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New Jersey Ballet Company is preparing to launch a virtual Nutcracker series that will contain new footage from the ballet’s home in Florham Park, as well as interviews and rarely seen clips from the archives highlighting New Jersey’s most cherished production. This season was supposed to mark the production’s 50th Anniversary, which is the longest-running original professional production in the state. Due to COVID-19, New Jersey Ballet has cancelled all performances through the end of the year. The safety of the artists and the public is of utmost importance.
The first cast of New Jersey Ballet’s production of Nutcracker was led by internationally celebrated star of New York City Ballet Edward Villella, along with the company’s own professional dancers and students of New Jersey School of Ballet. Promoting and nurturing youth in New Jersey is a priority for the ballet. Each year New Jersey Ballet auditions, rehearses and uses approximately 300 dance students from around the state to perform the children’s roles in the production. This season, New Jersey Ballet plans to engage students from New Jersey School of Ballet to participate in the virtual project. For both the professional dancers and the students, extensive safety protocols will be implemented to protect the dancers and staff.
The Holidays will not be the same, but New Jersey Ballet wants to bring the joy of Nutcracker into everyone’s living room by presenting rarely seen footage, interviews from current and former dancers, and excerpts from the production recorded from New Jersey Ballet’s performance space in Florham Park.
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NJBallet's Virtual Fall Season is supported in part by Columbia Bank.
Fall 2020 Virtual Season
New Jersey Ballet is proud to announce its upcoming Fall 2020 Virtual Season, which will be recorded in the Ballet's Studio Theatre in Florham Park. With generous support from the Union Foundation and E.J. Grassmann Trust, New Jersey Ballet recently completed outfitting the space with new state-of-the-art LED lighting and equipment and curtains to provide a professional backdrop.
While current COVID-19 restrictions prevent New Jersey Ballet from presenting large performances, the Ballet is committed to presenting world-class ballet to the public during these challenging times.
New Jersey Ballet's Virtual Season will include solo works, rarely seen archival footage, and a special series celebrating New Jersey Ballet's production of Nutcracker. This season was supposed to mark the production's 50th Anniversary, but will instead provide history about New Jersey's longest running professional production, highlights from the archives, and newly recorded excerpts. This season's virtual presentation of Nutcracker will include students from New Jersey School of Ballet's Intensive Program.
All footage captured in New Jersey Ballet's Studio Theatre will follow CDC and local health authority guidelines. The safety of New Jersey Ballet's dancers, staff and students are of utmost importance and extensive protocols are in place to create a safe environment based on current guidance from the CDC and local health officials.