Emory Dance Alumnae Return for Schwartz Center Concert February 26-28

Alumnae featured at the Dance Studio of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.

By Anne Walker

Emory Dance alumnae Elizabeth Dishman 95C and Christine Suarez 94C return to Emory’s Schwartz Center February 26-28 to present two original evening-length works.

Fold Rhapsody

“Fold Rhapsody” by Elizabeth Dishman 95C

Elizabeth Dishman, “Fold Rhapsody”

Dishman presents “Fold Rhapsody” Thursday and Saturday at 8 p.m. “Fold Rhapsody” is a series of short meditations that weave futility with delight. Some antic or absurd, others lush and deeply moving, these prop works explore boundary, freedom, isolation, and intimacy.

Originally from Colorado, Dishman studied voice performance and dance at Emory University and earned her master's of fine arts degree in Choreography from The Ohio State University. Her work has been presented at venues across the United States, and Dishman was one of six choreographers selected nationwide to participate in the Susan Marshall and Company’s 2009 inaugural summer workshop. In 2001 in Atlanta, Dishman founded the now Brooklyn-based Dishman + Co. Choreography, a non-profit dance organization dedicated to the creation and presentation of stirring and keenly crafted performance works.

Creative Loafing describes Dishman’s work as “complex skeins and cerebral dreams” and “playfully provocative.”

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“MOTHER.” by Christine Suarez 94C

Christine Suarez, “MOTHER.”

Suarez’s “MOTHER.” plunges feet first with a joyfully impolite voice into the conflict among her shifting, struggling identities. Suarez finds poetry and heartbreak while mining the absurdity of our collective and sometimes idealized images of motherhood. Suarez performs “MOTHER.” Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m.

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Suarez studied theater and English literature at Emory University and earned her master's of fine arts in Choreography from UCLA’s World Arts and Cultures Department. She has created twelve evening-length dance-theater works, numerous site-specific and community events, and more than a dozen dances for theater and film. In 1998, Suarez founded Suarez Dance Theater, an ensemble of dancers, actors, and musicians.

Georgia Perry of the Santa Cruz Weekly notes "MOTHER." has an “acute sense of humor and insight.” It’s “likeable, playful, honest, heartfelt…accessible [and] hip.”

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Ticket Information

"Fold Rhapsody" will be presented Thursday, February 26 and Saturday, February 28 at 8 p.m. "MOTHER." will show Friday, February 27 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, February 28 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 for qualifying discount category members, and $8 for students. A discount is available if purchasing tickets for both programs. Tickets are available from the Arts at Emory Box Office (Schwartz Center, 1700 North Decatur Road, Atlanta, 30322) in person, by phone at 404.727.5050, or online at tickets.arts.emory.edu.

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