Company Founder Sue Schroeder deeply values art making in all its forms, and Fieldwork is Core Dance’s principal contribution to the development of artists of all stripes in the organization’s home communities of Atlanta and Houston.
Fieldwork is a unique facilitated forum for artists to share developing works and exchange feedback over the course of 10 weeks. A safe and rigorous space for creative exploration, Fieldwork provides objective, artist-to-artist, non-directorial feedback through a ‘test audience’ structure. Each semester culminates in a performance with an audience.
Developed by The Field of New York City, Fieldwork has been offered by Core Dance in Atlanta and Houston twice a year for the last 25 years. Our work is made possible through partnerships with The Field, Emory University's Department of Theater and Dance, and Dance Source Houston
Dynamic X-Change (DXC) is our signature outreach program since 1992. It serves isolated populations including those who are dealing with abuse, homelessness, refugee status, aging, and HIV/AIDS.
DXC provides safe, constructive, nurturing, and creative outlets for those needing to build self-awareness, communication skills, and healthy body awareness. Participants discuss and interpret their experiences through movement. It is free to participants and our current partners in Atlanta are the East Atlanta Kids’ Club, Breakthru House, and the Latin American Association. Our partners in Houston are the Houston Area Women's Center, The Monarch School, and ArtReach.
Atlanta sponsors are The Richard C. Munroe Foundation and individual donors. Houston sponsors are the Texas Commission on the Arts, the Houston Endowment, the Aubrey & Sylvia Farb Community Service Fund of Congregation Emanu El, and individual donors through Power2Give. In addition, some partners also provide financial support.
Lunchtime in the Studio
Core Dance initiates conversations with its audience via Lunchtime in the Studio. Lunchtime offers “a close-up and personal look at how contemporary dance is crafted and performed,” stated the Atlanta Journal & Constitution. The interactive events invite participants to share their thoughts, interpretations, and viewpoints while providing glimpses into the language of dance and the creative process. Moreover, lunch is provided free by a number of Decatur-based food and restaurant partners.The next Lunchtime in the Studio is
April 27 from noon to 1 p.m.
Sharing Knowledge and Passion
One of the things that drives Core Dance is our desire to share learning and passion. This is not a program per se, but as part of who we are, we constantly seek opportunities to enrich others. Following up on our creation of Life Interrupted, a 2015 choreographic work that examined the internment of U.S. citizens of Japanese descent during WWII, we are pleased to present a treasure of resources that teachers, dance makers, and dance presenters can freely access for their own purposes.
Click here for this resource page.