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Lewis Center for the Arts presents GROOVE
An Evening of Original Choreography and Work by the Renowned Bill T. Jones


Steve Runk    
Director of Communications
Lewis Center for the Arts

(Princeton, NJ) The Lewis Center for the Arts is proud to present GROOVE, a dance concert showcasing choreography and performance by six senior certificate students in Princeton’s Program in Dance.   The students will perform work by internationally acclaimed choreographer Bill T. Jones, as well as their own original works and a solo choreographed by Susan Marshall, Director of the Program in Dance at the Lewis Center.  GROOVE will premiere at the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center on Friday, December 2 at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 3 at 2:00 and 8:00 p.m.

As requirements of the certificate program, students undertake a rigorous course of study that includes modern dance technique and composition and perform in a major Spring Dance Festival.  GROOVE is an opportunity for the students to collaborate on producing and presenting their own creative work and their work with professional choreographers.

“This is an incredibly talented group of seniors,” states Susan Marshall, “and they have put together an exciting evening of dance performance.” 

Leah Cox, a member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, worked with the dancers to prepare them to perform an excerpt of Jones’ 1996 work, “Love Re-Defined,” for the concert.  Jones visited the Lewis Center last spring to lecture and work with students in the Program in Dance, culminating in an open rehearsal performance.

Sibley Lovett, a Comparative Literature major, is presenting “Preposition,” a work exploring the relationship between art, life, production, and creation.

As a senior majoring in psychology, Chloe Markewich will present “Untitled,” a work that explores interpersonal interactions, chance meetings and decisions to connect, avoid or coexist with another. The dancers will be forced to confront boundaries and to cross them, exploring intimacy and awkwardness in relationships with others and with oneself.

Yael Nachajon, another psychology major, presents “Balled up,” a multi-sectional work exploring the at-times pathetic – and at-times humorous – nature of human behavior.

History major Ariel Trilling will perform a solo excerpt from Cloudless, a 2006 work by Marshall. Trilling spent the past summer learning the solo from Petra Van Noort, a company dancer at Susan Marshall & Company. The New York Times has described Marshall as “one of the most significant choreographers working today.”   Commenting on Trilling’s execution of this work, Marshall, notes, “The solo from Cloudless is an extremely detailed and dense work requiring extraordinary focus. I’ve watched Ariel develop as a dancer over the past few years and feel confident that she can meet the demands of this work with nuance and assurance.” 

Amanda Rees and Randi Vogt will join together with the other four dancers to perform an excerpt from the Bill T. Jones piece “Love Re-Defined.”  Cox, who coached the students says, “‘Love Re-Defined’ is a piece that I hold especially dear, as it is one of the first works of Bill T. Jones that I saw performed when I was a student in college. To restage an excerpt of this classic with Princeton students marks a full-circle progression of this work in my life! I love the piece for its complex, subtle, and heartfelt meditation on the relationships that exist between people. The choreography reflects this through endlessly shifting duets and trios that are variously virtuosic, playful, and athletic. I find myself re-humanized every time I see ‘Love-Redefined.’   It is a work that is as satisfying to see as it is to perform!”  This performance will mark the first time that this particular excerpt of “Love-Redefined” has been performed by a university performance group.

Tickets for GROOVE are $10 for students and seniors and $15 for adults. For advanced tickets please call University Ticketing at 609.258.9220 or at any of the campus ticket offices.  Tickets can also be purchased through the McCarter Theatre Box Office by calling 609.258.2787 .

Publicity photo:
Photo by M. Teresa Simao 

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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