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Lewis Center for the Arts presents
Spring Dance Festival

(Princeton, NJ) The Lewis Center for the Arts is proud to present the 2012 Spring Dance Festival, a dance concert showcasing more than 50 students from the Program in Dance performing distinguished repertory works of internationally renowned choreographers and the premiere of four dances created by faculty and guest artists. The Festival will be presented on Friday, February 24 at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, February 25 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, February 26 at 1:00 p.m. at the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton.

“This year’s Festival is an exciting mix of repertory works by both well-known and emerging new choreographers and the premiere of four new works which feature our students not only as performers, but also as contributors to the creative process,” states Susan Marshall, Director of the Program in Dance.  “I am thrilled with the way our dancers have risen to the demands required by this rich, diverse and challenging program of dance.”

Learning and creating these pieces began with work in fall 2011 courses. Rehearsals outside of class time, as much as 4 hours a week, started in October and in early January increased to 6 hours per week and will continue right up to the dress rehearsal on February 23. “It is an intense commitment,” notes senior Adam Hyndman, an Anthropology major, who is also pursuing a certificate in Theater and has been a member of the varsity track team.

Former New York City Ballet principal dancer and Class of 1932 Visiting Lecturer Heather Watts has staged selections from George Balanchine’s masterpieces The Four Temperaments* with music by Paul Hindemith, Who Cares?* featuring music by George Gershwin and Apollo* with music by Igor Stravinsky.   Program in Dance Music Director Vince di Mura will conduct an ensemble of student musicians. Dance students studied Balanchine’s work throughout the fall semester in a course co-taught by Watts and faculty member Rebecca Lazier. These students have also collaboratively created a new work inspired by the Balanchine repertory guided byLazier.

Trisha Brown Dance Company’s seminal Set and Reset from 1983 with music by Laurie Anderson, has been “reset” for Princeton students by former Company members Vicky Shick and Eva Karczag. This new interpretation entitled Set and Reset/Reset provided a unique opportunity for students to learn the original choreographic directives used by Brown and be guided through improvisations to create a new, original end result. The performance will feature sets and costumes based on the original designs by Robert Rauschenberg.

“Eva and Vicky brought us the same basic dance phrases and instructions that Trisha Brown gave to her dancers when she first created Set and Reset for her Company,” said sophomore Casey Brown, who plans to major in English. The class was then charged with improvising and creating Set and Reset/Reset, a new interpretation of the well-known piece. “It was very difficult, but a great experience,” she adds.

New choreography created during a fall 2011 Princeton Atelier course, “Bodies and Guitars,” will be brought to the Berlind stage showcasing the collaboration among Director of Dance Susan Marshall and composer David Lang along with students.

In addition the dancers are performing Doug Varone’s The Constant Shift of Pulse with music by John Adams, originally created for The Juilliard School.  Jessica Lang has staged Prayers with music by Pergolesi, originally choreographed on dancers at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Dance Department.

New York City-based choreographers Adam Barruch, an up and coming Juilliard alumnus, and Brian Brooks, whose company recently completed an extended tour in South Korea, worked with dance students to create new works based on explorations and improvisation of movement.  Landing, created with Barruch features original music by Jonathan Pratt, and Phase Transitions, created with Brooks is inspired by the transitions of matter from gas to liquid to solid with music by the Mexican artist Murcof.

“It was great working with Adam Barruch on Phase Transitions,” notes Physics major and junior Lisa Einstein.  “He came in with basic dance phrases but then worked with us in the creation of additional choreography. The piece combines his base phrases and our creative derivations.” She adds that “it just so happened I was taking a Physics course in Thermodynamics at the same time.”

“Our students worked incredibly hard this past semester,” notes Marshall, “and their performances reflect this dedication to excellence.”

Tickets for the Spring Dance Festival are $10 for students and seniors and $15 general admission. For advanced tickets please call University Ticketing at 609.258.9220 or buy on-line or at any of the campus ticket offices. Tickets can also be purchased through the McCarter Theatre Box Office by calling 609.258.2787.


* Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust

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