The Understor(e)y: Suspension, Movement, Space

Choreographer Rebecca Lazier, visual artist Janet Echelman, engineer Sigrid Adriaenssens, and sound artist Jess Rowland come together with students in a unique collaboration inspired by the activity in the understory, the hovering layer beneath a forest’s canopy. They will create textile sculpture installations that will activate, and be activated by, movement and sound. Students will explore historical works that merge visual, choreographic, and sonic forms and examine intersections of architecture, engineering, and artistic practices. Themes of transcending boundaries and disorientation will unfold within suspended sculptural environments.

Application required. To apply for this course, please email Rebecca Lazier at with a statement about your interest in the course.

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This course seeks curious individuals with backgrounds in dance, visual arts and design, engineering, sound, textile design, aerial dance, and interactive sculpture to support collaborative research.

Throughout the course we will develop a new work combining original dance with sculpture that will be performed at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in the Renwick Gallery Grand Salon on May 8th and 9th, 2020. Students can elect to participate in this performance.


Headshot of Sigrid Adriaenssens

Sigrid Adriaenssens

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Guest Artist, Princeton Atelier


“Funding the next big idea: New projects receive Dean for Research Innovation awards” — NODES: Net tOpology and Dance Exploration Systems with Rebecca Lazier and Sigrid Adriaenssens |, June 8, 2020