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Where I’ve Been: A Solo Exhibition by Christine Cha

Monday, December 9th, 2013

In this vast city that is New York, art is all around us. Whether we are observing, analyzing, criticizing, or creating, the artistic realm is always at our fingertips, and it is our choice if we want to be a part of it. As a student at The New School, I am surrounded by artists every day. No matter the focus, whether visual, musical, or written, art plays a large role in my life and in the lives of all of The New School’s students. Some of these very artists will extend their craft past the walls of the Parsons, Mannes, or Lang classrooms and develop a life revolving around their artistic passion. As an aspiring musician and writer, watching my peers establish themselves as creative beings in this bustling, competitive, overwhelming city is nothing short of miraculous and motivational. Christine Cha, a former student at Parsons School of Design, and a former intern at The Campus Clipper, has fulfilled this aspiration as a painter, as a city-dweller, as an artist.

Painting by Christine Cha

At her solo exhibition, Christine Cha displayed her works of art, which express the comparison of  the earth and the body through oil paint on canvas. Through a contrast of reds, browns, and yellows against greens and blues, an image of the abstract human form is perceived, resembling the mountainous terrain of our Earth. Her work is sensual, natural, and incredibly conceptual. With a display of ten different works, visitors at the Wix Gallery in Chelsea could view an array of Cha’s work.

Paintings by Christine Cha

Painting by Christine Cha

The experience, as a whole, was worth the trip into Chelsea from my Crown Heights apartment. In addition to the art viewing, free Brooklyn Brewery beer was available as well as free homemade empanadas. Cha also provided a variety of live music, playing softly in the background to enhance the guests’ overall viewing experience.

Live music enhanced the overall experience of the exhibition!

As a first time visitor at the Wix gallery and a first time viewer of Cha’s paintings, I was nothing short of impressed. The dedication to her craft as well as her appreciation for her followers and peers was commendable. In order to fulfill a life in the arts, a certain drive is necessary in order to succeed, a drive that Cha seems to possess. Since her time at Parsons and The Campus Clipper, Cha has motivated fellow students and created a life for herself among the other great artists in this fair city. For this, we congratulate her and wish her the best of luck in all of her future endeavors.



Daniela Bizzell, Eugene Lang College, The New School University.


Write For Campus Clipper

Monday, September 2nd, 2013


Scenario 1: You’ve lived in New York City for the past year or two—or maybe your entire life. You’ve mistakenly taken the 4 train instead of the 5. The initial awe and shock of seeing street performers has worn off. You can successfully navigate through the tiny, winding streets of Chinatown and know where to get the best and cheapest bubble tea. You avoid the Thanksgiving Day Parade like the plague. You scoff at foreign friends’ suggestions to see Times Square or the Statue of Liberty. You know where the next Starbucks is without consulting your iPhone app (let’s be honest, thoughthe answer to this is usually one block from the last). You have funny stories about tourists and run-ins with celebrities, and you have much sought-after thoughts about what to do on Saturdays.

Scenario 2: You stepped off the plane at the LaGuardia airport just a few days ago. You’re reading this blog because you’re crazy excited but also a little terrified about living in this insane city. You want to record your first year experience and be part of a community of people who are making mistakes, making progress, and making a difference.

Scenario 3: You feel strongly about New York City. Maybe you’re like Walt Whitman. Maybe you just want to write poems about how wonderful everything is here. Maybe you want to rant about how the MTA messed up your morning commute again. Either way, you feel the need to share your stories, your sage advice, and your city with other people.

If any/all/a combination of these scenarios reminds you of yourself, you should seriously consider writing for Campus Clipper! We want to hear your regrets, your triumphs, and every experience in between!


Katie Yee, Bennington College

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Interactive Art Exhibitions at the MoMA: The Rain Room and “Blood-Splattered” by Imran Qureshi

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

From the staging of free concerts to the screening of films in various parks, the onset of the summer has been replete with stimulating, cultural occurrences. In addition to the former and the latter happenings, the months of May and June have also been marked by a proliferation of ground-breaking interactive art exhibitions. Within this grouping, a wide breadth of acclaim has been allocated to MoMA’s Rain Room installation – a breathtaking exhibition wherein motion sensors allow participants to activate streams of simulated rain through bodily movement. Bringing recent technological developments and human movement into a fluid parlance, MoMA’s Rain Room installation allows its participants to transpose the most pristine and malleable of the four elements into graceful, cascading fugues.

