The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance will present Dance Performance Lab, performances showcasing new choreography created by five Princeton students, on Thursday and Friday, March 26 and 27 at 7:00 p.m. in the Patricia and Ward Hagan ’48 Dance Studio. Each performance will be followed by a talkback. The event is free and open to the public.
The Program in Dance, led by award-winning choreographer Susan Marshall, offers Princeton undergraduates a wide range of opportunities in dance. Students can enroll in a single course, pursue a certificate in dance (similar to a minor), or participate in co-curricular classes. Studio-based courses taught by dance professionals range from modern and contemporary to ballet, to experimental, urban and African dance, and include the creation of original work, study of master repertory, and rigorous technical training. Frequent performance opportunities are provided including the annual Spring Dance Festival, a senior thesis collaborative concert, and informal showings.
Dance Performance Lab provides an opportunity for student choreographers working in any genre of dance, inside or outside of the Program in Dance, to develop their artistry with a faculty mentor. Through one-on-one meetings over the past several months, students have looked at the ways that structure, intent, and theatrical elements can support their movement creation. The independent student dance projects showcased at this event are the product of this mentored creative process.
The work to be performed in Dance Performance Lab represents a diverse array of choreographic genres inspired by a wide variety of themes. Junior Bri White, whose work includes his own black and white drawings, is a visual arts major who seeks to integrate visual arts methods and ways of thinking into his choreography. The piece by junior Sophia Andreassi grows out of a paragraph of a Jean-Paul Sartre book she was reading for a French class. The work by senior Glenna Yu has its roots in a course she took last fall with Marshall and Princeton Arts Fellow and graphic artist Danielle Aubert, “Dancing on Camera.” In this piece a dancer moves in dialogue with a projected image of herself. Original music for her piece has been composed by a fellow student. The work of Ireneo Cabreros, a graduate student in applied mathematics, is inspired by developmental movement patterns in animals. He is an apprentice with the Brooklyn-based dance company Gallim Dance. A work by sophomore Catherine Ivanovich has grown out of questions she encountered while working on a play with other students. Her piece examines three different ways a performer can shape his or her own visual attention to affect an audience’s perception of their intentions.
Students were invited to submit recent new work for consideration by Dance Program faculty in the fall. Both Marshall and faculty member Aynsley Vandenbroucke have been mentoring the students in development of their pieces, which will be performed by other dance students.
“We created this new opportunity to showcase work created by our students, many of whom are specifically interested in choreography,” notes Marshall. “The performances give these artists an opportunity to develop and share their exciting, often experimental work with each other — to inspire each other and their audiences. I’m so glad audiences will have an opportunity to see the diversity of work emerging from our dance studios.”