May 1, 2017

Lewis Center for the Arts presents End-of-Semester Showings in Dance

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Photo by MT Simao

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance at Princeton University will present a series of showings of new choreography created by students during the past semester on May 2, 4, 9 and 10 in dance studios on the Princeton campus. All performances are free and open to the public.

The schedule for the end-of-semester showings of student work and performances is as follows:

Tuesday, May 2 at 2:00 p.m. in the Berlind Rehearsal Room at McCarter Theatre Center, students from the course “Special Topics in Contemporary Practice: Creating Collaboratively, Collaborating Creatively,” co-taught by choreographer/director Pavel Zustiak and composer/musician Shawn Jaeger, both Princeton Arts Fellows, will present new interdisciplinary collaborative works they have created that explore how moving bodies, sound/music, and scenography interact to carry the narrative of contemporary performance toward a unified, singular vision.

Thursday, May 4 at 3:00 p.m. at New South Dance Studio (Room 108), students in the course “Introduction to Movement and Dance” taught by Aynsley Vandenbroucke, a class designed for people with little or no previous training in dance, studied movement techniques, improvisation, choreography, and also how to see, experience, write, and talk about dance. Throughout the semester, students explored the role of dancer, choreographer, audience member, and critic in relation to such topics as aesthetic questions, politics, identity, religion, and complex views of the human body.

Following on May 4 at 5:00 p.m. at New South Dance Studio, students will present a special joint performance from “Introduction to Hip-Hop Dance” and “Special Topics In Urban Dance – Hip Hop Dance Practice and Culture,” taught by Raphael Xavier and Joseph Schloss. The first class is an introductory survey course encompassing scholarly study and embodied practice, hip-hop dance technique, and the cultural and historical contexts from which it emerged. The second class went further in exploring hip-hop dance grounded in a strong historical and theoretical framework, with a special focus on a variety of hip-hop dance styles and forms.

Tuesday, May 9 at 2:30 p.m. at the Patricia and Ward Hagan ’48 Hagan Dance Studio at 185 Nassau St., students in “Introduction to Choreography” taught by Susan Marshall, director of the Program in Dance, will present new work based on their introduction to choreographic processes and questions of movement vocabulary, structure, pacing, orchestration and meaning.

Wednesday, May 10 at 3:30 p.m. at the Hagan Dance Studio, students in “The American Dance Experience and Africanist Dance Practices,” taught by Dyane Harvey Salaam, share what they have learned through an introduction to American dance aesthetics and practices with a focus on how their evolution has been influenced by African American choreographers and dancers, including the study of movement practices from traditional African dances, dance of the African diaspora, American jazz dance, modern dance, and American ballet.


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