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NJPAC Jam-Packs 2022-23 With Exquisite Dance by Savion Glover, Carolyn Dorfman, Ailey, Nai-Ni Chen & Ukraine State Ballet

ES Staff  |  Dance

Savion Glover performs with jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater (November 12), followed by new works by Carolyn Dorfman Dance featuring jazz violinist Regina Carter (November 16).

Riverdance and Pilobolus celebrate anniversaries at NJPAC. NJPAC welcomes back fan favorites like the Mother's Day Alvin Ailey weekend series, Lunar New Year festivities with Nai-Ni Chen Dance, and the Hip Hop has more.

Saturday, November 12, 2022 @ 3:00pm & 7:30pm — Icons Dee Dee Bridgewater and Savion Glover perform jazz, dance, and improvisation. Savion Glover is a Tony-winning choreographer and famed hoofer. He began his Broadway career with The Tap Dance Kid and continued with Black and Blue, Jelly's Last Jam, and Bring in da Noise, Bring in da Funk. He's played with McCoy Tyner, Roy Haynes, and Jack DeJohnette. Tap, starring Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis, Jr.; Bamboozled; Happy Feet and Happy Feet Two. As NJPAC's dance adviser and board member, he's committed to arts education programming through Summer Intensives.

Grammy and Tony Award-winning jazz giant Dee Dee Bridgewater has risen to the top of vocalists, putting her own stamp on standards and re-imagining jazz classics. The three-time Grammy winner most recently won for Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To Billie With Love From Dee Dee. Bridgewater’s career has always bridged musical genres. Tickets range from $59-$69.

Wednesday, November 16, 2022 @ 7:00pm — TDJames Moody Jazz Festival: Carolyn Dorfman Dance Jazz Legends and The Power of Now! Carolyn Dorfman Dance returns to NJPAC's TDJames Moody Jazz Festival. This performance comprises Carolyn Dorfman and Juel D. Lane's Jazz Legends and The Power of Now! choreographed to live music by jazz violinist Regina Carter and trumpet icon Louis Prima. These artists take you on a heart-pounding roller coaster ride of life's journeys, resulting in joy. Carolyn Dorfman Dance is "musical, magical, and full of surprises," says Limón Dance Company. Tickets are $30 & $45.

Saturday, December 17, 2022 @ 2:00pm & 7:30pm — The Hip Hop Nutcracker returns for its eighth tour season. Jennifer Weber directed and choreographed this contemporary dance spectacle, which combines hip hop dancing and Tchaikovsky's ageless music. A dozen all-star dancers, a DJ, a violinist, and MC Kurtis Blow, one of hip hop's founding fathers, perform in The Hip Hop Nutcracker. CBS says it "turns The Nutcracker on its head" "Hip Hop Nutcracker provides a generous dose of current flair" (NYT) Tickets range from $25-$75.

Sunday, December 18, 2022 @ 3:00pm — The Nutcracker: State Ballet Theater of Ukraine. An annual tradition at NJPAC, The State Ballet Theater of Ukraine premiered this altered version of The Nutcracker in Dnipro, Ukraine, in 2020. With the pandemic continuously interfering with the project, choreography and design took several months to complete. The ballet company is one of Ukraine's most prestigious, and it has delighted audiences worldwide. Tickets range from $39-$89.

Sunday, January 15, 2023 @ 6:00pm — Sleeping Beauty: State Ballet Theater of Ukraine. Sleeping Beauty is one of Tchaikovsky's most renowned ballets. The State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine performs Marius Petipa's choreography on a princess condemned to sleep for 100 years. Sleeping Beauty was Tchaikovsky's best piece, and audiences of all ages adore the bright costumes, joyous music, and enchanting fairytale love story. Tickets range from $39-$89.

Saturday-Sunday January 21-22, 2023 @ 2:00pm — Nai-Ni Chen's Black Water Rabbit. NJPAC has presented a Lunar New Year celebration with Nai-Ni Chen Dance for 20 years. In 202 Company honors the Black Water Rabbit. The show combines traditional Chinese dancing with modern flair. The Red Lions dance to a hip hop beat. The Golden Dragon provides luck for the year. Red-and-gold-costumed dancers, acrobats, and musicians perform. Tickets range from $27-$35.

Friday-Saturday March 10-11, 2023, 8:00pm & March 11, 2023, 3:00pm + March 12, 2023, 2:00pm & 7:00pm — 25th Anniversary of Riverdance. Rediscover Riverdance's magic. A dramatic and moving reinterpretation of the Irish phenomenon, acclaimed for its GRAMMY®-winning score and Irish and worldwide dance. Bill Whelan rerecorded his captivating soundtrack, while Moya Doherty and John McColgan redesigned the groundbreaking production with unique lighting, projection, stage, and costume elements. Immerse yourself in its music and dance, enjoyed by all ages. Tickets range from $41-$81.

Sunday, March 12, 2023 @ 7:00pm — Pilobolus Big Five Oh! Pilobolus has revolutionized modern dance over 50 years. Pilobolus puts the "Oh!" in BIG FIVE OH! by reimagining its past works for a never-before-seen experience. This concert features classic, visionary, and fresh, thrilling compositions. Pilobolus is called "inspirational light bulbs" by The Wall Street Journal. Tickets range from $59-$69.

Saturday, March 18, 2023 @ 3:00pm & 8:00pm — Taj Express – Bollywood Jukebox. This theatrical spectacle celebrates Bollywood and features traditional, classic, modern, disco, and retro Bollywood tunes. The story revolves around a young composer named Shankar and his foray into the Bollywood film industry—but that’s just the beginning. Talented actors, fascinating costumes, exuberant choreography, exhilarating music, and booming energy will wow audiences. Tickets range from $69-$79.

Friday-Saturday, May 12-13, 2023 @ 8:00pm + Sunday, May 14, 2023 @ 3:00pm — The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to NJPAC with premieres and repertory favorites for three beautiful performances that each inspire with a climax of Ailey's hallmark masterwork, Revelations, which The Washington Post calls "one of the simplest and most exquisite dances ever made." The Ailey group is one of the best international ambassadors of American culture, promoting African American culture and American modern dance. NJPAC A Complete performance schedules will be released later. Tickets range from $25-$94.

NJPAC is America's most varied performing arts center and the artistic, cultural, educational, and civic core of New Jersey. Great performances and activities enhance and transform lives every day. NJPAC brings diverse groups together, provides access to all, and showcases the world's top artists while revitalizing its home city. NJPAC's Arts Education initiatives shape future artists and art lovers. NJPAC has welcomed 10 million visitors (including 1.8 million children) since 1997 and fosters genuine interactions with its patrons.