The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance presents the 2013 Spring Dance Festival, a dance concert showcasing more than 50 students performing in repertory by distinguished, internationally renowned choreographers Merce Cunningham, Mark Morris, Karole Armitage, and Zvi Gotheiner, and in new dances by Raja Kelly and Laura Peterson. The Festival will be presented on Friday, February 22, at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, February 23, at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sunday, February 24, at 1:00 p.m. at the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton.
An excerpt from Zvi Gotheiner’s ballet Lapse with music by Scott Killian features fast-paced, sweeping choreographic orchestrations. Originally from Israel, Gotheiner works in both New York and Jerusalem and is the founder of ZviDance. Lapse was originally created for Utah’s Repertory Dance Theatre.
Excerpts from Karole Amitage’s Connoisseurs of Chaos, staged by Leonides Arpon, present an austere and elegant blend of orderly ballet and body-tilting tumult. Known as the “punk ballerina,” Armitage creates dances that blend technical virtuosity with conceptual ideas from the frontiers of movement research, and incorporate influences from art and music. She has choreographed for Broadway, music videos, films, companies throughout the world, and directed several operas.
Princeton faculty member and former Mark Morris Dance Group member Tina Fehlandt staged Marble Halls, choreographed by the award-winning Mark Morris. This seminal dance was created in 1985, and will be performed alongside musicians playing J.S. Bach’s Concerto for Oboe and Violin.
Raja ‘Feather’ Kelly and Laura Peterson, both emerging artists based in New York City, have created works in collaborations with dance students. Kelly divides his time as choreographer and performer with artistic bases in Seattle and Berlin, as well as New York. Peterson, recognized as both a choreographer and installation artist, is Artistic Director of Laura Peterson Choreography.
Princeton alumnus Silas Riener ’06 returned to campus to teach and stage a MinEvent for Princeton, a unique, curated collage of excerpts of choreography by Merce Cunningham. Riener, who The New York Times last year described as, “one of the superlative performers of our day,” is a former member of Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Creation of this “MinEvent” follows a recent programming technique of the Cunningham Trust to present compilations from Cunningham’s oeuvre set to new music. The music for “MinEvent at Princeton” was created by students from the Department of Music and led by Jeff Snyder, Co-Director of PLOrk (Princeton Laptop Orchestra) and Cerk Ergün, a Princeton graduate student in music composition. Each performance will feature a new score performed live. Visual Arts faculty member Martha Friedman designed the décor for the performance in collaboration with students from the Lewis Center’s Program in Visual Arts.
“I am thrilled with the way our dancers have risen to the demands required by this rich, diverse, and challenging program of dance,” states Susan Marshall, Director of the Program in Dance.
The week before the Festival, on February 14 at 6:30 p.m., the Princeton University Art Museum and the Program in Dance will present Spheres of Influence, an evening of dance and discussion, inspired by the artistic collaborations between Robert Rauschenberg and Merce Cunningham. The program begins in the museum with an opportunity to view a selection of paintings, drawings, and prints from the 1960s and 1970s, including works Rauschenberg created for Merce Cunningham Dance Company, on loan from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. S tudents from the Program in Dance will perform a slightly different MinEvent of Cunningham choreography staged by Riener. The performance will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by visiting faculty member and frequent contributor to The New York Times, Claudia La Rocco with Nancy Dalva, Merce Cunningham Trust Scholar-in Residence; John King, composer/performer and former co-director of the music committee for Merce Cunningham Dance Company; Abigail Sebaly, Cunningham Research Fellow at the Walker Art Center; and Riener. A reception will follow the panel.
“We are so pleased to collaborate with the Art Museum on this very special evening of dance and art,” notes Marshall. “What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than to explore one of the greatest artistic partnerships of the 20th century.”
The Berlind Theatre is an accessible venue. Assistive listening devices are available upon request when attending a performance, and large print programs will be provided. Patrons in need of other access accommodations are invited to contact the Lewis Center at 609.258.5262 or LewisCtr-Comm@princeton.edu for assistance at least two weeks prior to the selected performance.
Reserved seating tickets for the Spring Dance Festival are $15, $10 for students and seniors, and are available through the McCarter box office at 609.258.2787 or on-line at www.mccarter.org/TicketOffice/buytickets.aspx?page_id=22 , through Princeton University Ticketing by calling 609.258.9220 or on-line at www.princeton.edu/utickets/ , or at the Frist Campus Center Ticket Office.
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Photo caption 1: Seniors in the Program in Dance, Emma Zorensky and Daniel Cohen, rehearse an excerpt from Karole Armitage’s Connoisseurs of Chaos, staged by Leonides Arpon, for performance at the Spring Dance Festival.
Photo caption 2: Students in the Lewis Center’s Program in Dance rehearse an excerpt from Marble Halls by Mark Morris, staged by Princeton faculty member and former Mark Morris Dance Group member Tina Fehlandt, for performance at the Spring Dance Festival.
Photo credit: Photos by Jaclyn Sweet