The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance at Princeton University presents the annual Princeton Dance Festival, in which 40 Princeton dance students will perform repertory works by Zvi Gotheiner, John Jasperse, and Mark Morris, along with new works by Kimberly Bartosik, Francesca Harper, and Olivier Tarpaga. Four performances will take place December 2 at 8 p.m., December 3 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and December 4 at 1 p.m. at the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center.
Princeton music professor and composer Dan Trueman, in collaboration with So Percussion and Mobius Percussion, won a 2016 BESSIE Award for Outstanding Musical Composition/Sound Design for his work on Lecturer in Dance Rebecca Lazier’s recent piece, "There Might be Others," which premiered in March in NYC.
The Lewis Center for the Arts' Program in Dance will present a series of showings of new choreography created by students and repertory work learned during the past semester on April 25 and 27 and May 4 and 5 in the Hagan Dance Studio, 185 Nassau Street's 3rd Floor Dance Studio, and New South Dance Studio. All performances are free and open to the public.
Rebecca Lazier, a native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, is a senior lecturer in dance in the Lewis Center for the Arts who also choreographs and directs a project-based group of dancers in New York. After graduating from Juilliard, she became a choreographer and joined the Princeton dance faculty in 2002. In musings drawn from two interviews, Lazier reflects on body image, fear, teaching at Princeton and the artistic process of choreography.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance at Princeton University will present Performance Lab showcasing new work created by nine Princeton students, on Thursday and Friday, March 3 and 4 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. Performance Lab provides an opportunity for students working in dance, writing, theater, or visual art to showcase their new interdisciplinary work developed through discussion with other artists and mentorship from dance faculty.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance at Princeton University will present International Dance Platform: Contemporary Dance in Turkey, Poland, Canada, which brings seven international dancer-choreographers to Princeton for a series of master classes, a panel discussion, and informal performances. The series leads up to the New York Live Arts premiere of faculty member Rebecca Lazier’s new work “There Might Be Others.”
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.
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.
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.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance will present the second “Choreographers in Residence and in Conversation” series, featuring three choreographers currently creating new work at Princeton, on two Tuesdays, October 14 and November 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Patricia and Ward Hagan ’48 Dance Studio, 185 Nassau Street. Resident choreographers Nora Chipaumire, Marjani Forté and David Neumann will present their works-in-progress, as well as discuss the uncertainties, complexities, dead ends and revelations of their current artistic undertakings. These events are free and open to the public.
Award-winning performance studies scholar Judith Hamera will join the Lewis Center for the Arts Program in Dance faculty at Princeton University in September. The addition of this new, full-time faculty position within the program signals a deepened commitment to the study of dance at Princeton by adding faculty dedicated to the history, theory and criticism of dance, and their relationship to dance practice and to other areas of inquiry across the University. Hamera's scholarship is interdisciplinary; she works at the intersection of American, communication, and cultural studies, as well as performance and dance studies.