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Emily Coates & Emmanuèle Phuon


July 29 - 30, 2022

This event occurred as part of the 22/23 Hop Presents season. This is an archived view.

Tree stories and ecological rituals. Star dances and scientific instrumentation. These interlocking dance journeys by two choreographers take us inside out, outside in, and face to face with our planetary crisis.

22/23 Hop Presents

Through site-specific dance, Cambodian classical forms and inter-disciplinary elements, dancer/choreographers Emily Coates and Emmanuèle Phuon unpack humanity's ongoing struggle to fully grasp and represent the environment.
Each evening-length program is made up of indoor and outdoor sections that connect dance to scientific discovery and reflect on themes of animism and astronomy. From ancient Egyptian astronomer-priests practicing a "star dance" around their temple altars, to narratives of land use and abuse that flicker through the Reamker, the two dance artists guide us on a collective choreographic journey through the connections and rifts between nature and our human understanding.

Program A

Bema Outdoor Amphitheater: Emmanuèle Phuon
Moore Theater: Emily Coates

Program B

Moore Theater: Emmanuèle Phuon
Grounds of the Shattuck Observatory: Emily Coates

Programs A and B can be viewed in sequence as a cohesive, epic experience, or each can be viewed as a standalone performance. 

This event has a limited capacity, and attendees travel as a group between sites during the performance. For information about accessibility, please contact hop.box@dartmouth.edu or call 603.646.2422.




Emmanuèle Phuon's sections are directed by Vincent Dunoyer and performed by Emmanuèle Phuon and Amelia Sanders, with sound design in the outdoors section by Zai Tang. 

Emily Coates's sections are directed by Ain Gordon and performed by Emily Coates, Derek Lucci, and Emmanuèle Phuon, with music by Taylor Ho Bynum.

This work is being developed through a Hop residency in the summers of 2021 and 2022.

Coates and Phuon spent years dancing together in Mikhail Baryshnikov's and Yvonne Rainer's companies; a shared research fellowship at the Jerome Robbins Dance Division/New York Public Library for the Performing Arts reunited the two artists and became the impetus for this new work.

Emmanuèle Phuon is French Cambodian and lives between Brussels, Belgium and New York.  She has performed with the Elisa Monte Dance Company, Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Project and has had the privilege to work with acclaimed directors Martha Clarke and Joachim Schloemer and choreographer Meg Stuart among others. Ms. Phuon is a 2009 and 2015 Asian Cultural Council grantee for her choreographic work with Amrita Performing Arts in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
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A dancer, choreographer and writer, Emily Coates has performed internationally with New York City Ballet, Mikhail Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Project, Twyla Tharp and Yvonne Rainer. Career highlights include three duets with Baryshnikov, in works by Erick Hawkins, Mark Morris, and Karole Armitage, and the span of Rainer's work from 1961 to the present. Awards and fellowships include the School of American Ballet's Mae L. Wein Award for Outstanding Promise; Baryshnikov Arts Center's Martha Duffy Memorial Fellowship; and a 2019 Dance Research Fellowship, Jerome Robbins Dance Division, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. She is professor in the practice and director of dance at Yale University.  Learn more about Emily.

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