Taj Express Brings High-Energy Spectacle to Fisher

Posted on 2/2/2017 2:48:55 PM

Poster for Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical RevueDirect from Mumbai, India, Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue will be presented as a Valentine’s Day treat by the Lively Arts at IUP as its next Ovations! series offering. The song and dance theatrical spectacle will begin at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, in Fisher Auditorium, located in IUP’s Performing Arts Center.

Showcasing the artistry of classical and contemporary Indian dance, this musical performance brings light to the true, vibrant, and rich aspects of Indian life entangled with modern popular dance skills. With 2,000 dazzling costumes and classical Indian instruments, the show captures the magic of Bollywood—India’s Hollywood. First made popular in the US by the popular film Slumdog Millionaire, the style of dancing is high energy, festive, and addictive.

Taj Express is the love story between Kareena, a beautiful actress, and Arjun, a handsome hero of the streets. At first it seems that they are both from opposite worlds, but their love for dance brings them together. Kareena quickly realizes she must rediscover the essence of dance, poetry, and meditation and the meaning of true love. For this discovery, she must leave behind both Bollywood and the world she knows. It is in these travels that the story of Taj Express unfolds.

Audience members are encouraged to come as early as 6:45 p.m. to Fisher Auditorium for a Valentine’s Day Mocktail Event. Several student organizations, led by the Pulse, will offer up free samples of non-alcoholic beverages with Valentine’s Day being the theme. Before the show, theater goers will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite drinks in various categories, and prizes will be awarded immediately after the performance.

Tickets are available online or the Lively Arts’ online ticket website. Tickets can also be purchased at the Hadley Union Building ticket office on the IUP campus or by calling the HUB ticket office at 724-357-1313. Any seats remaining will be sold at the door starting one hour prior to the performance.

Tickets are priced at $40 for regular admission, $34 for seniors and groups, and $18 for students and children.

For more information on this and other events within the Lively Arts, call 724-357-2787 (ARTS) or e-mail lively-arts@iup.edu.

The Ovations! series is funded, in part, by donations through the Premiere Club, business sponsorships, grants, and the IUP Student Cooperative Association. The Lively Arts, a program of the College of Fine Arts, presents nearly 200 performances, programs, and exhibits annually.

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