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Spring 2009 Dance Festival
Spring into Dance
Heidi Barr (Costume Designer)

Heidi brings more than twenty years of experience as a dancer to her work in costume design. She received a BFA in dance from Cornish College of the Arts (Seattle) in 1987 and danced professionally for the following ten years. In 1997, Barr moved east and began creating costumes. She has designed costumes for countless choreographic works including Melanie Stewart Dance Theatre, Group Motion, Subcircle, Marianela Boan, Terrain, Paule Turner/Court, Dance Theater X and many others. Barr has designed mainstage plays for both Drexel and Rowan Universities. She regularly designs for faculty and student dance works at Drexel, Rowan, Temple and Princeton Universities. Barr manages Drexel Universityís Mandell Theatersí costume shop and teaches costume design at Philadelphia University. She received the Leeway Foundationsí Window of Opportunity Grant in 2004 for her collaboration with Megan Bridge and Peter Price on The Fold. For more information please visit

Michael Clark (Projection Designer)

Michael is a film and video designer. His recent projects include Macbetto (Washington Opera); Saving Aimee (Signature Theater); The Wiz (La Jolla Playhouse); Blast II (Japan Tour); For the Glory (Gettysburg, PA); Burleigh Grimes (Off-Broadway); Ring of Fire (Broadway); The Persians (Shakespeare Theater, DC) and Jersey Boys (Broadway). Other credits include 700 Sundays, Lennon, Elephant Man, Dracula the Musical (Broadway); Company, Sunday in the Park with George, Merrily We Roll Along (Sondheim Celebration); The Last Five Years (Philadelphia); Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Allegro, and One Red Flower (Signature Theater, VA); Manon Lescaut (Washington Opera); Spider-Man Live (National Tour); Music for a Sparkling Planet (Drama Dept); Aeros (National Tour) and Dinner With Friends (ACT).

Ze'eva Cohen (Faculty)

Ze'eva started teaching dance at Princeton in fall 1969, when undergraduate women were first admitted. She served as Coordinator and Head of Dance until June 2008. Cohen came to New York from her native country, Israel, in 1963 to study at The Juilliard School and perform with the Anna Sokolow Dance Company. She was a founding member of Dance Theater Workshop, where she worked as choreographer and dancer from the mid-sixties to the early seventies. In 1971, she initiated her pioneering and highly acclaimed solo dance repertory program, which toured throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Israel for twelve years under the auspices of the National Endowment for the Arts Residency Touring Dance Program. The repertory included commissioned works, reconstructions and her own choreography comprising a total of twenty-eight solos by twenty-three choreographers. In 1983, she founded Ze'eva Cohen and Dancers, a company for which she developed diverse group repertory. The Company performed at the Riverside  Theater and The Joyce Theater in New York and on national tours. Cohen has also choreographed works for the Boston Ballet, Munich Tanzproject, Batsheva Dance Company, Inbal Dance Theater of Israel, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and many other national dance companies. Since 1996, she has choreographed, produced and performed Negotiations, a program dealing with cultural, political and social issues, and Female Mythologies, an assemblage of solos and duets focusing on women's myths and lives. Recent commissions include Meditation on a Square, premiered in April 2006 for Bodiography Contemporary Ballet of Pittsburgh, with support from the Heinz Foundation.

Aaron Copp (Lighting Designer)

Aaron has recently provided lighting designs for Yo-Yo Ma, Philip Glass, Merce Cunningham, Eliot Feld and Laurie Anderson. Copp designed the highly regarded Kennedy Center revival of The Glass Menagerie, directed by Gregory Mosher and starring Sally Field; he has also designed frequently at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego, most recently winning a San Diego Theater Critics Award for Joe Hardyís production of Bus Stop. He has worked extensively in the dance world, most recently receiving his second Bessie Award for Jonah Bokaerís The Invention of Minus One. He has had a long association with Merce Cunningham, designing such pieces as Ground Level Overlay, Windows, and Biped, for which he also won a Bessie. Coppís travels have taken him to hundreds of theaters in over 30 countries, from state-of-the-art opera houses to places where the stagehands donít own shoes, and for audiences ranging from "black tie" to "heavily armed." Copp holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama and a BA from SUNY-Binghamton. Fore more information please visit

Vince di Mura (Musician)

Vince, best known for his arrangement of My Way: A Sinatra Cabaret, is a veteran performer and musical director, appearing on concert stages and theatres throughout North America, Canada and Latin America. He has also conducted many shows and fulfilled numerous compositional commissions including his 1999 Barrymore Award nominated score More Grimm's Tales. He has commercially released two jazz cds: A Darker Side of Romance and Imperfect Balance.

