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Joy Dartey

PUB unites with Harvard, Columbia ballet companies at Ivy Ballet Exchange

This past weekend, the only student-run ballet companies in the Ivy League —Princeton University Ballet, Harvard Ballet Company and Columbia Ballet Collaborative —joined forces to produce performances that both showcased and celebrated the strengths of the dance groups. The Ivy Ballet Exchange was founded two years ago by the leaders of the ballet companies at Princeton, Harvard and Columbia with the intention of recognizing the works of student-run dance companies and emphasizing the fact that these diligent dancers could pursue their academic studies while remaining committed to ballet. “It was started as an idea for these really great ballet companies to come together and share what they had been working on, artistically,” Princeton University Ballet president Emily Avery ’17 said. The leaders of the dance companies began planning for this event over a year ago because the exchange required a lot of foresight and logistical planning. “Getting the logistics worked out was definitely a challenge.

Princeton University Ballet's ‘Art in Motion’ defies boundaries between art forms

In one of the many collaborative pieces from Princeton University Ballet’s “Art in Motion,” Alice Frederick ’17, co-presidentof the Ellipses Slam Team, stands in the middle of the stage and performs Shane Koyczan’s slam poem “Instructions for a Bad Day.” As she speaks, four dancers standing in the four corners of the stage depict the poem’s instructions through the graceful motion of their bodies. PUB’s spring production, titled “Art in Motion,” is being brought to Princeton from April 21 to April 23.

‘For Colored Girls’ explores racial and gender identity

In a scene from the choreographed poem “For Colored Girls,” seven women are standing in line, and the “Lady in Brown” gives a short monologue about the struggle of a prototypical black girl across America in the 1970s while the remaining six women dance, depicting her narrative. “For Colored Girls,” a production ofNtozake Shang'sfor colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf," is being brought to the Princeton stage this weekend.

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