NJPAC Announces 2011-12 Alternate Routes Series

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NJPAC's 2011-12 Alternate Routes Series Includes Five NJPAC-Only Festivals: Encuentro! Latin Music Festival, South Asian Theater Festival, Jersey Moves! Festival of Dance, Cheza! Festival of African Music and Work! LGBT Festival. The Intimate Legacies and Legends Discussion Series Continues with Dionne Warwick and David Broza.

Ruben Blades performs in NJPAC's Alternate Routes Series (photo courtesy of the artist)

The New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s (NJPAC) Alternate Routes series presents an eclectic and exciting mix of programming in the 2011-2012 season, including five “only-at-NJPAC” festivals focusing on South Asian Theater, Latin music (headlined by Ruben Blades), African music (headlined by Hugh Masekela), New Jersey’s top dance companies and LGBT-themed performances. Events in the series also include a one-on-one discussion series, Legacies and Legends, with Dionne Warwick and the Israeli superstar David Broza, as well as a performance by guitar legend Paco de Lucia, Felix Hernandez’s Rhythm Revue dance party, and a night with two of the top spoken word artists in the country, Talaam Acey and Angela Kariotis.

NJPAC's Alternate Routes series kicks off with the fifth annual Latin Music Festival on Friday, October 28, 2011, featuring Baila Mi Gente, A Latin Dance Party. The evening brings together the live music of Cubanoson, a traditional Cuban dance orchestra, with the high-energy sounds of DJ Jose Rodriguez. Night two of the Festival, Saturday, October 29, 2011, is an NJPAC-exclusive double bill with Latin jazz giants Omar Sosa Afreecanos Quartet and Jerry Gonzalez and the Fort Apache Band with special guest Dafnis Prieto, who spike their jazz with Afro-Caribbean sounds both old and new. On Friday November 4, 2011, best-selling Panamanian singer-songwriter and salsa legend Ruben Blades wraps up the festival with The Musical Chronicles of Ruben Blades, performing hits from throughout his career and discussing how his political, social and artistic values have influenced his songs and music.

On November 12th and 13th, Alternate Routes hosts the Sixth Annual South Asian Theater Festival. This year's festival celebrates the life and legacy of Nobel Laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore on the 150th anniversary year of his birth. On November 12, the New York-based dance troupe Chhandayan will perform Rabi Thakur, a new, original ballet based on Tagore's life. The evening's festivities will conclude with a free post-performance dance party. On November 13, the New Jersey-based theater company Epic Actors’ Workshop will present a new translation of Tagore's timeless classic Bisharjon, or Sacrifice. The performance will be followed by a panel discussion of Tagore scholars from around the world.

On Saturday, November 19, 2011, Grammy Award® winning pop/R&B legend and social activist Dionne Warwick will discuss her life and music with Alternate Routes producer/curator Baraka Sele in the first of two Legacies and Legends conversations of the season. The second conversation, on February 4, 2012, features Israeli singer-songwriter-guitarist David Broza. Broza and Sele will discuss his own activism in addition to his music, recognized across the globe for the unique blending of the sounds from the three different countries in which he was raised: Israel, Spain, and England.

On Saturday, December 3, 2011, WBGO and KISS-FM favorite DJ Felix Hernandez will spin a body-moving mix of 1960s, 70s and 80s classic soul, funk, Motown, salsa and disco for a dance party right on the world-class Prudential Hall stage.

On Saturday, February 24, 2012, Alternate Routes presents a new festival, Cheza! Festival of African Music, with a high energy Afro-Pop dance party featuring DJ Prince Segue Segue (aka Sean Barlow, creator of the nationally syndicated radio program Afropop Worldwide). Dancers will have a chance to move to old-school Afro-Pop—rumba, soukous, salsa, samba, Afrobeat, chimurenga, juju, Manding swing and mbalax—as well as some of the new generation of dance favorites like coupé décolé, kudura, baile funk, and more. The following night, Saturday, February 25, 2012, South African superstar Hugh Masekela, a singer, composer, multi-instrumentalist and decades-long world music-scene leader, brings his mix of jazz and pop to R&B, disco and Afro-Pop to the Arts Center’s intimate Victoria Theater.

Jersey Moves! Festival of Dance celebrates the depth and quality of dance in the Garden State on March 24 and 25, 2011 and includes eleven New Jersey-based dance companies, a varied program, residencies at NJPAC and in local universities and SchoolTime performances for students (in collaboration with the Arts Center’s Arts Education Department). The festival features an eclectic mix of styles and repertoires from Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre, American Repertory Ballet, Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, Claire Porter/PORTABLES, Freespace Dance, Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, New Jersey Ballet, New Jersey Tap Ensemble, Ramya Ramnarayan, Randy James Dance Works, and Umoja Dance Company.

On April 13, 2012, composer and one of the world’s greatest guitarists and flamenco artist Paco de Lucia returns to the NJPAC stage with a new program that includes the fiery choreography of guest flamenco dancers.

Alternate Routes’ annual Sacred Circle Café brings two of the nation’s top spoken word artists together on the same stage when Greek-American performer, writer, activist and New Jersey-native Angela Kariotis along with Newark-native and internationally renowned poet, performer and writer Talaam Acey weave tales and commentary through their sets on Saturday, April 28, 2012.

The Alternate Routes series concludes with the popular third edition of its LGBT Festival. On Friday, May 4, 2012, the annually sold-out Out, Loud & Proud VI, hosted by Pandora Scooter and performed by Scooter and a yet-to-be-announced lineup of artists, explores all forms and persuasions of human sexuality through spoken word and hip hop culture. And on Saturday, May 5, 2012, Alternate Routes presents Newark is Burning II, the second installment of a theatrical performance inspired by the gender-bending ball scene documented in the 1990 documentary Paris is Burning. The evening, centered around outrageous runway performances and fierce fashion competition, is a collaboration with the Federation of Houses.

Single tickets for all Alternate Routes events are currently on sale and are available by telephone at 1-888-GO-NJPAC (1-888-466-5722), at the NJPAC Box Office at One Center Street in downtown Newark, or by visiting http://www.njpac.org. Alternate Routes is made possible, in part, by American Express; Ford Foundation; Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; National Endowment for the Arts and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts

For a calendar of Alternate Routes performances, including performance times and ticket prices: http://bit.ly/AltRoutes11-12

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New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), located in downtown Newark, New Jersey, is the sixth largest performing arts center in the United States. As New Jersey’s Town Square, NJPAC brings diverse communities together, providing access to all and showcasing the State’s and the world’s best artists while acting as a leading catalyst in the revitalization of its home city. Through its extensive Arts Education programs, NJPAC is shaping the next generation of artists and arts enthusiasts. NJPAC has attracted over 6 million visitors (more than one million children) since opening its doors in 1997, and nurtures meaningful and lasting relationships with each of its constituents. Visit http://www.njpac.org for more information.

Programming has been made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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