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Four Diverse Dance Artists Conduct Master Classes at Lewis Center for the Arts


Steve Runk    
Director of Communications
Lewis Center for the Arts

(Princeton, NJ) Four diverse dance artists will conduct master classes in the Patricia and Ward Hagan ’48 Dance Studio at the Lewis Center for the Arts, 185 Nassau Street: Tuesday, February 28 at 4:30 p.m. Mustafa Kaplan and Filiz Sizanli of the dance company Taldans from Istanbul, Turkey; Friday, March 2 at 10:00 a.m. Ron K. Brown, founder of the dance company Evidence; and on Tuesday, March 6 at 4:30 p.m. Kyle Abraham, choreographer and dancer with a number of companies. The classes, in which Princeton dance students will participate, are free and open to the public to observe. 

Mustafa Kaplan and Filiz Sizanli founded Taldans in Istanbul in 2003.  Kaplan and Sızanlı have created many independent and collaborative projects and their work has been performed across Europe in Antwerp, Paris, Hamburg, and Barcelona, as well as across the globe in Seoul, New York and Beirut in many different venues.  Kaplan established a movement-dance research unit at the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Theater, Theater Research Laboratory, and later founded ÇATI (Contemporary Dance Artists) Association. Kaplan had a background in engineering before he began his performing career with Ankara's Modern Ballet Company and City Theater of Istanbul.  Sizanli has performed in projects with Mathilde Monnier, Emmanuelle Hyunh, and Yann Marussich. 

Ron K. Brown founded the dance company Evidence in New York in 1985.  Brown's work incorporates modern dance, Senegalese Sabar and other West African movement vocabularies, Afro-Caribbean dance, and contemporary urban dance from around the world.  He has choreographed numerous works for his own company, as well as for Philadanco, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, the Maimouna Keita West African Dance Company, and many others.  Brown has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a “Bessie” Award, a Black Theater Alliance Award, and an Audelco Award for the choreography of Regina Taylor's musical Crowns.

Kyle Abraham began his training at the Civic Light Opera Academy and the Creative and Performing Arts High School in Pittsburgh.  He continued his dance studies in New York, receiving a BFA from SUNY Purchase and an MFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.  As a performer, Abraham has worked with acclaimed modern dance companies including Burnt Sugar Dance Conduction Continuum, Mimi Garrard Dance Theater, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, The Kevin Wynn Collection, and Attack Theatre.  Abraham’s works have been performed throughout the United States and abroad, including at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Danspace Project, Dance Theater Workshop, Harlem Stage, Fall for Dance Festival at New York’s City Center, Dublin’s Project Art Center, The Okinawa Prefectural Museum, and The Andy Warhol.  Abraham received the 2010 Princess Grace Award for Choreography.

The Lewis Center’s Director of the Program in Dance, Susan Marshall, notes, “These dance artists are diverse in their backgrounds and their work and very actively engaged in the contemporary dance world. We are pleased to welcome them to the Lewis Center to share a remarkable training opportunity with our students, as well as provide a wider audience with access to these fantastic dance artists.” 

Event Information:

Who: Mustafa Kaplan and Filiz Sizanli, founders of Taldans dance company, Istanbul, Turkey;
What: Master class for Princeton dance students open to the public to observe
When: Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 4:30 p.m.

Who: Ron K. Brown, artistic director of Evidence
What: Master class for Princeton dance students open to the public to observe
When:  Friday, March 2, 2012, 10:00 a.m.

Who:  Kyle Abraham, renowned choreographer and dancer
What: Master class for Princeton dance students open to the public to observe
When: Tuesday, March 6, 2012, 4:30 p.m.  

Where: All master classes are held in the Patricia and Ward Hagan ’48 Dance Studio, Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University, 185 Nassau St., Princeton

Free and open to the public

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.

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