American Repertory

Dance at McCarter

Dance at the State

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Season Preview: Dance

American Repertory Ballet, the dynamic regional

company,

opens its new season of "Seven at the State," on Friday and

Saturday, October 13 and 14, with a trio of premieres, each

accompanied

by live music performed by the Princeton Symphony Orchestra. The

program

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

"Paramour,"

featuring guest soloist Kyra Nichols of the New York City Ballet

dancing

the role that was created by Lustig for Galina Samsova of Sadlers

Wells Royal Ballet. Completing the trio of premieres will be

"Angels

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,

December

1 to 3, at the State Theater from December 9 to 12, and back at

McCarter,

December 28 to 31.

Another original feature of the new season is a March 15 concert

program

at McCarter titled "Dancing Through the Ceiling," and

featuring

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,

"Silkscreens,"

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

Aiello.

Rounding out the season of premieres is Lustig’s new

"Cinderella,"

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

Jersey,"

a multi-faceted weekend of dance performances, lectures, and open

rehearsals at the Community Theater in Morristown, Saturday and

Sunday,

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).

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American Repertory

American Repertory Ballet, State Theater, 15 Livingston

Avenue, New Brunswick, 732-246-7469.

Opening Night. Season opens with a program of three

premieres

accompanied by music by the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, October

13 and 14.

The Nutcracker, The dynamic regional company unveils a

brand-new production of Tchaikovsky’s favorite classic with

choreography

by artistic director Graham Lustig, and sets and costumes by Zack

Brown, December 9 and 10.

Silkscreens, Artistic director Graham Lustig’s latest

work, "Silkscreens," inspired by Andy Warhol’s iconic

celebrity

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.

Cinderella, Artistic director Graham Lustig’s newly

choreographed

classic, updated to the present, and set to Prokofiev’s romantic

score,

May 19.

American Repertory Ballet, McCarter Theater, 91 University

Place, 609-258-2787.

The Nutcracker, World premiere of the company’s new

production

of the Tchaikovsky holiday classic with choreography by artistic

director

Graham Lustig and sets and costumes by Zack Brown. Performances

November

24 to 26; December 28 to 31.

Dancing Through the Ceiling, Three women choreographers

— 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

member

and former Mark Morris dancer; and Dominique Dumais of the National

Ballet of Canada. March 15.

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Dance at McCarter

McCarter Theater, 91 University Place, 609-258-2787.

Julio Bocca & Ballet Argentino, October 4 & 5. Ballet

Folkdance from Bahia , October 8. Hubbard Street Dance

Chicago,

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.

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Dance at the State

State Theater, 15 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick,

877-782-8311.

Ballet Nacional de Caracas, Venezuela’s acclaimed company,

directed by choreographer Vicente Nebrada, performs his own

"Pentimento,"

to music of Bach, and "Firebird," to Stravinsky’s score.

October

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,

November 10.

Philadanco, The exuberant, long-lived Philadelphia modern

dance company performs an evening of dance, "On the Shoulders

of our Ancestors." February 8, 2001. Tango Passion, A

company

of 30 dancers, singers and musicians create this Argentine dance

musical

from the producer of the Broadway hit "Tango Argentino,"

February

23. Moscow Festival Ballet, A company of 50 that includes stars

of the Bolshoi and Kirov ballets, under the direction of Sergei

Radchenko,

"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,

April 24.

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College of New Jersey

College of New Jersey, Kendall Hall Theater, Ewing,

609-771-2775.

Ballet Hispanico, This internationally-acclaimed company

blends ballet, jazz, salsa, flamenco, and modern dance for a unique

dramatic performance experience, November 17.

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Mercer County College

Kelsey Theater, Mercer County College, Old Trenton Road,

609-584-9444.

The Tamburitzans, These Eastern European dancers are back

with yet another vibrant and energetic show, featuring music and dance

from the Ukraine, Russia, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, November 11 &

12.

Common Ground, This ensemble offers Irish step-dancing,

American tap-dancing, and Irish country clogging, March 25.

Mercer Dance Ensemble, A group of Mercer’s most talented

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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