 As with the Rain Room, Imran Qureshi’s “Blood-Splattered” installation – situated on the roof of MoMA’s main building – represents one of the most ineliminable artistic experiences of 2013. From an initial exposure to Qureshi’s work, the macabre hue that constitutes “Blood-Splattered” has led many visitors to testify that an initial exposure to Qureshi’s style is both highly provocative, as well as singular in its treatment of violence and mortality.

 According to Qureshi, the composition of “Blood-Splattered” stemmed from a desire to address the  psychological trammels that have resulted from recent events, from the Boston marathon bombing to terrorist actions and infighting in the Near East. Rather than attempting to justify these wide-ranging occurrences, Qureshi in “Blood-Splattered” seeks to impart a sense of consolation to those who have undergone them through the modicum of painting.

 Even in the absence of this background information, it is clear that Qureshi’s intention in “Blood-Splattered” is to transcend the concept of mortality by bringing it into dialogue its direct antithesis: that of resuscitation. Emerging from the stark matter that composes the work, the vivid forms of foliage, wings, and feathers come to attain an ever-clearer distinction in the viewer’s mind. As many visitors have testified, the contemplation of Quershi’s wondrous work before the wide expanse of Central Park is a testament to the beauty and the incorruptibility of life.

For students that express a desire to witness art that is exceptional in its formal qualities, or for those that merely wish to wile away the afternoon hours in a calm and meditative setting, a visit to Qureshi’s “Blood-Splattered” exhibition is highly recommended. Remember to present your Student ID to gain free admission to MoMA, as well as other cultural institutions in the New York City area. Stay tuned for more museum-related postings in the near future!


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Small Language in a Big World: Latvian – To Preserve, Adapt, or Give Up?

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

In a world where the value of the English language as a global social skill is becoming less a skill and increasingly a necessity, how do we convey to our children the importance of learning another, less frequently used language?  And, equally pressingly, how do we instill within them the desire to understand and voluntarily use that second language?  As the demand for and the convenience of using the English language, both within the US and beyond its borders, continues to grow, many other languages are finding themselves forced into a periphery.  It is precisely this issue that the Latvian language faces, and that several organizations within the US are trying to counter.

Where in the World. . . ?

Latvia, formerly part of the Soviet Union, has a long coastline on the Baltic Sea.

First problems first: the Latvian language, and the country of Latvia itself, is one that many people admit they have never heard of.  Located on the Baltic Sea and sandwiched between Estonia and Lithuania in Northern Europe, Latvia only established itself as a nation independent of the Soviet Union in 1991.  WWII marked the mass exodus of Latvians seeking haven from the war-torn country, many of them resettling in North America, where they integrated into American society, while simultaneously maintaining their Latvian cultural identity.  Now, however, two generations later, Latvian-American youths are finding themselves further removed from the Latvian culture, speaking a broken version of the language, and, as a remedy to both these issues, turning to summer camps as a form of heavy Latvian immersion and education.

Who Cares?

Lina Batarags, a 22-year-old from North Jersey, grew up speaking Latvian at home with her parents and her two brothers.  “We went to Latvian school every Saturday up through eighth grade, and every summer, all three of us went to Latvian summer camps, first in the Catskills (in New York), and later on to the Latvian Summer High School in Michigan,” she says.  “I had two sets of friends: my friends from school, and my Latvian friends.”  Now a college graduate, she is one of the many Latvian-Americans who dedicate their every summer to working at one of several Latvian summer camps across the US.


So, What Are You Going to Do About It?

These camps, such as the Latvian Church camp in Elka Park, New York, where she has worked for the past four years, are run exclusively in Latvian.  “All the kids, all the counselors, interact only in Latvian.  It can be challenging, but it remains the defining feature of the camp.”  In addition to acting as one of the places where kids are required to push themselves to regularly use and improve upon their language, the camp also teaches its campers cultural and historical values; educational lectures and lessons in traditional singing and dancing are two landmarks of the everyday schedule.

Campers and their counselors link hands into a chain on the first night of camp.

