Season Overview

2018-2019 Season

The Emory Dance and Movement Studies Program is a curiosity-driven environment that values collaborative relationships, unique perspectives that emerge from the imagination, and original movement research.


D.I.R.T. (danceinrealtime)

Lori Teague, in collaboration with a diverse collective of artists, launches an ongoing series of improvisational scores and site-specific performance installations that draw you into the natural world. These performances will ignite spontaneously on the Emory campus.


Portrait of an Activist: A Creativity Conversation with Alexia Jones of R2ISE

The mission of R2ISE Inc. is to create a safe place for those in recovery and their allies to maintain wellness through the arts. Alexia Jones began using dance 21 years ago with a small group of women in Tallahassee, Florida to help them maintain their recovery and find a pathway to share the message of recovery with the community. The Atlanta group is comprised of a diverse group of individuals living with mental health and substance abuse challenges from the metro Atlanta area and surrounding counties.


Chronicles of Hope

The evening will begin with a “Found Art” exhibit created by artists in recovery, followed by a live, power-packed production of true stories of hope, courage and recovery performed by people challenged with mental health disorders, and/or a history of substance abuse, and their allies. The evening will conclude with a recovery focused conversation with the audience, to raise awareness, share our collective hopes, and advocate for recovery in our community. Art+Recovery=Freedom!

The Art of Cultural Agility

Workshop facilitated by Dr. Dietra Hawkins (One Small Change) and Alexia Jones (R2ISE)

This workshop is a two hour interactive session that will explore and introduce an appreciative approach to recovery, transformation, and cultural competence through movement and dialogue. We will review core principles, practice key skills, and identify one action each participant can do to be more culturally agile in approaching recovery.


Kendra Portier Showing

Guest artist Kendra Portier presents an informal showing of her work. Portier is a New York City-based maker, teacher, and performer whose dance works evolve through her visual arts practice and transdisciplinary interests in mathematics, science, pedagogy, and somatics. 

Photo courtesy Gibney Dance


Friends of Dance Lecture / Feminist Ballet: Problems & Possibilities

Gretchen Alterowitz, University of North Carolina–Charlotte

In the 21st century, can ballet be feminist? While criticism of ballet tends to ask it to look different, deeper challenges might encourage ballet to do something different. As an effort in that direction, this presentation will examine feminist practices in today’s ballet and contemplate ways ballet’s defining characteristics might be incompatible with feminist principles. I will think through the potential of making ballet a more diverse and inclusive art form (as well as reflect on resistance to such strategies) in both pedagogy and choreography.

Gretchen Alterowitz is a scholar, choreographer, performer, and educator. Her research interests lie in the social and cultural impact of democratic and non-hierarchical approaches to choreography and dance pedagogy. She is an associate professor in the Department of Dance at University of North Carolina–Charlotte.


Dance for Reel

Presented in collaboration with Atlanta Dance Film Festival

Explore a diverse selection of international short dance films, many of them Atlanta premieres, curated by Onur Topal-Sumer, founder of the Atlanta Dance Film Festival. This screening highlights different cultures, body languages, architectures, and perspectives on dance and film.


Emory Dance Company

Emory Dance Company performs new contemporary works by New York artist Kendra Portier, Emory Dance alumnus Andre Lumpkin, Atlanta Ballet’s Nadia Mara, and Emory Dance faculty artists Gregory Catellier and George Staib.


Fieldwork Showcase

Emory Dance partners with CORE Performance Company and The Field in New York to share new work created by Atlanta artists. The ten-week workshop leading up to the showcase provides feedback, support, structure, and community for artists in any medium.


Catellier Dance Projects!

Faculty member Greg Catellier brings Catellier Dance Projects! back to campus, with a look at some charming duets from the past and premieres that continue the group’s history of creating uniquely clever dances. This performance decidedly has no theme.


Paul Matteson Master Class

Paul Matteson is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher whose research explores sensation-based methods for generating off-balanced yet precise multi-focused movement.  Paul received a New York Dance and Performance Award (BESSIE) for his “body of work” as a performer.  He was a principal dancer with the internationally touring Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Company and has also performed with David Dorfman Dance, Lisa Race, Terry Creach, Peter Schmitz, Neta Pulvermacher, and others. He is currently on faculty at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia.


another piece apart: Jennifer Nugent and Paul Matteson

another piece apart, a duet resting in silence, reflects on a history of fractured togetherness and a shared love of dance to blur boundaries between bodies in space.  The movement is off-balanced yet precise and multi-focused. The knotted partnering reaches into tones of touch. 

another piece apart has received support from New York Live Arts at Live Artery, The Bates Dance Festival, Amherst College, and the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought in Northampton, MA.   

Jennifer Nugent and Paul Matteson premiered their first duet, "Fare Well", at Danspace Project in 2006, beginning an ongoing exploration into partnering that at once honors and challenges personal possibility.  They are BESSIE Award receiving performers who danced together with David Dorfman Dance, Lisa Race, and The Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company.  They have 2018-19 performances of their recent duet, "another piece apart", at New York Live Arts, The Kaatsbaan Center, The Boston Dance Complex, Emory University, and The University of Virginia.

Photo by Ben McKeown


Honors Thesis Concerts

Students Laura Briggs and Serena Schmitt present their honors thesis research


Independent Research Showing

Student Patsy Collins presents her independent research

Emory Dance Company

The Emory Dance Company performs new works by student choreographers.