NEW BRUNSWICK – American Repertory Ballet has been selected as an Artistic Affiliate of the Union County Performing Arts Center (UC PAC)’s new Hamilton Stage for the Performing Arts beginning next season.
ARB joins the theater’s other Artistic Affiliates: American Theatre Group, Ballets with a Twist, Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, StrangeDog Theatre Company, and Vital Theatre Company, who were all selected through a competitive RFP process begun last summer.
Hamilton Stage for the Performing Arts, located at 360 Hamilton Street just around the corner from UC PAC in the Rahway Arts District, represents a significant expansion of UC PAC and will open in September 2012. As an Artistic Affiliate, ARB will present three programs at the intimate 199-seat Mainstage Theater at Hamilton Stage over the course of the 2012-2013 season. Tickets for these programs will go on sale this summer.
ARB will open its Hamilton Stage season with 4 Flavors September 29-30, 2012. 4 Flavors will be a sampling of dances designed to display the range and talent of the award-winning company. Anchoring the performance will be two pieces by Director Douglas Martin: his elegantly expressive Ephemeral Possessions, set to Barber’s haunting score, and a brand new scene from Romeo and Juliet, set to Prokofiev’s lush score. Resident Choreographer Mary Barton’s playfully sensual Straight Up With a Twist and Trinette Singleton’s furiously athletic Capriccios, set to Shostokovich’s Piano Concerto #2 will round out the program.
On December 1-2, 2012, ARB will bring A Nutcracker Suite to the Hamilton Stage. This one-hour version of its long running and acclaimed Nutcracker is designed especially for those who just want to sample the sweetest parts. A Nutcracker Suite will feature Clara’s journey from the “Land of Snow” to the “Kingdom of Sweets.” Set to Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score, ARB’s virtuoso dancers will bring the audience on a journey around the world to different lands with each enthralling variation.
ARB will be in residence at Hamilton Stage once again the following spring for preview performances of Douglas Martin’s brand new, full-length ballet, Romeo and Juliet. Based on Shakespeare’s tragic story, and set to Prokofiev’s lush score, Martin will present, for the first time, the full choreography to his latest masterwork. These performances will take place April 13-14, 2013.
“We are very excited to be an integral part of the inaugural season of the new Hamilton Stage,” says Company Director Douglas Martin. “We look forward to thrilling new audiences with the strength, beauty and artistry that the art loving public has come to expect from this young, vivacious American company.”
“The Rahway Arts District has a lot of wonderful energy and support behind it. It’s an exciting time for Rahway, and it’s the perfect venue for us to be able to showcase our work in such an intimate venue,” adds Managing Director, Christine Chen. “We are thrilled to be a part of this momentous expansion of UC PAC, and to be in such great company with the other Artistic Affiliates.”
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