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Rockin’ Road to Dublin

Rockin’ Road to Dublin returns to Pollak Theatre in 2018 by popular demand! Created by the 2009 World Champion of Irish Dance Scott Doherty (Riverdance & Lord of the Dance) and worldwide touring Irish musician Chris Smith, Rockin’ Road is the new generation of Irish music and dance. RRTD is a breathtaking display of classic Irish tunes accented by rock ‘n’ roll riffs, electrifying dancers and a dynamic light show. Enjoy the thrilling sights and sounds as daring performers execute rapid-fire leaps, twirls and footwork, and nimble fiddlers square off with driving electric guitar chords and pulse-pounding drum beats. Fans say, “Rockin’ Road to Dublin not only combines Riverdance and Lord of the Dance perfectly, but actually surpasses them!”

“The artists were unbelievable. The dancers took my breath away. I didn’t want it to end!” ~Patron

Catapult

Catapult is, technically, a shadow dance company.  What it really is:  a theatrical art form that is an amazingly imaginative combination of dance, story-telling, and sculpture.   Founded in 2009, by Adam Battlestein (choreographer, Creative Director and Master Teaching Artist for Pilobolus Dance Theatre for 19 years), Catapult catapulted to fame on Season 8 of America’s Got Talent, earning their way to the finals of the NBC-TV hit show.

Catapult is all about the human body and its ability to transform.  The talented Catapult dancers work behind a screen to create seemingly impossible dancing shadow silhouettes of shapes from the world around us. You won’t believe your eyes as you watch these incredible dancers become a mountain, a full size elephant, a helicopter, a house with a window and people inside the window.  You will never figure out how they do it, and you won’t know what they will make next – you will be surprised and delighted again and again. Audiences of all ages love what appear to be effortless transformations and applaud over and over as more and more unbelievable images appear.

Catapult’s “Magic Shadows” show is packed with hundreds of shape transformations, and it is full of humor, emotion, and engaging stories.  There are 8 fully realized stories told through music and shadows and 6 short shadow dance videos which play between the live dances – brief moments of poetry or humor which perfectly cleanse the palate and prepare the audience for their next shadow journey.  Audiences leave this show dazed and happy, and they will never look at their own shadow the same way again!

 

Julius Caesar

Ben Whishaw (The Danish Girl, Skyfall, Hamlet) and Michelle Fairley (Fortitude, Game of Thrones) play Brutus and Cassius, David Calder (The Lost City of Z, The Hatton Garden Job) plays Caesar and David Morrissey (The Missing, Hangmen, The Walking Dead) is Mark Antony. Broadcast live from The Bridge Theatre, London.

Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated élite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital.

Nicholas Hytner’s production will thrust the audience into the street party that greets Caesar’s return, the congress that witnesses his murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral and the chaos that explodes in its wake. 

Run Time: 180 minutes 

Mariza

Grammy Award winning singer Mariza returns to captivate audiences with her personal take on traditional fado. In less than 12 years, Mariza has risen from a well-hidden local phenomenon, known only to a small circle of admirers in Lisbon, to one of the most widely acclaimed stars of the World Music circuit.

Since then Mariza has continued to wow audiences with her powerful talent as a live performer, recording the album Concerto Em Lisboa to a hometown audience of several thousand right next to that most visual icon of fado — the sea. She has also traveled the world, selling out concert halls, from Carnegie Hall and Disney Concert Hall to London’s Royal Albert Hall and the Sydney Opera House, and winning awards, including a BBC World Music Award and 2008 Latin Grammy nomination.

 

CSNsongs – Celebrating the music of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Returning to Monmouth by popular renowned for an encore engagement, CSN Songs is an ensemble of accomplished musicians who pay homage to the folk/rock legends that revolutionized music in the 1960’s and 70’s. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s compositions are perfectly and respectfully reproduced as they were originally written and recorded. Relive these historical musical moments with CSN Songs impeccable recreations of Suite Judy Blue Eyes, Ohio, Love the One Your With, Just a Song Before I Go, Southern Man and many other CSN&Y treasures.     


