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Release date:
Oct. 12, 2001
Contact: Deb Hammacher, Assistant Director, 404-727-0644, or

Emory Dance Company Presents Fall Concert Nov. 9 &10

WHO: Emory Dance Company performing works by guest faculty members and choreographers
WHAT: "Crescendo" fall dance concert
WHEN: 8:15 p.m. Nov. 9-10
WHERE: Emory’s Performing Arts Studio, 1804 N. Decatur Rd., Emory.
COST: $8 general admission; $6 for students with Emory i.d., children 12 and under, professional artists and senior citizens. The Nov. 9 performance benefits the Emory Friends of Dance Scholarship Fund and will be followed by a reception.
CONTACT: For tickets or more information, call 404-727-5050 or e-mail


"Crescendo," the Emory Dance Company’s fall concert, overflows with varied dance offerings from classical ballet to current modern choreography, featuring five works by guest artists and new Emory dance faculty members. The highlight is a restaging of Doris Humphrey’s classic modern dance work, "Water Study." "Crescendo" will take place at 8:15 p.m. Nov. 9 and 10 in Emory’s Performing Arts Studio, 1804 N. Decatur Road. Advanced ticket purchase is recommended for this traditionally sold-out event. Call the Arts at Emory box office at 404-727-5050 for more information or to order tickets.

George Staib II joins the Emory faculty after teaching at University of Nevada in Las Vegas and brings to the stage "Frontier." Using a score by John Adams, Staib marries his interest in spatial pathways to musicality. The subtext of this work for 13 dancers examines the theme of conquering a new territory and theatrically brings forward ideas of ownership, boundaries and community.

Tara Shepard Myers is the new jazz dance specialist in the Emory Dance Program. She has a strong background in jazz plus experience in modern, hip hop, and African and Spanish dance. Her new work, "Smooth and Free," reflects her diverse dance underpinnings.

Three guest artists’ works will be spotlighted this season. Nicolas Pacana, who began dancing in the Philippines, is the co-artistic director of Festival Ballet Company and School, a professional company in South metro Atlanta. He presents a technically challenging ballet work for nine dancers set to music by Gustav Mahler.

Guest choreographer Hilary Benedict creates dances primarily in collaboration with other artists from dance, theater, music and the visual artists through her company, XFActor, co-founded with Valerie Midgett in Western North Carolina. Her new work for Emory students is created with mother-daughter stories that the performers themselves contribute. Benedict shapes the performer’s information through movement, text, song and an original score by Atlanta composer Klimchak.

Recent Emory dance alumna Blake Beckham contributes the new work, "becoming." Currently an intern for Emory’s new Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, she was the recipient of the 2001 Sudler Award, Emory’s award of distinction in the performing arts. Through a vocabulary that embraces full-bodied and gestural movement, Beckham’s work for three dancers investigates what it means to become a woman. The work is informed by memory, concepts of gender, and sharing narrative as well as body stories.

The fall concert is completed by a classic modern dance work, "Water Study," choreographed in 1928 by Humphrey, considered a seminal American modern dance figure. Founder of a dance technique based on fall and recovery of the body, Humphrey experimented with non-metric rhythms in this piece. The natural rhythms of the chosen movements created the effect of the ebb and flow of the sea in storm and in periods of calm. Dance critic Marcia Siegal wrote, "This work danced in silence is still one of the most stunning achievements in abstract dance." The work has been restaged for Emory dancers from a Labanotation score (a system that records movement) by Odette Blum, past director of the Dance Notation Bureau Extension for Education and Research, and dance professor emerita at The Ohio State University.

Tickets are $8 general admission and $6 for students with Emory i.d., children 12 and under, professional artists and senior citizens. The Nov. 9 performance is a benefit for the Emory Friends of Dance Scholarship Fund. The performance will be followed by a reception. For more information, call 404-727-5050, email, or visit



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