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(Going off the) Deep End: GCU Dancers to Perform Unique Dance in Swimming Pool

Lakewood, N.J., Dec. 7, 2012—Think dance belongs only on the stage or reality television? Think again. Georgian Court University dancers will soon take over the historic marble pool built by the Goulds in the late 1800s for their latest performance, “Deep End,” on Friday, December 14, at 7:00 p.m.

“Deep End” is a site-specific performance piece exploring movement, light, and space above, around, and beneath the surface of the water. Ten GCU dancers—Alicia Blanks, Newark, NJ; Jazmine Brooks, Suitland, MD; Brittaney Napoleon, Brick, NJ; Keosha Coleman, Union, NJ; Titilayo Majoyeogbe, Plainfield, NJ; Lauren Merwin, Jackson, NJ; Melissa Kraus, Metuchen, NJ; Cassandra Schaefer, Brick, NJ; Sarah Park, Tinton Falls, NJ; and Amanda Martinez, Cliffwood Beach, NJ will dive into the unknown deep of the swimming pool and dance in this work choreographed by Bethany Formica and themselves. Ms. Formica is a dancer, actress, and choreographer, and is currently a master lecturer at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia. She was also the featured guest artist for GCU’s 2012 Summer Dance Intensive.

“For their Choreography course, GCU dance students are required to create site-specific works—works that take place outside the typical theatrical space,” says Silvana Cardell, assistant professor and director of the GCU dance program. “So I invited Bethany Formica to help create ’Deep End’ as an example of such a piece—it will truly be a unique performance!”

The audience is invited to move around the space of the pool, located in GCU’s historic Casino building on the Lakewood campus, and enjoy the surreal adventure with Noodle Girl, a floating raft, the Girl of the Deep, and frogs galore. The dance will feature music from Joo Won Park, Gorillaz, and John Levis.

The performance is free, but reservations are required by e-mailing scardell@georgian.edu.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court announced in May 2012 its transition to become a fully coeducational university in 2013. Today, the university serves more than 2,500 students of all faiths and backgrounds in both undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge and at the New Jersey Coastal Communiversity in Wall.

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