Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Atlanta dancers take the Beltline

Posted By on Wed, Nov 2, 2011 at 12:50 PM

Blake Dalton and Derrick Causey of Crossover Movement Arts
We hinted recently that Atlanta's dance community has been planning a long overdue takeover of the city. In our estimation, they've now entered Phase One of that plan, which from now on we'll refer to as "the November Plot.”

How else to explain the sudden proliferation of fantastic, free performances up and down the strategically city-encircling Beltline all month long? The dancers will probably try to say it's part of a commission by the city to promote the Beltline project and to build a sense of community through free public art. Yeah. Likely story.

The maneuver begins with Dance Truck's presentation of Crossover Movement Arts at Stein Steel on Saturday, November 5. The next day, there's a performance near Piedmont Park by Dashboard Co-Op's Helen Hale (who was the subject of an insightful profile by Wyatt Williams in last month's Arts Issue), and the following weekend Beacon Dance will create another part of their on-going Elements series behind Ansley Mall. Things cap off with three performances by gloATL the weekend before Thanksgiving.

See a complete schedule of the November Beltline performances by our future dance overlords after the jump.


Dance Truck presents Crossover Movement Arts
WHEN:Saturday November 5, 6:15pm — 7:30pm
WHERE: Atlanta BeltLine next to Stein Steel, 935 Wylie Street SE

Crossover Movement Arts brings to life the industrial history of the Atlanta Beltline and of longtime steel manufacturer Stein Steel with the premiers of "Pressure" and "Iron and Steel,” an evening of site-specific dance inspired by CSX’s Hulsey rail yard and Stein Steel & Supply Company in Reynoldstown. Performed to a live soundscape by Colin Bragg and Blake Helton, beginning at 6:30 pm with 6:15 pre-show entertainment on the Atlanta BeltLine where it crosses 927 Kirkwood Avenue SE. At 6:30, the performers will lead a short (1/10th mile) walk up the Atlanta BeltLine to where it crosses Wylie Street for the featured performances. (Latecomers and those with mobility issues should proceed directly to the Wylie Street address).

ANTI-MANNERS a DANCE/FEAST featuring Helen Hale
WHEN: Sunday, November 6, DUSK (approximately 5:30 pm)
WHERE: BeltLine just north of Piedmont Park behind Amsterdam Walk

Thirty volunteer audience members will join the performance at a main dinner table where they'll feast like revelers amid the dancing limbs of Hale and Company. They'll “flip, throw, twirl, sing, toast, cheer, fling, eat and swirl.” The remaining spectators will sit on picnic blankets watching the performance, eating and drinking. The location is most easily reached by taking Monroe and turning into the "Public Parking for Piedmont Park" spot at the light between Amsterdam and Dutch Valley. The event's invitation reads: “Bring whomever. Stay however long. Bring a blanket, a candle, a flask, and a bib.”

Beacon Dance's Earth
WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, November 12 and 13, at 2 pm each day.
WHERE: Directly behind the Publix at Ansley Mall

Beacon Dance continues its exploration of the Elements on the Atlanta Beltline. The group's recent piece at Emory began the series by examining the element Water. Look for the latter half of the series—Fire and Air—in the spring.

Freestyle Polers Take The Fourth Ward
WHEN: Sunday, November 13, at 4:30 pm
WHERE: Historic Fourth Ward Park at 680 Dallas Street

Improvisational jazz band Zentropy and the freestyle polers of Crossover Movement Arts present an afternoon of performance at the Fourth Ward Park. CMA's Artistic Director Blake Dalton will give a free class in Freestyle Poling at 3:30 p.m., at the south end of the lake on the amphitheater stage in Historic Fourth Ward Park. No prior dance experience is required to take the class, though those with generally good physical fitness will get the most out of it. The performance will begin at 4:30 p.m., starting at the north end of the lake, near the waterfalls, and progressing around the lake. (The park and the performance route are handicap accessible.) The performance will culminate on the amphitheater stage.

gloATL's Float
WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, November 19 and 20, at 2 pm
WHERE: Monroe Drive and Park Drive, just north of the Piedmont Park behind Amsterdam Walk
There will be an additional performance of the piece on Saturday, November 19, at 4:30 pm at the Reynoldstown Stage on the Beltline near 927 Kirkwood Avenue SE.

The performance highlights inter-human relationships between natural systems and everyday urban life. "Float" is a new site-specific work by gloATL in the form of a whimsical, communal foot gathering doused with the 1956 child’s film "The Red Balloon" and the highly physical contemporary experience of gloATL. The work provides the public a choice of mediums, and the levels of experience are meant to be subjective.

All performances on the Beltline are free and open to the public. For more information and a map of the Beltline, visit Art on the Beltline.

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