WHERE: State Theatre, 11 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
TICKETS: call 732.246.SHOW
500 Clown Macbeth
Wed, February 2, 2011, at 8 pm
Thu, February 3, 2011, at 8 pm
Fri, February 4, 2011, at 8 pm
Sat, February 5, 2011, at 3 pm & 8 pm
500 Clown smashes Macbeth to pieces, then tears through the rubble to forge a wild, unpredictable and hilarious deconstruction of Shakespeare’s classic. Three clowns descend upon a stage to perform the Scottish play. Infected by ambition, they compete for the title role. In the process, they destroy the text, the set and eventually each other. Ripping through the fourth wall, the clowns generate a charged environment in which the audience is left to wonder what was planned and what was created for the first time. Featuring no red noses or big shoes, 500 Clown conspires with the audience to redefine “clown” and “Macbeth” as they propel 500 Clown Macbeth to its exhilarating conclusion. These performances take place at the Crossroads Theatre, 7 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick.
Fri, February 4, 2011, at 8 pm
STREB declares an all-out war on gravity, combining dance, gymnastics, circus skills, and stunt-work with high-tech, cutting-edge set design to redefine the possibilities of movement. Powerful bodies fly in an artfully dangerous, action-packed program of extreme sports meets gymnastics. The audience will be on the edge of their seats as the dancers move with breathtaking precision around, through, and against various contraptions-and each other. Gravity be damned!
Fri, February 11, 2011, at 8 pm
Sat, February 12, 2011, at 3 pm & 8 pm
STOMP is explosive, provocative, sophisticated and unique, and appeals to audiences of all ages. The international percussion sensation has garnered an armful of awards and rave reviews, and has appeared on numerous national television shows. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments—matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps—to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. As USA Today says, “STOMP finds beautiful noises in the strangest places.” STOMP. See what all the noise is about.
Philharmonic of Poland
Direct from Opole, POLAND
Sun, February 13, 2011, at 3 pm
Boguslaw Dawidow, music director and conductor
Evgeni Mikhailov, piano soloist
Program: R. Strauss, Don Juan, Op. 20; F. Liszt, Mazeppa Symphonic Poem No. 6; and F. Chopin, Piano Concerto No.1, Op.11
The history of the National Philharmonic of Poland can be traced back to the years immediately following World War II when it was founded in 1947, becoming the resident Orchestra of Opole. This will be the orchestra’s first transcontinental tour of the U.S.
The Philadelphia Dance Company
Thu, February 17, 2011, at 8 pm
Program includes Jawole Willa Jo Zollar’s By Way of the Funk, a new work that harnesses the energy and culture of funk music.
Founded in 1970, Philadanco has a legacy of breaking barriers and building bridges across cultural divides, while increasing the appreciation of dance among its many communities. Joan Myers Brown and her 17 dancers are famed for innovative choreography, blending African American-based dance with ballet, jazz, and modern.
Fri, February 18, 2011, at 8 pm
Six-time Grammy® Award-winners, The Chieftains were one of the first bands to bring worldwide popularity to traditional Irish music. Beyond the borders of the Emerald Isle, they have gained equal fame for their collaborations with artists as diverse as Tom Jones, James Galway, and Lyle Lovett. Perennial favorites with State Theatre audiences, The Chieftains will be performing with a special guest artist and a new repertoire. Stay tuned for details.
Sun, February 20, 2011, at 3 pm
Explosive choreography, unbelievable athleticism, and exhilarating trumpets, DrumLine presents traditional black marching band sounds that resonate on the theatrical stage. With incredibly talented and passionate African American percussionists and “steppers,” the rhythmic face-off between America’s top historically Black Colleges and Universities exemplifies true fervor with unforgettable excitement. Featuring musical sounds from Earth, Wind, Fire and Tower of Power, and the latest hip hop and R&B, this production thrills audiences and keeps the remarkable band tradition alive. Featuring performers from Florida A&M, Southern University, the University of Georgia, and more.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other Eric Carle Favorites
Mon, February 21, 2011, at 10:30 am, 1 pm, & 3:30 pm
Presidents Day is Family Day—Children and adults alike will delight in this wonderful black-light puppetry performance featuring the Little Caterpillar and an assortment of Eric Carle favorites. The triple-bill includes the wonderful story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s metamorphosis into a beautiful butterfly; the fanciful account of Little Cloud’s travels through the sky, and the Mixed-up Chameleon’s discovery of his own unique nature.
Fri, February 25, 2011, at 8 pm
Circa’s “circus re-imagined,” style truly brings physical theatre and dance to a whole other level, as the ensemble’s multi-skilled performers work to explore (and extend) the limits of what circus can do. Watch as this high-flying group combines dance, circus, and the multimedia use of sound, light, and projection. Pushing their own limits, Circa barrels, bolts, and balances at breakneck speeds with awesome acrobatics to fantastic free-falls, and beyond.