Performances and Objects, New Work Explores the Relationships between Sculpture and Dance
The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Programs in Dance and Visual Arts will present new work created by students that explores the relationships between sculpture and dance. The showing of work, created last fall through courses in both disciplines, will take place on Friday, January 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Lucas Gallery and other spaces at Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts at 185 Nassau Street. The event is free and open to the public.
The work to be presented represents explorations in a wide range of media and performance.
The twin “Muscle Memory” courses drew their intellectual motivation from the desire to understand how bodily movements in relation to objects can be considered dance in some contexts and visual art in others. The courses investigated how, since the 1960s, both fields have put pressure on the body as a “site” of aesthetic experience, and on sculpture as the body’s “trace.” Students in both courses created movements that are informed by costumes and objects that inform or enhance bodily movement. The dance course was taught by Susan Marshall, Director of the Program in Dance and the sculpture course by Joe Scanlan, Director of the Program in Visual Arts.
“The ingenuity of the works that result from the project assignments always surprise us,” notes Scanlan, “and often surprise the students too.”
“There is a wonderful alchemy to the mix of students coming together around these assignments from their different perspectives and backgrounds in dance and visual arts,” adds Marshall. “They inspire and push each other into new directions.”
Students and faculty in both disciplines, as well as guest artists, met throughout the course of the semester to share and discuss their work. A lecture series, also entitled “Muscle Memory,” accompanied the course and brought prominent artists Ann Carlson and Janine Antoni to campus for talks with students and the public.