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Gregory Catellier
Theater Studies & Dance
Film Adaptation of Dance Theater Piece "E" 

"E" was a part of a series of works based on the fundamental elements of dance produced by Catellier Dance Projects between 2010 and 2012.  "E" was inspired by the element of Energy.  As with the other evening length pieces in the series, "E" considered its subject from varying standpoints.  Sections of the work are dedicated to energy inefficiency, excessive energy consumption, mechanical energy, and the more abstract emotional energy.

My desire to adapt "E" from the stage to the screen is a logical step as a choreographer who creates for both film and stage.  I have found that the dance films that Mr. Curtis and I have made are easily transportable and desired by film festivals both nationally and internationally, therefore the films have a broader reach than the staged works. 

A critical piece of this research plan is that Mr. Curtis has secured the use of an early 20th century steam plant in Seattle to use as a stage for this work.  This settling aligns well with the themes of the original staged work and the satiric critque of our culture's over-consumtion. I believe the political overtone that I strived for in the original staged work will be more evident in the film.

William Ransom
Emory College Music Department
In Memoriam CD:  CD Recording of solo piano music 

An explanation was requested as to why a new recording of this music has merit and what impact the recording might have. Like a play, which exists in two distinctforms-‐‐ as words on a page to be read alone and also as a living art performed by avariety of actors for an audience-‐‐ music exists in two forms as well. The notes on apage can be looked at (by a trained musician) and “heard” in their inner ear; or thescore can be performed live and experienced by both the performer and the listener.Each performance is completely different-‐‐ the performer brings his or her uniquemusicianship, technique, and general approach to the score. Thus each performancehas value-‐‐ if one is interested in hearing what different performers have to bring tothe music. What is my interpretation? I believe “interpretation” means that out ofdeep respect for the great geniuses who created great music one must “interpret”each marking and each word given to us by the composer on the score-‐‐ and havinginternalized that study as much as possible, then transcend the written score andimagine that one is playing the music for the first time. This gives a performanceboth the solid grounding of what the composer has given us as well as the illusionthat one is playing the music for the first time. Listeners who appreciate myperformances can enjoy them through the recording; and students who are learningthe works for the first time can gain deeper insight into their own study.