New Jersey Stage

Sunday, October 6, 2013


(New Brunswick, NJ) -- State Theatre presents the premiere of American Repertory Ballet in Artistic Director Douglas Martin's full-length Romeo and Juliet, with Prokofiev's score performed live by the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Kynan Johns, on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 8pm. Tickets range from $27-57.

Based on Shakespeare's tragic story, Martin's version of the ballet features a company of 30 dancers, sets by scenic designer Kevin Lee Allen, and costumes designed by Michelle Ferranti. Scenic and costume design has been executed with careful attention to the aesthetic of what is now known as the early Renaissance era in Italy.

In her review of a spring 2012 preview performance, Marina Kennedy of Broadway World calls the production "an outstanding example of dance being perfectly adapted to dramatic interpretation, with the ARB dancers in full command of their art."

"We are thrilled to premiere our full length production of Romeo and Juliet with a live orchestra," says Martin. "This extraordinary music and dance collaboration not only enhances the audience's experience of Prokofiev's extraordinary score, but also highlights the ephemeral interaction of dance and music. Dancers will be responding to and interpreting the music as the musicians play it, bonding the two art forms moment by moment in this dynamic performance."

NY-based dance critic Jerry Hochman of CriticalDance and Ballet-Dance Magazine characterizes Martin's masterwork as "an ambitious production...emotionally and artistically fulfilling...exuberant and exciting to watch...[and] invit[ing] comparisons to other well-known productions,includingthat of Sir Kenneth MacMillan." 

"The duets between Juliet and Romeoin particular, the critical balcony scene," Hochman continues, "are choreographed, and were executed, with the combination of rapture and conviction, that quality of being genuine, that is necessary to make the audience feel what the dancers feel, and to respond with the cathartic release that prompts appreciative, as opposed to obligatory, applause."

For tickets or more information, call the State Theatre ticket office at 732-246-SHOW (7469), or visit us online at . The State Theatre ticket office, located at 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick NJ, is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 10am to 6pm; Wednesday 11am to 7pm; Saturday, 1pm to 5pm; and at least three hours prior to curtain on performance dates, unless otherwise specified. For information on group outings and discounts, call 732-247-7200, ext. 517. Some additional ticket and transaction fees may apply.

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