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Princeton University dance students present their choreography and perform the work of Mark Morris


Marguerite d'Aprile-Smith    
Director of Communications
Lewis Center for the Arts

UPDATED 11/30/10: Please note that Sarah Fingerhood, Patty Chen and Kate Adamson have updated their thesis titles since the original posting.

(Princeton, NJ) The Lewis Center for the Arts is proud to present “GO”, a creative thesis production showcasing choreography and performance by the eight certificate students in Princeton’s Program in Dance. While completion of modern technique and composition classes and performance in the Spring Dance Festival are among the requirements for receiving a certificate in dance, the creative thesis is an optional endeavor. Of the eight senior certificate students collaborating to produce “GO”, five have chosen to present original choreography. “Go” will premiere at the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center on Friday, December 3 at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 4 at 2:00 and 8:00 p.m.

Kate Adamson, an economics major, is presenting “within and without”, a four-part work exploring the emergence of movement in uncoordinated or competitive situations. The work will also highlight the often comic relationship between the performers and audience.

Drawing on her studies in the ecology and evolutionary biology, Patty Chen has collaborated with dancers to produce “if/when.” It is a work about life, the unexpected, and commonalities.

Sarah Fingerhood will present “/.The Flower Child -- Forty Years Later /..,” a piece that previews work she will be expanding upon for her independent thesis show this spring. Fingerhood draws on her studies in anthropology to examine the education system and its promise to students that fulfillment comes with adherence to the system. Within this framework, she will be exploring how to negotiate the dichotomy between creativity and efficiency.  
Jennifer Oswald, an ecology and evolutionary biology major presents “Internal Laws”, an investigation of collective movement dynamics and self-organized systems.  Shifting between group aggregation and autonomous decision making, this piece draws on the observed behavior of both human and non-human entities acting in consortium.

As a concentrator in the art and archaeology department, Bridget K. Wright draws inspiration from the early, metaphysical paintings of Giorgio de Chirico to present “5 minutes to 3.” Motivated by the timeless, enigmatic, and labyrinthine qualities of these De Chirico images, the work suggests the energy and urgency of escape underlying the stillness of the paintings.

Alexis Branagan
, Hannah Rich and Eva Wash, also senior dance certificate students, will join together with the five dancers above to perform the work of renowned choreographer and Visiting Fellow Mark Morris. Princeton faculty member Tina Fehlandt, a founding member of the Mark Morris Dance Group, coached the certificate students in excerpts from Morris’ epic work GLORIA (1981, revised 1984). Fehlandt performed GLORIA, considered a "hallmark or Morris' work" and "a swell of music and euphoria", from its premiere until her retirement from the company in 2000. Fehlandt remarks: “I performed this dance countless times in various theaters all over the world and each and every time was a unique experience. Its themes of  individual and collective yearning partnered with the soaring Vivaldi score (Gloria in D, circa 1700) have inspired every generation of performers in the Mark Morris Dance Group.  Twenty-nine years after its creation GLORIA remains a dance close to my heart."

Tickets for “GO” are $10 for students and seniors and $15 for adults. For advance tickets please call University Ticketing at 609.258.9220 or the Berlind Box Office at 609.258.2787.



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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