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Symposium explores 'Décor and Dance,' Dec. 9

A symposium titled "Décor and Dance" will be presented from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, in 10 East Pyne.

Participants will explore the ways in which décor interacts with art forms that move through time, particularly music and dance.

Daniel Albright, the Ernest Bernbaum Professor of Literature at Harvard University, will deliver a keynote speech titled "Elephants and Swans: The Idea of Space in Dance." Simon Morrison, associate professor of music at Princeton, will moderate a panel discussion of the role of décor in dance. Panelists include Zack Brown, an award-winning designer of sets and costumes for the American Ballet Theatre, Hamburg Ballet and numerous opera productions; Tomie Hahn and Curtis Bahn, performance artists who have worked with composer Pauline Oliveros and others; and choreographer Rebecca Lazier, lecturer in theater and dance at Princeton. Graduate student presenters will consider historical and contemporary examples of décor and dance in a variety of media.

As a complement to the symposium, several works of Princeton music composition graduate students will be exhibited onsite. These will include video feeds as well as interactive sound installations.

Participants will have the opportunity to attend a dance performance of new works, including one by Lazier, at the Berlind Theatre in the evening (see related announcement).

The symposium, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Graduate School, the Department of Music and the Council of the Humanities. For more information, contact Maureen Gupta at

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