Under the direction of new Artistic Director Maria Kowroski, the New Jersey Ballet will present their latest production, "New Direction," at the Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC) on Nov. 19. The 2022-2023 season is the NJ Ballet's first as the resident ballet company of the MPAC.
"New Direction" will feature three unique pieces — "Hallelujah Junction," "World Premiere" and "Who Cares." The three pieces will feature the choreography of Peter Martins, Harrison Ball and George Balanchine. A special treat, Harrison Ball's piece will showcase costumes designed by fashion designer Zac Posen.
Correspondent Gina Marie Rodriguez speaks with Artistic Director Maria Kowroski and company dancers Denise Parungau, Ilse Kapteyn and Jonatan Lujan about the joy of dance.
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