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The choreography of Bill T. Jones featured in the Spring Dance Festival


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

(Princeton, NJ) Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts presents the 2011 Spring Dance Festival on February 18 through February 20 at the Berlind Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton. This year’s dance festival marks the first time Princeton students will perform the work of the distinguished 2010 Kennedy Center Honors Recipient, the internationally acclaimed director and choreographer Bill T. Jones.

This year’s Spring Dance Festival includes more than 50 students from a range of academic departments performing in new student work and four world premieres by guests and faculty choreographers. In addition, students will perform Easy for You to Say, from the repertory of Zvi Gotheiner, and Continuous Replay, a seminal postmodern work by Arnie Zane, restaged in 1982 with additional materials by acclaimed choreographer Bill T. Jones. The premieres by guest choreographers include Vault, a ballet on pointe by Graham Lustig, the director of the recently created LustigDanceTheatre, featuring live music performed by Princeton students under the direction of Michael Pratt, conductor of the Princeton University Orchestra; Narrowline, an experimental contemporary dance by the Israeli born choreographer Deganit Shemy; and Folding Articulation, a new piece by Jill Johnson, the former principal dancer with Frankfurt Ballet. Princeton faculty Rebecca Lazier will premiere Water that Burns, her recent collaboration with students that features a set design by Princeton alumni Jeremy Olson '07. In addition, five dances chosen from fall courses will be performed featuring the choreography of A.J. Brannum, Christina Campodonico, Daniel Cohen, Katy Dammers, Alta du Pont, Lisa Einstein, Emily Francis, Austin Giangeruso, Gretchen Hoffmann, Chloe Markewich, Maggie McNamara, Stefanie Siller, Sarah Simon, and Ariel Trilling.

"The Spring Dance Festival showcases our students’ accomplishments of the past semester and presents student choreography alongside dances created by our celebrated faculty and the work of some of the most recognized and current choreographers working today. The varied and demanding dances on this program challenge our dancers to perform at a high level of artistry. This opportunity, to perform on the beautiful Berlind stage after months of intense rehearsals, is one of the most highly anticipated and transformative experiences of the year for our students," said Susan Marshall, Director of Dance at Princeton.

Performances of the 2011 Spring Dance Festival will be held at the Roger S. Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center on Friday, February 18 at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, February 19 at 2:00 and 8:00 p.m., and a 1:00 p.m. matinee on Sunday, February 20. Tickets are $10 for students and seniors; $15 for general admission. For advance tickets 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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