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Dance festival to feature work by faculty, students, guest choreographers

February 19,2007

The University’s 2007 Spring Dance Festival on Feb. 23-25 will feature advanced student performers in new work by New York-based guest choreographers James Martin and Christopher Williams, dances by three faculty members and pieces by student choreographers.

Performances will take place in the Berlind Theatre at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23; at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24; and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25. dance rehearsal.

The concert, produced by the Program in Theater and Dance, is directed by program founder and head Ze’eva Cohen and associate head of dance Rebecca Lazier, whose work will be featured along with Meghan Durham’s. The program provides students the opportunity to work with professional artists in the field for six months, furthering their artistic experience in addition to mentoring them in their own choreography.

“This year’s guest choreographers have inspired our students to dance in new ways,” said Lazier. “Jim Martin’s dance, ‘Grandmothers and Frogs,’ inspired by the music of Zabe i Baba, an exciting new group from Bosnia, dazzles with its ferocious speed and intricate shifts of dynamics.

“Christopher Williams incorporates magical puppets to bring to life a mythological story of a roaming island just beyond the known horizon where strange and beautiful creatures dwell in an eternal springtime,” she added. “Composed for the dance, music by Gregory Spears, a Princeton graduate student, combines the sound of celesta and high cello with low drums and exotic percussion to create a fairytale-like atmosphere that reflects the otherworldliness of Christopher’s dance.”

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Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for students and seniors, and $5 for children, and are available through the McCarter box office at 258-2787 or

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