CORE Performs

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“…the most convincing and path-breaking performance of CORE Performance Company I have seen to date; I left the theatre impressed with the dancers’ versatility and the imaginative range and depth of the collaborative pieces.”
Johannes Birringer, Public News

Since 1980, CORE Performance Company has been creating and performing innovative contemporary dance. Known for its riveting, passionate and unique work, CORE has been internationally acclaimed in performance, tours and residencies in the U.S., Mexico, Guatemala, Sweden, Germany, Croatia and the Republic of Georgia.

Bring CORE to your community

Bring CORE Performance Company to your community for performances, workshops and classes. The programming is flexible to fit your venue, audience and budget. Contact Elizabeth Geiger at for more information.

With homes in Atlanta, Georgia and Houston, Texas, CORE creates intimate and original work that evolves through experimentation, improvisation, and collaboration with artists from different mediums.

Performing the work of Artistic Director, Sue Schroeder, as well as guest choreographers including Beppie Blankert, Polly Motley, Alicia Sánchez, Ellen Bromberg, Bill Evans, Jacalyn Carley, Tanzcompagnie Rubato, Bill Young and John Mead, CORE maintains a strong profile as a contemporary dance company through its diverse body of multi-layered work.

Recent Choreography

Vivaldi Dances in the Park: Mystery, Exuberance and Beauty under the Night Sky

A celebration of contemporary dance and Baroque-era music with internationally acclaimed CORE Performance Company and the renowned musicians of Mercury.   Join CORE to experience a seamless journey through time; while day turns to night in an ever-changing landscape, Vivaldi’s music comes alive through the choreographic collaboration of Sue Schroeder and Amanda K. Miller- Fasshauer with the world-class musicians of Mercury, conducted by Antoine Plante.   Enjoy the magical connection between dance and music stretched across time and space.   To premiere May 2014

Beauty as Braque: Volume * Line * Mass * Weight

A new work created especially for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston exhibition, “Georges Braque: A Retrospective” This is the 11th year of CORE’s partnership with the Museum to create a kinetic exploration of the intention and process of the visual art on display.

THE LIBERATED ACCIDENT, An Evening in Three Chapters

A new work commissioned by CORE, created by Amanda K. Miller-Fasshauer in collaboration with CORE Performance Company; collaboration initiated by Tanz Farm 2013.   The Liberated Accident, an Evening in Three Chapters explores process, connection and interaction.  Amanda K. Miller-Fasshauer, American-born but having spent the bulk of her career in Germany, choreographs with an American company for the first time in this commission by CORE.  Miller-Fasshauer is the former resident choreographer for Ballett Frankfurt under William Forsythe and the founder of the Pretty Ugly Dance Company.

Above and Below

An interactive dance performance encompassing written movement instructions, verbal suggestions, and guided participation by CORE Performance Company dancers, this work is   presented multiple times throughout the evening.  Inspired by the minimalist art movement, Above and Below is designed to provide a reflective environment amidst the hustle and bustle of FLUX Night 2013, an outdoors contemporary art festival

Still: A Place of Possibility

A program of new and original dance works: still by CORE Artistic Director Sue Schroeder, Web by Guest Artist Becky Valls and  Monochrome in Black, White and Gray  by members of CORE Performance Company.


An intimate program of contemporary dance featuring CORE Performance Company, with live music performed by Bent Frequency and original choreography by Sue Schroeder, CORE Founding Artistic Director, and Becky Valls, guest choreographer (Houston, TX). Secret was choreographed specifically for the Callanwolde mansion and invites the audience to explore and experience the grandeur of this magnificent space as we witness the dancers of CORE Performance Company breathing life into the halls and walls surrounding us.

SHIFT: Interrupt/Focus/Invent

Featuring new work by guest choreographers  Lori Teague (Atlanta, GA)  and  Leslie Scates (Houston, TX), and CORE’s Artistic Director, Sue Schroeder, SHIFT highlights pure CORE – riveting and passionate work made for and with the dance artists of CORE Performance Company. SHIFT speaks to movement, sometimes abrupt, other times only slight, the act of moving from one place to another for the performer – as well as for the audience.

The Point

Tender human pathways punctuated by polarized collisions:  The Point is a vibrant new quintet by Artistic Director Sue Schroeder, inspired by the work of Conceptual visual artist Sol LeWitt and Experimental novelist Raymond Federman. With commissioned  music by German composer Christian Meyer.
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The Moment Between

The Moment Between, by Schroeder and former CORE dancer jhon r. stronks explores the “space between” that allows the body and mind to encompass the paradox of emptiness and form. The piece features an original score created by German composer Christian Meyer.
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A triptych of engrossing and diverse contemporary dance simply called THREE. The evening features new work by prominent Dutch choreographer, Beppie Blankert, Mexico’s Alicia Sánchez, named one of the 100 most important Mexican artists of the 20th century, and American multidisciplinary artist Polly Motley.
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Corazón Abriendo (Heart Opening)

A portal that transports the audience into the vivid, lush atmosphere of the highlands and rainforests of Chiapas, Mexico through a multimedia “cloth” of dance, sculpture, video, and music skillfully woven together. Echoes of ancient civilizations overlap with the energy of modern life as the artistic sensibilities of contemporary dancers meld with the traditional weaving arts of the Mayan people.
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One of the world’s most powerful pieces of music, Handel’s Messiah is a beloved classic and CORE Performance Company brings its unique style of dance to the interpretation of this major work, melding contemporary dance with this familiar music of the Baroque period. Performed in an 80-minute version with orchestra, choir and soloists, or in a chamber version with selected arias, making this grand work intimate and personal for new audiences.
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Residency Activities

As an artist and dynamic participant in the community, Ms. Schroeder believes it is essential to approach, develop, and nurture a meaningful connection to CORE’s work. To that end, successful and mutually-beneficial residency experiences are created with the imagination, resources, and input of presenters, teachers, administrators, artists, community leaders, and all other supporters.
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A vibrant example of CORE’s inclusive residencies with multiple points of community engagement is our recent project in Conway, Arkansas. Read The Log Cabin Democrat‘s preview article here.