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Centenary College Alumna and Lighting Professional Ruth Grauert Honored at Art of Motion Dance Performance

03/28/2014, 10:43 AM

The Art of Motion Dance Theatre (AOM) is a repertory company performing original works by Artistic Directors, Lynn Needle, Olivia Galgano and guest artists. AOM is performing as part of Centenary College and Centenary Stage Company’s Dance Fest on Saturday, April 5th at 8 p.m. at The Lackland Center in Hackettstown, NJ and will be featuring a special segment about Breast Cancer Awareness using Centenary College Dance students and noted experts in the field of dance, lighting, and music to create a memorable and touching event.

Ruth E. Grauert, a graduate of Centenary College in 1935 when it was a preparatory school for girls, will be doing the lighting design for this project. Grauert is the recipient of the 2005 Martha Hill Lifetime Achievement Award and doctorates of humane letters from Ursinus College in 2009 and Centenary College in 2013. She studied with noted professionals in the field of dance such as Hanya Holm, Martha Graham, Alwin Nikolais, and many more throughout her professional career. She is the founder and director of Bearnstow, a summer arts facility, founded in 1946, and has authored numerous articles on general aesthetics, staging, lighting, and Alwin Nikolais. She also writes concert and book critiques and poetry.

A Centenary College Alumni reception will be held in Grauert’s honor prior to the concert. Interested alumni can contact Deana Cynar at Alumni Relations at 908-852-1400 x 2250 or by e-mail at cynard@centenarycollege.edu.

The segment entitled “BRCA1/Genome” is named so after the gene mutation that has been found to lead to some forms of breast cancer. BRCA1—or breast cancer 1, early onset—is a protein-coding gene. Within families with cancer in multiple generations, it had been estimated previously that a woman with an alteration in the BRCA1 gene has about an 85 percent chance of developing breast cancer and a 44 percent chance of developing ovarian cancer by age 70.

“This project is an incredible opportunity for the students on so many levels,” says Professor Lea Antolini-Lid, Assistant Professor of Dance at Centenary College. “I am so pleased that we are able to offer this experience to our students.” The students are also responsible for partnering with a breast cancer survivor and learning his/her story. Those survivors will be included in the performance that evening and breast cancer survivors in the audience will also be acknowledged.

Centenary College Senior Amanda Roy of Mahwah, NJ discussed her participation in the “BRCA1/Genome” project.  “This is a very important piece showing Breast Cancer in A way that it hasn’t been shown before. It combines science with human emotions, focusing on the genome.” She went on to say, “It has been an honor to work with [Art of Motion] and wonderful that they’re involving students.”

Tickets to the performance are $20 for adults, $17.50 for seniors/students, and $10 for children under 12. A Flex Pass to attend all three performances is available for $37.50. Alumni can purchase tickets at a discounted price of $15. Dance Fest is sponsored in part by the North Jersey School of Dance Arts.

Tickets may be purchased online, at the CSC Box Office in The Lackland Center at 715 Grand Ave in Hackettstown, or by calling 908-979-0900. The Box Office is open Monday through Friday 1-5 p.m.

The 2013-14 season of performing arts events at the Centenary Stage Company is made possible through the generous support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ State Council on the Arts,  and CSC sponsors, including Premier Sponsor Heath Village Retirement Community, Silver Sponsors Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, The Holiday Inn in Budd Lake, and Fulton Bank, Bronze Sponsors The Blanche and Irving Laurie