From Petipa to Puccini to Shakespeare, classical works of dance, opera and theater are often adapted to contemporary times. This spring at Princeton, a rarely performed pantomime-ballet — “Within the Quota,” with music by American composer Cole Porter — was reimagined to reflect the current political climate. The original 1923 production responded to restrictive immigration quotas based on national origin that were enacted in 1921. Students of the Princeton University Ballet mounted the new production in Richardson Auditorium at Alexander Hall on Thursday, May 4. Porter’s music was performed live in a new arrangement prepared by Simon Morrison, professor of music, and the London-based Penguin Cafe, whose 10 members traveled to Princeton for the show. When he composed the score for “Within the Quota,” Porter was an ambitious young songsmith. He was deeply troubled by the Emergency Quota Act of 1921, which slashed immigration into the United States and established strict quotas based on the 1910 census to ensure an unchanging ethnic and religious population. Porter’s acerbic 16-minute pantomime-ballet, a series of duets in which an immigrant meets — and dances with — a series of American stereotypes from a New York heiress to a Hollywood starlet, tested the truth of America as a nation of immigrants.
Arts at Princeton
Monday, Jun 19, 2017
Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts and Department of Music present A Festival of the Arts
Wednesday, Jun 14, 2017
Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts and the Department of Music will celebrate the opening of the new Lewis Arts complex with a multi-day Festival of the Arts on October 5 through 8 on the Princeton campus. The Festival, which is open to the public, will feature dozens of concerts, plays, readings, dance performances, art exhibitions, multidisciplinary presentations, community workshops and site-specific events at venues across the campus, most of which will be free. The new multi-building arts complex along Alexander Street and University Place on the south edge of campus, adjacent to McCarter Theater, will take the arts at Princeton to even greater heights by significantly expanding the performance, rehearsal and teaching spaces for the arts in new state-of-the-art, purpose-built facilities.
Thursday, Oct 13, 2016
"Behind the scenes" is a common phrase in the performance world. At Princeton University, one "performance" in particular that has been going on behind the scenes for nearly a decade will premiere in one year. On the weekend of Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 5-7, 2017, the new Lewis Center for the Arts — a dynamic multi-facility complex that will greatly expand the performance, rehearsal and teaching spaces for the arts — will open its doors and spaces to the University and greater Princeton community.
Wednesday, Feb 17, 2016
He arrived onstage without a violin — neither his 1714 Soil Stradivarius nor his Guarneri del Gesu 1743 Sauret, which he has played on concert stages around the world — and still gave a command performance. On Tuesday, Feb. 10, world-renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman — winner of 16 Grammy Awards and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom — and his wife, fellow Juilliard graduate Toby Perlman, opened the Class of 2016's Last Lectures series in Richardson Auditorium at Princeton with a talk titled "My Goal Is to Not Be Bored by What I Do."
Monday, Nov 30, 2015
For several months, professional choreographers and more than 60 Princeton students have been preparing for the annual Princeton Dance Festival. University students will perform repertory works by Trisha Brown and Bill T. Jones, along with new works by Loni Landon, Dean Moss, Jimena Paz and Brian Reeder. Performances will take place at 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, and at 1 p.m. Sunday Dec. 6, at the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center. The Lewis Center for the Arts' Program in Dance presents the festival, which is moving from its traditional February presentation to December.
Thursday, Sep 24, 2015
A monumental new glass, steel and bronze sculpture by leading contemporary artists Doug and Mike Starn - identical twins born in New Jersey and now based in New York - has been placed on the lawn of the Princeton University Art Museum. The newly commissioned work, weighing nearly eight tons, is constructed of six 18-foot-tall vividly colored glass panels — featuring a new glass-dyeing technique pioneered in Germany — and two cast bronze forms resembling tree limbs. Titled "(Any) Body Oddly Propped," it was designed by the Starns specifically for the site and continues the artists' long fascination with energy systems found in nature.
Friday, Sep 18, 2015
The Princeton University Art Museum is highlighting iconic works of European art in the exhibition "Cézanne and the Modern: Masterpieces of European Art from the Pearlman Collection," from Sept. 19 through Jan. 3, 2016. The exhibition of the outstanding private collection is organized by the Princeton University Art Museum in cooperation with the Henry and Rose Pearlman Foundation. More than 50 works by leading Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and School of Paris artists are on view, including Paul Cézanne, Gustave Courbet, Honoré Daumier, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Oskar Kokoschka, Wilhelm Lehmbruck, Jacques Lipchitz, Édouard Manet, Amedeo Modigliani, Camille Pissarro, Alfred Sisley, Chaïm Soutine, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Vincent van Gogh.
Thursday, Jul 9, 2015
Princeton University is expanding its online course offerings through Kadenze, an online learning platform specifically created to support the arts and creative technologies. On this platform, Princeton Professor of Music Daniel Trueman will offer the course "Reinventing the Piano," in which students will explore a new instrument called the Prepared Digital Piano. Anyone wishing to enroll in Princeton's open online courses may do so at no charge.
Thursday, Jul 9, 2015
From studying the culture of war to creating a theater piece featuring aerial choreography, Eamon Foley's senior year at Princeton allowed him to experiment with and execute many of the ideas that had interested him for years. "Hero", Foley's original theater-dance piece, tells the story of a young man transformed by his experiences in the Vietnam War using indie rock music, dance and aerial choreography. The script is based on Foley's interviews with Vietnam veterans and other research, including his visit to Vietnam in summer 2014. Read the article and watch the video, produced over a 10-month period, that chronicles his creative journey.
Thursday, Jun 18, 2015
Princeton Summer Theater will immerse audience members in multiple facets of myth and storytelling, presenting four mainstage plays and a children's show in eight weeks. The season runs June 18 through Aug. 8 in Hamilton Murray Theater on the Princeton University campus.