Season Overview


2016-2017 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.

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Creativity Conversation with Danté Brown
September 16, 1:00pm
Dance Studio, Schwartz Center for Performing Arts

Danté Brown is a New York artist and Artistic Director of Warehouse Dance, a collaborative group that generates compelling thematic environments within a process of physical and theoretical inquiry. His work questions perspectives and the understandings of how to see the day to day. He is interested in expanding notions of technique through improvisation and metaphorical frameworks that encourage performance. Brown will be in residence with the Emory Dance program for the month of September, teaching technique and repertory, while also creating new work for the Emory Dance Company. This conversation will focus on his exchange with Emory students and his unique choreographic process.


EXPOSED: A Festival of Groundbreaking Theater and Dance from Israel
Presented in conjunction with CORE Performance Company, 7 Stages, the Rialto Center for the Arts, and Kennesaw State University

EXPOSED, a festival of ground-breaking dance and theater from Israel, hits multiple Atlanta stages this fall. The Emory Dance Program will proudly present Yossi Berg and Oded Graf Dance Theatre, and Hillel Kogan with Anat Grigorio in October as part of the Candler Concert Series. Emory Dance will also present a Creativity Conversation with Anat Grigorio and Hillel Kogan, as well as a showing of the film Mr. Gaga, about choreographer Ohad Naharin. EXPOSED promises to inspire audiences with some of Israel’s most dynamic performing artists.


Yossi Berg and Oded Graf Dance Theatre  
Come Jump With Me
October 13-15, 7:30pm
Dance Studio, Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
$25/$15 discount category members/$12

Come Jump With Me is a daring, provocative, and witty work that examines the relevancy and significance of creating art in the urgent political reality of Israel. The piece serves as a dialogue between the choreographers and Israel, the country where they live, and the identity crisis in which they find themselves. In the explosive political and social reality of Israel, this work indeed pushes the limits and “plays with fire,” both literally and visually. Set in an imaginative playground involving different levels of consciousness, the performers move among personal and collective figures of history in a fantastic adventure, while trying to understand what future they are marching toward and their own definitions of “holiness.” The audience is invited to join them on an emotional roller coaster – from moments that are ecstatic and poetic, to moments examining the relevancy and significance of creating art in the urgent political reality of Israel.


Anat Grigorio and Hillel Kogan
Mr. Nice Guy and We Love Arabs

October 20, 21, 23, 7:30pm
Dance Studio, Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
$25/$15 discount category members/$12

Mr. Nice Guy, performed by Anat Grigorio, raises questions about gender and identity by framing the politics of the male gaze. Grigorio’s virtuosic dancing tests how far we are willing to go to give up ourselves. We Love Arabs, performed by Hillel Kogan and Adi Boutros, is a critically acclaimed, carefully modulated, sardonic work in which the only casualties are our preconceptions. Kogan addresses the themes of cultural diversity with great humor.


Mr. Gaga
A film by Tomer Heymann

October 29, 7:30pm
208 White Hall, 301 Dowman Drive
Free; reservations strongly encouraged (reservation link to come)
Co-sponsored by CORE Performance Company

Mr. Gaga is an award-winning documentary film by celebrated director Tomer Heymann (Paper Dolls). Mr. Gaga tells the story of Ohad Naharin, renowned choreographer and artistic director of the Batsheva Dance Company – an artistic genius who redefined the language of modern dance.

Naharin (Mr. Gaga) is regarded as one of the most important choreographers in the world. Meeting him at a critical turning point in his personal life, this spirited and insightful documentary introduces audiences to a man with great artistic integrity and an extraordinary vision. Filmed over a period of eight years, Mr. Gaga mixes intimate rehearsal footage with an extensive unseen archive and breathtaking dance sequences in a film that is guaranteed to leave you exhilarated.


Emory Dance Company: Near and Far
November 17-19, 7:30pm; November 19, 2:00pm
Dance Studio, Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
$15/$12 discount category members/$8 students

The Emory Dance Company performs new works by five guest choreographers: New York’s Danté Brown; Israeli artists Yossi Berg and Oded Graf Dance Theatre, and Anat Grigorio; and Atlanta’s extraordinary Sarah Hillmer (Atlanta Ballet) and Blake Beckham.


Fieldwork Showcase
December 4, 5:00pm
Dance Studio, Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
Tickets: $7; available at or by cash at the door

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

Emory Friends of Dance Lecture
Moving Our Stories: Embodiment, Dance, and Social Justice
Julie B. Johnson, PhD, Spelman College
February 7, 7:30pm
Presentation Room, Oxford Road Building

Moving Our Stories explores relationships between embodied processes and social justice activism. In this interactive presentation, Johnson will introduce participants to Dancing for Justice Philadelphia (DFJ Philly), a local initiative coordinated by Lela Aisha Jones and a diverse team of collaborators as part of a national multi-city DFJ movement to honor Black lives lost to police violence and creates spaces to convene around racial injustice. She will engage participants in a multi-modal embodied storytelling practice that begins with sensory exploration and body memory as an effort to build empathic connections between individual and collective experience, and demonstrates intersections of embodiment and social justice practices.


Honors Thesis Concerts

Presentation of honors theses by seniors Rosie Ditre, Cherry Fung, Clara Guyton, Julianna Joss, and Eliza Krakower. Theses projects include the explorations of dance on screen, political relationships, poetry, identity expression, and the intersections of dance genres. Theses concerts will be separated by Program A and Program B.

Program A
March 23rd and 25th at 7:30pm
Dance Studio, Schwartz Center for Performing Arts

Featuring work by Clara Guyton and Julianna Joss.

Program B
March 24th at 7:30pm and March 25th at 2:00pm
Dance Studio, Schwartz Center for Performing Arts

Featuring work by Rosie Ditre, Cherry Fung, and Eliza Krakower.


Emory Dance Company
April 13-15, 7:30pm; April 15, 2:00pm
Dance Studio, Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
$10/$8 discount category members/$6 students

The Emory Dance Company presents new work by student choreographers.