On Wednesday, July 15, a panel of three choreographers chose 2015-17 Princeton Arts Fellow Pavel Zustiak, choreographer and founder of the Palissimo Company, for the 2015 Juried Bessie Award for his "poetic layering of movement and visual imagery."
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater has planned a full and exciting 2015-16 season! Read on to find out what will be featured on stage this fall and spring at Princeton University.
For his senior thesis with the Lewis Center's Program in Theater, Eamon Foley '15 blended his academic studies in anthropology with his professional experience as a Broadway performer to create an original dance-theater piece entitled Hero. This special video feature takes viewers through Foley's creative journey during an entire academic year, from early fall 2014 through opening night in April 2015.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance will present a master class for Princeton students with New York City Ballet principal dancer Wendy Whelan on Monday, April 27, in the Patricia and Ward Hagan ’48 Dance Studio at 185 Nassau Street from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. This event, which is presented in conjunction with Whelan’s April 28 performance of Restless Creature at the McCarter Theatre, is free and open to the public to observe.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater will premiere Hero, a new dance-theater piece written, directed and choreographed by Princeton University senior Eamon Foley on April 25 at 8:00 p.m. at the Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio at 185 Nassau Street. Hero tells the story of a young man transformed by his experiences in the Vietnam War, told through indie rock music, dance, and aerial choreography and based on interviews with Vietnam veterans and other research conducted by the playwright. Foley is already a Broadway veteran at 21, having appeared in six productions. Performances of Hero continue April 26, 29 and 30 at 8:00 p.m. and May 1 at 6:00 p.m. with a talkback following the April 26 performance.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance will present Exit, a collaborative senior dance thesis concert showcasing new choreography by five seniors in the program, as well as the performance of repertory and new works by guest choreographers, on Friday, April 17 at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 18 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. in the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center. Students will perform works by acclaimed choreographers Mark Morris and Lar Lubovitch, premiere a new work by award-winning founder of the DASH Ensemble Gregory Dolbashian, and perform new dances by seniors Emily Hogan, Silvia Lundgren, Asawari Sodhi, Kalin Stovall, and Tula Strong.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance will present Dance Performance Lab, performances showcasing new choreography created by five Princeton students, on Thursday and Friday, March 26 and 27 at 7:00 p.m. in the Patricia and Ward Hagan ’48 Dance Studio. Each performance will be followed by a talkback. The event is free and open to the public.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance will present a screening of Ze’eva Cohen: Creating A Life In Dance, a documentary directed and edited by Sharon Kaufman, which received its world premiere at the Dance on Camera Film Festival at Lincoln Center in February. The screening of the 32-minute film on dancer, choreographer, Professor of Dance Emerita, and founder of the Program in Dance Ze’eva Cohen will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 12 in the James M. Stewart ‘32 Theater at 185 Nassau Street. The evening will also include a screening of the short film Passing It On: Four Princeton Alumni Look Back. Following the screenings, Princeton Professor of Dance Judith Hamera will moderate a panel discussion on dance in higher education with Cohen, Professor of Dance at Swarthmore College Sharon Friedler, and Professor of Dance at Montclair State University Elizabeth McPherson. This event is free and open to the public.
Though pursuing different paths, four Program in Dance students are united in their love of dance and their desire to share this passion with an audience when the curtain rises on the Spring Dance Festival this weekend, February 20-22.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance will present a conversation with popular American Ballet Theater soloist Misty Copeland on February 16 at 4:30 p.m. in McCosh 50 (room 50 in McCosh Hall) on the Princeton University campus. The ballet superstar will discuss her professional career, her struggles as an African American in the ballet world, and her preparations to dance Swan Lake in American Ballet Theater’s spring season. Princeton’s Center for African American Studies and Princeton University Ballet are cosponsoring the conversation. The event, the third and final in the 2015 Masters of Dance Series, is free and open to the public, however tickets are required.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance presents the 2015 Spring Dance Festival, a dance concert showcasing more than 50 students performing repertory by distinguished, internationally renowned choreographers Jodie Gates, Zvi Gotheiner, Susan Marshall, and Stephen Petronio, and premieres of new works by Marjani Forté and David Neumann. The Festival will be presented on Friday, February 20, at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, February 21, at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, February 22, at 1:00 p.m. at the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance will present a series of events featuring acclaimed dancers and choreographers in January and February, featuring Memphis jookin’ star Lil Buck, ballet dancer/director Damien Woetzel, choreographer Stephen Petronio, visual artist Janine Antoni, and American Ballet Theater principal dancer Misty Copeland.
Ze'eva Cohen: Creating A Life In Dance, a new documentary film on Ze’eva’s career as a dancer and choreographer and founder of the Dance Program at Princeton, was accepted to the Dance On Camera Film Festival at Lincoln Center. The film will be screened at Lincoln Center on February 3 at 3:00 p.m. A screening of the film at Princeton is planned for March.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance will preview works that will be performed at the 2015 Spring Dance Festival on December 10 at 8:00 p.m. in the Patricia and Ward Hagan ’48 Dance Studio on the Princeton campus. The Center will also present a series of showings of new choreography created by students during the past semester on December 8, 10, 11 and 12 and on January 8 in the Hagan Dance Studio and New South Dance Studio. All performances are free and open to the public.