Silas Riener and Olivier Tarpaga: Princeton Dance Festival Reimagined, presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance

An exciting, innovative, reimagined virtual edition of the annual Princeton Dance Festival features six diverse, professional choreographers bringing their unique aesthetics to the question of dance in the COVID era working with Princeton dance students. Led by Peter Chu, Francesca Harper, Rebecca Lazier, Dean Moss, Silas Riener, and Olivier Tarpaga, students explore the intersections of dance and multimedia performance, digital animation, filmmaking, site-based work, and music. Each evening is a completely different and unique experience followed by a question and answer session with the choreographers.

Silas Riener, a former member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, leads a project in hybrid dance experiments blurring natural, virtual, and augmented environments. Rooted in Merce Cunningham Technique, students are studying, practicing, and performing excerpts from Cunningham dances spanning over 50 years of choreography for stage and camera. In tandem students are creating new work for our evolving digital platform by adapting and misusing some of Cunningham’s methods: scores for chance procedures, indeterminacy, fixed and mobile camera perspectives, layers of structural complexity, and animation. 

Out of Sync is a hybrid dance work/video choreographed remotely by Olivier Tarpaga in collaboration with the dancers. Music is composed and performed by Tim Motzer on guitar, Daniel John T. Johnson on tabla, and Olivier Tarpaga.  

Free and open to the public.

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December 5, 2020


8:00 p.m.


Online via Zoom Webinar