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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)March 3, 2005

(Mahwah) – The American Repertory Ballet, with choreography by artistic director Graham Lustig, presents Beauty and the Beast, Uncertain Steps, New Work Saturday, April 2 at 8 p.m. in the Sharp Theater on the campus of Ramapo College of New Jersey.

Set in New Jersey in the 1830s in the mystical forests of the haunted Pine Barrens, Beauty and the Beast is Lustig’s re-telling of the classic tale of love overcoming all. Uncertain Steps, originally created for the Dutch contemporary dance company Introdans, is set to Bach’s Solo Cello Suite No. 6.” The audience also will get a sneak peak at Lustig’s newest choreography, set to music composed by a young Julliard graduate, Pat Rasile, based on eight sonnets by Michaelangelo.

The American Repertory Ballet is New Jersey’s leading dance company and one of the state’s major arts organizations. Since 1987, it has been designated a Major Arts Institution by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State. Graham Lustig, an award winning, internationally recognized choreographer and teacher, whose ballets have been performed on four continents, was named artistic director in June 1999. Since joining American Repertory Ballet, Lustig has created three original works for the company: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Silkscreens, and Graham Lustig’s The Nutcracker.

Tickets for the American Repertory Ballet performance at Ramapo College are $21 for adults, $18 for senior citizens and $12 for youth. The Sharp Theater is located in the Angelica and Russ Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts on the Ramapo College campus. For more information, call 201.684.7844.

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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