(PRINCETON, NJ) -- On June 28, 2021, American Repertory Ballet released the digital premiere of Mexican Music, a video filmed onstage at the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center (NBPAC). The video takes you behind-the-scenes with ARB dancers and an interview with the choreographer, David Fernandez. Dancers include Erikka Reenstierna-Cates, Shaye Firer, Ryoko Tanaka, Annie Johnson, Nina Yoshida, and Hallie Rumsey-Lasersohn , Aldeir Monteiro, and Matanya Solomon.
"I wanted to celebrate being back at the studio and working with the dancers at American Repertory Ballet. This choreography is a big thank you to audiences and supporters for their encouragement during these trying times," said David Fernandez, choreographer. "This work is dedicated to my godmother, Guadalupe Chairez."
Music includes "Sobre Las Olas" Juventino Rosas, "Atzimba" Ricardo Castro, and "Huapango" Jose Pablo Moncayo.
The mission of American Repertory Ballet 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 comprises: the preeminent professional classical and contemporary ballet company in the state; Princeton Ballet School, one of the largest and most respected non-profit dance schools in the nation; and ARB's Access & Enrichment initiatives, including the acclaimed DANCE POWER program, the longest continuously running community and arts partnership in New Jersey. The performing company is a classical and contemporary ballet company committed to presenting ballets from the 19th and 20th centuries alongside new and existing works by choreographers from today. Founded in 1963, ARB'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, Melissa Barak, Patrick Corbin, Trinette Singleton and Mary Barton; 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.
PHOTO: American Repertory Ballet dancers with David Fernandez. Photo credits: Eduardo Patino, NYC.