Explore the arts in October, from original dance to immersive audio experiences

Emory Report | Sept. 29, 2021

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Dance and choreography duo Xan Burley (left) and Alex Springer are in residence for two weeks this fall through the Donna and Marvin Schwartz Center Artist in Residence Program. On Oct. 2, they will present a work-in-progress showing of a piece they are choreographing for the Emory Dance Company. Photo by Derek Fowles.

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Emory Arts welcomes cooler fall temperatures with a world class soloist’s Atlanta debut, outdoor jazz concerts, a spooky immersive audio experience and more during the month of October. 

Dance programs

Dance and choreography duo Xan Burley and Alex Springer are in residence for two weeks this fall through the Donna and Marvin Schwartz Center Artist in Residence Program. On Saturday, Oct. 2, at 2 p.m., the dynamic couple will present a work-in-progress showing of a piece they are choreographing for the Emory Dance Company. On Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m., dance lovers are also invited to attend a Friends of Dance Lecture delivered by Rosemary Candelario, associate professor, Texas Woman’s University Department of Dance. Candelario, who engages with Butoh and ecology in her art and scholarship, will focus her lecture on the various ways Butoh dancers make connections between dance and their local landscapes.

Concerts and recitals

On Sunday, Oct. 3, the 2021-2022 Candler Concert Series continues with magnetic performer Pretty Yende at 4 p.m. Making her Atlanta debut for a solo recital, the South African soprano is known for her acclaimed operatic and solo performances worldwide and critically lauded discography. Tickets are on sale now and, in addition to the opportunity to experience the concert live in Emerson Concert Hall, ticket holders automatically have access to the livestream for this performance through their patron account.

Other musical offerings in October include Jazz on the Green, presenting free outdoor performances by the Emory Jazz Ensembles at 6 p.m. on Oct. 7 and 21. The Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta presents two concerts this month: a noontime program of piano four hand duets on Oct. 15 and Beethoven & A Big Band featuring Joe Gransden’s 17-piece big band on Oct. 30 at 8 p.m. Rounding out the month are concerts from the Emory University Symphony Orchestra (Oct. 23, 8 p.m.), Emory Wind Ensemble (Oct. 24, 4 p.m.) and Emory Choirs (Oct. 29, 8 p.m.). 

Film and theater

The Emory Department of Film and Media continues its fall series “Media Lives: Conversations with Creative Professionals” on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. This month’s guest artists include cinematographer Dave Perkal (“Entourage” and “Vampire Diaries”) on Oct. 6 and editor Walter Fasano (“Call Me by Your Name” and “I Am Love”) on Oct. 20.

Bring a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy an outdoor screening of the filmed version of Sweet Land” on Emory’s Quadrangle on Oct. 6, at 7:30 p.m. Named "Best New Opera of 2021" by the Music Critics Association of North America, The Industry's “Sweet Land” is a grotesque historical pageant that disrupts the dominant narrative of American identity. The filmed version was originally performed outside in Los Angeles State Historic Park. The screening is sponsored by the Michael C. Carlos Museum and is in conjunction with the museum’s “Each/Other” exhibit of work from Indigenous contemporary artists Marie Watt and Cannupa Hanska Luger, on display through Dec. 12.  

Oxford College hosts virtual screenings of independent films through Southern Circuit, an initiative of the Atlanta-based arts organization South Arts. In “Not Going Quietly,” available Oct. 10-13, the filmed exchange between a young father and a powerful senator goes viral and sparks a powerful political movement. “And So I Stayed,” shown Oct. 24-27, is an award-winning documentary about survivors of abuse fighting for their lives and spending years behind bars. Visit the link for each film to learn more and to email a request for streaming information.

Just in time for Halloween, Theater Emory in collaboration with Knock at the Gate and Multibrand Studios will present Macbeth, a new immersive audio experience designed for a pair of headphones and pitch darkness. The performance will stream Oct. 28 – Nov. 7; visit Theater Emory for more information. 

Creative discussions

On Oct. 19 at 6:30 p.m., the Emory Creative Writing Program and Department of African American Studies present The Phillis Wheatley Reading: Tiphanie Yanique, prose writer and poet. Associate professor of English and creative writing at Emory, Yanique is the author of the award-winning novel “Land of Love and Drowning,” the collection of short stories “How to Escape from a Leper Colony” and the poetry collection “Wife.” Her new novel, “Monster in the Middle,” will be published in October by Riverhead. 

Join this year’s cohort of Arts and Social Justice (ASJ) artist fellows and faculty for "Social Justice Through Art," streaming live from the Performing Arts Studio on Oct. 27 at 12 p.m. During this panel discussion, the 2021 ASJ cohort will share their classroom experiences thus far this fall, reflecting on the role art plays in shifting perspectives and transforming education.

All events are open to the public and most are free. Check individual event information for more details.