Princeton to pay tribute to Virginia Woolf tonight at Lincoln Center in NYC

Los Angeles-based trio Princeton has joined with San Francisco’s Stephen Pelton Dance Theater for it was this: it was this: an evening of songs and dances inspired by the life and work of Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury group.

Princeton will perform all of the songs from their recent EP Bloomsbury, each lyrically focused upon a member of the Bloomsbury Group. Portraits of Leonard Woolf, Lytton Strachey, Virginia Woolf and John Maynard Keynes are each presented in a different musical framework with lush orchestral arrangements. The band is comprised of twin brothers Jesse and Matt Kivel and Ben Usen. The band will be joined by 8 additional musicians in recreating their take on the cast of Bloomsbury characters.

Stephen Pelton Dance Theater, known for known its intimate theatricality and emotional intensity, may be familiar to audiences from previous Woolf conferences. This year the company will perform several new works including the premiere of it was this: it was this: a choreographic study of Woolf’s punctuation. Using a single paragraph from To the Lighthouse, the company dances their way from the first word to the last, pausing briefly for every comma, parentheses and semicolon in-between. The company also performs a revised version of The Death of the Moth, first seen at the Plymouth State Conference in 1997.

princeton dates:
June 5th Lincoln Center (Pope Auditorium) Virginia Woolf Conference New York, NY
June 6th Piano’s New York, NY
June 11th El Rey Los Angeles, CA *
June 12th Velvet Jones Santa Barbara, CA *
June 17th Slims San Francisco, CA #
July 2nd Plush Tucson, AZ $
July 4th Star Swim @ Windham Hotel Phoenix, AZ $
July 9th Doug Fir Portland, OR $
* = w/ Au Revoir Simone
# = w/ Ben Kweller
$ = w/ Miniature Tigers

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