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Choreographers Andrew Simonet and David Brick will give a brown bag talk on “Britney Spears as Cultural Icon: Why Do We Destroy the Things We Make Famous?” noon today in Williams Center for the Arts room 108.

Sponsored by the Counseling Center and the Williams Center, the event is free and open to the Lafayette community. Dessert and beverages will be served.

The event will be a discussion of the Philadelphia-based Headlong Dance Theater’s production of Britney’s Inferno, commissioned by the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Combining MTV culture with Dante’s Inferno, the work explores the role of pop culture. Britney’s Inferno takes Spears “down a back street to hell in a Top 20 countdown of pop-culture sin,” according to the theater company.

Winners of a 1999 Bessie Award for its take on Star Wars, Headlong Dance Theater has been choreographing and performing together in Philadelphia since 1993. It mixes formalism, pop culture, and all-out physicality to create vibrant, hilarious dance theater that resonates far beyond the traditional dance audience. Its work has been presented in New York, Barcelona, Lisbon, and many other locations.

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