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GCU Dance Director Silvana Cardell Takes “Supper” to New York

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Silvana Cardell, Georgian Court University dance director and the choreographer behind Supper, People on the Move, will showcase her work in New York May 14-15. A companion photo gallery will accompany the performance. (Photo courtesy of

Performance by GCU’s Silvana Cardell Tackles Mobility, Identity, and Community

Georgian Court university Assistant Professor of Dance Silvana Cardell will share her thought-provoking performance, Supper, People on the Move, May 14-15 at New York’s La MaMa! Moves dance festival.

The invitation to participate is an honor, says Ms. Cardell whose moving work about the immigration experience debuted in Philadelphia in 2015. She joins only 17 invited highly selective guest artists. Overall, the artists—many of whom hail from other countries—explore social issues around politics, culture, the environment, and more.

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Supper, People on the Move/Photo by Bill Herbert

“It is about mobility and decisions moving you,” Ms. Cardell, a native of Argentina, has said in previous interviews. “An action starts with a clear intention, and it is carried away by a tide of impulses.”

When creating Supper, People on the Move, Ms. Cardell received major funding from the prestigious Pew Center for Arts & Heritage in Philadelphia, as well as the Swarthmore College Project. As director of the GCU Department of Dance, Ms. Cardell also received a summer research grant for the project from Georgian Court.

The piece continues to draw praise from audiences and critics alike. Most recently, the online publication Broadway World added that Supper “brims with emotional power that is part and parcel of the psychological and physical challenges of an immigrant’s journey.”

Tickets are available online for Supper, People on the Move performances Saturday, May 14, and Sunday, May 15. The entire LaMama Moves! Festival runs through May 29. A preview of Ms. Cardell’s work is shared below.

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About Georgian Court University

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is Central and South Jersey’s only Catholic university. GCU is a comprehensive, coeducational university with a strong liberal arts core and a historic special concern for women. As a forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, GCU is known for expanding possibility for more than 2,200 students of all faiths and backgrounds in 35+ undergraduate majors and 10+ graduate programs. The GCU Lions compete in 14 NCAA Division II sports in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). In 2020, GCU was named a Best Value College by and a Best Bang for the Buck (Northeast) by Washington Monthly. High student retention and graduation rates also make GCU a Top Performer on Social Mobility on U.S. News & World Reports rankings. The main campus is located in Lakewood, New Jersey, on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court, which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, also serves students at other locations, such as GCU at HazletGCU at Rowan College of South Jersey–Cumberland Campus, and through multiple online certificate and degree programs.

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