Hot and colorful, Latin flavor is all over this fall’s productions. Don’t miss a reprise of Ballet with a Latin Beat II and the PREMIERE of a full-length Don Quixote.
BALLET WITH A LATIN BEAT II
WHEN: Saturday, October 29, 8:00 PM
WHERE: Sitnik Theatre, Centenary College, Hackettstown
TICKETS: $25, $22.50 seniors and students, $17.50 children under 12
First it’s Ballet with a Latin Beat II, a celebration of Latin cultures that pulses with the rhythms of Mexico, Africa, Cuba and Brazil. The program features Suite Huasteca, a vivid portrait of sun-drenched Mexico (left); Tamoia, a journey into the heart of the Amazon rainforest; Guajira, a loving memoire of life in the Cuban countryside and Para Dois, a pas de deux inspired by the lively street life of Rio. Viva Ballet Latino! (Photo: VAM Productions)
WHEN: Saturday, November 19, 8:00 PM
WHERE: Mayo Center for the Performing Arts, 100 South Street, Morristown
TICKETS: $57, $42, $32
Box Office: 973.539.8008 www.mayoarts.org
On Saturday, November 19, the big event of the season is the premiere of a new full-length classical Don Quixote. The company chose Don Quixote (often called Don Q) because “It is a joyous ballet with outstanding choreography by Gorsky; a delightful spectacle popular with audiences,” said New Jersey Ballet Director Carolyn Clark. “It’s also a wonderful opportunity for the company to add another full length ballet to the repertory.”
Don Quixote will be staged by New Jersey Ballet principal dancer Albert Davydov. Don Q is his first project of this size and scope. Asked why, Albert states simply, “It is my favorite ballet.” The 32-year-old dancer has performed it numerous times both in Russia and in the U.S., dancing in that time nearly all the parts. “It has a lot of action, and it’s fun. Also, it is classical, which is a style our dancers like and do well.” Mr. Davydov and NJB principal dancer Mari Sugawa will dance the lead roles in this production.
New Jersey Ballet is the only company in the state to perform full length classical ballets. The repertory currently includes Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Esmeralda. Its Nutcracker is the longest running original professional production in the state, and since 1971 it has been given over 800 performances seen by more than a million people.
New Jersey Ballet’s active repertory includes classical, contemporary and jazz works by the greatest choreographers in the world of dance; from Coralli, Perrot and Marius Petipa, to Balanchine, Robbins, Robert North and exciting newcomers such as Pedro Ruiz and David Fernandez. New Jersey Ballet is unique in the state for another reason: its roster includes sixteen dancers from seven countries—Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Colombia, Japan, Russia and most come from the United States. These artists, with their varied backgrounds and training, create a uniquely exciting magic together.
New Jersey Ballet’s extensive performance schedule is made possible in part by support from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and by other generous corporate, foundation, and individual contributors. New Jersey Ballet’s series at The Community Theatre is made possible In part by the F. M. Kirby Family Foundation. The company has been designated a Major Arts Institution by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts for “artistic excellence, substantial programming, and broad public service,” and has twice been voted New Jersey’s Favorite Dance Company in an online poll conducted by Jersey Arts Marketers. For more information and a complete performance schedule, please visit New Jersey Ballet’s Web site at www.njballet.org.