During a four-day Festival of the Arts, Oct. 5-8, Princeton University celebrated the opening of the new Lewis Arts complex with a bonanza of events, open to the public. More than 100 events across arts genres took place in more than 30 venues of every shape and size, from the expansive University Chapel to a tiny “Theatre for One” mobile unit, from a high-tech black box theater to a sun-drenched outdoor plaza.
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Here’s a glimpse of some of our favorite moments from the Festival:
Professors Paul Muldoon and Tracy K. Smith at the Princeton Poetry Festival. Photo by Frank Wojciechowski.
A carnatic vocal performance featuring Ruchita Balasubramanian '19.
A scene from GURLS, written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins '06 and directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz '06. Photo by Larry Levanti.
Dyane Harvey-Salaam led a community workshop in African dance with live percussion.
L’Avant Scène, the Department of French and Italian’s French Theater Workshop, presented, in English, key scenes from Phèdre by Jean Racine in a new translation by Marc Desitre '18.
WAVE FANFARE, a multimedia experience by Jeff Snyder, Axel Killian, Ryan Luke Johns and Jane Cox. Photo by David Kelly Crow.
A jazz jam session led by Music prof Rudresh Mahanthappa. Photo by David Kelly Crow.
Photography professor Jeff Whetstone at "House of VIS," a show of student artwork that he curated.
"24 Hour Psycho," Douglas Gordon's video installation.
An early model of the Lewis Arts complex.
Architect Steven Holl attended the ribbon-cutting festivities.
So Percussion's ART WALK was a hit, with performances at each of six campus sculptures.
Senior David Exume plays upright bass at Musicircus. Photo by David Kelly Crow.
The Princeton Steel Band's inaugural performance, at Musicircus. Photo by David Kelly Crow.
A dance performance at Musicircus. Photo by David Kelly Crow.
An open hip hop dance rehearsal with Raphael Xavier.
An open ballet rehearsal with Brian Reeder.
A community drumming workshop with Olivier Tarpaga.
One of many popup concerts by Princeton Sound Kitchen.
A popup concert by Princeton Sound Kitchen. Photo by David Kelly Crow.
DC Comics' Jim Lee, a Princeton grad from the class of '86, drew as he shared stories and insights.
Photo by David Kelly Crow.
… And some of the weekend’s highlights, as captured on social media: