RAHWAY – American Repertory Ballet will close its 2012-2013 season at Union County Performing Arts Center’s new Hamilton Stage theater on April 11 and 12 with the full choreography of Douglas Martin’s brand new Romeo and Juliet. This is a rare opportunity to see and focus on the drama and dynamism of the dancing for the first time before the ballet officially premieres with full sets and costumes and goes on tour during ARB’s 2013-2014 Season.
“Of all the ballets I performed throughout my career, including Nutcracker, I think I performed Romeo and Juliet the most,” says Martin. “With the Joffrey Ballet, I performed the roles of Paris and Romeo in John Cranko’s version. I danced Romeo in Francis Patrelli’s version with his company, Dances Patrelle. Most recently, with ARB, I performed the roles of Tybalt and Romeo in Septime Webre’s version. I’ve even performed Romeo with [my wife] Mary [Barton, ARB Ballet Master] as Juliet. I know the ballet inside and out, and felt prepared to make my own.”
Throughout 2012, ARB performed excerpts of Martin’s Romeo and Juliet as part of mixed-bill programs across New Jersey. In September 2012, the company unveiled the bedroom pas de deux at Hamilton Stage. Bea Smith of Union News Daily characterized this pas de deux as an “outstanding” and “stunning, intimate performance.”
ARB plans to deliver this same intimate experience with its performance of the full ballet at Hamilton Stage. “We’re so fortunate to be able to be able to preview this major work on the Hamilton Stage,” says ARB Managing Director Christine Chen. “It’s the perfect stage for our dancers to dig into this significant choreography, and it will be a real treat for the audience to experience the work in this beautiful setting, where they be so close to the action and emotion of the performers.”
Performances of Douglas Martin’s Romeo and Juliet will take place at Union County PAC’s Hamilton Stage on Friday, April 12 at 7 p.m.
and Saturday, April 13 at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at www.ucpac.org or by calling 1-732-499-8226
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