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Dance students present 'Intent' at Berlind

Friday, Dec. 4, 2009, 8 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009, 2 and 8 p.m. Berlind Theatre

The Lewis Center for the Arts will present "Intent," a creative thesis production comprising choreography and performance by 10 certificate students in the Program in Dance, at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, in the Berlind Theatre.

Concluding an intensive program of modern technique and composition courses as well as performance in the annual Spring Dance Festival, the creative thesis is an optional endeavor for students in the dance program.

The choreography of six certificate students will be joined by the work of New York-based choreographer Mark Morris. Princeton faculty member Tina Fehlandt, a founding member of the Mark Morris Dance Group, coached the certificate students in "Stampede," an excerpt from Morris' 1993 work "Grand Duo." Fehlandt performed "Grand Duo," an energetic piece set to an elaborate score by American modernist Lou Harrison, from its premiere until her retirement from the company in 2000. " It has been an incredible experience to share an excerpt of this great dance with my wonderful students," said Fehlandt, a lecturer in dance.

A member of the faculty since 2007, Fehlandt noted, "When the seniors first approached me about staging a Mark Morris work for the thesis concert I thought long and hard about what would be appropriate and exciting. I wanted to celebrate both their individuality and the collective journey they had taken together through their years in Princeton's dance program. Mark's 'Grand Duo' immediately sprang to mind. Indeed, much of his choreography is exactly this: Unique people dancing together and the power of that ritual to create a sense of community and belonging." But, she emphasized, the distinctiveness of "Grande Duo" lies in that " it never failed to leave me exhilarated and flushed with the sense of being in the right place at the right time with the right people."

Tickets for "Intent" are $10 for students and seniors and $15 for the general public. They are available through University Ticketing at (609) 258-9220 or the Berlind box office at (609) 258-2787.

More information about the performance is available on the Lewis Center website.

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