The Fellowship Cultural Arts Center in Basking Ridge welcomes New Jersey Ballet on stage for a Mixed Repertoire with Pas de Deux by George Balanchine and Christophe Wheeldon. The show will take place on May 14 and 15 for an evening and matinee performance.
This exciting mixed bill will feature George Balanchinethe virtuoso Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux, who presents the audience with a demonstration of bravery and ballet technique and Christophe Wheeldon‘s After the Rain pas de deux, an intimate pas de deux balancing freedom and beauty with the elegant simplicity of Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel. The Company will also present Masquerade by Bettijane Sills. In this graceful neoclassical ballet, dancers glide across the stage where masks inject a touch of danced mystery into Khachaturian’s serenade. About Happiness, choreographed by Jackson Ferreira, explores the search for the true meaning of fulfillment between two souls who have formed a strong bond and its many forms. Through this connection comes the realization that happiness must begin from within. The evening will end with Margo Sappingtonis energizing This Thing Called Love, which the company premiered in 2019.
The New Jersey Ballet is the state’s premier ballet company. Founded in 1958, Caroline Clark has built a world-class ballet company with an extensive repertoire of complete classical ballets, including Giselle, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, Coppélia and Esmeralda, as well as New Jersey’s longest-running original production, The Nutcracker. The Company’s repertoire includes many works by world-renowned choreographers, including George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Agnes De Mille, Edward Villella, Robert North, William Dollarand Anthony Tudor to name a few. New Jersey Ballet is also home to New Jersey’s largest collection of ballet for young audiences, which includes Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Hansel & Gretel, and Peter & the Wolf. Presented with narration by a live storyteller, fairy tale stories come to life to inspire the next generation of dancers and supporters of the arts.
This season, world-renowned ballerina Maria Kowroski has joined the company as the new interim artistic director. After a remarkable career spanning over 25 years as a principal dancer with New York City Ballet. Ms. Kowroski joined New York City Ballet in 1994 at the age of 17 and was the company’s last dancer to work with Jerome Robbins. His repertoire over his illustrious career included Apollo, Swan Lake, Firebird, Concerto Barocco, Jewels, Serenade, Symphony in C, The Nutcracker and After the Rain to name a few. Ms. Kowroski was also a recipient of the prestigious Princess Grace Award.
Not only has New Jersey Ballet presented world-class programming to audiences and forged strong partnerships with other arts organizations in the state, including the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Mayo Performing Arts Center and Bergen Performing Arts Center , but the company has also developed several initiatives. that benefit youth development, community and well-being. To learn more about New Jersey Ballet, visit www.njballet.org.
Tickets are available online at www.fellowshipculturalartscenter.org or by phone at 908-580-3892. Tickets range from $35.00 to $65.00 with discounts available for students and seniors.
“We are thrilled to welcome New Jersey Ballet to the Fellowship Cultural Arts Center this spring for their performances of mixed repertoire. NJ Ballet’s exquisite dancers, flawless choreography and world-class programming delight audiences with every production,” said Brian LawrencePresident and CEO, Fellowship Senior Living.
Treat yourself to a 5-star dining experience before our evening mixed repertoire performance at Wilson’s Tapas Bar Lounge, just steps from the Fellowship Village Theatre. Culinary dishes prepared by Fellowship Village’s award-winning executive chef contain only the freshest, highest quality ingredients. Dinner and two drinks are $59.99 per person plus tax and 20% service charge. Make a reservation by calling 908-580-3818 for 5:30 p.m.
All theater patrons must prove they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by showing their vaccination card and photo ID. Digital copies on smartphones with both sides of the card are acceptable, as are hard copies. Masks must be worn in the theater and common areas.
Fellowship Cultural Arts Center’s 2022 lineup includes American Theater Group’s presentation of All Over The Map in June and New Jersey Ballet’s Cinderella in October.