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Performances marry science, dance, May 5-7

"Evolves," a collection of innovative modern dance works choreographed by senior Laura Chiang, will be performed at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, May 5-6, and at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 7, in the Hagan Dance Studio, 185 Nassau St.

Chiang is a chemistry major pursuing a certificate in theater and dance. While her lab thesis studied porphyrin uptake by human macrophages (white blood cells), she has concurrently spent many hours in the dance studio for a secondary senior independent project: the creation of new modern dance works. Increasingly drawn to the choreographic side of performance, Chiang has explored new styles of movement and also incorporated themes of her studies in the sciences into her dance works.

Students from in and out of the Program in Theater and Dance will perform the pieces, several of which draw on environmental imagery and biological concepts, including that of DNA and mutations (pictured is her piece "DNA: Variation in Motion").

The performances are free and open to the public; donations will be accepted to benefit the New Jersey Sharing Network and/or the Parkinson's Alliance.

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