Axelrod Modern Ballet vacation – Dance Informa Journal


Axelrod Contemoprary Ballet (AXCBT), the Jersey Shore’s skilled ballet firm, presents the world premiere of Gabriel Chajnik’s The Polar Specific, primarily based on Chris Van Allsburg’s beloved kids’s e-book from 1985, on the Axelrod Performing Arts Middle from December 1-10.

Chajnik’s work is an inspiring theatrical journey of uplifting vacation music and thrilling authentic choreography that may captivate the creativeness of kids and adults alike. On Christmas Eve, a younger boy embarks on a magical journey to the North Pole on the Polar Specific. By way of dazzling dance scenes and heartwarming vacation songs, he learns about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas. With scorching chocolate in hand and snowy landscapes whizzing previous the home windows, he meets wonderful characters who can have audiences dancing of their seats. Utilizing state-of-the-art videography strategies, AXCBT will carry the enchanting world of The Polar Specific to life with beautiful visible results, and audiences might be immersed in a seamless integration of stay efficiency and cinematic magic.

The Polar Specific is a timeless story of perception, surprise, and the boundless magic that resides throughout the hearts of all,” mentioned Chajnik. “It fantastically captures the essence of childhood innocence and the ability of religion in one thing extraordinary, even when confronted with skepticism or doubt. The journey aboard the Polar Specific symbolizes the passage from doubt to perception, signifying that essentially the most wondrous adventures in life usually start with a single step of religion.”

He continued, “The vacations carry a message of peace and unity, weaving a tapestry of affection and pleasure that transcends age and time. The Polar Specific embodies this spirit, inviting audiences to embark on a journey of surprise and rediscovery. The timeless acquainted melodies of the vacation season will fill the theater, setting the stage aglow with the magic of Christmas.”

Stated Elise Feldman, Vice President of the Axelrod Performing Arts Middle board of trustees, “We’re immensely happy with our younger artists and grateful for the dedication and assist of our firm dancers. Collectively, they’ll carry the enchanting world of The Polar Specific to life in a manner that guarantees to be breathtaking and memorable.”

On the coronary heart of The Polar Specific is the Conductor, portrayed by actor/singer/dancer Robert Taylor Jr., who embodies the guiding hand on a fascinating journey. Taylor made his Broadway debut in The SpongeBob Musical and was within the Nationwide Tour of Hairspray. He carried out as an honorary member with The Amountboyz and with Jared Grimes in “Broadway Underground.” 

The Polar Specific additionally stars Christopher Pollak and Jake Ward alternating within the position of Hero Boy and options the dancers of Axelrod Modern Ballet Theater and apprentices and college students of Axelrod Academy. Pollak’s earlier performances embody New York Metropolis Ballet’s The Nutcracker and Earl Mosley’s Range of Dance. Earlier credit for Ward, who’s making his Axelrod debut, embody The Who’s Tommy as Younger Tommy, A Christmas Story and Peter Pan. He was a 2023 title winner for his jazz solo on the Backstage Nationals dance competitors. As well as, The Polar Specific showcases a big ensemble of younger performers who have been chosen from group auditions, including a heartwarming contact to the manufacturing.

The Polar Specific supplies a novel and invaluable studying alternative for our younger artists – together with greater than 125 younger forged members by means of our collaboration with Gotta Dance Studio on the Jersey Shore – as they embark on a journey of motion and expression,” mentioned Chajnik. “Our proficient younger dancers can have the privilege of being mentored by our seasoned firm dancers as they showcase their abilities and creativity. This collaborative effort goals to not solely carry the magic of The Polar Specific to life on stage but in addition to nurture the expansion and improvement of our budding artists.”

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