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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)March 27, 2008

(Mahwah) – The American Repertory Ballet presents “Sinatra, Shadows, and Stars” at Ramapo College of New Jersey Saturday, May 3 at 8 p.m. in the Sharp Theater on campus.  The performance will be directed by Graham Lustig, the artistic director of the American Repertory Ballet.

The American Repertory Ballet returns to the college with Twyla Tharp’s iconic ode to the American Songbook, “Sinatra Suite.” A powerful duet choreographed to five songs sung by Frank Sinatra, this piece takes the audience through the wide range of emotions found in relationships between lovers.  It will be re-staged by Elaine Kudo, whose original performance with Mikhail Baryshnikov was aired on PBS.

“Shadows in the Attic” was inspired by the support and friendship Dutch families gave to Anne Frank and her family.  The piece reflects the last night the family spent in the attic of their home.

Closing the evening will be “Starry Nights” by international choreographer Lisa de Ribere that explores how easily a creative spark can be lost.  This piece was inspired by three paintings by Vincent Van Gogh, Starry Nights Over the Rhone, 1888. The Café Terrasse, Arles, At Night, 1888 and The Starry Night, 1889.

Tickets for “Sinatra, Shadows, and Stars” cost $24, $20 and $16 for adults; $12 for children under 17, and five percent discount for senior citizens.  The Sharp Theater is located on campus in the Angelica and Russ Berrie Center for the Performing and Visual Arts.  For more information call (201) 684-7844.

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.


Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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