The New Vic's BABY RAVE Adds Two Performances, 5/17-18
Bring your binky and your blankie and get ready to bust a move at BABY RAVE, a dance party for ages four months to four years. Presented by The New Victory Theater at The Duke on 42nd Street, Young at Art's Baby Rave makes its U.S. debut from May 7-18 giving little ones the opportunity to experience the joy and exuberance of a rave, baby style. Two additional performances for the U.S. premiere of BABY RAVE, presented by The New Victory Theater at The Duke on 42nd Street, have been added on Saturday, May 17 at 3:30pm and Sunday, May 18 at 3:30pm for a total of 16 performances.
Baby Rave has been a big hit with families across Ireland and the UK and the phenomenon is now set to go stateside. At this kiddie club party, a DJ spins and mixes specially selected music calibrated for young ears while dance facilitators encourage kids and families to explore rhythm, movement and the tiny tot two-step. Diaper-changing facilities and cool-down areas with books, cushions and other comforts are also available while babies boogie under funky flashing lights. Parachutes, inflatables and other sensory objects add to the ambient environment as a backdrop of dynamic video projections transform The Duke on 42nd Street into the hottest dance club for under fours.
"We set out to create an event for the very young that encourages families to get up on their feet and use dance and music as physical exercise, creative expression and a fun activity to do together," says Ali FitzGibbon, Director of Belfast's Young at Art. She adds, "These experiences help support the development of your child's personality, self confidence and interpersonal skills, as well as being a really good time!"
Baby Rave, created in 2005 for the Belfast Children's Festival, has been presented at many international festivals including the Adelaide Fringe Festival (Australia, 2007), Bank of Scotland Imaginate Children's Festival (Edinburgh, Scotland, 2007), Baboro International Arts Festival for Children (Galway, Ireland, 2007) and the Norfolk and Norwich Festival (England, 2010). Under the direction of Ms. FitzGibbon, Baby Rave features DJ Tessa Greer, a fixture of the Irish club scene and founder of the Beat N Track recording studio, alongside dance leader Jennifer Jordan, a trained dance educator with years of experience at Crescent Arts Centre (Belfast) and as a principal dancer with Jan Van Dyke Dance Group. Baby Rave is brought to life with the help of designer Liz Cullinane, production manager and event set dresser Aisling Reynolds and technical manager Neil Greer.
Performance Schedule: 16 performances
Wednesday 5/7 10:30am
Thursday 5/8 10:30am
Friday 5/9 10:30am
Saturday 5/10 10:30am, 1:30pm
Sunday 5/11 10:30am, 1:30pm
Wednesday 5/14 10:30am
Thursday 5/15 10:30am
Friday 5/16 10:30am
Saturday 5/17 10:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm
Sunday 5/18 10:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm
Baby Rave is 60 minutes and is created especially for ages 4 months to 4 years.
Tickets for Baby Rave at The Duke on 42nd Street (229 West 42nd Street) cost $10.50 for Members and $15 at full price. Theatergoers who buy tickets for three or more New Victory shows qualify for free Membership, with benefits including 35-percent savings on tickets all season long and unlimited free ticket exchanges. Purchase tickets online or by phone at 646-223-3010. The New Victory Theater box office (209 West 42nd Street) is open Sunday and Monday from 11am-5pm and Tuesday through Saturday from 12pm-7pm. For more information, visit the New Victory website.
About Young at Art: A not-for-profit organization and home to the Belfast Children's Festival, an annual international festival featuring a multitude of art forms, Young at Art brings unique and unforgettable theater and arts events to children and families across the UK, Ireland and around the world. Additionally, the company runs outreach and development projects across Northern Ireland. Young at Art seeks to make life as creative as possible for children and young people. Young at Art has presented four variations of Baby Rave: Baby Rave Original, Baby Rave Baby Afro, Baby Rave Baby Ska and Baby Rave Baby Bollywood-all of which have been developed, tried and tested with audiences at the Belfast Children's Festival.
About The New Victory Theater: The New Victory Theater introduces extraordinary performing artists from around the world to extraordinary audiences in New York City, bringing kids to the arts and arts to kids. Created in 1995 for young New Yorkers, their families and schoolmates, The New Victory Theater presents a diverse season of international companies at low ticket prices year after year. Through the theater's award-winning education programs, The New Victory continues to provide access to schools and communities of New York City who seek to experience and engage with the work on our stages, often for the very first time. The theater's contributions to the cultural landscape of the city were celebrated by the prestigious New York critics' organization, The Drama Desk, which presented The New Victory Theater with a 2012 Special Award for "providing enchanting, sophisticated children's theater that appeals to the child in all of us, and for nurturing a love of theater in young people."