In addition to serving as one of the camp’s three lifeguards and as head counselor for one of the eleven cabins, Batarags ran the camp’s educational program last summer.  For about an hour every day, she organized lectures and activities revolving around the customs and lifestyles of Latvia’s initial proto-Baltic settlers.  Not the most captivating topic, perhaps, but, as she notes, “I was surprised to find how attentive and responsive the kids were.  They were asking questions, some of them more involved than I was prepared to answer. I got the feeling that they really took something away from it.”

Given that fluency in Latvian is a requirement to attend the camp, it may seem surprising that the size of the camp has grown steadily since its founding in 1956. In the summer of 2012, the camp hit its maximum capacity, with over 100 kids (from across the US, Canada, and Europe) attending.  “Our counselors range from teenagers to parents, from athletes to professional artists.  Probably the one, single thing common between all of us, is our Latvian heritage — and our active desire to ensure its longevity.”

On Quality Control

Asked about the quality of the language, both at the camp and in comparison to previous generations, Batarags says, “I definitely think that our understanding and mastery of the language has become diluted as it has been passed down from generation to generation.  However,” she goes on to say, “I think that this is an inevitable shift.  My every day, except for the summer months, is conducted in English; of course I am going to be able to write better, to speak more easily, in English.”

Campers line up for the daily raising of the two flags - Latvian and American.

She makes a point of stressing that although higher proficiency in English than in Latvian does seem natural, this discrepancy should not be a result of a decreasing ability to speak Latvian; instead, it should be the result of ever-increasing proficiency in the English language.  “We continue to use and develop our English language skills, but this should not come at the cost of another language,” she says.  “As kids growing up in America find themselves with fewer opportunities to speak Latvian, their grammatical abilities, their innate sense for the language drops accordingly.  With this summer camp, we get one month’s time, sometimes less, to try and surround these kids with as much Latvian exposure as possible, in the hopes that they will continue to speak Latvian outside of the camp’s boundaries, too.”

So, why is it so important for kids and adults alike to continue practicing and developing their ability to express themselves in Latvian?  As Batarags puts it, “If we’re going to continue calling ourselves Latvians, I think it is essential that we be able to speak the language.  Otherwise, we’ll be able to discuss Latvian things, Latvian cultures, Latvian traditions, but only as outsiders.  Something intrinsically important, some building block of a culture, disappears when its language disappears.”


Variations on a Theme

Batarags notes that the Latvian language is developing in several different strains. “In America, most of us speak the ‘old’ language, which our grandparents taught us.  It’s quite different from the Latvian currently being spoken in Latvia, where a wider array of Russian and English words is commonly integrated into everyday speaking.”  The different developments within the language, primarily geographically based, aptly reflect the different ways the culture is developing in Latvia and abroad, respectively.  In this sense, the language tracks major shifts and movements in a culture.  “In the US, many of us regard the language as something to be preserved, to be kept as it once was, and purposely try to steer clear of mixing English and Latvian words.  But in Latvia itself, which is more concerned with staying globally relevant than it is with staying linguistically ‘pure,’ we see other, widely used languages beginning to infiltrate and to heavily affect the vocabulary.”  Each version of the language with its morphing linguistic patterns can be praised and faulted accordingly; undeniably, however, each is as relevant and necessary to its own culture as it is incompatible with its counterpart.

In the summer of 2012, the camp was home to over 100 campers and more than 30 counselors/personnel.

In addition to the summer weeks she dedicates to the camp, Batarags also currently serves as the co-editor of the Latvian American Youth Association’s (ALYA) bi-monthly newsletter.  “We have several regular contributors, such as people writing about Latvia’s economic situation, its ever-changing politics; other articles we have to specifically ask for, or write ourselves.”  Each edition of the newsletter is written entirely in Latvian, which Batarags describes as yet another great opportunity to use the language, and to expose others to it.  “Our articles are specifically written about and tailored to our audience, so I think people are genuinely interested to read them. . . . The fact that they’re reading them in Latvian is an added bonus!  It’s a great way to keep in touch with people, and to keep people in touch with each other.”

The opportunities to keep the language alive, as Batarags has and continues to demonstrate, are available: they just have to be sought out.  And in this case, it is imperative that the chances for consistent language use and improvement be capitalized upon.  Fortunately, she is far from alone in her beliefs and endeavors. “I’m only one of many people looking to keep the language alive and relevant today.  It’s an ongoing network in which all generations work together to influence and educate each other. I hope — and really do think — that we can keep it going.”


