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Philly choreographer dances with art at Rowan

A former Rowan faculty member returns to present an original dance piece, in conjunction with the exhibition at the Rowan University Art Gallery, on Wednesday, October 26 at 7 pm.

Olive Prince – an award winning, Philadelphia-based dancer/choreographer and experimental video artist who has taught at Rowan – offers this unique performance, which integrates with a cut glass installation by Summer Yates, one of the works displayed in the exhibit, “Repetition: Repetition:” which runs through November 10.

Olive Prince Dance, led by choreographer/movement artist Olive Prince, performs intense, psychologically gripping, playful and sometimes erotic dance, employing a wide variety of genres, spaces and props. Prince is known for choreography that questions, attempting to make sense of experiences in a changing contemporary world. Her work has been presented at numerous locations including the Live Arts Festival, Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, nEW Festival, the International Contemporary Dance Conference in Poland, Dance Ensemble Singapore commission by the junior company, and as a resident artist at Susan Hess Choreographer’s Project.

This multi-media exhibit, curated by Philadelphia’s Michael Gardner, showcases work that explores a “synergistically enhanced aesthetic” created through the use of repetitive action and/or materials. The exhibition strives to evoke questions from viewers concerning consciousness, impulse, patterning, repetition, obsession and compulsion.

The work includes Yates’ installation, as well as Leslie Atik’s site installation of merchandize tags; Thomas Bugaj’s time lapse video documenting the building of the Comcast Center over a three year period; a collaborative video by filmmaker Bill Morrison and composer Vijay Iyer originally created for Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia (the video was made from footage discovered at the Fox Movietone collection held by the University of South Carolina’s Newsfilm library documenting the release of the notorious Al Capone); Matt Giel’s 150 ft long photograph; Mark Khaisman’s  light boxes of chair imagery created by using only masking tape; Jacque Liu’s milk painting installation on windows and walls that mimic the architectural details of the space; Jessica Hoffman’s installation of every seven letter word in the English language typed out one by one on a roll of paper; Abby Schmidt’s mixed media painting made of hundreds of miniature plastic toy soldiers; and a work by TOTD’s artist collaborative.

Admission is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 10 am to 5 pm (with extended hours on Wednesdays to 7 pm); and Saturday, 12 to 5 pm. For more information, call 856-256-4521 or visit www.rowan.edu/fpa/artgallery. Rowan University Art Gallery is located on the lower level of Westby Hall on the university campus, Route 322 in Glassboro, NJ.

- Steven Weisz

Founder & Editor
While not a dancer himself, Weisz’s love for the arts and dance started as a child growing up in New York City. With parents, who were strong supporters of the arts and part of a community with an incredible array of notable artists in music, dance, theater and fine arts, Weisz’s access and affinity for the performing arts took root. Upon attending college in Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania in the mid 70’s, Weisz started performing as a puppeteer, magician, juggler and fire eater as a means of supplementing his income. This soon grew in to what became Rainbow Promotions Inc., one of the largest entertainment and special events producers in the region. It was here that he began to promote and book dance for major events throughout the city. Many of the dancers he worked with in the early days of his company are now major choreographers in Philadelphia. At the same time, Weisz’s interest in computers and the early developments of what is now known as the Internet, led him to also start another company, Delaware Valley On Line, which became one of the first regional ISPs. It was this combination of event production, internet development and event marketing that led him to examine the use of the internet as a means to promote the arts. Dance continued to be a major interest for Weisz and in 2005 he founded PhiladelphiaDANCE.org as a major online resource to promote dance in the city. It was soon after that the Dance Journal was also founded as a way to provide an outlet for writing on a range of topics that encompass the ever growing and emerging dance community in the region. Weisz continues to run both PhiladelphiaDANCE and The Dance Journal on purely a voluntary basis with no income derived from any of his projects. He is also the Artistic Director of Graffito Works, a unique platform for dancers and performing artists to create site-specific work and to make it readily accessible to the public.

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