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Chicago choreographer Emily Stein to present, perform new work at Benedictine University

February 27, 2014


Lisle, Illinois ~ Emily Stein, Chicago choreographer and Benedictine University’s spring 2014 Artist-in-Residence, will present a new work-in-progress titled “Corps/Corpus” at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12 at the Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B, Art Gallery, located on the 5th floor of Kindlon Hall on the University’s campus.

The public is invited to the free performance. However, seating is limited.

Stein will perform a solo piece and a troupe of professional dancers will perform a work she choreographed for five dancers. Inspired by the Rule of St. Benedict, Stein began to create a dance that explores the idea of “community as body.”

The performance will also include excerpts from her show, “Secret Experiments in Ballet #2,” which premiered at the Visceral Dance Center in Chicago in May 2013. Stein’s career began as a ballet dancer. She is well known throughout the Chicago dance scene as a teacher of ballet technique. Her performance and choreographic career led her to explore the experimental side of modern dance and improvisation.

Stein performed, choreographed and was associate artistic director of Zephyr Dance from 1993 to 2011. She has produced choreography independently throughout her career, and in 2002 participated in Deborah Hay’s Solo Performance Commissioning Project, performing her adaptation of the solo, “Beauty,” throughout the Midwest.

In 2012, she co-founded the Ballet Lab Chicago summer workshop with Paige Caldarella. She has taught widely and is currently a faculty member at the Dance Center of Columbia College and the Joffrey Ballet’s Bridge Program.Benedictine University’s Artist-in-Residence program, established by the College of Liberal Arts, seeks to draw innovative artists to campus to serve and enrich the experience of the entire University community. For more info, contact Karin Hadley at or (630) 829-6274.


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois and Mesa, Arizona. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 55 undergraduate majors and 17 graduate and four doctoral programs. Benedictine University is ranked No. 1 among the country’s fastest-growing campuses between 2000-2010 in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s list of private nonprofit research institutions, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among “America’s Top Colleges” for the third consecutive year in 2013. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fifth largest in the Chicago area in 2013.

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