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Princeton Atelier Presents New Collaborative Work by Headlong Dance Theater and Pig Iron Theatre Company

(Princeton, NJ) The Lewis Center for the Art’s Princeton Atelier presents “WIND-UP”, a dance theater performance showcasing the collaborative work of David Brick and Dan Rothenberg, co-directors of Headlong Dance Theater and Pig Iron Theatre Company and award-winning scenographer Mimi Lien. The performances will take place on Friday, April 25, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday, April 26, 2008 at 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Marie and Edward Matthews ’53 Acting Studio at the Lewis Center for the Arts, 185 Nassau Street, Princeton.

WIND-UP is an existential detective story where the mundane scrapes against the unreal on the boundary between awareness and identity. This dance theater piece uncovers a secret world of freaky functionaries - ambiguous bureaucrats of a netherworld. Talking animals, underground journeys and hidden office spaces make up the landscape of this meditation on the unknown, inspired by the writings of Haruki Murakami and Tim O'Brien.

This new hybrid work represents the first full collaboration between the directors of Pig Iron and Headlong companies that have been at the forefront of the physical theater movement for the last 15 years, as well as the blossoming renaissance of experimental performance coming out of Philadelphia. The set was conceived by Mimi Lien, a New York-based designer of sets/environments and focuses on the interaction between audience/environment and object/performer. Creating an experience of space that Ms. Lien characterizes as "an intimate immensity" has been a starting point for the creation of this work. David Brick, co-director of Headlong Dance Theater, explained that the Princeton Atelier provided the ideal environment for the three artists to cross collaborate outside the structures of their home companies: "WIND-UP is a new chapter in our lives as we jointly create a brand new ensemble and toss into the air our habits of how we have worked these past many years."

Founded in 1994 by Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, and now directed by distinguished poet Paul Muldoon, the Howard G.B. Clark ’21 Professor and chair of the Lewis Center for the Arts, the Atelier program brings professional artists to campus for intensive collaborative work with students and faculty. Atelier artists select a project they want to explore and experiment in the company of students before developing it for the professional arts community.

The performance will feature an ensemble of accomplished professionals who were brought together exclusively to be a part of this new work. The cast includes distinguished New York choreographer and performer Keeley Garfield; Richard Crawford, founding member of the internationally acclaimed theater ensemble The Flying Machine; talented Philadelphia-based actor, playwright and director Brian Osborne; and Philadelphia choreographer and dancer Jaamil Kosoko. These performers will be in the company of Princeton Atelier students who have worked alongside the guest artists for the entire semester and were able to observe and participate in the creative process.

The performances are free and open to the public, however seating is limited and reservations are strongly recommended. For tickets please call 609.258.9220. These performances were funded in large part by The Newhouse Foundation, Jordan Roth ’97 Fellowships in Theater, and the Steven J. Hirsch ’17 and Dorothy B. Hirsch Performing Arts Endowment Fund.

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.

Artist Bios

David Brick
Co director for Wind-Up
David Brick is co-founder and co-director of Headlong Dance Theater, a collaborative, contemporary dance company based in Philadelphia. Since 1993, Headlong has created over forty dances including Britney's Inferno, Hotel Pool and Cell--, many of which are known for their witty take on contemporary culture. Headlong has performed nationally and internationally with an array of work that springs from a deep commitment to collaboration, humor and formal experimentation. Headlong has received a Bessie (New York Dance and Performance) award for choreography for their program, ST*R W*RS AND OTHER STORIES and the co-directors were recently awarded a Pew Fellowship in the Arts.

Dan Rothenberg
Co director for Wind-Up
Dan Rothenberg is a founding member and co-artistic director of the Pig Iron Theatre Company. He has directed many of the company's original creations to date, including Poet in New York, Flop, Anodyne, Gentlemen Volunteers, and The Lucia Joyce Cabaret, which was developed in part during a 2003 Princeton Atelier. Dan co-directed Shut Eye with Joseph Chaikin. Mr. Rothenberg leads workshops for professional actors and dancers with a focus on ensemble playmaking and the techniques of Jacques Lecoq. Along with Pig Iron co-artistic directors Quinn Bauriedel and Dito van Reigersberg, he was awarded a Pew Fellowship in the Arts for Performance Art in 2002.

Mimi Lien
Set Designer
Mimi Lien is a New York-based designer of sets/environments for theater, dance, opera, and film. Having arrived at set design from a background in architecture, her work often focuses on the interaction between audience/environment and object/performer. Her work has been presented at the Signature Theater, the Joyce Theater, Dance Theater Workshop, the Juilliard School, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Berkshire Theater Festival, Chautauqua Theater Company, and Symphony Space, among others. She is a recipient of the NEA/TCG Career Development Program (2007-2009) and a Barrymore Award for her design for Outrage at the Wilma Theater (2005). In January 2007, she was selected as Live Design magazine’s Young Designer to Watch. She holds an MFA in Design from NYU, BA in Architecture from Yale University.

Media Contact

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

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