What Makes A Masterpiece? Drexel Dance Program Lecture & Demonstration

Drexel Dance Program Begins the Year with a Lecture and Demonstration Featuring Deborah Jowitt and Janet Pilla

Why are certain performances remembered and heralded as timeless and classic? What makes a dance or any piece of art a masterpiece? Why are some paintings more famous than others? The Drexel University Dance program welcomes internationally renowned dance critic Deborah Jowitt to campus to explore the topic “What Makes A Masterpiece?”

Using Pauline Koner’s dance masterpiece The Farewell as a case study, Jowitt will answer this age-old question. Philadelphia’s Janet Pilla, who has toured nationally and internationally as a soloist of Ann Vachon/Dance Conduit for 12 years, will perform Koner’s The Farewell.

The lecture and demonstration is Thursday, October 4th at 7:00 p.m. at the Mandell Theater (33rd & Chestnuts Sts.). It is free and open to the public.

“It is an unusual opportunity to see an historically significant masterwork in dance performed live,” said Dr. Miriam Giguere, director of the dance program. “It is even more rare to hear from one of the preeminent dance critics of our times on how and why these great dances survive and become iconic. I am honored to present this lecture/demonstration to Drexel and the Philadelphia Dance Community. Dancers, dance history students, choreographers and anyone who values great works of art should be stimulated and inspired by this presentation.”
Pilla has been featured as a soloist in performances in Czechoslovakia, and in England, Scotland and Taiwan as a company member of Terry Beck Troupe and Ed Groff/Jin Wen Yu Dancers. She has performed with numerous Philadelphia choreographers and dance companies, including Group Motion, dance Teller, SCRAP Performance Group and Opus I.

Deborah Jowitt began professionally dancing more than 50 years ago and has been a dance critic writing for the Village Voice, The New York Times, Dance Magazine and numerous other publications for more than forty years. She is considered one of the premier voices writing about dance in America and served as a member and as co-chair of the Dance Advisory Panel to the National Council on the Arts. Jowitt is the recipient of dozens of awards, given numerous keynotes on dance and has performed in concerts by Phyllis Lamhut, Victoria Marks and Marta Renzi.

WHO: Deborah Jowitt and Janet Pilla
WHAT: What Makes A Masterpiece: Dance Lecture and Demonstration
WHERE: Mandell Theater, 33rd & Chestnut Sts
WHEN: Thursday, October 4 | 7:00 PM
TICKETS: FREE and open to the public
MORE INFO: drexel.edu/westphal | danceprogram@drexel.edu

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