Written by Lina Batarags, February 2013.


Free Weekend (Week of 9/21/12)

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

So many great things to do around this city this weekend! Just remember to wear a jacket while you enjoy the beautiful weather in store:


FAB! Festival 2012


The FAB! (or Fourth Arts Block) festival is a music, theater, and dance festival taking place on East 4th Street (between Bowery and 2nd Avenue). The festival will include many indoor and outdoor stages showcasing the three art forms that the festival is centered around.

Advertised as a family-friendly affair, activities will feature everything from world music performances to cooking demonstrations to open theater, art demonstrations, art activities for kids and screen printing, to trivia, and more.  There is even a bike friendly tour that is free with RSVP. Find out more here and visit the website for more info.



Canteen’s Epic Brooklyn Book Festival













Literary magazine Canteen is throwing an awesome party tomorrow night. The event will feature live performances from 3 great bands (Devin, Starlight Girls, and Vorhees) plus a three hour open bar courtesy of  The Noble Experiment and Brooklyn Brewery.

This event will totally be worthwhile and can be summed up with a simple equation: 3 live bands + 3-hour open bar = Friday night well spent. Be sure to “like” the event page and get there early.




Stars @ Mercury Lounge










Canadian band Stars will be playing a free show at Mercury Lounge this Saturday. It’s a thrillcall sponsored event, so to get in you need to download their app and get the tickets through there.




Brooklyn Book Festival

Literary celebration has been in full swing for about a week now and will be going on until the 23rd. Organized by the Brooklyn Book Council, the event features author readings and discussions. Attendees can sample the offerings of indie publications and even their own publications at the event.  If you’re a writer or aspiring writer this is a great event to showcase your work to an audience you probably haven’t even thought of. Check out the website for more information.


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Think About The Big Picture | Victoria Rossi: A Photographer in Motion

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Growing up, I thought the only combo better than peanut butter and jelly was a pen and paper. I have always had an affinity for writing and using it as a tool and an art form. However, I didn’t see my writing as a talent until I started writing poetry, performing in open mics, and participating in talent shows. Once I discovered my immense passion for poetry, I knew I had to reach out and get others involved in their own talents. When I first started writing, I saw poetry as my salvation. It introduced me to new people, new experiences, and taught me that life exists beyond the L train. This post is about how you can use your talent to help others see that their life can change, as well as how to use your talent to help your community.

Looking for people with the same affinity for using their talents to help others, I found Victoria (also known as Vee) Rossi, a 20 year-old photographer/college student.

“I started doing photography after my aunt passed away my senior year of high school. She used to own a photo lab in Barrington, Rhode Island and was the relative who always had her hand attached the camera at any family function. She loved looking through pictures, collecting pictures, taking pictures, and I guess I picked that up from her after she passed away, sort of paying homage to her. I do photography because I love creating things and I especially love creating images and having the capability of manipulating emotions and making people feel one way or another or see something or realize what they haven’t seen. Some of my favorite things or people to photograph are the dancers in my mom’s dance studio in Cranston, Rhode Island. Not only are they brilliantly talented but they’re willing to push limits photographically and also in the areas of dance. It’s always nice to photograph them also because they’re so eager to create something beautiful. I help them and they help me. I also will go to the dance competitions and photograph them while they’re in their prime competing because that’s when you really see the intensity. I not only see photography as an emotional outlet, but also as a possibility to make a career. They always say that you should do something that you love and something that makes you happy, and I think that I may have found that for me.”

Here are some recent photos Victoria has taken of her mother’s students:


Victoria has also done shoots for her school, Simmons College, and some of their drama productions including The Vagina Monologues. From first position to on pointe, the dancers and their art are captured via Victoria’s own art.


Check out Victoria and her Facebook Page and Photography Blog

Now that you’ve seen how Victoria gives back to her community, here are some ways that you can help your community with your talents:


Host an Art Show:

If you are an artist, painter, sculptor, metalworker, etc., go to your local YMCA, community center, or even a friend’s back yard and host an art show. You can sell your art by donation or fixed prices, or you can even just have your art on show for viewing and charge a small admission fee. Then, the proceeds can go to your local YMCA, city program, etc.

