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BRANCHBURG, NJ - American Repertory Ballet will return to Raritan Valley Community College on March 23 at 8:00pm to present In Full Bloom, an evening of world premieres, Stravinsky, Vivaldi, and more. The program will feature Artistic Director Douglas Martin’s brand new Rite of Spring, set to Stravinsky’s score, ARB Resident Choreographer Mary Barton’s vibrant Five Men and a Concerto, and a new athletic and contemporary work by Patrick Corbin.
“My involvement with Rite of Spring goes back about twenty-five years when I first performed the ballet as anoriginal cast member of the Joffrey’s Nijinsky reconstruction,” Martin explains. The Joffrey Ballet performed the ballet in 1987 for the first time since it was permiered in 1913 by the Ballet Russes. “Having learned and performed that version dozens of times I feel that the ballet and the music is a part of me. I feel driven by the myriad sounds, working to meld the driving beat with the transient melodies.” Martin’s Rite of Spring maintains the original ballet’s libretto, which is at once a celebratory ode to the advent of spring and a statement on the theme of ritualistic behavior and sacrifice, and puts it in a modern, 20th century office setting.
Mary Barton's Five Men and a Concerto was choreographed in 2012 for the men of ARB. Set to Vivaldi’s “Concerto for Oboe”, the choreography utilizes classical lines to create a strong movement that accentuates these male dancers’ strengths. “I was looking to create a ballet that showed off the company men classically and lyrically. I found the strength of the concerto's to be a good fit as my aim was to show their power and grace.”
For his new work, Patrick Corbin is creating some movement through collaborative improvisation with the dancers, working from a contemporary dance base and tapering some of the movement into more balletic lines. “I’m working from a visceral place,” he says. “My jumping off point is the moment we fall in love.” Reading from his notebook full of choreographic journalling, he adds, “I want the movement to be: lyrical, soft, round, warm, billowy, sturdy, ecstatic, painful, burning, obsessive, frantic, and passionate.”
Before this diverse program of dancing, audience members can enjoy fine dining experiences in nearby Somerville, NJ. Those who dine at Tapastre and Verve restaurants now through March 23 can enjoy discounts to the performance.
In Full Bloom at Raritan Valley Community College
March 23 at 8:00pm
Tickets: rvccarts.org, 908.725.3420
About American Repertory Ballet and Princeton Ballet School
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. The organization is comprised of: American Repertory Ballet, the preeminent contemporary ballet company in the state; Princeton Ballet School, one of the largest and most respected non-profit dance schools in the nation; and the Access and Enrichment initiatives, ranging from the long-running and acclaimed DANCE POWER program to the newly launched On Pointe series. The professional company is a classical and contemporary ballet company committed to presenting ballets from the 19th and 20th century alongside new and existing works by choreographers from today. Founded in 1963, the company is currently under the artistic leadership of Douglas Martin, former principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet. The company's rich history of repertory includes established masterpieces by distinguished American choreographers such as George Balanchine, Gerald Arpino, Alvin Ailey, Paul Taylor and Twyla Tharp; cutting edge works by choreographers such as Val Caniparoli, Kirk Peterson, Dominique Dumais, Harrison McEldowney, Amy Seiwert, Susan Shields and Melissa Barak; and former Artistic Directors Dermot Burke, Marjorie Mussman, Septime Webre and Graham Lustig. ARB has been designated a "Major Arts Institution" by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts consistently for the past two decades, and has repeatedly been awarded a Citation of Excellence by the Council. ARB was voted People's Choice for Best Dance Company in 2008, 2011, and 2012.
Princeton Ballet School has gained a national reputation for its excellent dance training since its founding in 1954 by Audrée Estey. Princeton Ballet School currently enrolls approximately 1500 students annually from age three through adult and is directed by Mary Pat Robertson. Princeton Ballet School has studios in Cranbury, New Brunswick, and Princeton which are equipped with shock-absorbent floors, non- slip dance surfaces and pianos for live accompaniment. Many of Princeton Ballet School’s faculty members have performed professionally; others have attained graduate degrees in dance education and have won awards for their teaching. Students from the school have gone on to dance in professional ballet and contemporary dance companies in the US and abroad. Graduates have danced with such diverse organizations as the American Ballet Theatre, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Miami City Ballet, STREB, Complexions, Mark Morris Dance Company, Twyla Tharp, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and Momix.