Core Dance’s Sue Schroeder is embarking on an ambitious new creative project in Poland

Schroeder’s title is Founding Director of Creativity, which currently encompasses a myriad of responsibilities – bringing artists together, researching communist repatriation funding, hiring photographers and videographers, arranging water, food and glamping style tents and explaining to the Polish team what mulch is. “Mulch is not a thing there,” says Schroeder. “Linguistic and cultural translations require a lot of energy.

For several weeks in May and June, she will live on the grounds of the center with the inaugural group of artists, including two Ukrainians, while construction is underway. Hence the tents. “We want to sink into the dust of the place,” she says. There will be process, discussion, relationship building and three events: a sound installation, a video mapping project and a new iteration of Core Dance’s ‘No Time to Lose’ project.

The creative practice that gave birth to “No Time to Lose”, which premiere at Complex B in Atlanta in March 2021, will propel the creation of a new work around the theme “re:member”. Three people who participated in the Atlanta performance – movement artist Keith Hennessy, filmmaker Adam Larsen and composer/musician Christian Meyer – will join the group and help develop the process.

Schroeder has always been drawn to Europe. She presented works in museums and practiced her collaborative and non-hierarchical methodology in France, Israel, Poland, Sweden, Germany and beyond.

The pandemic prevented her from traveling but, ironically, widened her reach. “We did so much virtual programming that our international audience got to experience us more than usual,” she says.

Schroeder admits his priorities shift from running an organization to creating, teaching and curating internationally.

A gallery in Britain has commissioned her to curate an exhibition of seven live performances in their collection, a huge project which she says will keep her busy for the next 10 years.

“At Core Dance, we do all of these things around the world, but Atlanta benefits because we bring back new flavors and new ideas,” she says, confirming that Atlanta is still her physical and artistic home. Flux Projects, for example, asked her to co-create “a water feature” with concept artist Jonathon Keats to premiere in fall 2023. The artist-in-residence pilot program she launched in 2021 will end in August. For the remainder of 2022, Schroeder intends to hire dance artists on a project-by-project basis and will reevaluate and restructure the program for 2023 and beyond.

Schroeder’s focus may be changing, but his vision is not. She is a strong believer in community and breaking down visible and invisible divisions in the world through the practice of artistic creation. The róza Center is the next stop on this creative journey. “That’s what I’m called to,” she says.

Gillian Anne Renault has been an ArtsATL contributor since 2012 and was named Editor-in-Chief for Art+Design and Dance in 2021. She has covered dance for the Los Angeles Daily News, Herald Examiner and Ballet News, and on radio stations. radio such as KCRW, the NPR affiliate in Santa Monica, California. Many years ago, she received an NEA scholarship to participate in the American Dance Festival’s Dance Criticism program.


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