Lustig Dance Theatre (LDT), in collaboration with three New Jersey-based choirs, will present A Cappella, an evening of world premieres, Saturday, April 11, at 8 p.m., at the Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg. LDT will be joined by live choral music from The Rutgers Children’s Choir, the Cantabile Chamber Chorale, and the Church of the Incarnation’s choir for an evening of song and dance. The presentation is part of the Theatre’s Major Artistsseries.
Curated by artistic director Graham Lustig, A Cappella features 50 singers from the three choirs as well as 10 dancers from Lustig Dance Theatre. The performers collectively bring to life three new dance works choreographed by LDT’s artistic associate Bat Abbit, Rutgers University’s Professor Chien-Ying Wang, and LDT’s artistic director Graham Lustig.
In the new work choreographed by Abbit, the arc of a day is represented through dance and musical compositions by Brahms and Mozart performed by the Cantabile Chamber Chorale. Based in Piscataway, the Cantabile Chamber Chorale is under the direction of Rebecca Scott.
Professor Chien-Ying Wang’s choreography is inspired by four South African songs brought to life by the Rutgers Children’s Choir, under the direction of Rhonda Hackworth.
A Cappella concludes with Lustig’s new work, Stone of Hope, which is inspired by modern arrangements of traditional spirituals in arrangements by Moses Hogan and William Dawson. The spirituals are directed by Gail Blanche-Gill and performed by Jersey City’s Church of the Incarnation choir.
A contemporary ballet company, LDT shares its passion for incorporating live music in dance by partnering with other organizations and creating artistically diverse and engaging experiences for audiences. Based in New Brunswick, the company was established in 2010 by internationally recognized choreographer and director Graham Lustig.
Broadway World has written of Lustig Dance Theatre: “…Lustig has found his niche in the dance world by weaving storytelling and ballet into dynamic dance theatre pieces.”
The performance features reserved seating. Tickets cost $20 and $30. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Box Office, 908-725-3420, or order online at www.rvccArts.org. Subscribers’ packages are available for many Theatre series. Senior citizen, student and group discounts are also available for most performances.
The RVCC Theatre offers a RVCC Family Discount (students, faculty and staff) for 50% off on up to four tickets per performance. The discount can be bought with a RVCC ID at the box office or through the Lion’s Den. This discount applies to all shows presented by RVCCArts (rvccarts.org) except those presented at noon for $10.
Featured image caption: Lustig Dance Theatre dancers, from left, Stephanie Salts, Jane King, Evan Flood, Malik Warlick and Daphne Lee, rehearse “Aya Ngena,” choreographed by Rutgers University’s Professor Chien-Ying Wang, which will be performed as part of A Cappella.
Photos courtesy of Lustig Dance Theatre