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Juggling, belly dancing, stepping, saxophone playing, and puppetry all came together at the Berlind Theatre this past weekend in a lively production of “The Odyssey” — a musical adaptation of Homer’s famous epic poem. The production, Victoria Davidjohn ’19 and Annabel Barry’s ’19 theater thesis, completed a four-show run with sold-out performances and over 40 Princeton students sharing the stage.
A young woman slow dances with a phantom in a haunted hotel. Two shy ghosts try futilely to scare away the living intruders in their home. A sinister love potion sends a honeymoon into disarray. Más Flow’s ¡Qué Horror! took its theme in every conceivable direction, attempting to balance steaminess, humor, and pain along the way.
Six14 Christian Dance Company: Seasons (March 28–29) at Frist Campus Center. Six14, Princeton’s premier Christian dance company, will be presenting their annual show this week. The show is inspired by Ecclesiastes 3:4, “A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.” A variety of dance styles from contemporary to praise dance will be featured.
Nadia Vulvokav — played by the flame-haired Natasha Lyonne — is a lonely, cynical, and even sardonic video game programmer on the brink of wanting to end it all. In the opening scene, she stares at herself in the bathroom mirror as an invasive knock pounds into the ears and minds of the viewers. Nadia might hear the knock too, but her gaze, pointed directly at the camera, feels empty and distracted. Nadia is not having the time of her life at her 36th birthday party, and she wants us to know it. She lives a reckless life, taking whatever joint is offered her and sleeping with whomever might cross her path. “Staring down the barrel of mortality always beats fun,” Nadia jokes, not knowing that she will be fatally hit by a cab that same night while drunkenly searching for her cat, Oatmeal.
Things to Do in Princeton this Week: Senior Thesis Edition (Mar. 10–16)
As spaces on this campus go, Richardson Auditorium strikes me as possibly the most underappreciated gem our university has to offer. When donating the money to construct Alexander Hall, Harriet Crocker Alexander envisioned the space to be a “cultural temple,” with depictions of the likes of Shakespeare, Dante and Galileo surrounding the auditorium.
Langar: A Community Meal (Mar. 7) at Murray Dodge Hall. Langar refers to the practice in Sikhism of providing a free meal to visitors, regardless of background. The student organization Sikhs of Princeton invites all students to Murray Dodge for a warm, free, vegetarian meal this Thursday.
Read on for the Prospect’s round-up of the best cultural and artistic events this week!
William Keiser ’19 and James Jared’s ’19 dance thesis show real lies is jam-packed with the kinds of youthful emotions college students love to both remember forever and forget the next morning.
Questlove reclined comfortably in his seat on the McCarter Theatre’s stage on Friday evening. He is an artist who can feel at home in any space, and his multifaceted career is a testament to this ease. Questlove, who initially earned fame as the drummer for his band The Roots, has since explored everything from music production to writing to the culinary arts. Fittingly, McCarter advertised his visit as, “Living a Creative Life: A Conversation between Questlove and Imani Perry.” Questlove’s whole life appears concerned with conversation: an experiential back-and-forth. Onstage, he never skated around a question, but listened and responded earnestly. Questlove accepted a hefty honorary degree from the University’s Class of 2019 on Friday night, but his gift to the audience was refreshingly intangible.
Samay by Naacho South Asian Dance Company (Feb. 21–23) at Frist Campus Center. Naacho South Asian Dance Company invites audience members to travel through time by watching their annual performance this weekend. A group that prides themselves on “popping, locking, and dropping with a dash of South Asian spice,” the show is bound to be hours well spent for those who come to see it.
Triple orgasms and ordinary men named Steve. Patronizing German marriage counselors and burgeoning queer identities. Colorful illustrations, workshops, abuse, childbirth, miniskirts, flooding, gynecologists, and tampons.
Valentine’s Day — the holiday of Hallmark cards and commercialized love — is here. For some, this annual occasion may mean a wonderful evening with a significant other. For others, it will be a time to bask in singledom. Regardless of your relationship status, a movie always makes for good company on Valentine’s Day. Here are our top choices of romantic movies for the holiday. They are organized by categories of candy.
Whig-Clio Senate Debate: The Rise of Tiger Confessions (Feb. 13) at the Whig-Clio Senate Chamber. The first Whig-Clio debate of the semester will be surrounding Tiger Confessions — the now ubiquitous Facebook page where students can anonymously submit thoughts, ask for advice, or spill gossip.
The Super Bowl is over, basketball and hockey are in their mid-season lulls, and baseball has yet to begin. You might now find yourself lamenting the temporary lack of excitement in your sporting world. Well, if you shift your attention across the Atlantic, you can plunge yourself into a sports world so intense, captivating, and all-encompassing, you’ll wonder how you spent your whole life until that point oblivious to its existence.
Theatre Intime’s lights dim, and a group of dancers gathers onstage to scream “Body, body, hype, hype!” into the silence. BodyHype Dance Company began its fall semester show, Fahrenheit, with the heat turned up — but made sure to let us know it can also cool things down.
El Sistema: Advocating for Accessible Systematic Music Education (Jan. 9) 4:30 p.m. at 10 McCosh Hall. Sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, this panel discussion focuses on “El Sistema” — a publically funded music education program in Venezuela. One of the panelists will be Maestro Gustavo Dudamel — Princeton University Concerts’ first artist-in-residence.
XXXTentacion, or X, the hugely popular and controversial rapper who was shot dead in Broward County, Fla., in June 2018 at the age of 20, has at once horrified and inspired millions of Americans. The release of his posthumous album “Skins” last Friday has further intensified the debate over his cultural and moral legacy.
1. Searching for Ingmar Bergman (Dec. 10th-11th) at the Princeton Garden Theatre. Ingmar Bergman was a Swedish film director and producer. In this documentary, the director, Margarethe von Trotta, paints an intimate picture of Bergman that goes beyond how the public eye typically portrays him.
“A Star Is Born” is an emotional masterpiece. The film documents the tragic love story of Ally and Jack, two musicians played astoundingly by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. Jack — an aging, severely depressed, hearing-impaired, washed-up, alcoholic rock star who dabbles in coke and pills when the booze can’t get the job done — meets Ally, a slightly younger, existentially restless waitress. They meet in a nondescript drag bar, where he is awestruck by Ally’s performance of a classic, playfully erotic French tune.