Recently voted New Jersey’s Favorite Dance Company, New Jersey Ballet returns to bergenPAC on Saturday, April 24, with an evening of new ballets introduced this season.
Top Hat Medley features the historic pairing of New Jersey Ballet's dancers with members of the New Jersey Tap Dance Ensemble in a jazzy, high energy ballroom piece. Top Hat Medley was co-choreographed by The Tap Ensemble director Deborah Mitchell and Broadway dancer/choreographer James Kinney, to excerpts from Top Hat, White Tie and Tails, I Could Have Danced All Night and Begin the Beguine.
Also on the program, Kinney's own piece, March, follows six couples through an everyday day in New York. This high-spirited jazz piece explores how people meet, come together and move apart and ends with a high-stepping walk in Central Park. One critic raved, “Very sharp and up to date.”
The third featured work, The Three Riddles of Turandot, is a neoclassical ballet that takes the audience back to Ancient China where the princess Turandot will not marry any man who cannot solve her three riddles. Created by celebrated Chinese-American choreographer Nai-Ni Chen – whose company is headquartered in nearby Fort Lee -- and set to Puccini’s famous score, the tale is deftly told in dance and pantomime. Critics applaud, “a ballet of compelling mystery and emotional depth” and “sumptuously theatrical.”Performance tickets are $50, $40, $30, $20. 201-227-1030 or www.bergenpac.org.