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THE WORLD PREMIER: The Liz Lerman Dance Exchange's “Ferocious Beauty: Genome” premiered Feb. 3 and Feb. 4 in the Center for the Arts Theater. The production was represented through several viewpoints, mirroring a dialogue among multiple voices—artistic, scientific and scholarly—in their varied perspectives. Projected here is Margot Greenlee of the Dance Exchange. (Photo by Michael Mazzola)

One dancer portrayed Gregor Mendel, known for his plant hybridization experiments in the 1860s. (Photo by Kevin Kennefick)
President Doug Benet hosted a reception in his home following the Genome premier. Pictured left to right are Laura Grabel, the Fisk Professor of Natural Sciences; Lori Gruen, associate professor of philosophy; Liz Lerman, Dance Exchange founding artistic director; Susan Lourie, adjunct professor of dance and Dance Department Chair; Laurel Appel, visiting associate professor of biology; Pamela Tatge, Center for the Arts Director; Michael Weir, professor of biology.
Pictured left to right are Lerman's daughter, Anna Spelman; Lerman's husband Jon Spelman; Wesleyan President Doug Bennet, Tatge, Lerman, and Midge Bennet. The partnership with Wesleyan has also resulted in the most comprehensive residency ever undertaken by a dance company at Wesleyan.