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American Repertory Ballet To Perform "Pride and Prejudice" in Philadelphia

originally published: 01/31/2018

American Repertory Ballet To Perform "Pride and Prejudice" in Philadelphia

pas de deux, or dance for two, can be full of heartfelt emotion, beauty and grace and leaves audiences in rapt awe and amazement. But for ballet couples – on stage and off—when the pas de deux is what Dance Magazine calls a “fairy tale moment, a life-imitates-art moment, a moment for ballet fans to remember” it makes for an unforgettable performance.

That's what happened to Julie Diana Hench, Executive Director of American Repertory Ballet and former principal dancer with Pennsylvania Ballet.

Back in 2005, following a performance of Romeo and Juliet at Philadelphia's Academy of Music, fellow principal dancer Zachary Hench got down on one knee, with an engagement ring and asked his Juliet to marry him. “I forgot I was in front of 3,000 people and just threw myself at him,” says Hench about her Romeo. “The audience didn't know what was going on at first, but when I held up my ring finger they went crazy. It sounded like a sold-out Phillies game,” adds the University of Pennsylvania alumna.

Now, in her latest role as Executive Director, Hench returns to Philadelphia when American Repertory Ballet performs the full-length production of Jane Austen’s romantic Pride and Prejudice, choreographed and directed by the company's Artistic Director, Douglas Martin, at the Annenberg Center for the Arts, 3680 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, on March 2 and 3, 2018.

Martin and his wife, Mary Barton (ARB's Ballet Master & Resident Choreographer), also met as dancers when they were with the Joffrey Ballet. The two performed together in roles, such as George and Emily in Philip Jerry's ballet of Our Town and in Romeo and Juliet. “When we were dancing together it was wonderful," recalls Barton. “In the pas de deux, the male takes the commanding role. I have always trusted Douglas. We were always in sync, soaring and floating. We had a wonderful connection when we were dancing.”     



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In addition to Romeo and Juliet, other famous pas de deux can be found in such ballets as Sleeping BeautyGiselleSwan Lake and by the Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier in Nutcracker. This past holiday season, married couple and ARB company members Anna Porter Wilkes-Davis and Journy Wilkes-Davis thrilled audiences across New Jersey with their performance of the grand pas de deux.  Like Julie and Zachary Hench, it was during one memorable curtain call several years ago, that Journy got down on one knee, ring in hand, and asked Anna to marry him.

“Dancing with Journy is my absolute favorite thing in the world,” says Anna Porter Wilkes-Davis. “I trust him completely, and knowing that he will be there for every lift and turn brings me a sense of calm and allows me to just be free and enjoy that time onstage.”

For those who love happily ever after, there is – you guessed it – a romantic pas de deux in Douglas Martin's ballet Pride and Prejudice for Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. The ballet also features sets and costumes by internationally recognized costume and scenic designer A. Christina Giannini.  

Proposals abound! Join American Repertory Ballet for Pride and Prejudice at the Annenberg Center for the Arts (3680 Walnut Street, Philadelphia) for two  performanceson Friday and Saturday, March 2 and 3, at 8:00 p.m. Tickets: $45-$65. For tickets and more information, visit the Annenberg Center for the Arts at annenbergcenter.orgor by phone at (215) 898-3900.

For information about American Repertory Ballet please visit arballet.org





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Event calendar
Saturday, Nov 17, 2018


MUSIC

THE GAY BLADES @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 7:30pm

HERMAN'S HERMITS STARRING PETER NOONE & THE BUCKINGHAMS @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 8:00pm

Nelson Riveros Trio: “The Latin Side of Wes Montgomery” @ Englewood Public Library, Englewood - 7:00pm

Hawaiian Music and Hula @ 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing, Ewing - 8:00pm

Pop 2000 Tour @ iPlay America, Freehold - 7:00pm

THE MACHINE PERFORMS PINK FLOYD @ The Strand Theater, Lakewood - 8:00pm

THE FAB FAUX A HARD DAY'S NIGHT AND REVOLVER IN THEIR ENTIRETIES @ State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick - 8:00pm

Todd Barry at SOPAC @ South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), South Orange - 8:00pm

Swamp Boogie Trio @ Lizzie Rose Music Room, Tuckerton - 7:30pm







THEATRE

Annie @ Broad Street United Methodist Church, Burlington - 8:00pm

An Actor's Carol @ Cape May Stage, Cape May - 3:00pm and 7:30pm

Annie @ Axelrod Performing Arts Center, Deal Park - 2:00pm and 8:00pm

Apples In Winter @ Centenary Stage Company - Kutz Theater of the Lackland Center, Hackettstown - 8:00pm

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat @ The Levoy Theatre, Millville - 8:00pm

Billy Bishop Goes to War @ Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum, Morristown - 2:00pm

Kiss Me Kate @ Broadway Theatre of Pitman, Pitman - 2:00pm and 8:00pm

Phoenix Productions Presents: The Hunchback of Notre Dame @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 8:00pm

Enchanted April @ The Summit Playhouse, Summit - 8:00pm

Heathers, The Musical High School Edition @ Pebble Players, Oakes Center, Summit - 7:30pm

Junie B. Jones The Musical at Black Box PAC @ Black Box PAC, Teaneck - 11:00am

Into the Woods @ Studio Playhouse Upper Montclair, Upper Montclair - 8:00pm

The Drowsy Chaperone @ Lauren K. Woods Theatre at Monmouth University, West Long Branch - 8:00pm


COMEDY

Todd Barry at SOPAC @ South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), South Orange - 8:00pm


DANCE

BALLET FOLKLORICO DE MEXICO @ Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), Morristown - 8:00pm


KIDS

ROALD DAHL’S WILLY WONKA JR. @ Ridgewood Ave School Theater, Glen Ridge - 1:00pm and 7:00pm


LECTURE

Mainebiz Health Care Forum @ Mainebiz Health Care Forum, Newyork - 8:00pm

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