Have an Open Mic:

Taking the same idea as the art show, you can find a space to have poets, singers, musicians, and even actors come and perform. You can sell drinks or charge a small admission fee and raise money that way.

Get some friends, and direct a small play in the neighborhood:

Gather your actor, musician, dancer friends, and host a play or opera, or even a concert!

Is a local business or store you frequent looking a little dusty?:

If you have a way with the paintbrushes or even organizing, offer your services in exchange for promotion of your talent!

All of these are inexpensive and help in many ways. They help you meet more talented people, polish skills as well as gain new ones, and most importantly, they help the community.

Now that you’ve read about how to get involved, go out and do it! Here’s a great coupon for art supplies! Click HERE for a printable version!

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Pursuing a Musical Dream

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

It’s not often that college students get to spend their free time producing Hip-Hop beats for famous artists.  However, when Kenny Blum, who produces under the name Kenny Beat, is not in class, he is likely in the studio focusing on his musical talents.

For Kenny, a student at Berklee College of Music, music has always been a major part of his life.  Kenny originally began producing music his sophomore year of high school, and began to take music production seriously after placing second in a nation wide competition for students.  Kenny’s decision to pursue music as a serious career has turned out to be a great decision, as he has already produced tracks for numerous artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Smoke DZA and Dom Kennedy.

Kenny’s brief rise to critical acclaim serves as a great source of inspiration for all students looking to pursue their talent.  At under 21, Kenny has already been able to receive tremendous credit from the media.  As made clear by Kenny, anyone who seriously dedicates themselves to fulfilling their dream has the chance of making it in their industry.

If you are looking to follow a similar path as Kenny, be sure to stay musically focused.  For some inspiration, check out Kenny Beats’ Twitter page at @kennybeats or his website,

For anyone interested in music, the following coupons are now available for use at Karaoke Boho in NYC:

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Become a Published Author

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Do you enjoy writing? It may be fiction or non-fiction, poetry or informative articles. Maybe you write on a Mac laptop in your Brooklyn apartment. Maybe you head to Starbucks and sip a latte while you type. Or maybe you jot your thoughts in a worn notebook while you sit in Central Park. Whatever the subject matter and no matter where you write, you’ve probably had dreams of being published.

Only ten years ago, getting published was a difficult dream to accomplish. Your only real avenue was contacting a publishing house and printing through the traditional system. But publishing houses, (then as now), rejected thousands upon thousands of submissions each year. Your chance of catching an editor’s eye was slim, especially if you were a first-time author.

But now, thanks to computers and advancing technology, almost anyone can get published. Self-publishing companies, such as and (a part of abound. A pro of self-publishing is that you can see your book in print without going through an editor (and facing rejection by many of them). A con of self-publishing is the “self” part. There’s no one to help you through the process, make editing suggestions, or create a book cover. So how do you go about publishing on your own? Maybe you’re wondering if there’s a manual to consult. I’d like to recommend an e-book I wrote and self-published myself. It’s entitled A Step-by-Step Guideline to Writing and Publishing a Book and is available for download right here for only $4.99. I am an experienced self-publisher myself, so I can guide you through the entire process, from writing your first draft, to getting your book into bookstores. Download a copy today!

Did you know that the Campus Clipper also self-published their own book? It’s entitled NYC Student Guide, and is an indispensable guideline for all students trying to make their own way in NYC. It includes informative, fun-to-read articles on college romance, roommates, studying, and more. Check it out here and order a copy!

And if you’re into writing, you’re most likely into reading, too. Check out Shakespeare and Co. Booksellers! As an independent bookstore, Shakespeare and Co. offers a comfy, intimate feel. But they also offer a wide selection of titles, and textbooks as well. Come by any of their locations, such as 939 Lexington Ave, 716 Broadway, or 150 Campus Road in Brooklyn.  Or buy online at And who knows? Maybe you will see your own book on their shelves when you become a self-published author.


