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Inside American Repertory Ballet’s 2015-2016 Season

originally published: 08/20/2015

Inside American Repertory Ballet’s  2015-2016 SeasonThe upcoming season for American Repertory Ballet (ARB) includes performances throughout New Jersey and New York City.  The 2015-2016 season will kick off on September 24 at Rider University Bart Luedeke Center with an open rehearsal and State of the Art Address, celebrating five years of Artistic Director Douglas Martin’s artistic leadership.

“It has been a fantastic first five years, and we are looking forward to many more,” says Martin. “This season we are bringing back some of my favorite works from my first season as Artistic Director. We are also adding to our roster of repertory one of modern dance pioneer Jose Limon’s signature works and what’s sure to be a stunning new work by our Resident Choreographer Mary Barton, set to Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony. It’s going to be an exciting year.”

The company traditionally begins its performance season with a residency at Rider University. This year, this residency will serve as a special celebration. In addition to the annual master classes for Rider University dance students and ARB’s Friday and Saturday evening performances at the Bart Luedeke Center, the week’s festivities will include a “Meet the Dancers” On Pointe event, Open House Dress Rehearsal, and a State of the Art Address - ARB’s first public meeting. The “Meet the Dancers” On Pointe will be held on September 23 at 5:15pm and will provide attendees a unique opportunity to meet the company’s international, professional dancers and see excerpts of the upcoming performance season. The Open House Dress Rehearsal will be on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 4:30pm, and the State of the Art Address will immediately follow at 6:00pm. All events will take place in the theater.

The company will perform Season Premiere at Rider University’s Bart Luedeke Center on Friday, September 25 and Saturday, September 24 at 7:30pm. Season Premiere will feature three highlights from Martin’s first two years of leadership: Martin’s lyrical and poignant Ephemeral Possessions, set to Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings; internationally acclaimed choreographer Kirk Peterson’s highly technical Glazunov Variations, set to sections of Glazunov’s music for the classical ballet Raymonda; and ARB Resident Choreographer Mary Barton’s imaginative and thrilling Straight Up With a Twist, set to music by contemporary folk music composer Kaila Flexer.

Future performances include venues in Princeton, New Brunswick, Lawrenceville, Branchburg, Rahway, Manasquan, South Orange, and Trenton.



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On October 9 at 7:30pm, American Repertory Ballet will present these three works in A Night of Dance at Union County Performing Arts Center’s Hamilton Stage in Rahway, NJ.  Later on in October, the company will be part of the José Limón International Dance Festival at the Joyce Theater New York City on October 20-22 at 7:30pm.  ARB will be performing Limón’s deeply evocative There is a Time.

New Jersey’s longest-running Nutcracker production returns with performances from November 21 through December 20 in Rahway (Union County Performing Arts Center), Princeton (McCarter Theatre), Trenton (Patriots Theater at the War Memorial), South Orange (South Orange Performing Arts Center), Manasquan (Algonquin Theatre), and New Brunswick (State Theatre). The performances at State Theatre will be performed to live music, played by an orchestra and choir under the direction of Maestro Michael Pratt.

In March 2016, ARB presents Douglas Martin’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Theatre in Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg.  Performances will take place March 18-19.   

ARB returns to Hamilton Stage in Rahway with Spring Into Dance on April 1, presenting a unique collection of favorite signature works. The company heads to Princeton on April 8 with the premiere of Masters of Dance and Music. In this one-of-a-kind performance, the company will present works created by masters of ballet and modern dance in a performance featuring music by Ludwig van Beethoven and Alexander Glazunov, played live by Princeton University Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Michael Pratt. A world premiere work by American Repertory Ballet Resident Choreographer Mary Barton will travel through Beethoven’s creative process against the majestic musical landscape of his infamous Seventh Symphony. Peterson’s Glazunov Variations will also be on the program. Alongside this classical ballet, American Repertory Ballet will bring Limón’s There is a Time from their performances at The Joyce Theater to McCarter audiences.And on April 15, 2016, the company will bring Echoes of Russian Ballet to the State Theatre in downtown New Brunswick. This performance features ballets inspired by infamous, revolutionary works that the legendary Ballets Russes brought to America in the early 20th century.

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Event calendar
Thursday, Dec 13, 2018


MUSIC

PROJECT/OBJECT @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 7:00pm

JERRY BLAVAT @ Lobby Bar at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City, Atlantic City - 12:00pm

VIENNA BOYS CHOIR @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 7:30pm

BRIAN FALLON @ Crossroads (Garwood), Garwood - 8:00pm

The Irish Tenors Holiday Celebration @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 7:30pm

BREAKING BENJAMIN @ Starland Ballroom, Sayreville - 7:00pm







THEATRE

Elf, The Musical @ Surflight Theatre, Beach Haven - 2:00pm

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

Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn @ Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn - 1:30pm and 7:00pm

Hudson Theatre Works presents "And My True Love Gave To Me" @ Hudson Theatre Works, Weehawken - 8:00pm


FILM

On the Map @ Pollak Theatre @ Monmouth University, West Long Branch - 7:30pm


MISC

Holiday Open Mic Night! @ Black Box Performing Arts Center, Teaneck - 7:30pm

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