The Alabama Dance Festival presents
January 20-23, 2021, 6:30pm
Odess Theatre, Alys Stephens Center
staibdance is an Atlanta-based contemporary dance company that values the provocative power of movement. Through performances, workshops and intensives, we celebrate our dynamic cultural ecosystem, and ignite conversations to foster community. Throughout our 13-year history, staibdance has been an ever-evolving organization that consistently asks: who were you? who are you? who will you become? Our performances and classes ask participants to lose themselves and find themselves through evocative imagery both on the stage and in the studio classroom. We meet, head-on, the joys, challenges, curiosities and beauty that contribute to our dynamic, universal experience – that which make us human – to ignite conversation and re-reveal the sublime and transformative effects of truthful human interaction.
George Staib, Artistic Director
Born in Tehran, Iran, George Staib is of Armenian descent and has been living in the United States since the age of ten. He began his dance training at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in conjunction with the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Though his BA is in political science, he actively studied dance, music and theater throughout his undergraduate years. He then went on to earn an MFA in dance and choreography from Temple University where he served on the faculty upon graduation. Notable teachers include Ann Vachon, Marcia Dale Weary, and Betty Jones; company credits include Ann Vachon/Dance Conduit, Coriolis Dance Company, Gathering Wild Dance Company, and Paula Kellinger and Dancers. In addition, the fall of 2006 provided Staib the opportunity to perform with the José Limón Dance Company as a guest artist in their re-creation of Missa Brevis, and has performed his critically-acclaimed solo NarcissEros extensively at venues across the United States and Europe.
In 2001 he joined the dance faculty at Emory University where he teaches contemporary and ballet techniques, choreography, and Contemplate, Create, Debate, a freshman seminar he created to introduce students to the practice of seeing and making art. He is also a regular advisor to honor’s candidates in the Dance, Theater and Music Departments at Emory. He also serves as an adjudicator for the American College Dance Association, has been commissioned to create and set works across the United States and has been recognized by Dance Teacher Magazine as one of the top five dance educators in the country. Staib is also a contributing writer and critic for ArtsATL, Atlanta’s only source for arts news, information and critical evaluation.
In 2011, Staib received Emory’s prestigious Winship Award for senior lecturers. He traveled to Tel Aviv, Israel to spend five weeks studying Gaga technique with members of the Batsheva Dance Company, release technique with Iris Enez, and conducted choreographic workshops. In 2016, Staib was invited to Stockholm to teach at two of Sweden’s top performing arts colleges, Södra Latins and BalletAkadamien and created work on Saraceno Dance, a Swedish contemporary company.