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Barnard Brings It
Barnard College’s guest faculty just keeps getting hipper. For this year’s installment of “Barnard Dances at Miller,” April 29–30 at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre, students take on original works by NYC-based choreographers Kyle Abraham, Faye Driscoll, Jill Johnson, and Jon Kinzel. If these artists deliver what they’re best known for, the program will be a mix of carefully controlled madness (Driscoll), ballet with a Forsythian edge (Johnson), visually arresting understatement (Kinzel), and just-plain-fierce dancing to infectious music (Abraham). But who can say? Sometimes, students are a choreographer’s guinea pigs, and college commissions a chance to try something completely new. Also at Barnard this month: “Arts and Policy: Dance and the NEA,” April 19, in which Douglas C. Sonntag, director of dance at the National Endowment for the Arts, talks about the NEA’s evolving role in supporting dance. See www.barnard.edu/dance. —Siobhan Burke
Barnard students in Ori Flomin's All we are from last December. Photo by Yi-Chun Wu, courtesy Barnard