Posts Tagged ‘State Theatre New Brunswick Jersey’

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Cedar Lake Touching Performance

April 29, 2009
As a Rutgers student currently enrolled in Modern dance, it was highly recommended that I see Cedar Lake perform their contemporary Ballet pieces this past Friday at the State Theatre. Having been familar with this particular genre in dance, I was the upmost impressed and blown away after this performance. In my opinion, never has a dance company make such connections through real-life emotions and present the uncut truth of it to an audience with such grace. Completely, taken aback by a mind-blowing performance, I am proud to say I was one of the many in the audience who gave the performers a standing ovation.

The show had three seperate pieces that each symbolized human life at its most truthful element. There was the first, that dealt with issues of relationships-displaying a variety of differnent and individual dynamics each relationship had. What also was an apparent theme was the fact there were outsiders watching, passing judgements. To represent the “passing of judgments” they had the onlookers walking across the stage whispering or making gossiping-like sounds, literally “passing” by the couple that was having issues. Also, interesting to note, the only couple on stage to dance as if they were happily “dancing through life” without a care, had their gossipers walk away, because it was no longer something dramatic to talk about; two people just being happy and content with each other.

This type of truthfulness exsisted within the other two pieces, although more abrstract from the first. The second was only two women, one of which was in a trance or sleep-like state, and the other was darkness, and represented the seduction and control it has over one’s sleeping body. The dance itself was one with at times with a nightmarish feel to it, which gave an overall erie feeling. Different, this dance led into the final act with got possibly darker with emotions, and yet a sense of relief of a common feeling among us all that we share.

With the final act, there was also a feeling a eeriness and a dream like state, but what the piece seemed to represent is shared fears among the human population. The dances not only had strong movements with their bodies, but played the parts of the characters and the fears each one was facing.

All represented through movements of the body, and the old rule of Ballet with now less restrictions, Cedar Lake did a fabulous job at crafting the natural human reactions.

–Ashley Petersen, Marketing/PR Intern

The State Theatre is located at 15 Livingston Avenue in New Brunswick, NJ. For information or to purchase tickets call 732-246-SHOW(7469) or visit http://www.statetheatrenj.org/.

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State Theatre staff takes a trip to Brooklyn for STREB’s new show, Invisible Forces

January 13, 2009

Elizabeth Streb, the founder of STREB Extreme Action, is known for her use of odd mechanical devices for her performance pieces. As odd as they are, they make sense and wow you in ways that you never thought a piece of metal or wire could.

In their latest show, Invisible Forces, there are new devices, new tricks, and new performers. Last time that they visited us at the State Theatre in New Jersey, they brought with them a large human-sized hamster wheel, that they spun at great speeds and leapt in and out of continuously. This time around, the wheel is a lot smaller, bright yellow, and kind of reminds you of a circus act (particularly those death-defying motorcycle cages). Even though it’s another wheel-contraption, as they have conquered in the past, this wheel is just different. The dancers or “action” engineers run and jump inside the wheel and as you watch you them, you feel like time has stood still (but in a good way). I guess what I am trying to say is that STREB shows give you a very optimistic outlook on life. Every time I have seen them perform, I have walked out of the show feeling like I can conquer the world (and that I should get to the gym). The few of us staff members that went that night, left in high-spirits and in a time like this, who couldn’t use a little skip in their step.

Catch STREB Extreme Action in their new show INVISIBLE FORCES at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ on Friday, February 6 at 8pm.

The State Theatre is located at 15 Livingston Avenue in New Brunswick, NJ. For information or to purchase tickets call 732-246-SHOW(7469) or visit http://www.statetheatrenj.org/.

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