NEW BRUNSWICK – American Repertory Ballet has announced its 2012-2013 performance season. This season’s performances will feature repertory favorites from the past two seasons in addition to many premieres and the full-length production of Artistic Director Douglas Martin’s new Romeo and Juliet.
American Repertory Ballet Artistic Director Douglas Martin and Ballet Master Mary Barton, also ARB Resident Choreographers, are both former principal dancers with the renowned Joffrey Ballet. They bring to ARB unique influences from their years with this influential American ballet company, such as a vision of presenting a broad range of both contemporary and classical works and a commitment to presenting the work of American artists. Entering its third year under Martin’s artistic leadership, ARB’s rapidly-growing list of repertory includes works by the famous Joffrey Ballet choreographer Gerald Arpino and by former Joffrey Ballet dancers-turned acclaimed choreographers: Patrick Corbin, Anne Marie D’Angelo, Philip Jerry, and Trinette Singleton, in addition to Martin and Barton.
For its Fall and Spring repertory productions, ARB will return to The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College and, as an Artistic Affiliate of the Union County Performing Arts Center (UC PAC)’s brand new Hamilton Stage for the Performing Arts, will also present programs there. For its Nutcracker season, ARB will be returning to McCarter Theater, State Theatre, and Patriots Theater at the War Memorial, and will be adding Algonquin ARTS Theatre and Hamilton Stage for the Performing Arts to the tour.
Before its first performance at Hamilton Stage, ARB will present an exciting preview performance at Rider University’s Bart Luedeke Center Theater. Rep at Rider will feature Douglas Martin’s elegantly expressive Ephemeral Possessions, Patrick Corbin’s mesmerizingly athletic Follia, and more. This special preview will be performed on Sept. 21 at 8 p.m. and on Sept. 22 at 2 p.m.
The following week, on Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. and Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., ARB will open its Hamilton Stage season with 4 Flavors. 4 Flavors will be a sampling of works designed to display the range and talent of the award-winning company. Anchoring the performance will be Ephemeral Possessions and a brand new scene from Douglas Martin’s Romeo and Juliet, set to Prokofiev’s lush score. Mary Barton’s Straight Up With a Twist and Trinette Singleton’s Capriccios will round out the program.
To kick off American Repertory Ballet’s fourth year at RVCC, the company will showcase An Evening of Premieres on Oct. 6, at 8 p.m. After its major revival of Gerald Arpino’s Confetti during the 2011-2012 Season, Douglas Martin is delighted to present another Company premiere choreographed by Arpino. Viva Vivaldi is a quick-footed ballet full of bravura and unique charm set to Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto in D for Violin, Strings and Cembalo. Also on the program will be innovative new choreography created especially for ARB’s virtuoso dancers by ARB Mary Barton and Anne Marie D’Angelo.
ARB’s 49th Annual Nutcracker Season will run Nov. 23 through Dec. 23, bringing this traditional family production to stages across New Jersey with Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score, stunning new sets, thrilling choreography, and a cast of over 100 performers. Directed by Artistic Director Douglas Martin, ARB’s professional company will be joined by students from Princeton Ballet School to tell the story of a young girl and how a mysterious gift brings about enchanted dreams and fantastical scenes. At Hamilton Stage, ARB will perform A Nutcracker Suite, a one-hour version of The Nutcracker following Clara on her journey from the “Land of Snow” to the “Kingdom of Sweets.”
On March 23, 2013 at 8 p.m., the company will present A Taste of ARB: Spring is Coming at Raritan Valley Community College. This body of work will offer a sample of styles to appeal to a range of tastes. ARB’s virtuoso dancers will showcase works by Douglas Martin, Mary Barton, and Patrick Corbin, who also created Follia, an ARB repertory favorite.
ARB will be in residence at Hamilton Stage once again in the 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.
American Repertory Ballet will introduce its dancers for the 2012-2013 Season at its “Meet the Company” On Pointe Enrichment Series event on Friday, Sept. 14. All of American Repertory Ballet’s On Pointe programs are held monthly at the Princeton Ballet School, located at 301 N. Harrison Street in Princeton, NJ (right above McCaffrey’s Market), on a Friday evening at 5:15 p.m. At “Meet the Company”, Artistic Director Douglas Matin will welcome back returning dancers, introduce the company’s new members and promotions, and discuss the upcoming season. This On Pointe event will also feature a showcase of the Company’s first week of work and plenty of time to meet dancers, choreographers, and staff.