“If you closed your eyes you would think it was the real CSN!”

Eleanor Hooker & Clodagh Beresford Dunne

Two Irish poets, Eleanor Hooker and Clodagh Beresford Dunne will read from their works. Eleanor Hooker is a poet and writer. In 2013, her debut collection of poetry, The Shadow Owner’s Companion was shortlisted for the Strong/Shine Award for Best First Irish Collection. In 2016, she published her second collection of poems A Tug of Blue and she was included as one of Poetry Ireland Review’s ‘Rising Generation’ of Irish poets. In February 2016, her flash fiction The Lesson was awarded 1st Prize in the Bare Fiction Flash Fiction competition in the UK. Her poetry has been published in literary journals internationally including: POETRY (Chicago), PN Review, Poetry Ireland Review, AGENDA Poetry, The Stinging Fly, The SHOp, The Moth, The Irish Times, The Irish Examiner, Crannóg, POEM: International English Language Quarterly and Cyphers.

Clodagh Beresford Dunne was the recipient of the Arts Council of Ireland Emerging-Writer Award Bursary, 2016. Her poems have appeared in Irish and international print and online journals, including Poetry Ireland Review, The Irish Times, The Stinging Fly, Southword, The Moth, The Pickled Body, Spontaneity and Pittsburgh Poetry Review. She is the recipient of a number of literature awards from Irish Artlinks, Waterford City and County Arts Office. Born and raised in a regional newspaper family, her writing was first committed to print at age 8. Described by Irish poet Thomas McCarthy as “a writer of great seriousness and purpose,” Beresford Dunne’s poetry has been hailed as “announcing a new vision to us, a new vortex of energy that localises human experience and domesticates genius.”

CAROLYN DORFMAN DANCE: The Legacy Project: A Dance Of Hope

The Legacy Project: A Dance of Hope

Acclaimed choreographer and
storyteller Carolyn Dorfman has created an exultant “dance-theatre” trilogy
that connects us through our common human experience. Told through the lens of
a child of Holocaust survivors, dances illustrate the devastation, yet inspires
hope as immigrants’ journey to a new land that promises new beginnings! Our
deepest desires for peace, freedom and family are illuminated in this
triumphant work that will make you cry, laugh, think and celebrate the capacity
of the human spirit to rise above all circumstance. 

Described by critics as
“ingenious” (The Star-Ledger) and “emotionally resonant” (The New York Times),
the dances in the Legacy Project bring together Dorfman’s family stories, Jewish
history, and a universal struggle for identity. Through this combination,
Dorfman inspires in her audience feelings of familiarity and unity, creating
dances that serve as metaphors for the greater truths of the human experience,
“In her works, visual images become still photographs that capture and
freeze certain universal truths…both reflect[ing] and engender[ing] a
profound humanity. Because her dances are about people and life experience,
often moving from the autobiographical to the universal, they hold immediate
appeal” (The New York Times).

About Carolyn Dorfman Dance 
Carolyn Dorfman Dance
connects life and dance in bold, athletic and dramatic works by Carolyn Dorfman
and nationally renowned choreographers. 
The company’s ten multi-ethnic and stunning dancers tap their unique
talents to present high-energy and technically demanding dance that unleashes
the powerful storytelling and imagery of its visionary creator. This
distinctive combination takes audiences on intellectual and emotional journeys
that ultimately illuminate and celebrate the human experience. This is
contemporary dance that moves you to think, feel, laugh, cry and engage. The
highly acclaimed ensemble is known for emotional resonance and artistic
excellence both in performance and in its interactions with audiences, students
and the community. Sharing art and process is the hallmark of this
company.  Celebrating 35 years, Carolyn
Dorfman Dance continues to impact audiences at major theaters, dance festivals,
universities, schools, museums and galleries regionally, nationally and
internationally.

