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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Dancers face "the final frontier"

GROUND CONTROL: Catallier Projects Dance takes a leap into space this weekend with ...the final frontier.
  • GROUND CONTROL: Catallier Projects Dance takes a leap into space this weekend with "...the final frontier."
After last season's "Tempo," a funny and intimate multi-media dance performance that took a tongue-in-cheek look at the element of time, Catellier Dance Projects is now taking a leap into space with "... the final frontier," premiering at Emory's Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, May 17-19. The work is part of an on-going series of performances based on the elements of dance: time, space, energy and the body.

"I started thinking about space and what it is that intrigues me about it," says artistic director and Emory dance professor Greg Catellier. "I started thinking about outer space, architectural space and what it means to be close."

The resulting work is a piece for eight dancers in a transformed Schwartz Center. "The first thing the audience will experience is a tour through the building," says Catellier. "They enter in a new way, and there are some surprises along the way."

Greg Catellier
  • Emory dance professor Greg Catellier contemplates the element of space in "...the final frontier."
The performance features both group work and a series of duets built around the theme of space. with dancers in jumpsuits, technicians checking systems, a little robot, and a visible control booth on the floor as a sort of 'ground control.'

In one scene, dancers perform a phrase within a smaller and smaller space, just as they had to perform a phrase within a challengingly narrowing timeframe in "Tempo." The piece includes original music by Atlanta composer Kendall Simpson, and multi-media elements by Seattle-based artist Jeff Curtis.

Catellier is a little wary about spilling too many details, but it's a safe bet that the always inventive, always funny group will be true to form with the "...final frontier." "I have this thing where I don't want to tell everything, but of course I want people to come," he explains. "I will say this: there are six foot red balloons involved."

Catellier Dance Projects presents "... the final frontier" May 17-19 at 8 p.m. at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Dance Studio. Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 for discount category members, $8 for students. For more information call the Arts at Emory box office at 404-727-5050 or visit www.arts.emory.edu.

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