American Repertory Ballet Sets Sept 2014 Events in Cranbury, Hamilton and New Brunswick
This September, American Repertory Ballet and Princeton Ballet School will be participating in community events throughout central Jersey: Cranbury Day in Cranbury, Septemberfest in Hamilton, and the Hub City Sounds Festival in New Brunswick.
Cranbury Day is an annual event held on Main Street in the heart of historic downtown Cranbury. This year, Cranbury Day will take place on September 6. Every year, American Repertory Ballet Workshop (ARBW) students perform in Princeton Ballet School's Cranbury studio at 29 N. Main Street. Additionally, American Repertory Ballet takes part in the Cranbury Day festivities out on the street with a setup in front of the Princeton Ballet School building. This station will feature giveaway items, chances to win free tickets to an upcoming performance, and fun photo opportunities.
American Repertory Ballet Workshop (ARBW) is a performance group made up of pre-professional Princeton Ballet School students, including members of the American Repertory Ballet Trainee program. ARBW Juniors dancers are advanced Princeton Ballet School students. This year, ARBW dancers will perform excerpts from the ballet La Fille mal Gardée, choreographed by Igor Youskevitch, and ARB's Nutcracker, choreographed by ARB Artistic Director Douglas Martin and ARB Resident Choreographer Mary Barton. Igor Youskevitch was one of the most celebrated ballet dancers of the 20th century. His daughter, Maria Youskevitch, is ARBW Ballet Master, and will stage the excerpts of his La Fille mal Gardée on the students. Martin and Barton will stage their Nutcracker choreography. Dancers from the ARBW Juniors program will perform Call and Response, a large group work choreographed by ARBW Juniors Ballet Master Cheryl Whitney. Performances will be at 1:30pm and 2:30pm in Studio A. Performances are free and open to the public. Seating is first come, first served.
"Our ARBW groups are treated as professional dancers," says Martin. "They learn choreography first-hand from the choreographers, and are coached in the works as professional dancers would be - outside their regular training regimen. It is wonderful to see these young students flourish artistically through rigorous rehearsal and to bring a quality performance like this to our local community."
As part of New Brunswick's city-wide Hub City Sounds summer arts series, American Repertory Ballet Trainee dancers will perform Grumpy Bird at Kids' Day in Boyd Park on September 27 at 3:00pm. Grumpy Bird, a children's ballet choreographed by Matthew Keefe, is based on the children's book by Jeremy Tankard and set to music by Mozart. This performance is appropriate for ages 2 and up. The performance will include opportunities for participation and Q&A with the dancers. Following a brief intermission, George Street Playhouse's Educational Tour Program will perform Peacemaker. This performance is free and open to the public.
On September 14, American Repertory Ballet and Princeton Ballet will be at Septemberfest - an annual fall festival at Veterans Park in Hamilton, NJ. Septemberfest runs from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Attractions will include crafters, vendors and organizations, fair games, and more. Visitors to ARB and Princeton Ballet School's table will receive giveaway items and an opportunity to enter to win free tickets to an upcoming ARB performance.
"Community events like Cranbury Day, Septemberfest, and Hub City Sounds are so important to our organization, as they give us an opportunity to connect with our supporters as well as the communities at large," said Lisa Beth Vettoso, ARB's Director of Educational Programming.