March 20, 2024

American Repertory Ballet Returns to McCarter Theatre

OLD AND NEW: Emily Cordies-Maso is among the dancers to appear in “Of Swans and Variants” at McCarter Theatre on April 4. (Photo by Harald Schrader)

American Repertory Ballet (ARB) will be on stage at McCarter Theatre on Thursday, April 4 at 7 p.m. with “Of Swans and Variants,” a program of classical and contemporary works.

The evening’s double bill features an excerpt from the classic Swan Lake, as well as VARIANTS, choreographed by Artistic Director Ethan Stiefel.

ARB recently performed to sold-out audiences with the premiere of “Classic Beauty” featuring Swan Lake Act II at the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center. The iconic second act of the full-length ballet, to music by Tchaikovsky, tells the tale of Odette, the swan princess, as she reveals her true form to Prince Siegfried.

VARIANTS, a hit of last season, is set to Brahms’ solo piano piece Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24, featuring 25 variations and a concluding fugue.

“The music so completely and naturally lends itself to dance, and offers the opportunity for diverse, adventurous, and soulful qualities in both movement and portrayals,” said Stiefel.

Stiefel collaborates with set designer Howard C. Jones, known for his work on previous ARB productions including A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Giselle. In addition, ARB Resident Costume Designer Janessa Cornell Urwin, in partnership with the Australian label Keto Dancewear, has created costumes.

Visit or call (609) 258-2787 for tickets.