A Midsummer Night's Dream
The World Premiere of an Extraordinary New Ballet Featuring Contemporary & Classical Indian Dance, Based on Shakespeare’s Time-Honored Classic.
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Based on William Shakespeare’s comedy about the romantic misadventures of two mortal couples and the king and queen of the fairies. A Midsummer Night’s Dream will open the inaugural season of Monmouth County’s first professional Ballet company: Axelrod Contemporary Ballet Theater.
With delightful choreography by AXCBT Director GABRIEL CHAJNIK and the captivating musical score by FELIX MENDELSSOHN, this charming production will follow Puck through a family-friendly comedy of errors, as mischief reigns and entangled love runs wild in Shakespeare’s classic tale. Featuring a cast of 40 dancers and orchestra conducted by Jason Tramm.
King Oberon, Narek Martirosyan
Queen Titania, Anne Sandefur
Helena, Gabriela Soto
Lysander, Garrett McCann
Hermia, Michelle Joy
Demetrius, Stefano Arrieta
Puck, Emmanuel Martirosyan
Cowslip, Olivia Miranda
Mustard Seed, Shoko Fujita
Summer Fairy, Audrey
Queen Hippolyta, Jen Roit
King Theseus, Ray Keller
Born in Akron, Ohio, Garrett McCann attended Firestone High School, graduating with a Performing Arts degree. Garrett studied dance at the University of Akron’s Dance Institute and spent a summer at Point Park University's International Summer Dance program while enrolled in the program. Following graduation from Firestone's Visual and Performing Arts program, Garrett joined Verb Ballets in Cleveland, Ohio under the direction of Margaret Carlson and Richard Dickinson. After a year and two summers with the company, Garrett went on to pursue his education at SUNY Purchase in the Conservatory of Dance, where he graduated with a BFA in dance performance. During his time at Purchase, Garrett studied under Stephanie Tooman, Wallie Wolfgruber, Nelly van Bommel, Kevin Wynn, and many others. He has performed works set by Amy Miller, Nicolo Fonte, and attended the American Dance Festival, where he worked with Twyla Tharp. Garrett became a member of Ballet des Amériques under the direction of Carole Alexis in 2015.
Narek Martirosyan trained at Yerevan State National Choreographic College upon graduation, after serving in the Armenian army for 2 years he joined the Armenian National Ballet Theater as a principal dancer, Mr. Martirosyan was awarded The Movses Khorenatsi Medal by the President of Armenia for his significant contributions to the development of culture and his outstanding staging of the Ballet Spartacus Choreographed by Yuri Gregorovich. Mr.Martirosyan was a principal dancer with the Israel Ballet Company,and The Musical Teacher of Republic of Karelia. Narek Martirosyan has been a principal dancer with New Jersey Ballet Company since 2014.
Emmanuel Martirosyan trained at the Yerevan State National Choreographic College.He was an apprentice at the National Ballet Theatre of Armenia. Mr. Martirosyan has placed in several International Ballet Competitions. In 2015 he received a full scholarship from Joffrey Ballet School in New York. Emmanuel Martirosyan has been a company member of New Jersey Ballet since 2016.
Estefano Gil was Born in Caracas, Venezuela where he began his training at Ballet-Arte School. In 2005, he joined Ballet Teresa Carreño performing demi-soloist and soloist roles. In 2007, he joined Caracas Contemporary Ballet under the artistic direction of María Eugenia Barrios. In 2008, he traveled to Colombia where became a member in Colombian ballet company INCOLBALLET directed by Gloria Castro, performing as a soloist. He has been part of international ballet festivals in Cali, Colombia and his native Venezuela. He has performed with these companies in Belgium, Holland, Russia, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, among others. Since 2012, he has performed as a guest artist in Staten Island Ballet, New England Ballet, and FJK Dance company. His repertoire includes: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Our Waltzes, among others.
Michelle Joy is originally from Arcata, California where she began her dance training at The Dancers Studio; she was later selected to attend Houston Ballet Academy on a full merit scholarship. At her graduation performance Michelle received the John Smither scholarship award of excellence. Throughout her career she has danced in professional ballet companies including: Colorado Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, American Repertory Ballet and The Metropolitan Opera. She has also performed in the International Tour of Phantom of the Opera. Aside from dancing, Michelle currently studies French and loves to travel.
One sentence: Anne Sandefur was awarded gold and silver medals at the Youth America Grand Prix and has performed with Orlando Ballet, Suzanne Farrell Ballet, Boston Ballet, and TranscenDance Group. She graduated from Duke University and received her juris doctor degree from the Charleston School of Law.
Paragraph: Anne Sandefur began her training at the Orlando Ballet School under the tutelage of Yan Chen and Peter Stark. At the Youth America Grand Prix, she was awarded gold and silver medals at the regional level and placed in the top twelve at the finals in New York City. Throughout her professional career, she has danced with the Orlando Ballet, Suzanne Farrell Ballet, Boston Ballet, Charleston Ballet Theatre, CelloPointe, and TranscenDance Group. She received degrees in dance and psychology from Duke University and received her juris doctor degree from the Charleston School of Law.
