"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.
Arts at Princeton
Thursday, Oct 13, 2016
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.
Wednesday, Mar 4, 2015
Internationally renowned singer-songwriter Paul Simon visited Princeton University on Tuesday, March 3, talking about his career in a discussion facilitated by Paul Muldoon, the Howard G. B. Clark '21 University Professor in the Humanities and a professor of creative writing in the Lewis Center for the Arts. The Grammy Award-winning artist also offered an impromptu performance to a capacity audience of over 800, made up of mostly students joined by faculty and staff at Richardson Auditorium. The event was presented by the Lewis Center's Performance Central.
Monday, Jan 26, 2015
Princeton University junior Colby Hyland fell in love with dance when he was 8 years old. He was participating in gymnastics when a ballet class required for cross-training inspired him to pursue dance instead. Now, 12 years later, the Massachusetts native is majoring in molecular biology and pursuing a certificate in dance.