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Dance concert offers perspectives on today's world

Each year, the Emory Dance Company's fall concert showcases work choreographed by Emory Dance Program faculty. This season's concert, "Vault," from Nov. 15-17 in the Dance Studio of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, showcases choreographic treasures from personal vaults along with newly created work by faculty and visiting artists.  

Each dance offers a fresh perspective on how humanity views, manages and lives in today's world:  

  • Gregory Catellier's "Of Kiltering" explores the concept of balance: spatially, physically, as well as the balance of power using four separate pieces of music and a company of five dancers. The piece was originally performed in 2007 in Atlanta and was chosen for the Modern Atlanta Dance festival in 2008.

  • "Something in the Big Frame Moved," a new work from Lori Teague inspired by a 2003 piece, celebrates the strength, humor, persistence, generosity and determination inside women. Using movement material created by the company of nine dancers, the piece examines how individual histories shape identity.

  • Tara Shepard Myers' work for nine performers entitled "BODIES on SOUND on BODIES" is an equal mix of jazz and modern styles of dance, a fusion of style that follows suit with the current trends in contemporary dance.

  • George Staib's "All is Well," a reflection on social mores and the ecstasy of release from the predictable, is set to a variety of music styles and delves into mood and atmosphere, rather than focusing on narrative. The freedom from self and others provides the inspiration for the movement, while the frailty of human life lends the piece a sense of urgency.

  • New York choreographer and performer Monica Bill Barnes created a new work for 10 Emory Dance Company members in her 10-day fall residency as a visiting Candler artist. "Small Finale" celebrates individuality, humor and the innate theatricality of everyday life. Says rehearsal director Anna Leo: "To me, Monica's piece hinges on the subtlety of gesture and performance: the less is more mode of presentation. She is also interested in finding odd connections between music and movement."

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