July 6, 2022

American Repertory Ballet Plans “Giselle” and Several Premieres

A VARIED SEASON: Annie Johnson is among the members of American Repertory Ballet who will perform in a mix of classics and new works in the coming months. (Photo by Harald Schrader)

American Repertory Ballet (ARB) will return to the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center, McCarter Theatre, and other locations with a roster of performances ranging from the classics Giselle and The Nutcracker to new works by contemporary choreographers.

“Building upon the renewed affirmation that dance impassions the hearts, bodies, and minds of our communities, American Repertory Ballet will continue to blaze new trails and present distinctive programming within the industry,” said Artistic Director Ethan Stiefel. “Our belief that modern voices igniting new creations, alongside original interpretations of iconic classical works, speaks to our pursuit of being uniquely timeless and relevant. The upcoming season captures this feeling and keeps us steadfast in being authentic and singularly American Repertory Ballet.”

The season begins September 23-25 with “Kaleidoscope,” featuring a new creation by ARB dancer Ryoko Tanaka and pianist-composer Ian Howells. Claire Davison’s Bewitched (set to Ella Fitzgerald’s vocals), a classical pas de deux, and a collaborative work by choreographer Da’ Von Doane (formerly of Dance Theatre of Harlem) and New Jersey-based visual artist Grace Lynne Haynes, are also on the program.

The Nutcracker returns with performances at four venues throughout New Jersey beginning November 25 at McCarter Theatre and closing December 16-18 at State Theatre New Jersey, with a full orchestra and youth choir. Giselle makes its ARB premiere at the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center, March 3-5, 2023. The ballet is co-choreographed by Stiefel and Johan Kobborg, formerly of the Royal Ballet and the Royal Danish Ballet.

The company returns to the Kaye Playhouse at New York’s Hunter College for one performance on Saturday, March 25, 2023 with a mixed repertory program. The season will close at the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center June 9-11, 2023, with “PREMIERE3,” featuring the company premiere of Arthur Mitchell’s Holberg Suite set to the music of Edvard Grieg, as well as world premieres by Amy Seiwert and Stiefel.

Tickets go on sale July 15th at arballet.org.