About Emily

Emily Hoffman (CBA ’16) is a writer from Brooklyn, New York. Her poems have appeared in The New Republic, The Threepenny Review, and Prodigal Literary Magazine, and her writing about performance has been published by BOMB, Music & Literature, and the Movement Research Performance Journal. She has been an artist-in-residence at CounterPulse in San Francisco, where she directed Russian Play, a new performance by her company, Affinity Project, in November 2015.

Essays on Dance

Reversing the tradition of the story ballet, Essays on Dance, a new collection of poems, attempts to adapt a selection of abstract ballets for the page. The collection focuses on Balanchine’s non-narrative works and explore strategies for achieving, through text, effects akin to those of the ballets. Essays on Dance is an experiment in extended ekphrasis, a concentrated exploration of the relation between text and dance apart from the realm of the metaphorical or the critical.

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