Season Overview

2017-2018 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.


Creativity Conversation: Trisha Brown Dance Company

This creativity conversation between Carolyn Lucas, associate director of the Trisha Brown Dance Company, and dancer Jamie Scott begins a year of collaboration between Emory Dance and the Trisha Brown Dance Company. Lucas originated roles in some of Brown’s most noted works, while Scott has been involved in keeping those pieces alive in the body. The two will discuss the life and work of the late legendary post-modern visionary dance artist Trisha Brown.

Sponsored by Emory Friends of Dance, Emory Dance Program, Emory Center for Creativity and Arts, the Flora Glenn Candler Concert Series, and by a grant from the Donna and Marvin Schwartz Artist-in-Residence Program.


Staibdance: w i s h d u s t

Staibdance joins with The Vega String Quartet, Ben Coleman, and Kendall Simpson for an examination of all that never was. Wishdust treats lofty and capsized ambitions as dream states: the temporary diversions, the lesser replacements, the if/then attainable goals.


Emory Dance Company Fall Concert

The Emory Dance Company performs new works by Atlanta guest artist Sean Hilton and Emory Dance faculty Anna Leo, Sally Radell, and George Staib. A highlight of the concert will be Solo Olos by acclaimed choreographer Trisha Brown.

Ticket sales from Saturday night’s performance will benefit the Emory Friends of Dance and the Sally A. Radell Scholarship for Summer Dance Study. A reception will follow the Saturday concert.

Sponsored in part by a grant from the Donna and Marvin Schwartz Artist-in-Residence Program.


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.

Emory Friends of Dance Lecture

Queer Spaces in Anna Sokolow’s Rooms
Hannah Kosstrin, PhD, Ohio State University

Celebrated for its themes of postwar alienation, Anna Sokolow’s Rooms (1954) also subverted 1950s expectations for gendered and sexualized bodies onstage. Through reading Rooms as a queer text within the context of the Lavender Scare, this talk shows how queer lives were central to the general marginalized experience Sokolow presented in this dance. Kosstrin posits that through presentations like Rooms, queerness defined the 1950s mainstream.

Dr. Hannah Kosstrin is a dance historian whose work engages dance, Jewish, and gender studies. At The Ohio State University, she is assistant professor in the Department of Dance and affiliate faculty with the Melton Center for Jewish Studies and the Center for Slavic and East European Studies. She is the author of Honest Bodies: Revolutionary Modernism in the Dances of Anna Sokolow.


Rule of Thumb

Choreography by Emory Dance faculty member Lori Teague and Emory alumna Christine Suarez, Artistic Director of Suarez Dance Theater (Santa Monica, CA)

Rule of Thumb will examine how feminist perspectives have changed and are more awakened by the important intersectionality of gender, age, and race. Suarez and Teague excavate the landmarks that teach us how to be girls and women, and the cultural boundaries that shape gender identity. This intergenerational cast moves us through transitions with irreverent humor, compelling narratives, and a decisively open perspective.


Flora Glenn Candler Concert Series: Trisha Brown Dance Company

In fall 1979, the acclaimed choreographer Trisha Brown performed at Emory’s Alumni Memorial University Center, one of the first professional modern dance concerts at Emory. Thirty-nine years later, and one year after her death, the Trisha Brown Dance Company returns to Emory to perform In Plain Site, a site-specific performance. The company will collaborate with the university to choose which of Brown’s iconic dances will be performed on Emory’s nationally recognized campus. Come witness history in motion.


Emory Dance Company Spring Concert

The Emory Dance Company performs new works by student choreographers.