Arts & Entertainment

American Repertory Ballet Announces "Viva Spring", featuring Gerald Arpino’s "Viva Vivaldi" and a brand new "Rite of Spring", at South Orange Performing Arts Center

March 16, 2013 at 7:55 AM

American Repertory Ballet will make its debut at South Orange Performing Arts Center on April 5, 2013 at 8:00pm with its Viva Spring program.  The evening will feature ARB Artistic Director Douglas Martin’s brand new Rite of Spring, famed Joffrey Ballet choreographer Gerald Arpino’s Viva Vivaldi, and contemporary dance choreographer Patrick Corbin’s new work, Caress.  These works span classical and contemporary movement and music, presenting a range of styles to appeal to a variety of tastes.

The original Rite of Spring ballet, choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky, was performed in Paris in 1913 by the Ballets Russes.  This premiere was very controversial, as audiences reacted strongly to the ballet’s themes of pagan ritual and sacrifice and to the music - Igor Stravinsky’s avant garde, driving score.  Douglas Martin’s Rite of Spring maintains the original ballet’s libretto, a celebratory ode to spring and a statement on the theme of ritualistic behavior and sacrifice, and sets it in a modern, 20th century office setting.  “Having learned and performed that version dozens of times I feel that the ballet and the music is a part of me,” says Martin.  He was a cast member of the Joffrey Ballet’s historic 1987 reconstruction of Nijinsky’s original 1913 version.  Martin’s new version for ARB will premiere March 23 at The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College.  Viva Spring at SOPAC will be ARB’s second performance of this exciting new work.
Arpino’s Viva Vivaldi is a charming, quick-footed ballet set to Antonio Vivaldi’s “Concerto in D for Violin, Strings and Cembalo”.  Gerald Arpino co-founded the Joffrey Ballet with the company’s founding Artistic Director Robert Joffrey, and was the foremost choreographer for the company under Mr. Joffrey’s direction and served as the company’s Artistic Director from 1988 until 2007.  ARB Artistic Director Douglas Martin danced many of Arpino’s works throughout his career, and this is the second major Arpino work he has chosen for the company’s repertory.  As ARB Managing Director Christine Chen remarks, “By presenting major revivals of Gerald Arpino's little-known but fabulous work, ARB demonstrates its unique voice in the world of dance, and in many ways, takes up the torch of Robert Joffrey and Arpino's vision - preserving their legacy here on the east coast after the Joffrey Ballet relocated to Chicago.”  Robert Johnson, dance critic for The Star-Ledger, applauded ARB’s revival of Arpino’s Confetti in 2012: “Arpino clearly loved ballet’s form, not just its athleticism, although the latter is plentiful. It takes guts to dance this piece...The dancers’ courage is exhilarating, and Arpino, its under-appreciated choreographer, wins a belated round of applause.”
Patrick Corbin, one of Martin’s fellow dancers at the Joffrey Ballet, has choreographed his new work Caress on ARB dancers to composed Kate Jewel’s "8 Movements".  “My jumping off point is the moment we fall in love,” he says.  Throughout the rehearsal and creation process, Corbin generated some movement through collaborative improvisation with the dancers.  His work has a contemporary dance base with the finesse of balletic line.  Caress will premiere alongside Martin’s Rite of Spring at Raritan Valley Community College, making its appearance on the Viva Spring program at SOPAC its second performance. 

