The Liberty Hall dance festival will take place on September 25

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originally published: 08/25/2021

(UNION, NJ) – After a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Museum at Liberty Hall continues its partnership with Buggé Ballet for a unique event, the Liberty Hall Dance Festival! For the fourth year, guests will spend an afternoon outdoors strolling through the museum’s beautiful grounds, enjoying 10 site-specific professional dance performances inspired by moments in history. The Liberty Hall Dance Festival will take place on Saturday, September 25 * from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

“Covid-19 is having a devastating impact on the dance community and the world in general. It is especially important to continue the festival this year in a safe way outdoors, to inspire and uplift the participants. We have an excellent range of professional and pre-professional student companies that are excited to perform! »Declared Nicole Buggé, artistic director of Buggé Ballet which organizes the dance festival.

Ten dance companies and choreographers participate in the Liberty Hall Dance Festival. Performances will take place in five different scenic outdoor venues across the Liberty Hall property. Liberty Hall and Buggé Ballet will follow all CDC and NJ Department of Health Covid guidelines in place at that time.

“For 27 years, Roxey Ballet has transformed communities through interactive programs that communicate about human, civil and disability rights, women’s health initiatives, bullying, racism and the cultural condition. We are honored to participate in the Liberty Hall Dance Festival which aligns with our mission and beliefs by fostering a creative environment of growth for all of its artists and by presenting various works to a large community. Together we can advance the arts of dance. said Pinja Sinisalo of Roxey Ballet.

“The Museum at Liberty Hall is delighted to continue its partnership with Buggé Ballet, particularly after taking off in 2020 due to the pandemic. This dance festival is a great opportunity to share the art of dance with the community as well as to enjoy the magnificent property of the museum, which has recently become an accredited arboretum. Support for the arts is an important part of Liberty Hall’s history and we are delighted to be able to continue the tradition, ”said Rachael Goldberg, Director of Liberty Hall.

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“Considering the past year and a half, I’m more than excited to dig into a new room designed to be outdoors, not have to be. My dancers are really invested in having an experience that allows them to bring their artistic voice to a process while participating with such amazing dance companies. I spent the first 20 years of my life as a Union resident, and I always feel like entering a more peaceful and reflective time and space when I’m at Liberty Hall. said Emily Donahue, choreographer and teacher for Cranford High School Dancers

In addition to Roxey Ballet and Cranford High School Dancers, performing dance companies and choreographers include Ariel Rivka Dance, BodyStories: Teresa Fellion Dance, Buggé Ballet, Callie Hatchett Dance, International Chungang Dance Culture Research Institute, Mandy Stallings and Packer Collegiate Institute Advanced Choreography Students, Maxine Steinman and ReFrame Dance Theater.

Tickets are on sale now and cost $ 20.00 for adults, $ 15 for students / seniors, and $ 12.00 for children ages 3-17. Admission includes access to all dance performances. All proceeds from ticket sales support the Buggé Ballet and the Liberty Hall museum. Reservations are suggested; tickets can be purchased by phone at (908) 527-0400 or online at libertyhall.kean.edu.

* The rainy date for the Liberty Hall Dance Festival is Sunday, September 26 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This arts program is made possible in part by a HEART 2021 grant (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) from the Union County Council of Commissioners.


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