–Written by Megan Soyars, Campus Clipper Blogger



Screen-Printing On A Budget

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Excess ink is scraped off the screen and saved for later

Like many college students, I’m currently matriculating only thanks to a generous scholarship. During the school-year, academic and extracurricular success tends to outweigh my motivation to find a job, and the lack of transportation bars me from most part-time or full-time work. Money is tight for college students these days, but that’s no excuse to neglect your American entrepreneurial spirit. Being your own boss means more responsibility, but the ability to mold your working hours around your free time is priceless. In my first few years of college, I found a decent scheme to make pocket money: screen-printing.

What is screen-printing, you ask? If you’ve ever seen a graphic t-shirt or a poster for a concert, chances are you already know what a screen-printed product looks like. The process is quite simple: take a wooden frame and stretch silk over it until it’s taut. Then, using a chemical amalgam which hardens when exposed to heat, create your desired design on the silk. When ink is forced through the screen, only the portions without amalgam allow the ink through, thus replicating your design as many times as you’d like.

Although professional-quality screening with chemical amalgams can be time-consuming and require expensive equipment, it’s quite easy to duplicate the process using contact sheets (essentially plastic, with one side coated in adhesive). Simply trace your desired design (backwards) onto the contact sheet, and cut the unneeded parts out with an x-acto knife. Apply the sheet to a silk screen and you’re ready to start making some shirts! A dorm shower affords a great space to not only wash off the silk screen between printings, but to hang shirts to dry. For best results, hit the freshly-dried designs with an iron on low heat. This helps preserve the design by bonding it with the fabric, so that it doesn’t come off in the wash. Buy shirts in bulk in a variety of popular sizes, and get an idea from other students (= potential buyers) of what sorts of designs they’re interested in.

Popular and recognizable characters make great subjects

The only problem with using contact sheets is that they degrade rather quickly. However, you’re guaranteed at least twenty or thirty printings if you treat your screens with care and wash them off with cold water, as hot water can remove some of the adhesive that holds the contact sheet to the screen. For an even cheaper option, buy the silk by itself, make your own screen, and do the stretching yourself.

All of the materials you’ll need to go into business as an on-campus screen-printer are available at Dick Blick Art Supplies, including silk screens, contact sheets, and fabric paint, and bulk t-shirts can be found easily on Ebay. Keep in mind that each screen will allow you to print one color at a time, so the more screens you buy, the more involved your designs can be. Look up a tutorial on color-separation screen-printing if you’re interested in making more complex pieces.

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Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

As we continue to enjoy the changing of the seasons in 2011 and welcome the warmer weather, one group of people will be embracing this change through dance. Dances For A Variable Population (or DVP) is a dancing company headed by choreographer Naomi Goldberg Haas. As the name implies, DVP is a group that knows no boundaries when it comes to the gender, race, or age of its members. Polished dancers and enthusiastic amateurs grace the stage together, led by Haas, orchestrating performances in contemporary dance.

This week, starting on Wednesday June 22nd and running until Saturday June 25th, DVP will be performing in the newly renovated Washington Square Park, located downtown in Greenwich Village at the base of  5th Avenue. The eastern side of the park had been closed since late 2007 because of a continuing restoration project, but was re-opened June 2nd of this year. The re-opening was delayed as the eastern end renovations were originally supposed to be finished by Fall 2010.


DVP performing "Autumn Crossing" in September 2010

In any case, DVP welcomes the changes the park has undergone and will have this sentiment on full display throughout the week as they stage their performances on the re-opened eastern side of Washington Square Park. Each day’s performance will begin at 6:30 P.M. with a pre-show beginning at 6:00, occurring throughout the entire park. Any and all can come view their performance free of charge.

The free shows will consist of a dance ensemble performed to remixes of “In C”, the well-known Terry Riley composition of 1964. Those who are familiar with “In C” know how shocking it was when first composed, since the nature of the composition leaves much to chance, making any given performance of the piece different from every other. The composition’s improvisational nature should make DVP’s remixed interpretation and their accompanying dance arrangement distinctive, surprising, and an exciting performance to see in person.

Most unique about this performance, however, will be DVP themselves. Since DVP as a group does not restrict participation to pros, their corps of dancers is composed of New Yorkers from all walks of life. The group’s ethos is best articulated on Haas’ website, which states that DVP consists of everyone from “children who think dance is only on MTV, to persons with disabilities who think dance is denied them, to seniors who think dance is beyond them.” More information about Naomi Goldberg Haas, DVP and the events and classes that they organize can be found at

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