American Repertory Ballet's 2014-15 Season to Feature A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, ROMEO AND JULIET & More
American Repertory Ballet, New Jersey's preeminent classical and contemporary ballet company, will perform throughout New Jersey - in Princeton, New Brunswick, Lawrenceville, Branchburg, Rahway, Manasquan, and Trenton - beginning September, 2014 through April, 2015. 2014-2015 performance season highlights include: the world premiere of Artistic Director Douglas Martin's A Midsummer Night's Dream at State Theatre in New Brunswick, with live music performed by the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra and the women of the Rutgers University Kirkpatrick Choir; premieres by ARB Resident Choreographer Mary Barton; a performance of Douglas Martin's Romeo and Juliet at McCarter Theatre in Princeton; and a performance of ARB's Firebird program at The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College.
The fall season will open with a mixed repertory program: ARB's Fall Kick-Off performance at Rider University's Bart Luedeke Center in Lawrenceville on September 19 and 20, 2014 at 7:30pm. The performance will feature Philip Jerry's Our Town, a ballet based on Thornton Wilder's timeless play, Mary Barton's Fantasy Baroque, and Trinette Singleton's Dreams Interrupted.
Set to music by Aaron Copland, Our Town was premiered by American Repertory Ballet in 1994. The ballet chronicles the lives of neighbors Emily Webb and George Gibbs as they grow up together in a small New England town, fall in love, and eventually marry. In his review for CriticalDance, Jerry Hochman said of ARB's spring 2014 performance of Our Town, "[The] ballet is abuzz with energy, moving with a steady pulse and vitality," and that ARB's performance "prompted both tingles and tears." Mary Barton's Fantasy Baroque is, according to Hochman, a "bright and cute and frothy and frisky" ballet set in the baroque era, complete with period costumes and props. Trinette Singleton's Dreams Interrupted is a psychological piece set to an original score by Easton, PA composer Pierre Bohemund. Hochman says, "The accompanying music...is rapturous, eerie, and compelling, and Ms. Singleton's choreography brings out the best in it. It's a very fine little piece, superbly performed by all three dancers."
On October 17, 2014 at 7:00pm, ARB will present a preview performance of Douglas Martin's A Midsummer Night's Dream at Union County Performing Arts Center's Hamilton Stage in Rahway. This will feature excerpts from Douglas Martin's new ballet, performed in full costume.
Douglas Martin's A Midsummer Night's Dream will officially premiere with full sets and live music at State Theatre in New Brunswick on February 26 and 27, 2015 at 8:00pm. At the State Theatre world premiere, the music will be performed by the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Kynan Johns and the women of the Rutgers University Kirkpatrick Choir under the direction of Patrick Gardner.
This new full-length ballet will be set to Felix Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream score, with additional music, and will bring to life the wit and splendor of one of William Shakespeare's most popular comedies. The ballet, featuring brand-new choreography, costumes, and sets, will portray the weaving tales of the cunning Fairies, quarreling lovers, and a hilariously amateur acting group as their paths cross in a magical forest.
On October 25, 2014, ARB will present A Night at the Ballet, an evening of world premieres and unique revivals, at The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg, NJ. This October, A Night at the Ballet will feature a world premiere by American Repertory Ballet's imaginative and innovative Resident Choreographer Mary Barton, Kirk Peterson's dynamic and lyrical Tears of the Moon, and more.
ARB's 2014 Nutcracker season will run November 22 through December 21, 2014 will feature performances at Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway, McCarter Theatre in Princeton, Patriots Theater at the War Memorial in Trenton, Algonquin Arts Theatre in Manasquan, and State Theatre in New Brunswick. ARB's Nutcracker has been a holiday tradition since 1964. The current production (2010-present) features the original Party and Dream Battle Scenes from company founder Audrée Estey's production, with Snow Scene and Land of Sweets choreography by Douglas Martin. The production features spectacular sets by Carl Sprague and costumes by Gina Ricca. ARB's 2014 Nutcracker season will close at State Theatre, where the ballet will be performed to live music, played by an orchestra and choir under the direction of Maestro Michael Pratt.