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Alvin Ailey Alumn, Elizabeth Roxas
INKUBATE: SOUNDS of a SUMMER NIGHT 2016, August 31, 7 pm
165 Hobart Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901
Summit, NJ Dance, music, sculpture and nature are the backdrop for the third concert in Reeves-Reed Arboretum's Sounds of a Summer Night 2016 series, INKUBATE. Elizabeth Roxas, famed soloist of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, will team up with dancers from the New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble in presenting an evening of works specifically choreographed by Ms. Roxas to illuminate and interpret the current art installations on the grounds. The theme of the exhibition entitled THE BLUE PLANET, is water, and Ms. Roxas has been inspired by the extraordinary creativity and execution of the ten participating sculptors. The audience will have the opportunity to re-experience these installations from the dancer's point of view of movement, color, sound, and visual impact.
Originally from Manila, Elizabeth Roxas became the youngest member of Ballet Philippines. She received scholarships to the Joffrey, the Martha Graham and the Ailey schools and subsequently danced with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet before joining the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater where she was a principal dancer from 1984 to 1997. The New York Times described her as "a cool, still, lyrical center of the Ailey storm." Roxas performed in the Emmy Award-winning PBS specials "Two by Dove" and Judith Jamison's "A Hymn for Alvin Ailey," was featured in a 1997 Dance Magazine cover article and named by Avenue Magazine as one of the 500 most influential Asian-Americans. She has danced on Broadway, and has choreographed in regional and off-Broadway theatres. Currently involved in restaging ballets of the Ailey cannon, Roxas is an integral part of the Ailey legacy.
Sounds of a Summer Night 2016: INKUBATE, featuring choreography by Elizabeth Roxas and dancers from NJDTE, continues on Wednesday evening, August 31. The Arboretum grounds open up at 5 pm for concertgoers to picnic and the performance is from 7 pm to 8 pm. The cost is free to RRA Members (thanks to underwriting support from Investors Bank). There is a $10 per person donation for non-members, $5 for students). Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets to Reeves-Reed Arboretum for Sounds of a Summer Night 2016.
Sounds of a Summer Night 2016 is made possible, in part, by support from The Grand Summit Hotel and Tracy and Nick McKee. NJDTE's participation is made possible, in part, from support from the Summit Area Public Foundation.
Visit www.reeves-reedarboretum.org for the full summer concert schedule.
About Reeves-Reed Arboretum: Celebrating over 40 years as an historic public garden, education resource, and non-profit conservancy, Reeves-Reed Arboretum engages, educates and enriches the public through horticulture and environmental education, and the care and utilization of the gardens and estate. Open 7 days a week from dawn till dusk, the Arboretum is listed on both the National and New Jersey State Historic Registers. Funding for RRA has been made possible in part by the NJ Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State, through a grant administered by the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Dept. of Parks & Community Renewal.
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