Rahway Stirs Up a Sensation with New York City’s Ballets With A Twist

Union County Performing Arts Center Executive Director Samson Steinman and members of Ballets with a Twist at Rahway’s Culture Crawl (Photo by Darial R. Sneed)

Union County Performing Arts Center Executive Director Samson Steinman and members of Ballets with a Twist at Rahway’s Culture Crawl (Photo by Darial R. Sneed)

RAHWAY – Following a smashing summer season and a sold-out benefit performance with special guest Cyndi Lauper for the True Colors Fund at New York City’s XL Nightclub and Cabaret, Ballets with a Twist, the hot next generation ballet company, has announced New Jersey performance dates for its intoxicating evening of dance, Cocktail Hour.

The city of Rahway has welcomed Ballets with a Twist with open arms. Local businesses partnering with the company during its October run at Hamilton Stage at 360 Hamilton Street include Hotel Indigo, Aria Bistro and Bar, Liberty Harley-Davidson/Buell, Luciano’s Ristorante, and Patria Restaurant and Mixology Lounge.

Upon request by Rahway City Council President Samson Steinman, the company performed at the recent New Jersey State Council on the Arts meeting at Hamilton Stage, attended by Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno and National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman. Landesman called Rahway “a poster child for how arts can revitalize a community,” and supports the city’s efforts to become “an arts incubator and destination.”

Ballets with a Twist’s full performance of the Cocktail Hour suite will be featured as part of the 2012/2013 inaugural season at Hamilton on the following dates:

Friday, Oct. 26 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 27 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 28 at 3 p.m.

All ticket holders may present their tickets at Aria Bistro and Bar, located inside Rahway’s Hotel Indigo, to enjoy a complimentary cocktail anytime on the day of the show. After each performance, VIP ticket holders are invited to mingle with the dancers in the Hamilton green room, where Luciano’s Ristorante and Lounge will provide a champagne bar and hors d’oeuvres.

For those looking to extend their evening of entertainment, Rahway’s own Patria Restaurant and Mixology Lounge has teamed up with Ballets with a Twist to offer a Dinner-and-Dance package. Patrons may present their Cocktail Hour tickets at Patria, one of Rahway’s liveliest local restaurants, to enjoy a delectable discounted three-course meal before or after the show. For details, visit Patria’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/Patria.

On Oct. 26, Rahway residents will catch a glimpse of the fully-costumed dancers as they cruise the city’s main streets in a black 1964 Cadillac Coupe de Ville convertible en route to their debut performance at Hamilton. Todd Tarczynski, owner of the vintage vehicle and a participant in Rahway’s classic car shows, will play chauffeur for the evening.

On Saturday, Oct. 27, Cocktail Hour’s Shirley Temple will host a spooky post-performance Halloween soiree in the Hamilton lobby. Attendees will be treated to some spectacular spirits — zesty Zombies for the adults and sweet Shirley Temples for the kids — from Rahway’s own Patria Restaurant and Mixology Lounge. Shirley will also present an award for best costume, so audience members should come dressed to haunt. The winner will receive two tickets to Ballets with a Twist’s spring season at Hamilton Stage, Another Round of Cocktails.

Cocktail Hour is a sassy suite of dances, each inspired by a well-known beverage. Conceived and choreographed by celebrated dance-maker Marilyn Klaus — whose eclectic background ranges from vaudeville and show dancing to Isadora Duncan and classical ballet — Cocktail Hour features original music by Stephen Gaboury, and costumes by Catherine Zehr. The show both reinvents ballet and pays respect to the rich creativity of cocktail culture, launching the Martini, Mai Tai, Gimlet, Mint Julep, Shirley Temple and more off the menu and onto the stage.

Critics and audience members agree: Cocktail Hour is an artistically seductive must-see. The Huffington Post raves that Klaus is “blasting the boundaries between high art and entertainment,” and that her style is a distinctive mix of “Hollywood glitz and New York polish,” while The New York Times praises her as “witty and fantastic.” Recent performances also caught the attention of The Wall Street Journal and New York City’s PIX11 Morning News.

Tickets for the company’s Hamilton Stage performances may be purchased in advance by using the following link: http://ucpac.org/html/event_popup.cfm?id=268.

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