(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
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 www.StateTheatreNJ.org
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