This Weekend at Kean University

By njb on Wednesday, March 17 2010

On Saturday, March 20 at 8PM, NJB returns to Kean University with a Saturday evening filled with great characters from the ballet repertory including a trio of mechanical dancing dolls, a pirate and a princess, six gypsy dancers, a pair of Brazilian street dancers and more in a program that shows the dancers’ versatility with classic, romantic and contemporary ballet.

 The dancing dolls are in a comic pas de trios from an old ballet about a magical toy shop.  In it, two clown dolls vie for the affections of The Fairy Doll, the most beautiful doll in the toy shop.

 The Pirate is Le Corsaire, whose pas de deux with his captive princess demands skill, stamina and flawless technique, and is always an audience pleaser.

 The gypsies are characters in Esmeralda, a dramatic ballet based on Victor Hugo’s Hunchback of Notre Dame.  When New Jersey Ballet mounted the full length Esmeralda in 2004, it has not been performed in the United States in at least 50 years.   Saturday night’s excerpt is the gypsy pas de six, a wedding entertainment with a dramatic undertone. Esmeralda and her friends are hired to entertain at a wedding where the groom turns out to be Captain Phoebus, Esmeralda’s faithless lover.                                                                                                                           

Up from Rio come the Brazilians, Ana Luiza Luizi and Junio Teixeira, with an adaptation of an exciting, high-voltage street dance co-choreographed by Mr. Teixeira himself. 

Also on the program, Poco Adagio, choreographed by the late George Tomal for a New Jersey Ballet Gala in 1986. It was part of the Governor’s Awards Program that year and was televised on NJN.

New Jersey Ballet at Wilkins Theatre, Kean University, 1000 Morris Avenue, Union. Saturday, March 20 at 8:00PM. Tickets are $30; alumni/faculty/staff and seniors, $25; students (must show ID) and children, $20. Box Office: 908-737-7469 or online


Sunday, March 21 at 2:00PM                                                                                   Sleeping Beauty Matinee for Kids & FamiliesSM

 There’s no better way to introduce youngsters to the magic of dance theatre or to spend a Sunday afternoon with family than coming to see Sleeping Beauty. Like all New Jersey Ballet’s Matinee for Kids & FamiliesSM, this is a lush, professional ballet accompanied by New Jersey Ballet’s original “storyteller” narration so even the littlest children can keep up with the story.

 This version of one of the world’s favorite ballets has all the characters you know and love, Princess Aurora and the Prince, the wicked fairy Carabosse, the good Lilac Fairy and all the royal court. And Sleeping Beauty’s wedding guests include Red Riding Hood and the Wolf, Puss in Boots, the Blue Bird and more. 

All tickets are $12. Box Office: 908-737-7469 or online

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