Timelapse is an evening of two distinctive dance works by Princeton seniors Olivia Buckhorn and Ethan Luk. The pieces explore non-linear modes of temporality, the fissures between internal and external landscapes, and the role of the community within the construction of chronology.

“Frequencies” is a new work choreographed by Olivia Buckhorn that utilizes a rotating structure to explore relationships to time and space. The rotational structure gives rise to spatial frequencies and influences the bonding connections between the dancers. The dancers are both the cause and the effect of the structure, guiding their journey through moments of losing control, reclaiming equilibrium, and ultimately discovering freedom within the structural design. Buckhorn’s cast includes seniors Haley Baird-Dibble, Vivian Li, Jon Charette, junior Adam Littman Davis, and sophomore Sally Menaker.

“but me you have forgotten,” choreographed by Ethan Luk in collaboration with his cast, takes its title from a fragment by the Greek poet Sappho, translated by Anne Carson. In the work, dancers encounter and inherit a ciphered map of material and immaterial residues, left behind without returning addresses. Dancers probe the space with forensic curiosity and care, utilizing quotidian objects as prostheses to speculate and etch connections across splintered topographies. The work frames corporeal and performative sites as fugitive archives of touch that dissipate the instance they emerge, but nonetheless resonate in spite of their absence. “but me you have forgotten” amplifies the quieter decibels that transpire in the wake of an event: the affect within the afterparty, the ruminative within the ruins, and the echolalia within the elegy. As the dance progresses, a porous boundary between the live and the dead is drawn. It is increasingly unclear whether the dancers are the remembering or the remembered.

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“but me you have forgotten” gazes back at a lineage of texts that trace consonances between the queer body in performance and the queer body in mourning. Inspired by the writing of Joshua Chambers-Letson and Fintan Walsh, the work questions how performance is not only possessed by the past, but carries both the potential for momentary resurrection and the blueprints for new ways of being together. The intertextual backbone of “but me you have forgotten” inscribes the performance space and the body as a stanza: not only as in a poetic unit of time and thought, but as in a room, the private interiors that quiver with the wounds and marginalia of past occupants. “but me you have forgotten” addresses the messy tessellation of memory and epistles scattered across the performance space, and pays homage to the scripts within and around us that await our attunement. Luk’s cast includes seniors Julia Chang, Kathy Li, Julia Zhou, and juniors Moses Abrahamson, Wasif Sami, and Faith Wangermann.

Tickets & Details

The performances are free and open to the public; free tickets required.

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Get directions to the Hearst Dance Theater, located on the Forum level of the Lewis Arts complex.


symbol for wheelchair accessibilityaccess symbol for amplified sound or assistive hearing devicesThe Hearst Dance Theater is an accessible venue equipped with assistive listening devices. The performance on February 15 was scheduled to include open/live captioning (CART), however in the final versions of these new dance works to be presented there is no spoken word or lyrics, so there will no longer be captioning at the performance. Visit our Venues and Studios section for accessibility information about the arts complex. Guests in need of access accommodations are asked to contact the Lewis Center at at least one week prior to the event date.


Banner photo credit: Firenze Lai, Tilted Circle (2018). Courtesy of the artist.

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  • Program in Dance