American Repertory Ballet announces “Season Premiere” performances, State of the Art Address, and On Pointe event at Rider University

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August 24, 2015

Photo By Richard Termine LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ – American Repertory Ballet’s performance season will open at Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ with a week of events, presentations, and performances celebrating 5 years of Artistic Director Douglas Martin’s artistic leadership.

American Repertory Ballet will present Season Premiere in the theater at Rider University’s Bart Luedeke Center on Friday, September 25 and Saturday, September 26 at 7:30pm. Season Premiere will feature three highlights from Martin’s first two years of leadership: Martin’s lyrical and poignant Ephemeral Possessions, set to Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings; internationally acclaimed choreographer Kirk Peterson’s highly technical Glazunov Variations, set to sections of Glazunov’s music for the classical ballet Raymonda; and ARB Resident Choreographer Mary Barton’s imaginative and thrilling Straight Up With a Twist, set to music by contemporary folk music composer Kaila Flexer.

Straight Up With a Twist was last performed on tour at Jacob’s Pillow, an internationally-renowned center for dance history and performance in the Berkshire mountains.
“We look forward to bringing this wide-ranging program to Rider University,” says Martin. “From classical to contemporary, tutus to unitards, we are showing a full range of what the ballet vocabulary can produce. It’s a great education for the Rider dance students and a beautiful evening for the general public.”

The company has begun its performance season with a residency at Rider University for the past several years. Rider University dance students take courses for credit at ARB’s Princeton Ballet School throughout the year, and ARB’s residency on campus affords the students additional master classes, unique insights into the workings of a professional ballet company, and the opportunity to watch the company perform, without having to leave the campus. This year, as a celebration of Douglas Martin’s 5 years of artistic leadership, the week’s festivities will include a “Meet the Dancers” On Pointe event, Open House Dress Rehearsal, and a State of the Art Address – ARB’s first public meeting – in addition to the typical residency program. The “Meet the Dancers” On Pointe will be held on September 23 at 5:15pm and will provide attendees a unique opportunity to meet the company’s international, professional dancers and see excerpts of the upcoming performance season. The Open House Dress Rehearsal will be on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 4:30pm in the theater at the Bart Luedeke Center, and the State of the Art Address will immediately follow at 6:00pm in the Bart Luedeke Center fireside lounge. The On Pointe, Open House Dress Rehearsal, and State of the Art Address are all free and open to the public. RSVP for the Open House Dress Rehearsal and State of the Art Address at or call Kristine Farmer, Development Coordinator, at 732.249.1254 x11.

“American Repertory Ballet has made huge strides under Douglas Martin’s artistic vision,” says ARB Executive Director Vanessa Logan. “We are glad to celebrate these five years and the promise of many successful anniversaries to come with this opening week at Rider University. ARB’s Princeton Ballet school has a unique, continued partnership with the university that was forged over 20 years ago by Princeton Ballet School Director Mary Pat Robertson and the then Chair of Rider University’s Fine Arts Department Dr. Patrick Chmel. It is truly one-of-a-kind has played a large role in the providing enriching opportunities for Rider students throughout the years. Rider is such a fitting setting to celebrate not only ARB’s artistic success, but also the organization’s remarkable educational successes.”

“Meet the Dancers” On Pointe
September 23 at 5:15pm
Open House Dress Rehearsal
September 24 at 4:30pm
State of the Art Address
September 24 at 6:00pm
RSVP: call Kristine Farmer, Development Coordinator, at 732.249.1254 x11.

*Please note: “Meet the Dancers,” Open House Dress Rehearsal, and State of the Arts Address are free of charge and open to the public. All Events Take Place in Rider University Bart Luedeke Center, Lawrenceville.
Season Premiere
September 25 & 26 at 7:30pm
Rider University’s Bart Luedeke Center
Lawrenceville, NJ

Not to be Missed
Princeton Ballet School’s fall session begins September 11. There are still spots in select classes at the school’s Cranbury, New Brunswick, and Princeton locations. Call 609-921-7758 for more information.
American Repertory Ballet presents A Night of Dance
October 9 at 7:30pm
Union County performing Arts Center’s Hamilton Stage
Rahway, NJ