Zvi Gotheiner (Faculty)

Zvi was born and raised in Israel. He began his artistic career as a gifted violinist with the Young Kibbutzim Orchestra, where he attained the rank of soloist and concertmaster at age 15. Gotheiner began dancing at 17 and soon after formed his first performance group. He came to New York in 1978 on a dance scholarship from the American-Israeli Cultural Foundation, and went on to dance with the Joyce Trisler Dance Company, Feld Ballets/NY and the Batsheva Dance Company. After directing Tamar Ramle and the Jerusalem Tamar Dance Companies in Israel and the Israeli Chamber Dance Company in New York, Gotheiner founded ZviDance in 1989. In addition to directing and choreographing for his own company, Gotheiner is much in demand as a guest choreographer for both professional and student companies, and is a frequent adjudicator for the American College Dance Festival. His daily ballet technique class at New York City Center Studios is one of the cityís most popular. For more information please visit

Cherylyn Lavagnino (Guest Choreographer)

Cherylyn has toured nationally as a soloist with the Pennsylvania Ballet performing at New York City Center and BAM. Lavagnino has performed a range of classical repertoire and contemporary work by Balanchine, John Butler, Hans Van Manen and Tere O'Connor and performed at the San Diego Ballet, Arizona Ballet Theatre and Ballet Teatro del Espacio in Mexico City. The diversity of these experiences informs the dialogue between classical and contemporary in her company work with Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance, which has performed at Jacobís Pillow and Symphony Space among others. She has taught professional ballet internationally and in several NYC studios. Lavagnino has taught at the Paul Taylor Intensive (NYC), Bates Dance Festival, Jacob's Pillow and company class for the Lyon Opera Ballet. She is on the faculty Tisch School of the Arts and has directed Second Avenue Dance Company for 14 years. Lavagnino won NYUís prestigious David Payne Carter Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2003. She currently serving as Chair of the Dance Department at Tisch. For more information please visit

Rebecca Lazier (Faculty)

Rebecca grew up in Nova Scotia, trained at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and graduated from The Juilliard School. Lazierís first concert of choreography was in a gritty former gun factory in Hartford, CT in 1995. Since, she has performed her solo work nationally in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and California; and internationally in Russia and Turkey. In 2001 she founded Terrain, with seven dancers, to further develop group work and to collaborate with composers and directors. She has worked with composers Shane Shanahan, Becet Mehmet Ates, Jody Elff, Fred Ho, Daniel Trueman, Paul Lansky, Gregory Spears, Arthur Solari and theater directors Bartlett Sher and Ron Bashford. In New York, Terrain has performed at the Terrain has performed at the Guggenheim, Danspace Project, Dance Conversations, The Kitchen, 92nd Street Y, among other venues, and toured to Virginia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Connecticut, New Orleans, Pennsylvania, Illinois, New Jersey, California and Canada. Lazier recently completed an artistic residency at the Joyce Theater Foundation and is currently a third year artist-in-residence at Movement Research. Previous residencies and awards include: The Yard; Djerassi; Brooklyn Arts Exchange; and the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center. Lazier has received funding from the Brooklyn Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, Princeton University, Nova Scotia Arts Council and commissions by American Repertory Ballet, Scotia Festival of Music and Columbia College. Currently the Acting Head of Dance at Princeton University, Lazier has taught at UCLA, Trinity College, Wesleyan University, Muhlenberg College and Hartford Ballet. She was the first foreigner to be the artist-in-residence for a year at Mimar Sinan Conservatory in Istanbul, Turkey. Recently, Lazier conducted residencies at James Madison University, The Yard and Shenendoah Conservatory. From 2003-06 Lazier was Festival Director of the White Mountain Summer Dance Festival. For more information please visit

Takehiro Ueyama (Guest Choreographer)

Takehiro was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. Ueyama moved to the United States to study at The Juilliard School in New York. As a member of the Paul Taylor Dance Company from 1995 to 2003, he toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe, South America and Asia. His television and film credits include appearances on PBS for Dance in America's Acts of Ardor and Dancemaker, a film by Matthew Diamond. He has also worked with the Martha Graham Ensemble and continues to perform with Kazuko Hirabayashi Dance Theatre. In addition, Ueyama founded TAKE Dance Company in 2004, and has performed at Central Park SummerStage, Jacobís Pillow, the New Noises Festival at Perry Mansfield, Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Joyce SoHo, Thalia Theater at Symphony Space, Ailey Citigroup Theater and PS/21 Chatham. He was selected as the third prize-winner at the International Modern Dance Choreographic Competition in Spain. He has restaged his dances for The Ailey School, Tallahassee Ballet, PHILADANCO, Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography, Eugene Lang College, The Juilliard School, Purchase College, Randolph College, Perry Mansfield and International Summer Dance in Burgos, Spain. For more information please visit

Edisa Weeks (Faculty)

Edisa is the director and choreographer for DELIRIOUS Dances, which merges theater with dance to explore the beauty and complexity of life. DELIRIOUS seeks to create intimate environments in which to experience and interact with contemporary dance. Her work has been performed in a variety of venues including swimming pools, storefront windows, senior centers and living rooms, as well as at Aaron Davis Hall, Chashama Theater, Emory University, Jacobís Pillow, The Guggenheim Museum, The Kennedy Center, The Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts, The Mermaid Parade, The National Black Arts Festival, and Summerstages Dance Festival. Her work has also been performed in Canada, England, Italy, Japan and Spain. Most recently DELIRIOUS performed in living rooms in Berlin, Germany, as part of Haus der Kulturen der Welts 50th anniversary celebration. Raised in Uganda, Papua New Guinea and Brooklyn, NY, Weeks holds a BA from Brown University and a MFA in choreography from NYU where she was an Alberto Vilar Fellow. She has taught and created works for The Ailey School, Bard College, Brigham Young University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Milwaukee University, Saint Annís High School, and Texas Christian University. Weeks is a second year artist-in-residence at Tribeca Performing Arts Center where she is creating an evening length work that combines the story of Joseph Merrick (The Elephant Man) with Dumbo (The Flying Elephant). For more information please visit

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