Staibdance Explores Psychological and Physical Conflict in VERSUS at Emory, Now thru 3/23


Exploring conflict as it exists interpersonally, whether psychological or physical, Staibdance premieres "Versus," an evening-length work tonight, March 21-23 in the Dance Studio of Emory's Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.

While creating "Versus," artistic director George Staib and his company along with several guest artists journeyed through the fundamental aspects of interpersonal tension, analyzing the implications of touch, provocations of aggressive behavior, and the fallout that results from keeping quiet. Part one of the evening examines the subtlety of both physical and psychological conflict, "speaking to the results of discord rather than offering motives or sources," explains Staib.

Conversely, part two of the performance boldly nods toward absurdity, sensationalism, overt violence and the glorification of others' misery, all while asking the viewer why humankind revels in being witness to the misdeeds and woes of others. During this portion of the evening, the company of dancers create an atmosphere that is at times dark, often amusing, and consistently unsettling and physical.

A stark set, severe black and white costumes, and sound score edited by Kendall Simpson unites the environmental elements in the evening of work.

Performances of "Versus" are tonight, March 21-23 at 8 pm in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts Dance Studio. Tickets are $15; $12 discount category members; $8 students. For more information call the Arts at Emory box office at 404-727-5050 or visit

Staibdance is committed to the art and act of dancing, as well as the exploration of mood, nuance, music, and sincere movement. Staibdance hopes to create, teach and present contemporary dance that is as accessible as it is thought provoking.

Photo Credit: BURNAWAY Magazine

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