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Katie Messina first performed for staibdance as a guest artist in a performance of Moat at the Columbia Seminary. She accepted an apprenticeship with the company in Spring 2019 and began work on the world premiere of fence in Fall 2019.



October 3-6, 2019

7:30 PM

Schwartz Center for Performing Arts

fence is a journey into a messy world of power struggles and dismissed histories, and an examination of how "otherness" can rob our power or become its source. Staib's intensely physical movement vocabulary bonds with traditional Iranian dance, exploring unrest felt personally and globally.

Katie was chosen to perform excerpts in Winter 2019 at a showcase in the Atlanta area.


February 9, 2019

6:00 and 8:00 PM

Columbia Theological Seminary

Moat was an evening-length exploration of human migration and relocation for 13 dancers. With Moat, artistic director George Staib reflects on his memories of immigrating from Iran to a small Pennsylvania town during the Iran Hostage Crisis.

This performance was featured in a conference on immigration at the Columbia Theological Seminary.

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Photo by Christina Massad.

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