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CORE to celebrate 30 years of dance in Atlanta with premiere at High Museum

Based in Atlanta and Houston, CORE Performance Company will kick off its 30th anniversary season of contemporary dance in a most public way, performing twice during the opening party for the High Museum of Art exhibition “Hapsburg Splendor: Masterpieces From Vienna’s Imperial Collections” on Oct. 23.

During the 7-10 p.m. “A Royal Affair” party, CORE will premiere “waltz,” choreographed by company dancer Joshua Rackliffe, at 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. in the Stent Wing atrium.

CORE Performance Group, shown dancing “Vivaldi Dances in the Park,” kicks off a celebration of its 30th anniversary in Atlanta with the world premiere of “waltz” at the High Museum of Art on Oct. 23. CONTRIBUTED BY LYNN LANE

“I am focusing mainly on movement invention,” Rackliffe said of “waltz,” “utilizing the abilities and facility of each individual body to create a vocabulary that is exciting and, most importantly, accessible to any type of viewer.”

The dance is expected to dovetail with “Hapsburg Splendor,” an exhibit of nearly 100 artworks and artifacts from Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum that officially opens Oct. 18 (even if the opening party isn’t until Oct. 23 — Fridays being the High’s hot night for parties).

The principal sovereign dynasty across Europe dating to the late Middle Ages, the Hapsburgs also commanded a remarkable art collection, including works by Titian, Caravaggio, Rubens, Velazquez, Giorgione, Correggio and Tintoretto that will be view.

Artifacts that will help detail the imperial story include arms and armor, sculpture, Greek and Roman antiquities, court costumes, carriages and decorative art objects. The exhibit runs through Jan. 17.

CORE’s Oct. 23 performance is free with half-price museum admission.

And CORE plans to return to the High much later in its anniversary season to perform in conjunction with another major exhibit, “Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion” on May 6 and 13.

In between its museum appearances, CORE also will give an “Edge in Unexpected Places” performance at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 26 as part of the Rialto Center for the Arts’ Off the Edge contemporary dance festival.

Additionally, CORE will offer its Lunchtime in the Studio series at its downtown Decatur studios (139 Sycamore St.) during which the public can watch the dancers at work and learn about the company. Sessions are free, with lunch provided to the first 40 guests:

  • Nov. 19: “Dance-making as a Catalyst for Social Change”

  • Feb. 25: “Dance the Unexpected”

  • April 14: “CORE in the Community”

More on CORE, which is simultaneously celebrating its 35 anniversary in Houston:

Meanwhile, the High will present two more Atlanta dance troupes as part of its series of free outdoor performances on Sifly Piazza in conjunction with the interactive “Los Trompos” exhibit: T. Lang Dance at 6 and 7 p.m. Oct. 16; and Atlanta Ballet’s Wabi Sabi at 7 p.m. Nov. 6. Info:

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