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2009 Alex Adam '07 Award Winners

Sydney Schiff '10, Talia Nussbaum '10 and Dominique Salerno '10 have been selected by the Lewis Center for the Arts faculty to be the recipients of the Alex Adam '07 Award. The award, established in memory of Alexander Jay Adam '07 and made possible by a generous gift from his family, provides support to undergraduates who want to spend a summer pursuing a project that will result in the creation of an original work of art.

Sydney Schiff
, a History of Science major pursuing a certificate in dance, will use the award to engage in the study of Laban Movement Analysis, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Anatomy and Kinesiology, choreographic workshops and dance technique training. Part of this training will take place at the White Mountain Summer Dance Festival, an intensive three week dance program where Schiff will take part in technique, choreographic and theory workshops. She will also participate in Gyrotonic teacher training, a combined 80 hour program that includes a 6-12 month apprenticeship. After completing this training, Schiff will receive her Level I certification and teaching license for the Gyrotonic Expansion System, a system intended to improve flexibility and balance widely used by dancers, athletes and in rehabilitation facilities. She will incorporate all of this training into her studies of movement and present the choreographic results of her work in the fall thesis show at the Berlind Theatre as well as an evening-length music-dance collaboration with professional musician Vince di Mura to be presented in May in the Patricia and Ward Hagan ’48 Dance Studio. Studying these activities will also allow her to gain valuable knowledge for her academic thesis on the history of movement science and dance medicine. 

Talia Nussbaum, a Program II Art and Archaeology/Visual Arts major pursing certificates in Neuroscience and Judaic Studies, will use the funding to further develop a project she began last summer when she traveled to Israel to interview and photograph Israeli youths about the ways in which mandatory military service has affected their personal development and romantic relationships.  Nussbaum presented part one of her project, titled “in arms,” in an exhibition in February 2009 as her junior independent work in photography. She will use the funding to further develop this project which will include travel to both Thailand and Central America, two of the most popular destinations for Israeli solders after they complete their service. Nussbaum will study the ways in which people change immediately following completion of their military service and how those changes affect their relationships. Her final project will consist of large scale digital prints and excerpts from her interviews, and will largely contribute toward her creative thesis in photography.

Following her most successful debut as Cherubino in Mozart's opera The Marriage of Figaro, Dominique Salerno decided that she wants to pursue a career in operatic performance. Salerno, a religion major pursuing a certificate in Theater and Dance, will use the Alex Adam funding to enroll in a rigorous vocal training program.  She has applied for a number of selective programs that include: The Amalfi Coast Music Festival; The College Light Opera Company; the Crittenden Opera Studio Summer Workshop; The Elysium Between Two Continents Program; IES Vienna Summer Institute; and Festa Lircica Italiana Program.  Salerno will devote her summer to studying this craft and creating an original one-woman show of operatic arias that trace a woman's life-story.  She hopes to perform this one-woman show as a senior recital in the fall of 2009.

Princeton University freshmen, sophomores and juniors are eligible for the Alex Adam awards, which this year will provide $7,000 in summer funding for each of three students. The award can be used to support a variety of activities, such as interning at theater or dance festivals; directing, designing, or acting in a show; composing poems or short stories; making short films; or mastering a photographic technique, as long as the activity culminates in the creation or production of an original work.

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