The College of New Jersey Center for the Arts is thrilled to be hosting the Philadelphia Dance Company (PHILADANCO), who will be on campus Friday, September 20, for an afternoon lecture from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. in Mayo Concert Hall and an evening performance at 7:30 in the Kendall Main Stage Theater.
The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be presented by Joan Myers Brown, founder and executive artistic director of PHILADANCO. This past July, Ms. Brown was nationally honored and recognized by President Barack Obama, who personally awarded her the 2012 National Medal of Arts for her contributions as a dancer, choreographer, and artistic director. She will be speaking about her experiences in dance and lead a discussion on the historical and cultural implications of dance, the development of African-American dance, and how gender roles are portrayed through dance. This is a great opportunity to ask questions in an intimate setting, and all are welcome to do so!
That evening PHILADANCO will be performing company and audience favorites such as “Enemy behind the Gates” and “A Rag, A Bone and A Hank of Hair,” a tribute to the athleticism of the company and breathtaking diversity of its programs. The company’s repertory may also include the works of world-renowned choreographers such as Milton Myers, Elisa Monte, Ron K. Brown, Lynne Taylor Corbett, and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar to name a few.
Tickets for the performance are $15 and are available online at www.tcnj.edu/boxoffice and will also be sold at the box office in Mayo Concert Hall immediately following the 11:30 lecture. For more information on the free lecture series, please visit www.tcnj.edu/bbs. This event is co-sponsored by Synergy Dance Team and SAF funded.
TCNJ Center for the Arts has a wide variety of performances, lecture series, presentations, and gallery openings throughout the year. Coming up this year include the opening of “The David Sarnoff Collection: Innovations that Changed the World,” a Steinway benefit concert performed by TCNJ music faculty, soprano opera singer Robin Johannsen, Video Cubano, an exhibition in the TCNJ Art Gallery organized by the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, and much more!
For a full list of events, please visit www.tcnj.edu/cfa or call 609-771-2065.