Dubbed “the punk ballerina” for her audacity, ambition, and pure raw talent, Karole Armitage exploded onto the dance scene in 1981 with her groundbreaking work Drastic-Classicism. Since then, the artist has held numerous directorial positions at companies around the world and created genre-bending works inspired by such topics as theoretical physics, 16th-century Florence, and dance. Specializing in an aesthetic as precise as it seems improvised, Armitage and her daring company strive to challenge the preconceived notions of both audiences and the dance establishment.
William Shakespeare's As You Like It follows a merry band of outcasts into the delightfully earthy Forest of Arden, where love is found, lost, and almost claimed by the jaws of a hungry lioness. One of the bard's most respected heroines, Rosalind, assumes the identity of a peculiarly pretty boy to teach her one true love, Orlando, how to woo. Whether attending the show to dance a jig with the fool Touchstone or siphon melancholy from this tale of banishment "as a weasel sucks eggs,” As You Like It sets up laughs and wistful sighs like so many love notes written to celebrities.
During the past three decades, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra has grown from a community chamber orchestra into a professional-caliber ensemble. Today, it acts as a musical oasis for the community under the guidance of Rossen Milanov, who brings the experience he gained in his 11 years with the Philadelphia Orchestra and his brief tenure as an eccentric billionaire’s metronome. Since its founding, the orchestra has found a home at the historic Richardson Auditorium, a venue designed by the US Treasury’s supervising architect in the 1890s and renovated to acoustic excellence in the 1980s. The hall is so sonically pleasing, in fact, that six-time Grammy winner Buddy Graham named it among the likes of Carnegie Hall as one of the world’s greatest concert halls, according to the venue’s website.