Gabriela M. Soto began her dance training at Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico. She is a graduated of the Ailey School Certificate Program. Gabriela has had the privilege of performing works by Sidra Bell, William Forsythe, Francesca Harper, Jae Man Joo, Lar Lubovitch, Mike Esperanza, Bradley Shelver, Elisa Monte, Alvin Ailey, Matthew Rushing, and Robert Battle. She also performed in the New York City Center Production of Brigadoon directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon. Gabriela is also a dance educator in various schools in the Tri-State area, she is thankful to continue to dance and share her passion with the younger generation of dance.
Ray Keller began his dance training at age 19 with the Fort Wayne Ballet under the directorship of Karen Gibbons-Brown. Upon graduation from high school, Ray relocated to Boston, Massachusetts where he attended Harvard University. While at Harvard, Ray had the honor of working with such inspiring teachers as Heather Watts, Damien Woetzel, Ruth Andrien, Jennifer Scanlon, Matthew Rose, Mary MacLeod, and Christine Dakin. Ray regularly performed featured roles with the Harvard Dance Program and the Harvard Ballet Company, and he competed with the Harvard Ballroom Dance Team. During his sophomore year, Ray assumed the artistic directorship of the Harvard Ballet Company, and he led the company, in coordination with the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club, to produce the largest classical and modern dance production in Harvard's history. Ray graduated from Harvard with honors in 2008.
Ray made his professional stage debut in 2009 at a limited engagement of 'Victor /Victoria' in New York's own Bleecker Street Theatre. Since 2010, Ray has danced with TranscenDanceGroup, under the artistic direction of Gabriel Chajnik and under the mentorship of Hector Zaraspe. Ray continues his work with this company, in addition to various freelance projects.
Originally from Robbinsville, NJ, Olivia grew up dancing at local studio Ballet Technique under the direction of Julie A. Caprio, performing classical ballet works. Pursuing a double major in English and Dance, Olivia attended Fordham University and the Ailey School in fall of 2014. While at the Ailey School, Olivia worked with choreographers such as Tom Gold, Jaclyn Buglisi, Kanji Segawa, and Breton Tyner-Bryan as well as performed works by Alvin Ailey including excerpts from Night Creature and Revelations. In June of 2017, Olivia performed in the Alvin Ailey Spirit Gala at Lincoln Center, debuting choreography by Tracy Inman, Robert Battle, and Ari Mayzick. During fall of her junior year, Olivia accepted a contract with Ballet Hispanico’s second company (BHdos) under the direction of Nicholas Villeneuve and Johan Rivera. At Ballet Hispanico, Olivia learned and performed repertory by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Eduardo Vilaro, Pedro Ruiz, and Talley Beatty, performing at the Apollo Theater. She has attended summer intensives at BalletX, American Ballet Theater, and Koltun Ballet Theater to name a few. While in New York, Olivia also pursued her passion for fitness, teaching cardio-based rowing classes downtown at Current Fitness. Olivia graduated magna cum laude from the Ailey/Fordham BFA program in May of 2018. Currently, she is freelancing with professional dance companies in the New York area, as well as teaching dance in New Jersey.
Shoko Fujita graduated with highest honors from the Japan Women’s College of Physical Education, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Movement Science with a specialty in Dance Studies. She attended summer dance intensives at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts and the Joffrey Ballet School, and in 2012, moved to New York City to dance. Shoko has performed for Paris and Wizard in MOMA’s Japan Exhibition, at the Whitney Biennial 2014, at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2015, and at CES2016 Intel Keynote. She has performed at a charity benefit by Alan Cumming and Emma Stone for Guilda’s Club at The Box in 2017.
Proud of her West Coast origins, Jen Roit received a BFA from NYU’s Tisch, working with choreographers Karole Armitage, Bill Young, and Dwight Rhoden. She continued a diverse dance career with Jennifer Archibald/Arch Dance Company, Nathan Trice/Rituals, TranscenDance Group with Gabriel Chajnik, Mark Dendy, the Park Avenue Armory, and Randy James/10HL Projects. Jen was recently selected for the Breaking Glass Project, a mentorship program for emerging female choreographers. Under her dance company, Armada, she has presented work for BalaSole, Spoke the Hub, Judson Church, NYU’s Alumni Choreographic Workshop with Stephen Petronio, Jennifer Mueller’s HATCH, Amalgamate Artist Series, Dixon Place, WAXworks at Triskelion, the Outlet Dance Project’s International Film Festival, and Ticino in Danza in Switzerland. She is the editor for Dance Magazine’s College Guide, project manager for the TERP system, founder of The Broke Dancer, and film director for National Choreography Month.