The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance at Princeton University will present an evening of dance choreographed by Princeton senior Clark Griffin in collaboration with his cast, investigating the inherent social and relational dynamics of the human body through forms of non-classical virtuosity. Performances will be held February 22 and 23 at 8:30 p.m. and February 24 at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. at the Hearst Dance Theater at the Lewis Arts complex on the Princeton University campus. The performances are free and open to the public.
Award-winning writer Nicole Dennis-Benn and five seniors in the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing at Princeton University will read from their work at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, February 16 at Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau Street. The reading is part of the C. K. Williams Reading Series, named in honor of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning poet who served on Princeton’s creative writing faculty for 20 years.
The Visual Arts Program at Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts will present a screening of 27 short student films created in the fall semester courses “Documentary Filmmaking” taught by Jason Fox, “Short Comedy Filmmaking” taught by Yaara Sumeruk, and "Digital Animation" taught by Tim Szetela. The screening, which is free and open to the public, will be presented on Wednesday, February 14 from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the James M. Stewart ’32 Theater, located on the first floor of 185 Nassau Street. A reception will follow the screening.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Programs in Theater and Music Theater at Princeton University will present the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal on February 10, 16, 19 and 20 at 8 p.m. and February 11 at 2 p.m. in the Wallace Theater at the Lewis Arts complex on the Princeton campus. The musical, with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and an energetic pop/rock score by Tom Kitt, takes an unflinching look at a modern family struggling with the effects of mental illness. The production, directed by returning guest director Ethan Heard with music direction by Alex Ratner, features seniors Kat Giordano and Katie Frorer and is stage managed by senior Magda Stankowska. Audience talkbacks led my mental health experts will follow the February 11 and 19 performances.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater at Princeton University will present an exploration of the play, Fly, written by Trey Ellis and Ricardo Khan, on February 8, 9 and 10 at 8:00 p.m. in the Matthews Acting Studio at 185 Nassau Street on the Princeton campus. The production features Princeton senior Nemo Teferi and is directed by guest director Whitney White. An audience talkback will follow the February 10 performance. The show is free and open to the public with tickets available in advance and at the door just prior to performances.
This fall semester, eight Princeton undergraduates are exploring the art of the photographic portrait through historical and contemporary perspectives, as well as producing their own projects in the course “Portraiture: The Practice of Representation."
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater at Princeton University will present the haunting drama Etched in Skin on a Sunlit Night by Kara Lee Corthron, directed by senior Abigail Jean-Baptiste, on January 11, 12 and 14 at 8:00 p.m. and January 13 at 9:00 p.m. Performances will take place in the Wallace Theater at the Lewis Arts complex on the Princeton campus.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater in collaboration with the Arts Council of Princeton will present a performance of work created by Princeton students from Assistant Professor in Theater Brian Herrera’s fall course, “Autobiographical Storytelling: Princeton, Slavery, and Me.” In this performance students will use an array of storytelling modes to bring to life the historical materials unearthed by the Princeton & Slavery Project. The event will take place on Wednesday, December 13 at 7:00 p.m. at the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts at 102 Witherspoon Street in Princeton. The event is free, but reservations are encouraged.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Princeton Atelier will present an original, immersive experience that utilizes visual arts, theatrical lighting, scenic and installation design, as well as movement and musical performance, to offer a new perspective on Mozart’s iconic and beloved classic, Symphony #40. This new work was created by Princeton students as the culminating project of a fall Atelier course co-taught by composer/conductor Jayce Ogren and theatrical designer/director Michael Counts. The event, which the organizers make clear is not a concert, will take place on Sunday, December 10 with two 30-minute-long performances at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. in the Matthews Acting Studio at 185 Nassau Street. The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited and advance tickets are encouraged.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance will present a series of showings of new choreography created by students and repertory learned during the past semester on December 11 through 15 in the Hearst Dance Theater and dance studios in the new Lewis Arts complex and New South on the Princeton University campus. All performances are free and open to the public.
Students in the Lewis Center for the Arts’ renowned Program in Creative Writing will read from their recent work as part of the Program’s Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Series on Wednesday, December 13 at 5:00 p.m. in the Chancellor Green Rotunda on the Princeton University campus. On December 12 at 8:00 p.m., students in a spoken word poetry performance course will present new work in the Forum at the Lewis Arts complex on the Princeton University campus. Both events are free and open to the public.
The Arts Council of Princeton presents the final presentation of Assistant Professor of Theater Brian Herrera’s "Autobiographical Storytelling: Princeton, Slavery, and Me” fall course offered through Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts. The theater/creative writing course focuses on the stories we do (and don’t) tell about ourselves, as well as the stories we do (and don’t) tell about Princeton University. The workshop course engaged students directly with the historical materials unearthed by the "Princeton and Slavery Project” as they rehearsed the writing and performance skills necessary to remake the raw material drawn from lived experience into compelling autobiographical storytelling. Working in an array of storytelling modes, the students will share stories about how the history of slavery at Princeton University guides, informs, or challenges our ethical and moral understandings of the stories we choose to tell about ourselves. The final course presentation will be on Wednesday, December 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts at 102 Witherspoon Street, Princeton. The event is free and open to the public but advance registration is recommended.
The Program in Visual Arts at Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts presents *a graphic design exhibition* curated by award-winning faculty member, artist, and writer David Reinfurt, highlighting the work of 184 current and former students since the Lewis Center launched courses in graphic design in 2010. The exhibition will be on view November 14 through December 28 in the new Hurley Gallery at the Lewis Arts complex on the Princeton campus. The gallery is open daily 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. through December 15; open daily 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from December 16-28 (closed December 22 and 25). An opening reception will be held on November 14 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. On November 20 at 6:00 p.m. in the gallery, Reinfurt will host a discussion about his new book, Muriel Cooper, on the pioneering designer of MIT Press. Both events are free and open to the public.
Juniors and seniors in the Program in Visual Arts at Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts will open their studios to share and discuss their work-in-progress on Tuesday, November 15, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at the Lewis Center, 185 Nassau Street. On November 9 through 22 students in the Program’s fall drawing courses will exhibit recent work. Both events are free and open to the public.
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater at Princeton University will present Eclipsed by Danai Gurira, featuring senior Ugonna Nwabueze with guest director Shariffa Ali, on November 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18 at 8 p.m. Performances will take place in the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center, 91 University Place. A panel discussion with African American artists working on the Princeton campus will follow the November 18 performance.