n collaboration with the London-based ensemble Penguin Cafe, Princeton University has reimagined Within the Quota, a pantomime-ballet from 1923 with a score by Cole Porter.
The work originally responded to restrictive immigration quotas based on national origin that were enacted in 1921. The ballet has been newly allegorized as an act of resistance to nativist calls within the Trump administration.
Students of the Princeton University Ballet will mount the production, and Porter’s music will be performed live in a new arrangement prepared by Princeton Professor Simon Morrison and the Penguin Cafe, whose ten members are traveling from London to Princeton for the show. Backdrops, based on the famous original design featuring newspaper headlines, have been created by students at the Stuart Country Day School. The performance will begin with selections from Penguin Cafe’s newest album, “The Imperfect Sea.”
Tickets $25 General | $5 Students – Available at tickets.princeton.edu; by calling 609-258-9220; in person at the Richardson Auditorium Box Office two hours prior to the performance.