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Elevate 2020: Not That Far Away

Movement Arts Atlanta is pleased to announce that Not That Far Away  will be included in Elevate 2020. Elevate 2020, from October 4-10, is a temporary public art program hosted by the City of Atlanta, Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, that seeks to invigorate the Atlanta area through visual art, performances, and cultural events. Curator, Leatrice Ellzy Wright has selected Not That Far Away for the Tuesday, October 6 section of the festival entitled Quarantined, Masked and Socially Distanced. The majority of this year’s festival programs will take place virtually.

Not That Far Away was created during the summer of 2020 as a part of the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ PANDEMIC ATLANTA. MAA’s director Carolyn Stine McLaughlin directed the project and choreographed. The work was performed by Evelyn McLaughlin, Margot McLaughlin and Mia Prausnitz-Weinbaum. Andrew Choe was the composer and the film was created by Carrie and Colleen Miller.

 

 


Not That Far Away

Over the months of June, July and August, Movement Arts Atlanta’s Director, Carolyn Stine McLaughlin completed a commission from the City of Atlanta, Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs to create a work in response to the pandemic. The outcome of this commission was a site specific performance and a dance film.

The five minuet work with original music by Andrew Choe, used movement to illustrate the needs of the primal brain for information as we interact. These needs have been impacted by the pandemic. Brains look for signs of ease and friendship in the other person and the environment of fear and the unknown created by the pandemic make these affirming signs less prevalent.

The work was performed by Mia Prausnitz-Weinbaum, Margot McLaughlin and Evelyn McLaughlin. The film was made by Carrie Miller with the assistance of Colleen Miller.

The live performance took place on Saturday, August 1, 2020 in Freedom Park between Euclid Avenue and Austin Avenue. There were showings at 10:00 am and 10:30 am. It was attended Inman Park neighbors, and friends and family of the artists. The film was shot in three locations; Freedom Park, the BeltLine skate park and Piedmont Park.

The film can be view here. The work is available for performance, please contact Ms. McLaughlin at movementartsatl@gmail.com for details.

Funding provided by the City of Atlanta, Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs


Unseen Layers: the many roles of women

On October 20, 2019 at 5:00 pm, Movements Arts Atlanta Director, Carolyn Stine McLaughlin and MAA student, Evelyn McLaughlin, will appear as part of Unseen Layers: the many roles of women. This theater-in-the-round dance event is presented by TTM Dance Collective and will take place in the TULA Arts Center Atrium, 75 Bennett Street NW, Atlanta Georgia 30309.

The McLaughlins will perform Isolation by Gail Mingledorff. The work, set to the music of Jim Cappell, depicts the first injury which causes an individual to set up emotional barriers. Intimate gestures, sweeping spirals and the effective use of a prop communicate joy, hesitation, control, confusion and defiance.

Gail Mingledorff and Carolyn Stine McLaughlin both danced with Southern Ballet of Atlanta during their early careers. In the 1980’s McLaughlin appeared in two ballets created by Mingledorff for the company; Pachabel and The Almost Original Recipe. The first, an abstract ballet to Pachabel’s iconic Cannon in D, and the latter a comedic ballet about the interactions of chickens.