This season American Repertory Ballet (ARB), New Jersey’s premier professional ballet company, will be performing in the tri-state region, in works by world-class choreographers Kirk Peterson, Mary Barton, Jose Limon, Gerald Aprino, and Douglas Martin.

ARB will kick off the season at Rider University with Woman of Dance: Celebrating the Work of Mary Barton, on Friday and Saturday, September 22 and 23, at 7:30 p.m. The program features Scarlet Sonata, a scintillating, technically challenging work for five women; Five Men and a Concerto, a work for five men that highlights the male form, set to the strong drive and melody of Vivaldi’s Concerto for Oboe; and Straight Up with a Twist (an ARB signature performance since its inception), a work set to the eclectic sound of Kaila Flexer and Third Ear that showcases the versatility of ARB’s dances and Barton’s choreographic genius. Barton has taught at Rider University since 2002 and has been ARB’s resident choreographer for seven years.

This will be followed by ARB’s premiere of Kirk Peterson’s Carmen. Peterson had a long and distinguished career as a principal dancer with American Ballet Theater and San Francisco Ballet before gaining a reputation for his choreography internationally. He is now a resident choreographer at ARB. Carmen accompanied by the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra led by Kynan Johns at New Brunswick’s State Theater on Thursday, October 12, at 8 p.m. This program at State Theater will also feature Peterson’s The Eyes That Gently Touch, set to the driving rhythms of Philip Glass and Mary Barton’s Straight Up with a Twist.

ARB will perform in New York City twice this season with presentations of two exciting mixed-bill repertory performances. The company will also present its acclaimed production of Douglas Martin’s Pride and Prejudice at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia in March, 2018.

This season also marks a return to Two River Theater in Red Bank, and will end its 2017-’18 season at Princeton’s McCarter Theater Center.

ARB’s Nutcracker season has been expanded with the addition of its sixth venue, the Axelrod Performing Arts Center in Deal Park, bringing this holiday classic to even more communities throughout the state. A holiday tradition for more than 50 years, American Repertory Ballet’s Nutcracker is one of the longest, continuously running Nutcracker productions in the nation. Nutcracker will be performed at local venues including McCarter Theater Center, Patriots Theater at the War Memorial, and State Theater New Jersey in New Brunswick. It’s the perfect holiday treat for your entire family!

American Repertory Ballet’s mission is to bring the joy, beauty, artistry, and discipline of classical and contemporary dance to New Jersey and nationwide audiences, and to dance students through artistic and educational programs. Led by Executive Director Julie Hench, Artistic Director Douglas Martin, and School Director Pamela Levy, the organization comprises the preeminent professional classical and contemporary ballet company in the state; Princeton Ballet School, one of the largest and most respected non-profit dance schools in the nation, with studios in Cranbury, New Brunswick, and Princeton; and ARB’s Access & Enrichment initiatives, including the acclaimed DANCE POWER, the longest continuously running community and arts partnership in New Jersey.

For more information, visit arballet.org or call 609-921-7758.

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