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New modern dance series and international troupes put the moves on Atlanta

The Atlanta dance community had such an unusually active summer that we half-feared they'd end up taking the autumn off. But while a few companies do seem to be laying fallow for the fall, there's enough going on for all but the most insatiable dance aficionados to get their fix, with some particularly exciting international events.

The season kicks off with an exciting new collaboration between Several Dancers Core, the Rialto Center for the Performing Arts and the Woodruff Arts Center, who have come together to present a new international modern dance series at the Rialto. Mexican dance troupe Alicia Sanchez y Compañia starts the series Oct. 28, followed by hip-hop innovator Rennie Harris with PureMovement Nov. 4, and fiesty flamenco with Noche Flamenca Nov. 12.

Not content to be just another brick in the Great Wall, the Beijing Modern Dance Company performs Rear Light set to Pink Floyd's moody The Wall. The dance explores youth's struggle to break free from tradition. At the Ferst Center Oct. 28. ... Breaking from another repressive tradition, Atlanta Ballet revels in sex and debauchery with Carmina Burana Oct. 27-30 at the Fox Theatre. Set to music in Nazi Germany by Carl Orff, the piece is based on a collection of early 13th-century satiric poems and songs written by hard-drinking, ribald priests and students.

Search for Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve on (or your favorite map site) to find the location of the next Beacon Dance installment in D. Patton White's ongoing The Mapping Project, a series of site-specific dances taking place in outdoor spaces throughout south DeKalb County, Sept. 17. ... School is back in session: Emory dance professors Sally Radell, Gregory Catellier, George Staib, Lori Teague and Anna Leo present new work in the annual Emory Dance Faculty Concert, Sept. 16-17.

Coriolis Dance Project bids farewell to Atlanta -- artistic director Elizabeth Dishman is moving to NYC -- with a reworked version of last year's Falling at the Performing Arts Studio at Emory, Oct. 1. ... Comic capers meet the dance floor when dancer/choreographer Alex Spitzer, who dances in a motorized wheelchair, presents Spitzer Dance Company in A Laugh N 1/2, Oct. 21-23 at the Beacon Hill Arts Center Theatre. The show includes "Waterguns and Wheelchairs," a tribute to old car chase movies.

We're a little concerned that they may be protesting too much, but the Georgia Ballet's Oct. 29-30 show insists We've Got Rhythm in its celebration of American composers at the Cobb Civic Center's Anderson Theatre. ... Hoping to dance off enough pounds to justify those turkey legs and pumpkin pies to come, the dance students of Emory present their Emory Dance Company Fall Concert, Nov. 17-19. ... Duende Dance contributes a glittery dancing tile shard to the Mosaic of artists presenting Nov. 18-20 at the Metro Atlanta Arts and Culture Coalition's celebration of Atlanta artists from many disciplines.

Dr. Richard Long eschews the tabloid tales of Isadora Duncan, the mother of all modern dancers, in his Oct. 18 Emory Friends of Dance lecture, "Isadora: Legendary Woman, Iconic Dancer," which focuses more on her revolutionary contributions to dance than her scandalous personal life. ... Several Dancers Core celebrates the opening of its 25th anniversary season with a party Sept. 9 at its studio on the Square in Decatur. On Sept. 21, SDC continues its popular bimonthly Lunchtime in the Studio series, an interactive workshop where you can eat lunch and watch contemporary dance create. ... Caliente tango dancers from far and wide converge on Atlanta for Callanwolde Tango Night at the Callanwolde Arts Center Oct. 7.



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