Princeton Dance Festival Reimagined — 2020 Program

Presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance on

November 23, 2020, at 8:30 PM
December 3, 4 + 5, 2020, at 8:00 PM



View Program for November 23 choreographed by Peter Chu »

View Program for December 3 led by Francesca Harper »

View Program for December 4 led by Rebecca Lazier + Dean Moss »

View Program for December 5 choreographed by Merce Cunningham staged by Silas Riener + choreographed by Olivier Tarpaga »



Costume Consultant: Mary Jo Mecca
Lighting Consultant: Aaron Copp
Music Director: Vince di Mura
Production Stage Manager: Mary-Susan Gregson
Faculty Production Advisors: Susan Marshall, Rebecca Lazier
Pre-show Music: Daniel Johnson, Wesley Rast, Vince diMura
Stream Master: Matt Pilsner
Stream Associates: Torrey Drum, Jesse Froncek
Student Costume Stitchers: Mei Geller, Laura Haubold, Annie Leach
Stitchers: Lydia McMannon, Lynda Wonski



Chair: Tracy K. Smith
Executive Director: Marion Friedman Young

PROGRAM IN DANCE (2020-2021)

Dance Faculty
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Kyle Abraham
Alexandra Beller
Elisa Clark
Tina Fehlandt
Judith Hamera, Professor
Francesca Harper
Dyane Harvey-Salaam
Rebecca Lazier, Associate Director, Senior Lecturer
Susan Marshall, Director, Professor
Dean Moss
Silas Riener
Joseph Schloss
Rebecca Stenn
Olivier Tarpaga
Aynsley Vandenbroucke
Sasha Welsh
Raphael Xavier
Netta Yerushalmy, Princeton Arts Fellow

Guest Artist
Peter Chu

Hearst Choreographer-in-Residence
Miguel Gutierrez

Co-curricular Instructors
Laurie Abramson, Ballet
Lauren Auyeung, Hip-Hop
Sherry Greenspan, Somatic Pilates
Adam Hyndman, Musical Theater Dance
Elaine Matthews, Ballet
Mecquel, Yoga
Kathleen Moore Tovar, Ballet

Vince di Mura
Ian Howells
Daniel Johnson
Timothy Motzer
Wesley Rast
David Tenney
Abdoulaye Toure
Ryan Wolfe


View all staff profiles »
: Darryl Waskow
Production Manager: Chloë Z. Brown
Production Stage Manager: Carmelita Becnel
Resident Musical Director/Composer: Vince di Mura
Assistant Stage Manager: Rob Del Colle
Costume Shop Manager: E. Keating Helfrich
Assistant Costume Shop Manager: Julia Kosanovich
Draper: Caitlin Brown
Technical Director: Timothy Godin
Assistant Technical Director: Jesse Froncek
Theater Technician: Torrey Drum
Lighting & Stage Supervisor: Matt Pilsner
Props Master: Allie Geiger Khanna
Scenic Artist: Melissa Riccobono
Master Carpenter: Michael A. Smola
Sound Supervisor: Kay Richardson
Dance Program Associate: Cindy Rosenfeld
Physical Therapist: Claudia Wohl
Director of Communications: Steve Runk
Multimedia Specialist: Zohar Lavi-Hasson
Visual Communications Specialist: Tracy Patterson
Web & Multimedia Strategist: Jonathan Sweeney
Communications Associate: Jaclyn Sweet
Communications Assistant: Hope VanCleaf



AARON COPP’s (Lighting Consultant) recent projects include The New One by Mike Birbiglia on Broadway, One Line Drawn by Brian Brooks for Miami City Ballet, Newsies at Village Theater, Shahrazad for The Royal Ballet of Flanders, and Rules Of The Game, created by Jonah Bokaer, Daniel Arsham and Pharrell Williams at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas. Music projects include designs for The Silk Road Ensemble, Natalie Merchant, The Goat Rodeo Sessions, So ̄ Percussion, Maya Beiser and the Bang On A Can All-Stars. Aaron has designed for The Old Globe, The Kennedy Center, Dallas Theater Center, and other major theaters around the country. He has worked extensively in the dance world, and in 2008 received his second Bessie Award for Jonah Bokaer’s The Invention Of Minus One. He had a long association with Merce Cunningham, designing such pieces as Ground Level Overlay, Windows, and Biped, for which he also won a Bessie.


VINCE DI MURA (Resident Composer/Musical Director) has appeared on concert stages and theaters throughout North America, Canada, Europe and Latin America. He has conducted theater seasons in virtually every region of the United States. He is best known for his arrangements of My Way: A Tribute to the Music of Frank Sinatra, Simply Simone, and I Left My Heart, (with over 900 productions nationally). He is also the author of A Conversation With The Blues, a 14 part web instructional series on improvisation through the Blues produced by Soundfy Inc. He holds fellowships from the William Goldman Foundation, Temple University, Meet the Composer, CEPAC, the Union County Foundation, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the Puffin Cultural Forum, and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. He has six CDs on the market including his most recent release, Meditations on the Sacred Heart. He is currently engaged in a collaboration about the Great Migration with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Yusef Komunyakaa. The new work is slated to premier in 2021 and was commissioned by the Jazz Disciples.


MARY-SUSAN GREGSON (Stage Manager) has worked with Princeton’s Program in Dance since 2012. Recent credits include Gabriel Kahane’s 8980: Book of Travelers, Lincoln Center’s Global Exchange: Art for Good, A Proust Sonata for Da Camera Chamber Music, Narcissus Now Festival for the Onassis Cultural Center, Sufjan Steven’s Round Up and Gabriel Kahane’s The Ambassador, both at BAM. At The New Victory Theater she has stage-managed over twenty shows in the last 20 years and spent 20 summers production coordinating for Lincoln Center Festival. She has production managed Divinamente Festival and the New Island Festival on Governor’s Island. New York shows include Dance Africa, Sizwe Banzi is Dead, The Gate, BQE, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, The Jazz Nativity, Breaking the Code and Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Regional credits include McCarter Theatre, Yale Rep, Williamstown, The Huntington, and the White House. She has toured with Dance Theatre of Harlem, Elisa Monte, Jennifer Muller, Pilobolus and internationally with Forbidden Christmas starring Baryshnikov.


MARY JO MECCA’s (Costume Consultant) work includes Nicole Wolcotts’ Luggage Lost at Triskelion Arts; Ellen Cornfelds’ Raw Footage; Aaron Landsman’s Empathy School & Love Story at Abrons Art Center; Joanna Kotze’s Find Yourself Here at Baryshnikov Arts Center; Liz Magic Laser’s Like You; Laura Petersons’ Forever at The Kennedy Center; Rashaun Mitchell’s Tesseract, Interface at Baryshnikov Arts Center and Nox at Danspace Project; Rebecca Lazier’s There Might Be Others at New York Live Arts, Coming Together/Attica at the Invisible Dog and I Just Like This Music, Terminal; Zvi Gotheiner’s Bear’s Ear, Detoura, Escher/Bacon/Rothko, Surveillance at New York Live Arts, Sky and Water at the MUSA! Festival; Jody Sperling’s Time Lapse-Fantasy at Danspace Project; Laura Peterson Dance’s Atomic Orbital and traceroute; and Barkin/Sellisen Project’s Differential Cohomology. Mecca has designed for the Theater and Dance Programs at Princeton University since 2009. She studied Couture Design with Miss Alice Sapho of Paris and New York. Creator of the Sippi, a social distance Drinking Mask.