Danú

Hailing from Waterford, Dublin, Donegal and Cork, Danú is one of the leading traditional Irish ensembles of today. Their standing room only concerts throughout Ireland are true events featuring high-energy performances and a glorious mix of ancient Irish music and new repertoire. For over two decades, Danú’s virtuosi players on flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button accordion, bouzouki, and vocals (Irish and English), have performed around the globe and recorded seven critically acclaimed albums. Their live DVD, One Night Stand, was filmed at Vicar St. Dublin. 

Winners of numerous awards from the BBC and Irish Music Magazine, Danú has toured throughout Europe, the Middle East, and North America with stops at The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Symphony Space in New York City, and major concert engagements in the United Kingdom, India, Israel, and across Europe. Danú takes its audiences on a musical journey to their native Ireland, offering a moving and memorable concert experience. Danú’s popular recordings are available on the Shanachie label and live performances are often broadcast on NPR, the CBC, and the BBC

 “…impressive, immersive and uniquely and unmistakably Irish”~ Strings Magazine

“…a powerhouse band…”~ The Irish Times

“A spirit-raising concoction” ~ The Irish Times

“…a vibrant mix of virtuosity, energy, and empathy”~ The Washington Post

“… (Danú) stirs the blood and lifts the heart.”~Irish Music Magazine

“…fierce fiddle reels to pensive ballads.”~ The New York Times

“Compellingly original”~ The Los Angeles Times

More info: www.danu.net

 

Spring-a-Ding-DING!

Brianna, a charming and curious girl, hops into an
‘adventure-through-the-seasons’ in Spring-A-Ding-DING! A colorful cast
of characters create the vivid enchantment of springtime. Jump-roping
frogs, twirling flowers, dancing birds, glittering rain showers and even
a contortionist earthworm bring the budding season to life! Portrayed
through dazzling circus, dance, and can’t-believe-your-eyes specialty
acts, audiences of all ages will delight as the glory of the new season
unfolds. Imagine Brianna’s surprise as she meets comical creatures and
even befriends a skunk! Our young heroine has lessons to learn and teach
the woodland creatures as she eagerly searches for the butterfly that
will usher in the next season, summer. This delightful new show thrills
young and old while warming hearts in the way only Cirque-tacular can!

Based
in New York City, with artists nationwide, Cirque-tacular Entertainment
is considered one of the premiere acrobatic production companies in the
United States

The Children’s Theatre Series is sponsored by the Monmouth University Alumni Association.

Artivism

As a universal language, the arts have always been an effective tool for addressing social issues. Artivism or “activist art” is a form of social protest that explores cultural and political concerns. However, it is much more than just an innovative tactic, Artivism involves an entire practice that attempts to inspire positive change in society. This juried exhibition features works of art that employ spectacle, symbolism and collective participation to fight for issues of social justice including racial discrimination, gender equality, fair labor practices, human rights and more.

Participating Artists Include:

Ellis Angel
Marilyn M. Baldi
Janet Boltax
Merry Brennan
Roberta C. Scott
Beverly Crilly
Patricia Dahlman
Michael Dal Cerro
Isabella DeAnglis
Dawn DiCicco
Mark Dornan
Anne Dushanko Dobek
Shekira Farrell
Nette Forne Thomas
Sophie French
Jessenia Gaviria
Ghazel Ghazi
Emily Gilman Beezley
Indira Govindan
Sandra Gustafson
Stephen Harrison
Jesse Hill
Annie Hogan
Patricia Hutchinson
Julia Justo
Edward Kelley
Louise Krasniewicz
Rashna Madon
Stephen Marc
Alexandra Martin
Bonnie McKee Totora
Irmari Nacht
Chris Revelle
Andrew Ricci
Patrice Robinson
Stuart Robinson
Charles Andrew Seaton
Rosary Solimanto
William Stoehr
Colleen Sweeney Gahrmann
Sandy Taylor
John Taylor-Lehman
Brad Terhune
Hannah Ueno
Joseph Villa
Maryann Vitiello
Terrill Warrenburg
Judy Wukitsch
Belgin Yucelen