Rebecca Lazier explores “Site Dance”  and asks, 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 dance student Lucy Sirrs on “Live and Surreal: Lucy Sirrs.” Sirrs presents 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.


All festival events are free and open to the public. Performances will take place on Zoom Webinar; registration required. Separate Zoom registration required for each event in the festival. Live audience Q+A on Zoom follows each performance.


Program content for the show is available digitally. View the Virtual Program for Princeton Dance Festival Reimagined


closed captioningPre-recorded content will be closed captioned and live performances and conversations will be open captioned. Guests needing other access accommodations in order to participate in this event are invited to contact the Lewis Center at 609-258-5262 or email at least 2 weeks in advance of the event date.



November 23, 2020 at 8:30 PMChoreography by Peter Chu | Register for Chu Event

December 3, 2020 at 8:00 PMLed by Francesca Harper | Register for Harper Event

December 4, 2020 at 8:00 PMLed by Rebecca Lazier + Dean Moss | Register for Lazier + Moss Event

December 5, 2020 at 8:00 PMChoreography by Merce Cunningham staged by Silas Riener + choreography by Olivier Tarpaga | Register for Riener + Tarpaga Event



The Program in Dance presents an exciting and innovative, reimagined virtual edition of the annual Princeton Dance Festival featuring six diverse, professional choreographers who have created new dances with Princeton students despite the restrictions of the COVID pandemic.

Led by Peter Chu, Francesca Harper, Rebecca Lazier, Dean Moss, Silas Riener, and Olivier Tarpaga, students explore the intersections of dance and multimedia performance, digital animation, filmmaking, site based work, and music. Each evening is a completely different and unique experience followed by a question and answer session with the choreographers.


rebecca lazier

Photo by Bentley Drezner

Rebecca Lazier is a choreographer and dance educator currently living in Nova Scotia. Her upcoming project, The Understory, is a collaboration with visual artist Janet Echelman and engineer Sigrid Adriaenssens and is being developed with Halifax partners Live Art Dance, Mocean Dance, and Breaking Circus, with major support from the Princeton Atelier Program. Her past work, There Might be Others, created in collaboration with Dan Trueman, Sō and Mobius Percussion, was commissioned by New York Live Arts and won a New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) for Outstanding Score. Lazier has been an artist-in-residence at The Joyce Theater Foundation, Movement Research, The Yard, Djerassi, Chulitna Lodge and has received grants from Harkness Foundation for Dance, American Turkish Society, Trust for Mutual Understanding, Polish Cultural Institute, Peter B. Lewis Center for the Arts, New Music USA, Puffin Foundation, and the Canada Council for the Arts. She is currently a Senior Lecturer and Associate Director of the Dance Program at Princeton.


dean moss smiling in black white striped shirt

Photo by Tim Trumble

Dean Moss is an interdisciplinary choreographer and video artist who makes work investigating perception and the fluidity of self. He directs a project based company called Gametophyte Inc. Its work has been presented internationally and commissioned by New York Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, among others. He was awarded a “Bessie” for his work Spooky action at a distance. Moss was the Curator of Dance and Performance at The Kitchen, and he currently lectures in Choreography at Princeton University, Sarah Lawrence College, and The New School. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.



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  • Program in Dance