dance students from Mercer County Community College have been
performing experimental and avant garde pieces in New York City
this month. The students are studying performance traditions in
the 20th century under theatre program coordinator, Jody Person,
in the "Visual and Performing Arts Artistic Collaboration
have been taking place in a New York City storefront window, at
217 E. 42nd Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues at Chashama, and
will continue through Dec. 21.
of students are doing four different performances that include
drama, mime, dance, multimedia and improvisation. One group's
performance focuses on television and the media and "the
messages we blindly receive," Person said. "A hundred
glittering images include miracle cures, unattainable images of
beauty, and violence and blood wrapped up in easy sex. The piece
is a satirical representation of these messages."
performance deals with affairs of the heart among three lovers...two
of whom fight over one. "There is an unseen force that influences
the lovers through temptation and deceit," said Person.
performance the character "humanity" is assaulted by
characters representing forces such as "love," "passion,"
"the 7 deadly sins," and "violence."