NJ Ballet returns to Centenary for two days of dance


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  • NJ Ballet’s Resident Choreographer George Tomal’s Marietta’s Song, Nov. 4



— The New Jersey Ballet returns to Centenary Stage Company for an exciting double feature on Saturday, November 4 at 8PM and Sunday, November 5 at 2PM in the Lackland Performing Arts Center. The Saturday, November 4 at 8PM presentation features a selection of the New Jersey Ballet repertory works. Then on Sunday, November 5 at 2PM the New Jersey Ballet returns to the Lackland Performing Arts Center for a special family event presenting the timeless favorite Cinderella.

Saturday evening’s selections include Design with Strings. Choreographed by John Taras and set to the music of Peter I. Tchaikovsky, this one – act ballet, set to Tchaikovsky’s haunting Trio in A Minor, shows the strong neoclassical influence of Taras’ master, George Balanchine. Facets choreographed by Ali Pourfarrokh with music by Gustav Mahler will also be featured. Set to the third movement of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony the ballet is a lyrical piece for three couples, which explores deep emotions and interactions between people. It captures the elegiac flow of the music and unfolds in an unbroken phrase. NJ Ballet’s Resident Choreographer George Tomal’s Marietta’s Song will also be presented. A romantic pas de deux using music from a rarely produced German opera, Die Tote Stadt [The Dead City], composed in 1920 by Erich Wolfgang Korngold the opera tells the story of Paul a young widower obsessed with death, and Marietta, a cold – hearted temptress who tries to lure him back to the world of the living. The evening will conclude with Saturday Night set to a series of smoky songs by blues singers Etta James and Kev’ Mo’ (Kevin Moore). Choreographed by Ginger Thatcher, the piece captures unexpected themes and nuances in the music and reveals them in a smooth incorporation of ballet and jazz dancing.

Then on Sunday, November 5 at 2PM the New Jersey Ballet returns with the family favorite Cinderella. The New Jersey Ballet brings the classic fairy tale to life with lavish sets, costumes and performed with New Jersey Ballet's original "storyteller" narration so little children can follow the story. Cinderella is rich, colorful entertainment with a moral for children of all ages.

Tickets for the New Jersey Ballet repertory performance on Saturday, November 4 at 8PM are $25.00 for adults and $18.50 for children under 12 in advance. Tickets for New Jersey Ballet’s production of Cinderella on Sunday, November 5 at 2PM are $20.00 for adults and $17.50 for children under 12 in advance. All ticket orders increase $5.00 day of performance. All performances will be held in the Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center. Performances of the New Jersey Ballet at Centenary Stage Company are sponsored in part by Heath Village Retirement Community.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit centenarystageco.org or call the Centenary Stage Company box office at (908) 979 – 0900. The box office is located in the Lackland Performing Arts Center; 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ. Box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 5 pm and two hours prior to each performance. Centenary Stage Company can also be found across social media platforms; Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Like and follow to receive the latest in CSC news and special offers.

The 2017-2018 season of performing arts events at the Centenary Stage Company is made possible through the generous support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ State Council on the Arts, the Shubert Foundation, the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, the Sandra Kupperman Foundation, and CSC corporate sponsors, including Premier Season Sponsor Heath Village Retirement Community, The House of the Good Shepherd, Silver Sponsors Hackettstown Medical Center, Home Instead Senior Care (Washington), and Fulton Bank of New Jersey, and Centenary Stage Company members and supporters.

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