Tuesday, December 7, 2021

NJPAC Announces 2022 Dance Line-Up featuring Alvin Ailey, Urban Bush Women, Nai-Ni Chen and More


AAADT in Robert Battles Mass. Photo by Paul Kolnik.

Where: NJPAC is located at 1 Center Street, Newark, New Jersey; a short walk from the Newark Penn Station stop by Newark-bound PATH Train or Amtrak.

Tickets: $17 and up. To purchase, contact NJPAC at 1.888.GO.NJPAC/1.888.466.5722 or visit
Health + Safety Protocols:  NJPAC regularly updates its COVID protocols and procedures based on CDC, federal, state, city, and other scientific data. Visit for the most updated guidelines.


Sun 2.13 @ 7:00 p.m.
Russian Ballet Theatre Presents Swan Lake

Those faithful to the tradition of Swan Lake must see Russian Ballet Theatre’s new production of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s timeless classic. Choreographer Nadezhda Kalinina (Mariinsky Theatre, Teatro Lirico, Omsk State Music Theatre) lovingly retouches the oldest St. Petersburg version of the ballet and adds her vision and something more, that undoubtedly will leave audiences flushed with emotion.

RBT’s dancers bring her choreography to life, along with the new exquisite hand-painted sets and 150 new hand-sewn costumes. Designed by the young, accomplished Sergei Novikov (Mariinsky Theatre, Omsk State Music Theatre, St. Petersburg State Music Hall), these are in the century-old tradition of the great theatrical masters.

SFX makeup by Award-winning Irina Strukova (Crazy Rich Asians, Netflix, HBO) completes the already perfect glittering fantasy that is Swan Lake. According to The Prospector following a recent performance: “Patrons were beguiled and enthralled by intricate costumes, hand-painted sets and the powerful choreography brought to life by the performers.”

TICKETS: $80 and up.

Fri 4.01 @ 7:30 p.m. + Sat 4.02 @ 2:00 p.m.
Urban Bush Women 

Hair & Other Stories uses storytelling and dance to reflect on race, identity and ideas of beauty through the lens of Black women’s hair. Created by dance-activist troupe Urban Bush Women, this interactive experience weaves together personal stories from the performers and Black women around the country. Through movement, song and conversation, they explore what constitutes freedom, liberation and release in our everyday struggles to rise to our Extraordinary Selves in extraordinary times. This is the urgent dialogue of the 21st century.

Hair & Other Stories was inspired by Hair Stories (2001) by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar; choreographed and directed by Chanon Judson and Samantha Speis. “Part church revival, part dance party, part therapeutic reckoning, part history lesson… wholly and fully engaging of mind, body and spirit… a permanent haircut or dye job for your intellect and soul.” –DC Metro Theater Arts

TICKETS: $55 and up.

Fri-Sat 5.06-7 @ 8:00 p.m. + Sun 5.08 @ 3:00 p.m.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

2022 marks Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre’s 10th season under the leadership of Robert Battle. To celebrate, the Company is touring a mixed repertory program featuring a variety of works, including the beloved Ailey masterpiece Revelations. NJPAC welcomes this “vital American cultural ambassador to the world (U.S Congress),” to its stage for three performances. May 6th and May 8th shows include selections from Robert Battle’s 10th Anniversary: Mass, In/Side, Ella, For Four, Takademe, Love Stories, and Revelations. The evening performance on May 7th features selections from Ailey & Ellington: The River, Pas de Duke, Reflections in D, and Revelations.

Founded in 1958 in New York City by Alvin Ailey, the Company has gone on to perform for an estimated 25 million people at theaters in 48 states and 71 countries on six continents—as well as millions more through television broadcasts, film screenings, and online platforms. The Company continues Mr. Ailey's mission by presenting important works of the past and commissioning new ones. In all, more than 235 works by over 90 choreographers have been part of the Ailey company’s repertory. According to the Chicago Sun Times, it “remains a powerhouse.” “Watching Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater can change your life.” (The New York Times)

TICKETS: $29 and up.

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New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), located in downtown Newark, N.J., is America’s most diverse performing arts center, and the artistic, cultural, educational and civic center of New Jersey—where great performances and events enhance and transform lives every day. 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 nearly 10 million visitors (including over 1.7 million children) since opening its doors in 1997, and nurtures meaningful and lasting relationships with each of its constituents.