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.


Trisha Brown Dance Company Master Class

This is an intermediate/advanced level class focusing on repertory from Trisha Brown’s canon of work. Class will begin with a warm-up focusing on clarity and freedom of movement, which is then applied to learning Brown’s movement vocabulary through phrases from Trisha Brown Dance Company repertory. Emphasis is placed on learning movement as the Company does, with attention to detail, spatial clarity, performance quality, and dancing with others. Class will be taught by Trisha Brown dancer Amanda Kmett’Pendry.

Photo by Dudi Saad


Flora Glenn Candler Concert Series: Trisha Brown Dance Company

In 1979, the acclaimed Trisha Brown Dance Company performed at Emory’s Alumni Memorial University Center. This was one of the first professional modern dance concerts at Emory. Thirty-nine years later, and one year after her death, the company returns to our campus to perpetuate Brown’s legacy. The In Plain Site Initiative reinvigorates Brown’s choreography by re-siting iconic work in new spaces. Come witness history in motion!

Photo by Kat Schleicher


Empowering Creativity: Bridging Life and Art

Daria Halprin, co-founder and director, Tamalpa Institute

Influenced and inspired by the humanist and post-modern movements of the 1950’s, the Life/Art Process® was originated and developed by Anna and Daria Halprin. Join Sue Schroeder, Artistic Director of CORE Dance and guest artist/teacher Daria Halprin for a 2 ½ hour conversation and participatory workshop introducing the Tamalpa Life/Art Process®.

This ground-breaking approach to movement/dance connects somatics, psychology, and artistic practices for personal, group, and community development. It aims to make dance and the expressive arts accessible and relevant to all, and generates opportunities for participants to find meaning connected with the real issues in their lives. 

For more information on the Tamalpa Institute and Daria Halprin, please visit www.tamalpa.org and www.dariahalprin.org.


Emory Dance Company Spring Concert

The Emory Dance Company performs new works by student choreographers.