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Originally published: 11/23/2022

(PRINCETON, NJ) – The Lewis Center for the Arts has a busy schedule in December with the Princeton Dance Festival; To playpresented by the Lewis Center for the Arts program at the theater; Cyberfeminism Index: book reading and conversation; Reading by Raven Leilani and Creative Writing Seniors; Media Arts Show presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Visual Arts; and the Fall Student Reading presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing. Here’s a look at their events for December.

Princeton Dance Festivalpresented by the Lewis Center for the Arts – Performances on December 2 at 8:00 p.m.; 3 December at 2pm & 8pm; and December 4 at 2:00 p.m. in the Berlind Theater at McCarter Theater Center, 91 University Place in Princeton. The 2022 Princeton Dance Festival features new and repertory works by nationally and internationally acclaimed choreographers Ronald K. Brown, Davalois Fearon, Sun Kim, Michael J. Love, Susan Marshall, Rashaun Mitchell & Silas Riener and Caili Quan, performed by more than 50 Princeton artists dance students. The program features choreographies spanning tap dance, ballet, dance theatre, West African/modern and post-modern genres. A relaxed performance will be offered on December 4th.

Entry: Open to the public. Tickets are $12 prior to show dates, $17 at the box office on the day of performances, and $10 for students, available through the McCarter Box Office at mccarter.org. All guests must be either fully vaccinated or have recently tested negative (by PCR within 72 hours or by rapid antigen test within 8 hours of scheduled visit) and be prepared to provide proof upon request, or indoors and in the Close Wear a face covering Other. The Berlind Theater is a barrier-free venue with hearing assistance. The December 2 performance will be open-captioned. The performance on December 4th will be a relaxed performance. Guests requiring other access accommodations are asked to contact the Lewis Center at least one week in advance at [email protected]

To play, presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts Program in Theatre. performances December 2 at 8:00 p.m.; 3 December at 18:00 & 20:00; 8 & 9 December at 8:00 p.m. in the Wallace Theater in the Lewis Arts Complex on the Princeton University campus. To play is an elaborate play researched, developed and created by student performers, writers and designers through choreography, interviews with athletes and absurd exercises in endurance and teamwork. A 12-person ensemble achieves their flow states, runs relays, and describes water polo using the items found in a student’s backpack. Sailing and tennis become metaphors for how many of us feel drawn between cultures for the sake of our achievements. An 8th grade lacrosse game frames a commentary on differences, parenting and coaching. A list of superstitions becomes a choreography of possible victories; A litany of meaningless advice and a cheer at losing give us box seats for an entirely new game. Directed and directed by Associate Professor of Theater Aaron Landsman and coupled with Direction/Choreography by Princeton Alumna Ogemdi Ude, Class of 2016.

Entry: Open to the public. Tickets are $12 before show dates, $17 on the day of performances at the box office, and $10 for students, available through University Ticketing at tickets.princeton.edu. All guests must be either fully vaccinated or have recently tested negative (by PCR within 72 hours or by rapid antigen test within 8 hours of scheduled visit) and be prepared to provide proof upon request, or indoors and in the Close Wear a face covering Others. The Wallace Theater is an accessible venue with a hearing aid system. The December 9 performance will be open-captioned. Guests requiring other access accommodations are asked to contact the Lewis Center at least one week in advance at [email protected]

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Cyberfeminism Index: book reading and conversationpresented by the Lewis Center for the Arts Program in Visual Arts at DDecember 5 at 4:30 p.m Hagan Studio at 185 Nassau Street on the Princeton University campus. Join author Mindy Seu and book designers Laura Coombs and Lily Healey for a presentation of the book Cyberfeminism Index (2022), gathering more than 700 short entries on radical technocritic activism, feminist manifestos, hackerspaces, hardware, wetware education, and net art from 1991 to 2020. The afternoon begins with a performative reading by Seu, followed by an interactive panel to discuss the publication’s collecting, editing, and design process.

Entry: Free and open to the public. All guests must be either fully vaccinated or have recently tested negative (by PCR within 72 hours or by rapid antigen test within 8 hours of scheduled visit) and be prepared to provide proof upon request, or indoors and in the Close Wear a face covering Others. Hagan Studio is an accessible venue. Guests requiring other access accommodations are asked to contact the Lewis Center at least one week in advance at [email protected]

Reading by Raven Leilani and Creative Writing Seniorspresented by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing on December 5 at 5:00 p.m Drapkin Studio in the Lewis Arts Complex on the Princeton University campus. National Book Foundation 5 under 35 award winner Raven Leilani, author of the novel chandelier, reads from her work along with several creative writing seniors. The CK Williams Reading Series features senior graduate students in the creative writing program with established authors as special guests.

Entry: Free and open to the public. All guests must be either fully vaccinated or have recently tested negative (by PCR within 72 hours or by rapid antigen test within 8 hours of scheduled visit) and be prepared to provide proof upon request, or indoors and in the Close Wear a face covering Others. Drapkin Studio is an accessible venue. Guests requiring access accommodation are asked to contact the Lewis Center at least one week in advance at [email protected]

Media Art Exhibitionpresented by the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Visual Arts December 6 to February 10 at the Lucas Gallery (184 Nassau Street in Princeton). The fine arts program showcases new work from students in fall photography and graphic design courses, including Jeff Whetstone’s Analog Photography and Digital Photography; Intermediate Photography taught by James Welling; “Inventing Photography: History, Alchemy, and Practice,” taught by Anne Eder; “Graphic Design: Visual Form” and “Graphic Design: Typography” taught by David Reinfurt; and “Graphic Design: Image,” taught by Laura Coombs.

Entry: Free and open to the public. All guests must be either fully vaccinated or have recently tested negative (by PCR within 72 hours or by rapid antigen test within 8 hours of scheduled visit) and be prepared to provide proof upon request, or indoors and in the Close Wear a face covering Others. That The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Lucas Gallery is an accessible venue. Guests requiring access accommodation are asked to contact the Lewis Center at least one week in advance at [email protected]

Case Study Readingpresented by the Lewis Center for the Arts in Creative Writing program at DDecember 13 at 5:00 p.m. in the Chancellor Green Rotunda on the Princeton University campus. Selected Fall Creative Writing students read from their work in fiction, poetry, screenwriting and literary translation as part of the Althea Ward Clark W’21 reading series presented by the Creative Writing program.

Entry: Free and open to the public. All guests must be either fully vaccinated or have recently tested negative (by PCR within 72 hours or by rapid antigen test within 8 hours of scheduled visit) and be prepared to provide proof upon request, or indoors and in the Close Wear a face covering Others. The Chancellor Green Rotunda is a lift accessible venue in East Pyne. Guests requiring access accommodation are asked to contact the Lewis Center at least one week in advance at [email protected]

To learn more about the Lewis Center for the Arts and the more than 100 public performances, exhibitions, readings, screenings, concerts, lectures and special events that the Lewis Center presents each year, most of them free of charge, visit the Lewis’s website Center .

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