Pictured Above:  Aldeir Monteiro and Ryoko Tanaka in Caili Quan’s CIRCADIA. Photo Credit: Rosalie O’Connor

American Repertory Ballet Returns to McCarter Theater April 1st


(PRINCETON, NJ) – Fresh from its first NYC engagement under the leadership of Artistic Director Ethan Stiefel, American Repertory Ballet returns to Princeton’s McCarter Theatre Center with its popular and dynamic triple bill, Movin’ + Groovin’ on Saturday, April 1 at 7:00 p.m.


Called “an exceptional evening of contemporary ballet” (Critical Dance), the critically celebrated program features Ja’ Malik’s Moving to Bach, set to Bach’s Sonata for Violin Solo No.1; Caili Quan’s Circadia, set to an eclectic array of music ranging from Boban Markovi Orkestar, The Teskey Brothers and Gabriella Smith; and Claire Davison’s Time Within A Time, set to the music of Fleetwood Mac.


Movin’ + Groovin’ is a vivid example of ARB’s commitment to commissioning and fostering the presentation of diverse makers, movements and modalities in ballet and dance,” says ARB Artistic Director Ethan Stiefel. “Ja’ Malik, Caili and Claire infuse their work with singular vocabularies and points of departure, creating an exhilarating and special evening of dance.”


For tickets and more information, visit arballet.org or call (609) 258-2787.   


Ja’ Malik

Artistic Director of Madison Ballet, Ja’ Malik has been called a “choreographer to watch” by The New York Times. Describing his piece Moving to Bach, Malik says, “I was inspired by both the dancers of ARB and Bach’s beautiful Sonata for Violin Solo No. 1. This work for five dancers illustrates the ever evolving world of exhilarating physicality, in both a direct relation and counter relation to the rhythmically serene and sometimes explosive score by Bach.”


Caili Quan
Caili Quan is a New York-based choreographer who danced with BalletX from 2013-2020. Her piece for ARB is inspired by how the body is affected during sleep. “Sleep gives us a place to recover, but it is also where our minds choose memories to keep. It also allows us space to reminisce and dream,” she says. “The music for the work is an eclectic mix that made me want to move, but also felt like a soundtrack to our dreams.”


Claire Davison

Featuring six songs from the legendary band Fleetwood Mac, Time Within A Time reflects on recent years and how it might feel to return to a place, such as a theater, studio, workplace – or to each other. The piece is also greatly influenced by the band’s personal stories, highlighting founding member Peter Green. “The ARB dancers are a dream to work with: talented, eager, passionate, and willing to play. And, the music of Fleetwood Mac is unbeatable.” 

Pictured Above: Annie Johnson and Andrea Marini in Claire Davison’s TIME WITHIN A TIME. Photo Credit: Rosalie O’Connor 

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