ARB Press Kit

“Our belief that modern voices igniting new creations, alongside original interpretations of iconic classical works, speaks to our pursuit of being uniquely timeless and relevant. Our work captures this feeling and keeps us steadfast in being authentic and singularly American Repertory Ballet.”




Ethan Stiefel is an internationally recognized artist, educator and leader in the performing arts. Stiefel was the Principal Guest Instructor at American Ballet Theatre (ABT) from 2016-2021 and the Artistic Director of the Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB) from 2011-2014. Just before being appointed the RNZB’s Artistic Director, he served as Dean of the School of Dance at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) from 2007-2011.

Stiefel began his professional career at age 16 with the New York City Ballet where he quickly rose to the rank of Principal Dancer. He was also a Principal Dancer with Ballett Zürich and joined American Ballet Theatre as a Principal Dancer in 1997. 

During his career, Stiefel performed leading roles in all of the full-length classics and danced in an extensive range of shorter works created by the industry’s foremost classical, modern and contemporary choreographers. Read more about Ethan Stiefel here.

“Stiefel is US ballet royalty.”

The Guardian


American Repertory Ballet is a preeminent professional ballet company, presenting classical and contemporary works to engage and inspire audiences.

  • Features a talented roster of 21 artists, hailing from local New Jersey communities, from cities throughout the U.S., and international hometowns in Italy, Japan, Brazil, France, Canada, and elsewhere
  • Celebrates a renowned leadership team including Artistic Associate Gillian Murphy and Rehearsal Director Ian Hussey
  • Is centrally located in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and accessible to major international airports
  • Offers a unique and acclaimed repertoire made for its dancers, with production elements designed for touring

CHOREOGRAPHERS: 2021 to today

American Repertory Ballet is committed to fostering the presentation of diverse makers, movements and modalities in ballet and dance. From representing new works from emerging choreographers to revivals from legendary dancers, ARB brings energy and innovative artistry that enthralls audiences through each work.

Claire Davison


Time Within a Time

Ja’ Malik

Moving to Bach

Caili Quan



David Fernandez

Mexican Music

Ryoko Tanaka


Johan Kobborg


“American Repertory Ballet took a giant step in advancing its stature as a commissioning institution for new dance works…”


Current Repertoire


Ethan Stiefel and Johan Kobborg’s Giselle is a celebrated and moving production which had its world premiere at the Royal New Zealand Ballet in 2012, and has since toured the globe. 

Full Length Ballet | Running Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes | 1 intermission

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

American Repertory Ballet’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a new one-act ballet conceived and choreographed by Artistic Director Ethan Stiefel. Set to Felix Mendelssohn’s iconic score, with additional music arranged by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, this enchanting production will transport audiences to a fantastical forest filled with fairies, mischief and romance, joy and love. Stiefel’s visionary interpretation of this beloved comic masterpiece, featuring sets and costumes by an award-winning design team, casts its spell on audiences of all ages.

1 Act | Running Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes | no intermission

Wood Work

Repertory | Running Time: 24 minutes, 10 seconds

Ethan Stiefel’s Wood Work was created for The Washington Ballet in 2019 and is set to the music of the Danish String Quartet. Wood Work inspires a sense of joy and healing through seeking unique and individual paths, while feeling connected to one another, all in a vibrant and virtuosic way.


Caili Quan’s Circadia, inspired by an eclectic music mix ranging from Boban Markovic Orchestra to Gabriella Smith’s Carrot Revolution.

Repertory | Running Time: 22 minutes, 45 seconds

Time Within A Time

Claire Davison’s Time Within A Time, set to the music of Fleetwood Mac.

Repertory | Running Time: 21 minutes, 15 seconds


Ryoko Tanaka’s Hindsight

Repertory | Running Time: 20 minutes, 15 seconds

Moving to Bach

Ja’ Malik’s Moving to Bach, set to Bach’s Sonata for Violin Solo No.1.

Repertory | Running Time: 18 minutes, 45 seconds

Mexican Music

David Fernandez’s Mexican Music. A journey into beautiful Mexican music from the 1800s to the 1940s.

Repertory | Running Time: 18 minutes, 15 seconds

World, Interrupted

Created for a digital world premiere in early 2021, Amy Seiwert’s World, Interrupted explores resiliency, hope, exhaustion, disruption – all shared experiences related to the ongoing pandemic.

Repertory | Running Time: 10 minutes, 15 seconds

Delibes Duet

Delibes Duet is a dazzling classical pas de deux, choreographed by Artistic Director Ethan Stiefel, set to music by Léo Delibes and showcasing the balletic bravura of ARB’s artists. 

Pas de deux | Running Time: 8 minutes, 55 seconds


Claire Davison’s Bewitched (set to Ella Fitzgerald’s iconic vocals)

Pas de deux | Running Time: 7 minutes, 10 seconds

“With no shortness of talent and a desire for the fresh and new, American Repertory Ballet is a gem of a dance company and just a short train ride away from the city.”

The Ballet Herald


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Photo credits: Rosalie O’Connor Photography, Harald Schrader Photography, Eduardo Patino. NYC, Kyle Froman Photography.