4 decades. 135 original works.  Artistic research, social conscience, and an expertise in creating site-specific and museum work.

Innovation in dance arises from constantly investigating and experimenting with what’s possible with human bodies in motion.

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"The work of Core Dance is always in process. That kind of artistic process is high-level faith and expertise in action.  It is about digging in, work that is exhausting to the soul and body. And brain shaping…consuming…requiring realness.

The work that results from this kind of intense process is deep and still technical.  The Dance Artists in Core Dance define its look and velocity.  The resulting work is one that is ambitious but reaches its mark. It moves along and never loses focus because the whole ensemble has worked so deeply to be in that hour, completely in that hour.”

-letter of love to Core Dance from Leslie Scates, Choreographer/Core Dance Collaborator & Guest Artist
 

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Commissions

American Playground

"American Playground," choreographed by Niv Sheinfeld and Oren Laor and performed by Core Dance, investigates multiple themes including ‘body as resistance’, personal authenticity and the dialogue between public and private spaces.  Approximately one hour in length...

 

As the Shadows Grow Longer

In the wake of the unexpected and sudden loss of his brother, choreographer D. Patton White was invited by Core artistic director Sue Schroeder to create a new work for the company as a way of working through the grieving process.  

Heart of the Matter

Heart of the Matter is a narrated dance performance for elementary school children, grades 2-5, developed to bring awareness to Anti-bullying and to encourage self-awareness and positive body image. Inspired by the children’s book, Full Mouse/Empty Mouse...

Human Landscapes

“Human Landscapes” was choreographed and conceptualized by Germana Civera, with Sound Design by Didier Aschour. It is an embodied reflection on history, memory, travel, encounters, the migration of beings, gestures and stories. Choreographer Germana Civera draws on her family’s own years in exile during the...

Manifolds

"Manifolds” is a dance performance work about the interconnectedness of human movement, architecture, and dimensions in relation to our human existence. The word “manifold” can mean “a whole that unites or consists of many...

if... a memoir

Engaging questions of human freedom alongside human limitations and its direct link to the current crisis on our planet, if… a memoir is a love song written for humanity. if… a memoir is an evening-length, physical theater/choreo-poem, revealing a performance literature that is bold, straightforward, expressive and timeless.

No Time To Lose

​Initiated in 2021, NTTL included Core Dance artists alongside guest artists, Stephen Earnhart, Keith Hennessy, Adam Larsen, Christian Meyer, Kristin Moeand, Marcus Montgomery.​ In June of 2022, Artistic Director Sue Schroeder and Core Dance Resident Artists will travel to Kraków, Poland in continuation of this work.

Life Interrupted

Life Interrupted, which was previously titled Gaman, is a richly-layered, full-length work of contemporary dance, art, and music that draws from the experiences of U.S. citizens of Japanese descent who were interned on American soil during World War II. While rooted in this specific story, the work ultimately creates a universal experience from historical events. 

Land Performance

Global Water Dances

Global Water Dances (GWD) uses the art of dance to illuminate water issues on a global scale. Their work incites collaboration to address water issues through the universal language of dance, and encourages participants to take direct action aiding in the fight. Core Dance last participated in Global Water Dances in 2021 on the Big Island of Hawaii.

 

National Water Dance

National Water Dance is an artist-driven collective of dancers and educators confronting critical water issues facing the United States. Stretching from New York to Hawaii and from Alaska to Puerto Rico, simultaneous, site-specific dance performances are created and performed with movers of all ages and experience.

Planetary Dance

Core Dance in recognition of Anna & Daria Halprin and the Tamalpa Institute offer Planetary Dance to our communities. Planetary Dance is an annual dance of healing and community renewal. It brings people of all ages and abilities together in a beautiful setting to dance for a purpose. 

walk

walk contemplates the changing nature of the individual within our briskly changing world. Under the artistic direction of Sue Schroeder, this performance work, created, in tandem with the community in and around an existing labyrinth or one built by/for the community. The labyrinth offers the sacred space for this community experience. ​​

Museum Environments

Galleries Without Borders

Under the Artistic Direction of Sue Schroeder (Core Dance/USA), Czech and American Dance Makers will complete a two-part creative residency in October 2021. Inspired by the artistic intention of artists and works exhibited in the permanent exhibition,1796–1918: ART OF THE LONG CENTURY, the Dance Makers will offer... 

Nevertheless She Persists

Nevertheless, She Persists was a new performance from Core Dance advocating for the dignity, intelligence, and potential of women everywhere. Six artworks from the Crystal Bridges Museum of Art’s collection prompted the approach, asking viewers to look again at the depictions of women from the nineteenth through...

 

Core Dance Presents

 

Exposed

In an unprecedented partnership, Core Dance collaborated with 7 Stages Theatre, Emory University Dance Program/Candler Concert Series, Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University and Kennesaw State University’s Departments of Theatre and Performance Studies and Dance to present EXPOSED, a six-week festival of richly-layered...

TRY

Through dancing, experimentation, and learning together TRY creates a queer futurist encounter where race and masculinity are destabilized, and this queer instability is the ground for new forms of solidarity, desire, and community.

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