American Repertory Ballet will present revivals and world premieres at venues across the state - from Mahwah to Princeton - February through May, 2014. The spring season features two performances of Artistic Director Douglas Martin’s acclaimed Romeo and Juliet, the world premiere of Douglas Martin’s Firebird and the company premiere of Kirk Peterson’s Afternoon of a Faun at McCarter Theatre, a world premiere choreographed by former Joffrey Ballet star Trinette Singleton, and American Repertory Ballet’s Diamond Gala - celebrating 60 years since the founding of the organization in 1954.On May 2, 2014, ARB will perform Our Town at 8:00pm at the Crossroads Theater in New Brunswick, NJ. Set to the majestic music of Aaron Copland, Our Town is a ballet by Philip Jerry based on Thornton Wilder’s classic play - a tale of love, loss and modern life. Jennifer Dunning for The New York Times says that the ballet “remains faithful to its source while translating it into vivid impressionistic physical terms.”
The following evening, on May 3, 2014 at 7:00pm, American Repertory Ballet will join Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, Cleo Mack Dance Project, tap dancer Maurice Chestnut, dancer Timothy Kochka, and dance artist Claire Porter on stage at New Jersey Performing Arts Center as part of the Jersey Moves! Festival of Dance. This annual performance festival brings together the best of the Garden State’s diverse dance companies. This May 3 performance is the second installment of a two-part showcase featuring excerpts from works that span the globe and dance genres. ARB will perform an excerpt from Douglas Martin’s Rite of Spring.
“I am looking forward to this spring season full of new works, new venues, and repertory favorites,” Martin says. “We have built such a strong roster of rotating repertoire including Arpino works, full-length ballets, and we are continuing on that strong path. I am really looking forward to seeing the dancers sink their teeth into Romeo and Juliet once more before we dive into the very ambitious Ballet Russes program at McCarter, and beyond. This is a very fertile time for the company. I'm eager to see the fruits of our labor on the stage.”
May 2, 2014 at 7:00pm
7 Livingston Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ
Set to the majestic music of Aaron Copeland, Our Town is a ballet by Philip Jerry based on Thornton Wilder’s classic tale of love, loss and modern life.
The ballet “remains faithful to its source while translating it into vivid impressionistic physical terms.” – Jennifer Dunning, The New York Times
About American Repertory Ballet and Princeton Ballet School
American Repertory Ballet's mission is to bring the joy, beauty, artistry and discipline of classical and contemporary dance to New Jersey and nationwide audiences and to dance students through artistic and educational programs. The organization is comprised of: American Repertory Ballet, the preeminent contemporary ballet company in the state; Princeton Ballet School, one of the largest and most respected non-profit dance schools in the nation; and the Access and Enrichment initiatives, ranging from the long-running and acclaimed DANCE POWER program to the popular On Pointe series. The professional company is a classical and contemporary ballet company committed to presenting ballets from the 19th and 20th century alongside new and existing works by choreographers from today. Founded in 1963, the company is currently under the artistic leadership of Douglas Martin, former principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet. The company's rich history of repertory includes established masterpieces by distinguished American choreographers such as George Balanchine, Gerald Arpino, Alvin Ailey, Paul Taylor and Twyla Tharp; cutting edge works by choreographers such as Val Caniparoli, Kirk Peterson, Dominique Dumais, Harrison McEldowney, Amy Seiwert, Susan Shields and Melissa Barak; and former Artistic Directors Dermot Burke, Marjorie Mussman, Septime Webre and Graham Lustig. ARB has been designated a "Major Arts Institution" by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts consistently for the past two decades, and has repeatedly been awarded a Citation of Excellence by the Council. ARB was voted People's Choice for Best Dance Company in 2008, 2011, and 2012.
Princeton Ballet School has gained a national reputation for its excellent dance training since its founding in 1954 by Audrée Estey. Princeton Ballet School currently enrolls approximately 1500 students annually from age three through adult and is directed by Mary Pat Robertson. Princeton Ballet School has studios in Cranbury, New Brunswick, and Princeton which are equipped with shock-absorbent floors, non- slip dance surfaces and pianos for live accompaniment. Many of Princeton Ballet School’s faculty members have performed professionally; others have attained graduate degrees in dance education and have won awards for their teaching. Students from the school have gone on to dance in professional ballet and contemporary dance companies in the US and abroad. Graduates have danced with such diverse organizations as the American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Miami City Ballet, STREB, Momix, Complexions, Mark Morris Dance Company, Twyla Tharp Dance, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, New York Theatre Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Ballet Met Columbus, and American Repertory Ballet.