The New York Theatre Ballet (NYTB) will be holding a mini-residency at the County College of Morris (CCM) on Friday, February 3, for CCM students and Saturday, February 4, for children and the general public.
On Saturday, February 4, from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., children’s dance workshops will be offered by CCM dance majors and NYTB company members will visit for an Alice in Wonderland character meet and greet in the CCM Student Community Center Davidson Rooms. The classes are appropriate for children ages 5 – 11 at various levels of experience. A $10 donation requested at the door will support the CCM Dance Club.
At 2 p.m., NYTB will perform the Once Upon A Ballet: The Alice-In-Wonderland Follies
in the CCM Dragonetti auditorium. This one-hour ballet is designed especially for children and is perfect for introducing young people to the grace and beauty of classical dance. A question-and-answer session with the cast will follow the performance. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for children, students, seniors and CCM alumni.
At 7:30 p.m., NYTB will perform its highly acclaimed Signatures series
including classic masterpieces and contemporary ballets by some of the greatest choreographers in dance history. This season’s Signatures repertory features The Moor’s Pavane and A Rugged Flourish. José Limón’s The Moor’s Pavane, danced to the music of Henry Purcell, is cited by critics the world over as Limón’s masterpiece. The ballet captures the drama and passion of Shakespeare’s Othello in a timeless portrayal of love and betrayal. British choreographer Richard Alston created A Rugged Flourish especially for NYTB and set it to Aaron Copland’s Piano Variations. A Rugged Flourish premiered last season to rave reviews. Selected repertory will be accompanied by live music.
The New York Times’ Alastair Macaulay called Alston “one of the most musically astute choreographers alive” and hailed the ballet as “accomplished, full of interesting detail...”
Tickets are $25 for general admission and $20 for children, students, seniors and CCM alumni.
“Not since CCM hosted the Shaolin Warriors in 2009 has the college put on such a big cultural event,” noted Colleen McArdle, coordinator of Special Events at CCM and presenter of this cultural event. “It’s a wonderful chance for our students and the community at large to see works that are often only viewed via video or by taking at trip to New York. To have this in our own back yard is a special treat. What is particularly noteworthy is the opportunity these performances provide to see classical dance accompanied by live music as it was always meant to be.”
NYTB is the most widely seen chamber ballet company in the United States. The company has earned national acclaim for its restoration and revival of small masterworks by renowned choreographers including Frederick Ashton, Merce Cunningham, Agnes de Mille, José Limón and Antony Tudor, and for its innovative 60-minute ballets based on children’s literature.
Tickets can be purchased at the door, online at www.CCM.EDU/tickets
or by calling 973- 328-5076.