Now Dance at the Lewis Center for the Arts
Princeton Dance Faculty and Guest Choreographers Take the Stage
(Princeton, NJ) The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Theater and Dance presents Now Dance, a repertory concert that includes dance choreographed and/or performed by faculty and guests including Ze'eva Cohen, Tina Fehlandt, Zvi Gotheiner, Dyane Harvey, Patricia Hoffbauer, Mark Morris, Yvonne Rainer, Rebecca Lazier and her New York dance company Terrain. The event will be held at the Patricia and Ward Hagan ‘48 Dance Studio at 185 Nassau Street on Friday and Saturday, November 21-22.
Now Dance, a bi-annual faculty dance concert, will bring to the stage the extraordinary backgrounds and professional accomplishments of Princeton’s renowned dance faculty and guests, all of whom are active members in the world of dance.
Ze’eva Cohen, Professor of Dance and founder of Dance at Princeton, will present Cloud Song performed by senior Elizabeth Schwall '09. Cloud Song was choreographed in 1971 and although it was presented nationally and internationally the piece has not been seen for thirty years. A multimedia dance which captures the social and political dilemmas of the 1970s, Cloud Song uses photography, film, text, dance and music, to portray the struggle of a young woman having to choose between three possible identities: a conformist, a run-away and a flower child.
Founding member of Mark Morris Dance Group and current Princeton faculty, Tina Fehlandt, will perform Peccadillos – a signature solo piece choreographed by Mark Morris set to the music of Erik Satie. Described as "a charming little joke and turns out to be a tragedy in miniature” by critic Tobi Tobias, Peccadillos originally premiered at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in 2000 and has only been danced by Mikhail Baryshnikov, Mark Morris and current Mark Morris Dance Group dancer, Joe Bowie. Fehlandt’s premiere performance at Princeton will mark the first time a woman has ever performed this piece.
Zvi Gotheiner, also on the Princeton faculty, will present an excerpt from Interiors (2001). Interiors explores a panorama of urban stories that take place while looking through the window of a high-rise apartment building. Gotheiner’s choreography is known for its ability to capture “…human dilemma and aspiration through movement and form and make traditional modern steps resonate with individuality.” Village Voice
Dyane Harvey, Princeton faculty and founding member of Forces of Nature Dance Theatre, will present The Corner, a work-in-progress based on the life and achievements of Muhammad Ali. The Corner explores the psyche and ‘raison d'etre’ of this American icon and uses recordings of his interviews and photographs to illustrate the oasis of the ring.
Brazilian-born dancer and choreographer and now Princeton faculty Patricia Hoffbauer will perform Three Seascapes choreographed by Yvonne Rainer in 1962. Rainer, credited as a pioneer of postmodern dance and heralded by the New York Times “an avant-guarde giant,” reconstructed Three Seascapes for Hoffbauer in 2002, when she first performed it at Jacob’s Pillow. Hoffbauer is the only other person other than Rainer to ever perform this challenging and experimental piece that includes images of classicism juxtaposed against contemporary sensibilities.
Princeton’s Acting Head of Dance Rebecca Lazier will present Terminal, choreographed by Lazier and performed by her New York dance company Terrain. Terminal allows audiences to peer into landscapes where people are haunted by their inability to comfort themselves or each other. Gregory Spears’ score, which includes snippets from Ravel’s “Bolero,” places tape decks around the space to envelop the dancers and audience in sound. Projections and lighting are used to change locations for each section and the dance explores the implications of an illness that will eventually end a life, an unknowable time frame for an unavoidable result.
All performances of Now Dance are at 8:00 p.m. The performance is free and open to the public but limited seating is available and reservations are required. To reserve your tickets please call University Ticketing 609.258.9220.
The Lewis Center for the Arts is part of a major initiative announced by President Shirley M. Tilghman in 2006 to fully embrace the arts as an essential part of the educational experience for all who study and teach at Princeton University. The Lewis Center for the Arts will have a significant impact on the University and the larger community it serves. The public is welcomed to a full range of lectures, exhibitions, concerts and performances at the Center. Many of the Center’s events are free or charge a nominal admission fee.