Dance Dialogues: A Post-Performance Conversation

  • Francesca Harper, with student Sofie-Rose Seymour ’15. (Photo: Devin Dobbins)


  1. Apr 12, 2015, 4:15 – 5:15 pm
Harvard Dance Center 60 Garden Street

Following the 3:00 pm performance
Harvard Dance Center
60 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA

In conjunction with the spring performance series DUETTI, Harvard University’s Dance Director Jill Johnson and James Voorhies, the John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Director of the Carpenter Center, discuss many facets related to the making and presentation of new and repertory duets performed by Harvard student dancers and choreographed by luminaries Brian Brooks, Michelle Dorrance, William Forsythe, Francesca Harper, Jill Johnson, Crystal Pite, and Melinda Sullivan.

Performances of DUETTI are Fri and Sat, Apr 10–11, at 8 pm; Sunday, Apr 12 at 3 pm; Wednesday, Apr 15 to Saturday, Apr 18, at 8 pm, at the Harvard Dance Center (60 Garden Street, Cambridge).

Tickets available online at $10 general admission and $5 for students and seniors. For more information, visit the Dance Program’s website or call the main office 617.495.8683.

Jill Johnson

Jill Johnson is Director of Dance and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Music. She has served on the faculties of Princeton University, Barnard College at Columbia University, the Juilliard School and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She was recently appointed as a master teacher at the YoungArts Foundation, is a founding collaborator of The Movement Invention Project in New York. She has danced in over 50 tours on 5 continents; was a soloist with the National Ballet of Canada and a principal dancer and researcher in choreographer William Forsythe’s company Frankfurt Ballet for ten years. For the past 15 years she has staged Forsythe’s work worldwide, including Paris Opera, La Scala, American Ballet Theater, Batsheva, Norwegian National Ballet, National Ballet of Canada and Netherlands Dance Theater. Her own choreographic work includes, among others, The Copier, commissioned by Cedar Lake Dance Company, Room/Room for NYU in spring 2009; Folding Articulation for Princeton University, February, 2010; Waterline for Barnard College at Columbia University, April 2011; and Solo for Jeff at The Juilliard School, May 2011; and dance installations RE: RE: RE:, 2011, SEESAW, 2013, LOOK UP, 2014 at Harvard. Recent collaborations include those with Boston Ballet, the Louvre – Musee des Arts Decoratif, American Repertory Theater, Jorie Graham, and Mikhail Baryshnikov.

Agency for Critical Inquiry

Dance Dialogues: A Post-Performance Conversation is part of the CCVA initiative Agency for Critical Inquiry, an open invitation to academic and Boston-area communities to connect with the Carpenter Center, forging a site for collective learning in the public realm.