See one of today’s most compelling modern dance companies this fall at State Theatre New Jersey! Ailey II is universally renowned for merging the spirit and energy of the country’s finest early-career dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today’s most outstanding emerging choreographers. Founded by Alvin Ailey, the company embodies his pioneering mission to establish an extended cultural community that provides dance performances, training, and community programs for all people. Since its 1974 inception, Ailey II has flourished, combining a rigorous touring schedule with extensive community outreach programs.
Program includes SAA MAGNI (2019) choreographed by Yannick Lebrun; ENEMY IN THE FIGURE (Excerpt, 1989) with choreography, stage, original lighting, and costume design by William Forsythe; ALLELUIA (2002) choreographed by Robert Battle; and FREEDOM SERIES (2021) choreographed by Francesca Harper.
The Lost Princess of Oz – A World Premiere
From the creator of America’s favorite story THE WIZARD OF OZ comes this little-known sequel THE LOST PRINCESS OF OZ! L. Frank Baum continues the adventures of Dorothy from Kansas, Glinda the Good Witch and the Wizard himself as they search for Princess Ozma to recover the magic stolen from Oz. In this fantastical tale, Baum introduces new characters including the Frogman, the Patchwork Girl, the clock man Tik-Tok, and, of course, the talking (singing) hen, played by Reagan Richards of the popular country duo Williams Honor. Gordon Brown, also of Williams Honor, portrays Baum.
This multimedia dance musical from the Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater is directed by Gabriel Chajnik with a libretto based on Baum by Shannon Hill and an exciting original score by Chris Becker, whose Appalachian-inspired composition is infused with country fiddles and bluegrass banjoes!
If you loved WICKED, the prequel to Oz, wait till you discover the music and the magic of THE LOST PRINCESS OF OZ! A great summer adventure for the whole family, from one to a hundred!
BOX OFFICE: 732-531-9106, ext 14.
Preview Performance: Fri. Aug. 19 @ 6pm
Sat. Aug. 20 @ 7:30pm
Sun. Aug. 21 @ 2pm & 7pm
Fri. Aug. 26 @ 7:30pm
Sat. Aug. 27 @ 2pm
Sun. Aug. 28 @ 2pm & 7pm