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RECENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Julia Baumanis has been named artistic director and conductor of the New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra. The orchestra says it strives to “present classical music in a different and exciting way that expands and explodes the conventions of the genre.” MUSIC
  • Didier William has been awarded a $20,000 grant from The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation. The biennial competition awards grants to artists selected for their talent and individual artistic strength and provides artists the opportunity to produce new work and push their creative boundaries. ART & DESIGN
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  • Everyone Keeps Me and New Pam Tanowitz by Pam Tanowitz was performed at the Royal Opera House in London February 4–16. Everyone Keeps Me was created by Tanowitz for The Royal Ballet in 2019 and is set to Dispatches by Ted Hearne. The performance received high praise from The Spectator, who called it a “dazzling duet.” Meanwhile, The New York Times calls Tanowitz’s “Mosaic,” set on New York City Ballet dancers, “the finest new offering to come from City Ballet in ages.” The piece is listed among the Times’s Best Dance Performances of 2022. DANCE
  • The largest retrospective of Didier William’s career is on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (MOCA NOMI). Didier William: Nou Kite Tout Sa Dèyè opened November 2 and is on view through April 16. ART & DESIGN
  • Steffani Jemison released an experimental debut novella, A Rock, A River, A Street, an exploration of the “boundedness of the self, the possibilities of plurality, and the limits of performance,” per publisher Primary Information. Jemison is screening two works in the “New Formations” group exhibition at The Trustees’ deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Massachusetts: “In Succession” and “Escaped Lunatic.” The show runs through March 2023. ART & DESIGN
  • Frederick Curry is the recipient of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) 2022 Outstanding Leadership Award in the Area of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. The award honors an individual who has created EDI-centered ideas for programs, projects, or curricula, has demonstrated impact on a local, state, national, or international level, and has inspired this leadership in others. DANCE

FACULTY VOICES IN THE MEDIA

  • Patrick Stettner weighed in about the benefits and limitations of using a smartphone to shoot a movie in a WIRED article, “You Can Shoot a Movie on a Phone. Just Don’t Expect It to Be Easy.” FILM
  • Julia Baumanis, assistant director of bands and the Marching Scarlet Knights and director of pep bands, recently spoke with WWFM host Rachel Katz. Baumanis shares her research into empowering female conductors and minority directors, topics she presented on Dec. 20 at The Midwest Clinic. MUSIC
  • Cameron Knight, part of the Shakespeare and Race Festival at Shakespeare’s Globe in London October 28November 5, is quoted in The Guardian about color-blind casting. The two-day festival includes readings, performances, workshops, and round-table discussions highlighting the importance of race in the consideration of Shakespeare and provides a platform to scholars, actors, writers, theater professionals, and educators of color. THEATER
  • Jeff Friedman is featured in this Discover Jersey Arts video interview about his involvement in bringing disability arts ensemble Kinetic Light to NBPAC. He also touches on the various academic and programming goals for the Integrated Dance Collaboratory (IDC). DANCE
  • Look for Gerry Beegan in this episode of the PBS YouTube series The Bigger Picture with Vincent Brown, which probes iconic American images. Beegan discusses scholar-activist Angela Davis’s “Wanted” poster, saying that Davis’s supporters used the poster as a means of  “making her visible so she couldn’t become invisible through incarceration.” ART & DESIGN
  • Conrad Herwig was interviewed by WBGO news director Doug Doyle about upcoming performances by the Rutgers Jazz Ensemble, his career, and students. Herwig was also interviewed by jazz studies performance student Brandon Mejia, host of the “What Is Latin Music?” program on WBGO. Herwig’s album The Latin Side of Mingus was released on September 30. MUSIC

RECENT NEWS

Review: Pam Tanowitz’s Witty Dance Secrets in London (The New York Times) DANCE

Oakland Museum of California Opens an Exhibit Highlighting the Life and Career of Angela Davis (Gerry Beegan in Ebony magazine) ART & DESIGN

How to Decolonize a Museum? Try an Ax. (Raphael Montañez Ortiz in The New York Times) ART & DESIGN

Road Trip to Escape, USA (Julie Langsam in Dense Magazine) ART & DESIGN