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Sinatra, Momix, and Bolero

The much-loved dance that Twyla Tharp choreographed for Mikhail

Baryshnikov, "Sinatra Suite," will be reprised by the Aspen Santa Fe

Ballet in its McCarter Theater appearance on Wednesday, March 2, at 8


Choreographed for American Ballet Theater to five songs including "All

the Way," "That’s Life," and, of course, "My Way," this duet for

Baryshnikov and Elaine Kudo was called "a choreographic sensation" at

its 1983 debut. "It is an extraordinary love duet full of sexual

tension," wrote Anna Kisselgoff of the New York Times, "but on another

level, the piece is also something very different; a formal

exploration of new ways in dance partnering."

The suite ends with the quintessential lonely-man solo, to the Harold

Arlen/Johnny Mercer song, "One for My Baby (and One More for the

Road)." The male dancer, in this case Seth DelGrasso, has an

opportunity to portray humor and pathos in steps where the virtuosity

is embedded in gestural details.

Also featured is a piece commissioned by the company from Moses

Pendleton of Pilobolus fame. Kisselgoff pronounced "Noir Blanc" as

being "both obvious and delightfully deceptive." Commenting on a theme

of evolution and rebirth, she compared the stagecraft to the Laterna

Magika Shows of Prague, noting that behind the scrim the dancers "look

like bodies seen in a fun-house mirror, incomplete humans, sometimes

missing a limb or two."

The company is directed by Tom Mossbrucker and Jean-Philippe Malaty,

both former Joffrey dancers. The program includes a piece by Nicolo

Fonte and ends with another sexually-charged work, "Fandango,"

choreographed by Lar Lubovitch to the famous Ravel’s "Bolero."

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, McCarter Theater, 91 University Place,

609-258-2787. $29 and $32. Wednesday, March 2, 8 p.m.

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Princeton Festival announces chorus auditions for "Sweeney Todd," on

Saturday, March 12, and Wednesday, March 16, at the Woolworth Music

Building, Princeton University. Rehearsals begin in May for July

performances. Paid positions. To schedule an appointment E-mail:

McCarter Theater holds auditions for equity actors on Monday, March

14, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Reserve your space at 609-258-6504.

Villagers Theater has auditions for Lionel Bart’s "Oliver!" Adults (16

and over), Tuesday and Wednesday, March 8 and 9, 7 p.m. Children ages

7 to 15, Saturday, March 12, 4:30 p.m. Do not prepare a song from

Oliver and be prepared to speak with a Cockney accent. 415 DeMott

Lane, Somerset. Visit E-mail for more information.

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Pennington Dance offers African Dance on Saturdays from April 2 to May

7 for dancers ages 10 and older. $100. Call Nancy Warner at

609-737-7596 for information.

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Trinity Church is accepting grant application from secular or

faith-based non-profit organization that provide human services in

Mercer County. Grant awards usually range from $500 to $2,000. Call

Cathy Wheeler at 609-921-3065 for information.

Phillips’ Mill Photographic Exhibition seeks entries for its 13th

annual competition opening on May 15. Any medium involving a

photographic process including black and white, color or mixed media,

historic, experimental, or digital. Financial awards. Entries may be

hand delivered on Friday and Saturday, March 11 and 12. Visit or call 215-862-9568 for information.

Arts Council of Princeton and Numina Gallery seek submissions for

"Relatively Seeing," a show celebrating the life and work of Albert

Einstein. The juried exhibition is open to all artists high school age

and older. Entries must be received on Monday, March 28, from 9 a.m.

to 7 p.m. All work must be for sale and ready to exhibit. Visit or call Melissa Buchanan at


Arts Council of Princeton and Princeton Public Library seek original

projects for summer student film and video festival to take place on

July 28. Students in grades 9 through 12 may submit VHS or DVDs not

longer than 20 minutes in length to the library through June 30. Visit or call Janet Stern at 609-924-8777.

Kidsbridge Children’s Museum seeks nominations of a child, a group of

children, or a classroom, that has demonstrated an extraordinary acts

of kindheartedness, service to the community, peaceful resolution of

conflict, and compassion for the less fortunate. Deadline is Friday,

March 18. For information visit or call


Knights of Pythias offers leadership and awards programs for high

school students in public, private, and parochial schools. Public

Speaking Contest is held in April with a deadline of Saturday, March

19. Poster Contest, "Defensive Driving: Avoid Road Rage" has a

deadline of Saturday, May 14. Community Service Award goes to one

graduating student based on community service record through the high

school years. Deadline is Friday, April 15. For information visit

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Tourette Syndrome Association of New Jersey will recognize a student

with Tourette Syndrome who had a proven record of accomplishment and

achievement. Visit or call 908-575-7350. Deadline is

Saturday, April 30.

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