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Season Preview: Dance
American Repertory Ballet, the dynamic regional
opens its new season of "Seven at the State," on Friday and
Saturday, October 13 and 14, with a trio of premieres, each
by live music performed by the Princeton Symphony Orchestra. The
features the world premiere of "Fandango Furioso" by Kirk
Peterson of American Ballet Theater set to Bernard Hermann’s music
score for an Alfred Hitchcock thriller. Also featured will be the
company premiere of artistic director Graham Lustig’s
featuring guest soloist Kyra Nichols of the New York City Ballet
the role that was created by Lustig for Galina Samsova of Sadlers
Wells Royal Ballet. Completing the trio of premieres will be
in the Architecture" by Canadian choreographer Mark Godden, to
music from Aaron Copland’s "Appalachian Spring."
"I chose this program because a generous benefector has allowed
us to collaborate with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra," says
Lustig. "I tried to find music that would be wonderful." The
Hermann score, created for Hitchcok’s "North By Northwest,"
was based on the fandango, Lustig explains, and the Peterson work
encompasses music that never made it into the film, music apparently
left on the cutting-room floor. Never before performed live, Lustig
says this, too, represents a musical world premiere.
Lustig’s association with Peterson is a long one. He opened his debut
season in 1999 with Kirk Peterson’s "Eyes That Gently Touch,"
a piano ballet to music by Philip Glass. Peterson, ballet master at
American Ballet Theater, lives in Jackson, New Jersey. During his
tenure at Hartford Ballet, he staged four Lustig works there.
Thanksgiving weekend brings American Repertory Ballet’s customary
opening of its "Nutcracker" season, made extraordinary with
the unveiling of a brand-new, $400,000 production choreographed by
Lustig and designed by Zack Brown. Opening at McCarter on November
24, the production will be featured at Newark’s sparkling NJPAC,
1 to 3, at the State Theater from December 9 to 12, and back at
December 28 to 31.
Another original feature of the new season is a March 15 concert
at McCarter titled "Dancing Through the Ceiling," and
works by three women choreographers — a group almost as rare as
women CEOs. Featured in this innovative evening of world premieres
are works are by Elaine Kudo, ARB ballet mistress; Susan Hadley, Ohio
University faculty member and former Mark Morris dancer; and Dominique
Dumais of the National Ballet of Canada.
Spring also brings more premieres to the State Theater. The April
21 and 22 concerts promise Lustig’s latest work,
set to rock music, and inspired by Andy Warhol’s iconic celebrity
portraits, as well as "Lambarena" by Val Caniparoli of the
San Francisco Ballet and "The Turn of the Screw" by Salvatore
Rounding out the season of premieres is Lustig’s new
set at the turn of the 20th century, to Prokofiev’s romantic score.
Performances are May 19 and 20 at State Theater.
American Repertory Ballet will join "Celebrate Dance New
a multi-faceted weekend of dance performances, lectures, and open
rehearsals at the Community Theater in Morristown, Saturday and
October 7 and 8. Other featured companies include the Alborada Spanish
Dance Theater, Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, Randy James Dance Works,
New Jersey Ballet Company, Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, and the
New Jersey Tap Ensemble (call 973-539-8008).
Avenue, New Brunswick, 732-246-7469.
accompanied by music by the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, October
13 and 14.
brand-new production of Tchaikovsky’s favorite classic with
by artistic director Graham Lustig, and sets and costumes by Zack
Brown, December 9 and 10.
work, "Silkscreens," inspired by Andy Warhol’s iconic
portraits, opens a program of premieres. Also "Lambarena"
by Val Caniparoli of the San Francisco Ballet and "The Turn of
the Screw" by Salvatore Aiello to Benjamin Britten’s haunting
score, April 21 & 22.
classic, updated to the present, and set to Prokofiev’s romantic
of the Tchaikovsky holiday classic with choreography by artistic
Graham Lustig and sets and costumes by Zack Brown. Performances
24 to 26; December 28 to 31.
— a group almost as rare as women CEOs — are featured in this
innovative evening of world premieres. Featured works are by Elaine
Kudo, ARB ballet mistress; Susan Hadley, Ohio University faculty
and former Mark Morris dancer; and Dominique Dumais of the National
Ballet of Canada. March 15.
Folkdance from Bahia , October 8. Hubbard Street Dance
November 8 & 9. Tuscan Ballet, February 26, 2001. The Parsons
Dance Company, March 6. Mark Morris Dance Group, April 17.
Alvin Ailey, May 7 & 8.
directed by choreographer Vicente Nebrada, performs his own
to music of Bach, and "Firebird," to Stravinsky’s score.
19. Trinity Irish Dance Company, This Irish folkdance troupe
served as a model for the greatly successful Riverdance and Spirit
of the Dance. They perform a blend of Irish cultural music and dance,
dance company performs an evening of dance, "On the Shoulders
of our Ancestors." February 8, 2001. Tango Passion, A
of 30 dancers, singers and musicians create this Argentine dance
from the producer of the Broadway hit "Tango Argentino,"
23. Moscow Festival Ballet, A company of 50 that includes stars
of the Bolshoi and Kirov ballets, under the direction of Sergei
"Don Quixote," March 27; "Paquita" March 28. Miami
City Ballet , Under the direction of Edward Villella, the stellar
company is recognized as a leading interpreter of George Balanchine,
blends ballet, jazz, salsa, flamenco, and modern dance for a unique
dramatic performance experience, November 17.
with yet another vibrant and energetic show, featuring music and dance
from the Ukraine, Russia, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, November 11 &
American tap-dancing, and Irish country clogging, March 25.
students and community members will perform lyrical modern dances
that are a spellbinding blend of energy and art, May 12 & 13.
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