Viva Spring at South Orange Performing Arts Center
April 5, 2013 at 8:00pm
Tickets:, (973) 275-1114
About American Repertory Ballet and Princeton Ballet School
American Repertory Ballet's mission is to bring the joy, beauty, artistry and discipline of classical and contemporary dance to New Jersey and nationwide audiences and to dance students through artistic and educational programs. The organization is comprised of: American Repertory Ballet, the preeminent contemporary ballet company in the state; Princeton Ballet School, one of the largest and most respected non-profit dance schools in the nation; and the Access and Enrichment initiatives, ranging from the long-running and acclaimed DANCE POWER program to the newly launched On Pointe series. The professional company is a classical and contemporary ballet company committed to presenting ballets from the 19th and 20th century alongside new and existing works by choreographers from today. Founded in 1963, the company is currently under the artistic leadership of Douglas Martin, former principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet. The company's rich history of repertory includes established masterpieces by distinguished American choreographers such as George Balanchine, Gerald Arpino, Alvin Ailey, Paul Taylor and Twyla Tharp; cutting edge works by choreographers such as Val Caniparoli, Kirk Peterson, Dominique Dumais, Harrison McEldowney, Amy Seiwert, Susan Shields and Melissa Barak; and former Artistic Directors Dermot Burke, Marjorie Mussman, Septime Webre and Graham Lustig. ARB has been designated a "Major Arts Institution" by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts consistently for the past two decades, and has repeatedly been awarded a Citation of Excellence by the Council. ARB was voted People's Choice for Best Dance Company in 2008, 2011, and 2012.
Princeton Ballet School has gained a national reputation for its excellent dance training since its founding in 1954 by Audrée Estey. Princeton Ballet School currently enrolls approximately 1500 students annually from age three through adult and is directed by Mary Pat Robertson. Princeton Ballet School has studios in Cranbury, New Brunswick, and Princeton which are equipped with shock-absorbent floors, non- slip dance surfaces and pianos for live accompaniment. Many of Princeton Ballet School’s faculty members have performed professionally; others have attained graduate degrees in dance education and have won awards for their teaching. Students from the school have gone on to dance in professional ballet and contemporary dance companies in the US and abroad. Graduates have danced with such diverse organizations as the American Ballet Theatre, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Miami City Ballet, STREB, Complexions, Mark Morris Dance Company, Twyla Tharp, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and Momix.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News


West Orange Man Killed and Others Injured in I-280 East Crash

December 10, 2016

WEST ORANGE, NJ — A 24-year-old West Orange man was killed in a multi-vehicle crash reported in the area of Exit 6 of I-280 eastbound just before 1 a.m. Saturday.

According to the Breaking News Network (BNN), which monitors emergency activity, units reported one fatality, one victim pinned and a third wounded but walking. The crash caused all lanes to close except one during the ...

Patriots Path Council Honors TAPinto Founder for Service

December 10, 2016

BRIDGEWATER NJ - The Patriots Path Council of the Boy Scouts of America honored TAP into founder and publisher Mike Shapiro on Wednesday at its 2016 Toast to Scouting Awards Dinner at the Raritan Valley Country Club.  Shapiro was one of five recipients.

The Patriots Path Council, which serves Central and Northern New Jersey, presents the award to those who exemplify in their daily life ...

Upcoming Events


Tue, December 13, 8:30 AM

Eisenhower Corporate Campus, Livingston

NJ Social Media Conference for 2017

Business & Finance


Tue, December 13, 6:00 PM

The Westin Princeton At Forrestal Village, Princeton

ACG NJ Announces Princeton Event December 13th, ...

Arts & Entertainment Business & Finance Food & Drink

Livingston Symphony Orchestra to Perform Winter Concert Dec. 17

December 7, 2016

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Maestro Anthony LaGruth and the Livingston Symphony Orchestra invites areas to join them on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m. for their Winter Concert at the Livingston High School Auditorium.

The second performance in the orchestra’s 2016-2017 season, the winter concert includes works from venerated composers such as Beethoven, Dvorak, and Ravel, and will feature ...

Andy’s Family Music Showcases Alex Weiss on Drums

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Andy’s Family Music Center of Livingston is proud to highlight 11-year-old Alex Weiss, a fifth grader at Collins Elementary School with an aptitude for drums.

Alex studies drums at Andy’s under the instruction of Joe Vitello. He says hid favorite band is Fall Out Boy and that his dad is his number one musical influence.

Check him out in the video ...

Q/A With Owners of Meadowbrook Country Day Camp

Recently, the owners of Meadowbrook Country Day Camp, Dan Milman and George Stein, took part in a fun Question and Answer session. Below are the questions and their responses. To learn more about Milman, Stein and Meadowbrook, click here to read a recent article that ran on


George: A six lb.

What's in a Name?

Sign here:   ________________________________


And here and here and here.  Initial these five boxes.  Then sign right here and over here stating that you understand that you are signing something you haven’t read.  And on the last page please sign and date this disclaimer stating that you are fully responsible for signing and dating this document even if you ...

Beckerman’s Theory of Everything

Any armchair theoretical physicist knows that Stephen Hawking has pursued a lifelong quest to come up with a Theory of Everything. This all-encompassing theory would tie together general relativity (large scale and high mass galaxies, stars, etc), quantum theory (quantum mechanics, quarks, atoms, subatomic particles), and Newtonian physics (gravity on small bodies, gas laws, electromagnetism) to ...