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Two events offer insight into evolving dance art forms

Emory Report | Jan. 31, 2014

Emory Dance is hosting two events for dance enthusiasts this February. Both are free and open to the public and will be held in the Presentation Room of the Oxford Road Building.

"Dance for Reel: An Evening of Dance on Camera" is Tuesday, Feb. 4, at 7:30 p.m. and the Spring 2014 Friends of Dance lecture will be presented Tuesday, Feb. 25, also at 7:30 p.m. Melanie Bales, author and associate professor of dance at Ohio State University, will present the lecture.

Dance for Reel

Typically curated by an Emory faculty member, this semester "Dance for Reel" will feature "Dance on Camera Tour Selects, 2013," a selection of six short dance films curated by the Dance Film Association, the leading dance films organization.

Described as ranging from the quirky to the sublime, these films provide insight into this ever-evolving art form and take on a variety of themes:

  • "PAINTED," by Duncan McDowall explores the decay of a building and how nature overtakes a human-made space
  • "Folie à Deux" by Nel Shelby is an exploration into the interior landscapes of two people whose acts of intimacy are the fantasy that thinly veils a greater discord
  • "Wild Like Kylie" by Bhenjamin Ra features a woman in rural Australia grieving for her departed daughter through the ancient and spiritual practice of pottery making.

Other films include "Brighter Borough" by Georgia Parris; "Substance: Moloko" by Natasha Merkulova; and "The Next Step Is" by Victoria Sendra.

Friends of Dance Lecture

Bales, who is also a Laban movement analyst, presents "Dance on Its Own Terms". In her lecture, she will discuss emergent dance-centered research methodologies to emphasize the importance of dance history and core disciplinary knowledge over theories imported from disciplines outside dance. The event is made possible by the support of the Friends of Dance.