March 27, 2024

More Choreographers On Lewis Center Roster

ANOTHER ROUND: Members of BRKFST Dance Company are among the three additional artists announced as choreographers in residence at Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts. (Photo by Shane Wynn)

The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance at Princeton University announces three additional artists as Caroline Hearst Choreographers-in-Residence for the 2023-2024 academic year: Roderick George, Gabrielle Lamb, and BRKFST Dance Company.

All the artists are creating new works for Princeton students or guest teaching in spring classes. They join Amy Hall Garner, Shamel Pitts, and Donna Uchizono, who were Hearst Choreographers-in-Residence during the fall semester, and whose work was featured in the Princeton Dance Festival in December.

Launched in 2017, the Caroline Hearst Choreographers-in-Residence Program fosters the Program in Dance’s connections with the dance field. Artists share their work and processes with the Princeton community through workshops, conversations, residencies, open rehearsals, and performances.

Born and raised in Houston, George has danced for Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Basel Ballet/Theater Basel, GöteborgsOperans Danskompani, and The Forsythe Company. During his Hearst residency, he will be guest teaching in the spring dance course, Building Physical Literacies: Practices in Contemporary Dance, an advanced studio course taught by Davalois Fearon and Rebecca Lazier that compares practices and performance methods of diverse approaches to the body and community in contemporary dance.

Lamb, choreographer and 2020 Guggenheim Fellow, is based in New York City, where she directs Pigeonwing Dance. Her work has also been presented by the American Ballet Theatre Incubator, the New York Choreographic Institute (an affiliate of the New York City Ballet), the MIT Museum, BalletX, the Juilliard School, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Ballet Collective, Whim W’HIM, Jacob’s Pillow, and Dance on Camera at Lincoln Center. While in residence on campus with her company, Lamb has been choreographing a new contemporary ballet duet that will be performed at the Dance Program’s Spring Dance Festival on March 29 and 30. In addition, she will be guest teaching in Tina Fehlandt’s spring course, Approaches to Ballet: Technique and Repertory.

BRKFST Dance Company, founded in 2014, seeks to create intellectually rigorous, physically demanding works of art through abstraction, breaking, and contemporary dance vernacular, continuously exploring original modes of artistic expression. BRKFST’s egalitarian and choreographic collaboration is rooted in the hip-hop adage, “Each One Teach One.”

Members of BRKFST will be guest artists in the spring course Approaches to Contemporary Dance and Movement Practices: Hip-Hop, and in Introduction to Breaking: Deciphering its Power.