Thursday, March 20, 2014




WHEN: March 30, April 5 and June 14
Centenary Stage Co., The Theatre at RVCC and The Victoria J. Mastrobuono Theatre, respectively

LDT will present two new works and five revivals during its Spring 2014 season, featuring a collaboration with the New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra. Performances will be held at .

The Spring opener on March 30 at 2:00 PM at the Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Center in Hackettstown is part of Centenary Stage Company’s Dance Fest and will showcase LDT’s Artistic Director Graham Lustig’s “Torch” and “Jangala”.  “Torch” is danced to modern love songs by James Blunt, Amy Winehouse, Regina Spektor, Fiona Apple and Andrew Belle, performed live by vocalist Ereni Sevasti and guitarist Ty Tuschen. Lustig’s homage to Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, “Jangala,” will be revived for just this one performance this Spring. Tickets and more information can be found at

On April 5 the company travels to the Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg for an 8:00 PM showing of “Torch,” “Infinitum,” “Fanfare” and “Simple Gifts.”  “Infinitum” is based on the text from the Book of Job, Parce Mihi Domine, and is set to the soaring saxophone improvisations of Jan Gabarek. This spiritual quartet deals with the exploration of surrender and acceptance. In contrast, “Fanfare” inspired by the vibrant melodies of Graham Fitkin, is a dance celebration living up to its title. The evening will also offer a preview of Lustig’s “Simple Gifts” to Aaron Copland’s 1946 composition “Appalachian Spring”. To purchase tickets for this performance or for more information, visit

LDT will close the 2013-2014 season with a return to the Victoria J. Mastrobuono Theatre on the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers University on June 14 at 7:00 PM. LDT’s Associate Artistic Director Bat Abbit will set a new piece for this performance to Stravinksy’s “Dumbarton Oaks,” and Lustig will revive “Evening,” set to Benjamin Britten’s haunting “Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings,” and give a proper premiere to “Simple Gifts.” This performance is a special collaboration with the New Brunswick Chamber Orchestra, the first time the two New Brunswick non-profits have joined forces, and the first time LDT will be performing with a live orchestra. LDT’s enduring commitment to performing with live music has led to partnerships with a jazz sextet, an opera singer, a cellist and even a Celtic folk band, since its inception in 2010. This performance is funded in part by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders/Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission with assistance thru a grant provided by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State. Tickets for the June 14 performance at the Victoria J. Mastrobuono Theatre will be available soon at

For more information on any of the performances, visit or call 732.246.7300. Awaken your love of dance!