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NEWARK -- The New Jersey Performing Arts Center here announced
its inaugural season of performances in preparation for its Oct. 18
"We're programming this center for our [ethnically diverse]
neighborhood, and our neighborhood is the world," Stephanie
Hughley, NJPAC's vice president of programming, said.
The first year's roster features renowned international artists,
ranging from Jessye Norman and Itzhak Perlman to the Peking Opera
and Italy's Balletto di Toscana.
Home of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, NJPAC also has
established affiliate relationships with nationally recognized
companies, including the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the
American Ballet Theater, the New York Shakespeare Festival and the
Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts.
To further celebrate the global diversity of music and dance,
NJPAC each year will present World Festival, a yearlong series of
performances, lectures, symposiums, artistic residencies and
community events that will focus on the international evolution of
one particular culture and its interaction with other
For the first World Festival, NJPAC will acknowledge Newark's
Portuguese-speaking community with a focus on its culture.
"By addressing Portuguese culture within the World Festival, we
are already striking a balance of Europe, Africa, Asia and South
America," Hughley said.
Future World Festivals will celebrate Africans in the Americas
as well as the Caribbean.
Other productions during the inaugural season include "The Lost
Jazz Shrines," a performance series that revives the history of
bygone Newark jazz clubs, and "African-American Women Dance
Pioneers," a tribute to those women who trained generations of
dancers in their schools.
Sweet Honey in the Rock, Wynton Marsalis, The Chieftains and
Paco de Lucia also are among the artists scheduled to perform
during the first season.
A Familytime series will feature special productions for
children, such as "The Crown of Destiny," a Scottish epic performed
by a Canadian troupe of puppeteers; the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Co.,
which presents ancient dances of China, and a performance of "And
Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank."
In another series, For Kids by Kids, children can watch some of
New Jersey's most talented youngsters dance, sing, act and make
music in several productions.
Although the performances at the NJPAC will take center stage,
the $180 million cultural institution itself is much more than
The 250,000-square-foot building houses the 2,750-seat
Prudential Hall and the 514-seat Victoria Theater.
In addition to its two main theaters, the 12-acre complex also
includes rehearsal and banquet facilities, restaurant space, an
outdoor park and an outdoor performance space called Theater
The banquet hall and public spaces will be available to rent for
corporate functions, trade shows and other group events. Catering
will be available on-site.
Early subscription purchases are discounted 20% to 30% off
individual ticket prices.
NJPAC is located in downtown Newark on the riverfront near
Gateway Center, Penn Station and the Ironbound district, known for
its selection of Portuguese and Spanish eateries.
For more information and a 1997 performance schedule, call (888)
For information regarding group sales, call (201) 642-2002.