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Beauty and the Beast, Uncertain Steps and New Work From The American Repertory Ballet at Ramapo College

(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.


About Ramapo College

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 comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

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, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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