American Repertory Ballet Premieres ROMEO AND JULIET at State Theatre Tonight
American Repertory Ballet will premiere Artistic Director Douglas Martin's full-length Romeo and Juliet, with Prokofiev's score played live by the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Kynan Johns, tonight, October 11, 2013 at 8:00pm at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ.
Based on Shakespeare's tragic story, Martin's version of the ballet features a company of 30 dancers, sets by scenic designer Kevin Lee Allen, and costumes designed by Michelle Ferranti. Scenic and costume design has been executed with careful attention to the aesthetic of what is now known as the early Renaissance era in Italy.
In her review of a spring 2012 preview performance, Marina Kennedy of Broadway World calls the production "an outstanding example of dance being perfectly adapted to dramatic interpretation, with the ARB dancers in full command of their art." The production's premiere at State Theatre is a special opportunity to see this dancing and drama enacted to live music.
"We are thrilled to premiere our full length production of Romeo and Juliet with a live orchestra," says Martin. "This extraordinary music and dance collaboration not only enhances the audience's experience of Prokofiev's extraordinary score, but also highlights the ephemeral interaction of dance and music. Dancers will be responding to and interpreting the music as the musicians play it, bonding the two art forms moment by moment in this dynamic performance."
NY-based dance critic Jerry Hochman of CriticalDance and Ballet-Dance Magazine characterizes Martin's masterwork as "an ambitious production...emotionally and artistically fulfilling...exuberant and exciting to watch...[and] invit[ing] comparisons to other well-known productions,...including...that of Sir Kenneth MacMillan."