee will feature a work by Emory faculty George Staib performed by Spelman’s student company.

Experience the intersection of film and contemporary dance at “Dance for Reel: An Evening of Dance on Camera” (Oct. 14), a presentation of works from the Dance Films Association. Several Dancers Core co-sponsors two Fieldwork Showcases (Dec. 5 and May 1, 2011) of new works created by community artists in various disciplines. The Women’s History Month Dance and Theater Presentation (March 17, 2010) highlights collaborative and individual dance and theater presentations.

Emory Dance welcomes back its alumni for the Emory Dance Alumni Concert (March 25-26, 2011, ticketed), which will showcase works choreographed by Emory dance alumni working in the field as performers, choreographers, teachers and scholars.

The Emory Dance Company Spring Concert (April 14-16, 2011, ticketed) features new works choreographed and performed by students. Emory faculty Gregory Catellier closes the season with an evening-length dance and multi-media performance created with six dancers in a Faculty Dance Concert (May 20-22, 2011, ticketed).

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