(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.
A Very Jersey City Christmas — Nimbus Dance's "Jersey City Nutcracker: The Movie"
by Brent Johnson, JerseyArts.com - published 2020-12-23
Some things are certain each holiday season: sugar cookies, last-minute shopping, Andy Williams’ Christmas songs, and countless performances of “The Nutcracker” ballet all over the globe. But, as far as we know, Nimbus Dance in Jersey City puts on the only “Nutcracker” set in New Jersey’s second largest city — complete with dozens of local children and Garden State-centric characters that include the Statue of Liberty, a corrupt politician, and a creature known as Mama Cannoli.
Over the past two months, two choreographers and 15 dancers have reached across the Atlantic Ocean to create a short work, “Alone/Together,” which premiered online July 15. This virtual collaboration has come about because the coronavirus brought the world to a stop, battering the economy, forcing a time of isolation and physical distancing, and for many, a loss of work.
Meet New Jersey’s Arts Leaders: A Conversation with Samuel Pott, Founding Artistic Director, Nimbus Dance
by Susan Wallner, JerseyArts.com - published 2020-04-13
Through his company Nimbus Dance, Samuel Pott choreographs new work, such as the recent premiere of “Falling Sky” at NJPAC, and provides dance education to 4,000 students in Jersey City. As the founder and artistic director of Nimbus, Pott has also choreographed a bold new move: the creation of a permanent home for the company at The Lively in Jersey City’s Powerhouse Arts District. Located on the ground floors of a new luxury apartment complex, the Nimbus Arts Center at The Lively includes studio and rehearsal space, a 150-seat theater, and administrative offices. The center will also house new partnerships focusing on arts education and the visual arts with St. Peter’s University and Pro Arts Jersey City.
REVIEW: The Tap Pack at MPAC
by Ilana Rapp - published 2020-02-24
Who knew, that back in my childhood days when my parents signed me up for tap dance lessons with Henry LeTang and Phil Black, that I would have a lifelong obsession with tap? So when I heard that Australia’s The Tap Pack was coming to the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, NJ, I knew I had to secure a seat – and only because they are tap dancers. I’ve never heard of them previous to seeing their sizzle reel on YouTube.
Paule Turner sees different sides of South Jersey when he looks out the window each morning on his way to work. For more than two decades, he’s taken a combination of trains and buses — and lately Lyfts — from his home in Philadelphia to the suburban borough of Glassboro, where he’s a dance professor at Rowan University. Along the way, he passes through the urban landscape of Camden.
Firsts and Lasts: New Jersey Ballet Season Opener at Mayo Performing Arts Center
by Patricia K. Johnson, JerseyArts.com - published 2019-11-14
This time of year is always my favorite, because so many performing arts seasons get underway, and they are full of promise and excitement. While New Jersey Ballet has already kicked off their full season earlier this fall (its 61st!), they are about to open the Mayo Performing Arts Center portion this Saturday, November 16 with their “Season Opener” program. This program features five works showcasing a range of styles.
(BRANCHBURG, NJ) -- Russian Ballet Theatre will perform Swan Lake on Saturday, November 9 at 7:00pm in the Edward Nash Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg. Russian Ballet Theatre is passionate about producing shows that adorn Russian Ballet traditions in dance, sets and costume making. The new production of Swan Lake, is choreographed by Nadezhda Kalinina (Mariinsky Theatre, Teatro Lirico, Omsk State Music Theatre) who lovingly retouched the oldest St. Petersburg version of the ballet.
Warren County Artist with Disability Choreographs Dance to Debbie Gibson's "Lost in Your Eyes"
by Sanford Josephson - published 2019-10-02
Josh Handler has always loved music, and one of his favorite songs is Debbie Gibson's "Lost In Your Eyes", from her 1989 Atlantic album, Electric Youth. To Handler, the song has special meaning. Written in 1987 when Gibson was 17 years old, the song's lyrics describe a first, adolescent love. To Handler, though, the song, "shows a lot of caring, that it doesn't matter if you're different, you're still great."
Go Ask Alice About Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater
by Brent Johnson, JerseyArts.com - published 2019-08-14
It started, of course, as a whimsical 19th century children’s book. In the 1950s, it was transformed into a Disney cartoon. And 60 years later, Tim Burton turned it into a piece of modern cinema.