State Street Ballet performs ‘The Jungle Book’ at NAU

dancers performing in character

March 5, 2019

State Street Ballet returns to Northern Arizona University this spring with an original telling of Rudyard Kipling’s timeless tale,“The Jungle Book.” The choreography of State Street Ballet founder and artistic director Rodney Gustafson and original score by Czech composer and conductor Milan Svoboda bring the characters of the jungle to life, taking audiences on a journey through the jungles and forests of India. “The Jungle Book” performance takes place at 4 p.m. March 10 in Ardrey Memorial Auditorium.

Centering on young Mowgli, a boy raised by wildlife, “The Jungle Book” follows his adventures growing up, learning about the world and meeting a cast of animal friends and foes living in the jungle. The Santa Barbara-based ballet company brings new energy to the classic coming-of-age story through unique music and dynamic movement while preserving the beloved spirit of the original. State Street Ballet premiered its version to enthusiastic audiences, instantly being called a “crowd pleaser,” “a joy to behold” and “visually stunning.”

Tickets for “The Jungle Book” range from $5-$35 depending on seat location with discounts available for groups, seniors, children and students. Further details on ticket prices and availability can be obtained from the NAU Central Ticket Office in the University Union, online at the CTO website or by calling (928) 523-5661 (ordering charges may apply).

dancers performing on stage

Cheyenne Jarrette