2020-21 Performance Season


The first main event of the Program in Dance 2020-21 season was the exciting and innovative virtual edition of the annual Princeton Dance Festival Reimagined, presented November 23 and December 3, 4 + 5, 2020.

Along with the entire global dance community, the Program in Dance is exploring the challenges of dance in a socially distanced world. How can we create new methods of dance and choreography for the online environment that reimagine frontiers of physical practice and the choreographic space?

Six diverse, professional choreographers have created new dances with Princeton dance students despite the restrictions of the COVID pandemic. These new works explored the intersections of dance and multimedia performance, digital animation, filmmaking, site-specific theater and art, or music. Each evening was a completely different and unique experience followed by a question and answer session with the choreographers.




Program content for each evening’s performance is available digitally. View the programs for Princeton Dance Festival Reimagined »



Peter Chu’s project, Welcome HOME: The Princeton Series, is a thought-provoking yet playful journey that evokes the viewer’s spatial perception. In this live-streamed performance, scenes change with precision timing and careful orchestration to transport viewers through viscerally charged worlds. Welcome HOME celebrates raw, curious, and honest communication!

Francesca Harper’s project, Emergence and Discovery: Digital Dance Portraits, facilitates collaborative construction and the development of 10 short, personal films allowing movement, filmmaking, images, text, music, and discovery in natural and industrial habitat to be accessible and serve as inspiration. As dance artists emerge from isolation and reshape their lives, how do they preserve the moment? This existential question will be translated into art.

Rebecca Lazier explores “Site Dance” with students asking: Where can dance happen? What can it do? Students will share site based performance projects built from research into their communities. Each project traces different intersections of personal, cultural, and geographic stories with movement, dance, and performance.

Dean Moss works with student Lucy Sirrs to present “Live & Surreal: Lucy Sirrs,” a video dance project inspired by women’s historic struggle for reproductive rights and the surreal artwork of Martha Rosler. It portrays her exploration of her desires, her pride, and her courage through the lens of her childhood bedroom. 

Silas Riener, a former member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, leads a project in hybrid dance experiments blurring natural, virtual, and augmented environments. Rooted in Merce Cunningham Technique, students are studying, practicing, and performing excerpts from Cunningham dances spanning over 50 years of choreography for stage and camera and arranged into a MinEvent in collaboration with video editor Daniel Madoff. In tandem students are creating new work for our evolving digital platform by adapting and misusing some of Cunningham’s methods: scores for chance procedures, indeterminacy, fixed and mobile camera perspectives, layers of structural complexity, and animation.

Olivier Tarpaga presents Out of Sync, a hybrid dance work/video choreographed remotely by Olivier Tarpaga in collaboration with the dancers. This Movement Percussion project utilizes high intensity hybrid movement transformation practices rooted in structured live music improvisation and rhythms to create the final collaborative project.



Program in Dance faculty and seniors are developing a spring season within the uncertainty of the global pandemic and what it means for the current state of dance. New choreography by seniors will further explore the worlds of creating dance specifically for the camera and creating works that are site-specific in the environments they find themselves at this time of isolation and remote connectivity.

Seniors will work together to present a work based on excerpts of Robert Battle’s repertory and staged by Elisa Clark. Eight of the seniors will perform new and repertory works by other choreographers.

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